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Solon Economist

Offense + defense equals 11-0 start

Emily Ira strikes out 29 in two games as Lady Spartans roll

SOLON– When the offense is sputtering, put Emily Ira on the mound.
Twice in the last week, Coach Jim White’s Lady Spartan softball team was able to preserve an undefeated season by riding strike-out happy Ira’s pitching arm.
Ira struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over Benton Community (No. 4 in Class 3A), and 13 against Highland in a 4-0 win over the weekend.
But in fairness to the rest of the Solon pitching staff and the team’s defense, no one scored an earned run against the Lady Spartans last week.

Solon Sluggers make donation to food pantry

The Solon Sluggers, a 13U baseball team that has been together five years, donated food and funds from their second annual Solon Survivor Extreme 5K race to the Solon Community Pantry Monday, April 14. Pictured are: (front) Adam Bock, Aidan Dall and Mason Stahle; (middle) Cam McQuinn, Kale Altman, Andy Brokaw and Ben McAtee; (back) Coach Carl Stahle, Jake Roskopf, Ryan Geistkemper, Eric Weetman, Clay Gerdin and Andy DeValk. Not Pictured: Coaches Jeff Geistkemper and Mike Gerdin. (photo by Carol Tobias)

Master Gardener Hortline spring hours

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Master Gardeners are staffing the spring season Hortline service for area homeowners and garden enthusiasts. The Hortline, staffed by volunteers, will be open from 9 until 11a.m. every Monday and Friday plus 3 until 5 p.m. every Wednesday. You may speak to a Master Gardener by calling 319-337-2145, leave a message, email or stop by the Johnson County Extension Office, located adjacent to the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds at 3109 Old HWY 218 S. You may email your questions to Shannon at bielicke@iastate.edu.

WIC benefits available statewide on a first-come, first-serve basis

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications are now available for eligible WIC recipients and low-income older Iowans.
The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs provide eligible Iowans with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through Oct. 31.

Oversight corrected

Solon Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart 45 years later

RURAL SOLON– On April 22, 1969, Ronald “Steve” Durr was standing in the back of an Air Force C-123 cargo plane as it was departing a Special Forces camp deep in the jungles of Vietnam. It was a mission the staff sergeant and his crew had flown many times as they brought in vital supplies to the Green Berets, landing just long enough for Durr, the crew’s loadmaster, to send the cargo down the plane’s loading ramp as it took off again. The area was known to be a hotbed of enemy activity, and on this day the Viet Cong made their presence known.

Old Gold to host premier of Little Brown Church movie

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the premiere showing of “The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” Tuesday, June 17, at the Solon United Methodist Church.
The movie is produced and directed by Oskaloosa native Brian Hanson, now of Franklin, Tennessee.
“The Little Brown Church in the Vale: The Movie” is the delightful story of The Little Brown Church, the “Church in the Wildwood” song that made it famous, and the people whose lives have been touched by this “little brown church” in Nashua.

Reducing plasticity one grocery bag at a time

Local grocer is doing small part to save environment

SOLON– People might be surprised to learn that planet Earth has a local warrior fighting one of its biggest battles right here in little Solon, Iowa.
Former Solon resident Pam Landgrebe was surprised, at least, when she visited Sam’s Main Street Market a few weeks ago and found herself without a reusable bag. As an environmental advocate, it has become Landgrebe’s practice to forego single-use plastic bags when shopping, but she came to Sam’s unarmed with her own bags because this trip to the store was unexpected.
Equally unexpected was the offer of a free, reusable cloth bag instead.

Solon closes out regular season with loss to Regina

SOLON– The Solon girls hosted their last home soccer game Thursday, May 22, with a 4-1 win against Mid-Prairie.
The Lady Spartans scored three of the four goals in the first half and the fourth just minutes into the second half. Credit for the goals went to seniors Anna Seydel, Alyssa Stotler and Brianna Pike and sophomore Jade Flansberg, with assists by Allison Koffron, Pike and Seydel.

Champions

Solon boys take team title at state track meet

A big dose of Connor Ham (above, winning his heat in the 200-meter dash) and huge throws from Dalton Ferguson pushed Solon’s boys to the Class 3A state track meet title.
Ham won two individual events and anchored two relays to second and third place during the May 22-24 State Coed Track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Ferguson won the shot put and took fourth in the discus to add to the Spartans’ 50 point total, a winning margin of 7 3/4 over Center Point-Urbana in the team race.
Turn to Section B for results.

Solon brothers return to play at Gabe’s in Iowa City June 3

IOWA CITY– Joe and Jake Anderson, musicians originally from Solon, will be returning to play in Iowa City for the first time in five years. The brothers left Solon in 2009 to attend McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. They completed school with degrees in music performance and have formed a metal-music band named Cantharone. Cantharone will be playing at Gabe’s bar in downtown Iowa City on Tuesday, June 3, at 9 p.m. The band will be playing original music from their first EP and songs from the new EP which is soon to be recorded.

Solon Spotlight Schwan’s fundraiser

SOLON– Do you love ice cream? Or any of the 350+ delicious and convenient Schwan’s foods? Would you like to have your favorites delivered to your door and help out the hundreds of Solon students involved in the performing arts? Solon Spotlight annually provides over $20,000 in support of the those students. You can help. Just order from Schwan’s from May 19 until July 1, and 20 percent of product and 40 percent of e-certificate sales will go back to Spotlight. Plus, Schwan’s will contribute five percent of all orders made under the Spotlight campaign ID for the rest of the year.

Riverbottom Ramblers open Music on Main series June 4

SOLON– On Wednesday, June 4, the City of Solon and the council will be serving Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen as a celebration for the new season of Music on Main.