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Solon Economist

Solon Trapshooting Team aims to win at state competitions

SOLON– From Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, members of the Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team were in Cedar Falls participating in annual state level competitions. The team had an excellent showing and placed well in several award categories as they competed against more than 1,400 student athletes (and over 150 schools).

Lady Spartans sweep Anamosa, Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans have moved to 33-1 with doubleheader sweeps over Anamosa and Dyersville-Beckman last week.
The softball postseason begins Saturday, July 12, as Solon hosts either Marion or Dubuque Wahlert in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal with a 7 p.m. start. The Region 3 final will be Tuesday, July 15, in Solon, also with a 7 p.m. start.
Solon moved up to No. 3 in the final 4A rankings issued July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Lady Spartans out-scored Anamosa 22-0 in two games shortened by the mercy rule July 1 in Solon.

$25.5 million decision

Middle school, performing arts center go to ballot - Sept. 9

SOLON– It’s official.
As expected, the Solon school board has decided to place a $25.5 million bond referendum for a new middle school and performing arts center before district voters.
At a June 26 meeting, school board members accepted a 220-signature petition signed by residents of the district, and passed a resolution calling for a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
It was an action the district had been working toward for months.

Our Lord’s Church marks 10th anniversary

Happy Birthday, Our Lord’s Church!

SOLON– In 2004, a small group of residents gathered at the Solon Public Library for the first service of a new church community.
Two years later, the new church had its own building and had established a record of community service that it continues today.
Our Lord’s Church will mark the first decade of its existence Sunday, July 13, with a public celebration at its 131 N. Market St. location, serving brats, burgers and hot dogs after its weekly service. Potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and cake will also be served.

Solon Booster Bash Golf Outing on Aug. 2 at Lake Macbride Golf Course

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 14th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the weight room.

Lakeview Elementary recognized as a model professional learning community by Solution Tree

SOLON– Lakeview Elementary was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. Lakeview Elementary’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at WorkTM process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.

Lady Spartans dominate Classic

Solon defeats City High, Des Moines Lincoln and Keokuk

SOLON– The Lady Spartans cranked out 17 hits against Iowa City City High pitcher Sasha Frauenholz to notch their 29th win of the season Saturday, June 28, at the 2014 Solon Classic.
Solon defeated City High 11-2, and also picked up wins against Des Moines Lincoln (2-1) and Keokuk (4-1) Friday at the home tournament.
The Lady Spartans trailed 1-0 after the second inning, but scored three times in the third to take the lead.

Miracles in Motions introduces new Equine Services for Heroes program to serve veterans

Making miracles possible for American heroes

SWISHER– When Miracles in Motion began in 1988, it operated with just a few borrowed horses. Today, the non-profit organization has its own 76-acre facility with indoor and outdoor arenas and twelve horses, the majority of which have been donated by generous horse owners.
Miracles in Motion provides equine therapy services to students with special physical, mental and emotional needs, and they are proud to be introducing a new program, Equine Services for Heroes, which caters to the needs of veterans.

Temporary or permanent? Council mulls Windmill sewer

SOLON– The developer is ready to proceed, but the city is not.
An additional phase for Windmill Estates is in a holding pattern as the city decides how best to address sewer needs for the subdivision.
The City Council discussed the constraints of a substantial debt repayment schedule last week when considering how to pay for a new wastewater lift station, trunk sewer line and water tower.
It is a challenge for any government to pay for the wants and needs of services and capital improvements, and the City of Solon proved to be no exception.

Lake Macbride fireworks July 4

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark. The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon FC soccer club seeks players

SOLON– Attention Middle School parents and students! Solon FC is a soccer club for Solon 5th-8th grade boys and girls. The club is currently accepting players for the 2014-2015 fall\spring seasons. This is an exciting opportunity for the youth of Solon to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn and improve their skills, and play in a competitive and fun atmosphere. Registration is now open.
More information about Solon FC can be found on the club’s Facebook page http://www.FaceBook.com/SolonIAFC or by emailing SolonIAFC@Gmail.com.

Solon Methodist Church to host community blood drive June 30

30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.