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Community

Solon Archery Team to state tournament March 10-11

SOLON– After many hours of practice, thousands of arrows sent down range, and a long tournament season, the Solon Archery Team earned a spot to compete in the Iowa State competition March 10-11 in Des Moines.
According to Solon head coach Gary Mechtensimer, both the middle school and high school teams have qualified. The tournament will be held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Jacobsen Exhibition Center in Des Moines. The 3D portion of the competition will be held at the Elwell Center, also on the fairgrounds.

Solon senior advocates

2018 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area. To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.

Solon public library

The library is open during Spring Break!

Alzheimer’s awareness March 18

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago.
The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Solon school news

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 22

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Best Shot

2007 Solon High School graduate Clint Grantham (right) reads the Solon Economist with his dive mate. Grantham is a U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class, 2nd Class Petty Officer. Currently on Second Deployment in Bahrain, the two took a moment before a work dive in the Persian Gulf to catch up on local Solon news. (contributed photo)

Best Shot

Steve and Susan Julius relaxing and reading the Solon Economist at the end of September after hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They hiked back up over the next two days. (contributed photo)

Not One More

Students protest lack of gun violence legislation

NORTH LIBERTY– Students of North Liberty community schools have a message for state and federal politicians: We want gun reform.
They share a growing anxiety among students, faculty and parents around the nation who demand tougher action on gun laws. And on the afternoon of Friday, March 2, they made their voices heard.
At 2 p.m. during sixth period, students from North Central Junior High and Liberty High rose from their desks and gathered in front of North Central.

Swisher Legion Lenten suppers

through March 23

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers every Friday through March 23, from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will serve all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through the salad bar. Carry-out is available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten suppers. The public is welcome, call 319-857-4687 for more information.

Oxford Legion dance March 25

OXFORD– Grab a dance partner and head over to Oxford. The American Legion Post 537 is hosting a dance Sunday, March 25. This will feature live performances by the Memory Bros. The event is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. with light food and beverages provided. Admission is $9.

Green the Fleet

County transitions to hybrid and electric vehicles

IOWA CITY– The bluest county in Iowa is going green.
Johnson County is taking strides to form a more eco-friendly fleet of vehicles, an initiative that’s been several years in the making.
“I drove a Prius for about 10 years,” recalled Mike Carberry, Johnson County Supervisor. A longtime environmental advocate, Carberry was convinced to invest in hybrid and electric cars on a county level after his switch to an all-electric Chevrolet Volt.

DNR report on Lake Macbride

SOLON– The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Solon Public Library to discuss a range of issues concerning Lake Macbride State Park, including its upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020.
The 2,180-acre park features a 940-acre lake, 14.5 miles of trails, and 101 campsites. And, as of last year, one alcohol ban.
The park played host to over half a million visitors in 2017 (509,500), though many long-term visitors voiced concerns, as the last beach in Johnson County allowing alcohol until last year, it had become less of a family atmosphere.