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March 21st

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.

Spartan Brianna Smith scores 14 in WaMaC Senior Shootout

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
VAN HORNE– The Lady Spartans’ Brianna Smith participated in the 2018 WaMaC Senior Shootout on Saturday, March 17, at Benton Community High School, in Van Horne.
Smith joined Sophie Wilt, Taylor Zaruba and Sydney Volkenant, from Anamosa; McKenzie Arens from Beckman; Hannah Ambrosy from Maquoketa, Lauren Collier from West Delaware; and McKenzie Maahs from Western Dubuque competing on the WaMaC East team, coached by Anamosa’s Jacky Leighty.

Seeking Beef Days T-shirt designs

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Family atmosphere returning

Lake Macbride update:

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.

"Take that lift as long as you want"

From hospice room, Malatek thanks Divoky

CEDAR RAPIDS– Tom Malatek just wanted to say thank you.
Malatek, 67, a lifelong resident of Ely and a longtime member of the Ely Fire Department and Solon American Legion, was having trouble with his right leg as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma at area hospitals.
Mark Divoky, owner and operator of Mark’s Auto Body in Solon, heard of Malatek’s difficulty and offered the use of a wheelchair-accessible van he had recently purchased.

Band can and bottle drive Saturday, March 31

SOLON– The Solon High School band will conduct a can drive at the high school band room on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 319-624-2381, ext. 1112, to schedule pick up.

Shueyville Methodist Pancake Supper

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

"Seussical Jr" March 24-25

SOLON– Solon Middle School students, under the organization of a group of high school seniors, will be presenting the musical “Seussical Jr.” March 24 and 25 in the Solon Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $5 at the door and will go on sale one hour prior to each show.
The Saturday, March 24, performance begins at 7 p.m., while the curtain goes up Sunday, March 25, at 5 p.m.

Jack Neuzil to receive Quilt of Valor

SOLON–Jack Neuzil will be recognized for his service to his country and the Solon community during a Quilt of Valor ceremony Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in Solon High School Center for the Arts Lobby.
The quilt is being presented to Neuzil through the national Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) and the local Iowa chapter.
Nicole Breese, a National Honor Society (NHS) member at Solon High School, nominated Jack and made the quilt for him as part of her NHS service project.

HS school addition on track

Walking track, cardio equipment to be available to public

SOLON– A $6 million donation from the Gerdin Family Foundation is visibly improving an already impressive Solon schools system.
At the Feb. 12 meeting of the school board, updates on the construction process were provided. The flooring for the high school addition, funded by the Gerdin Family Foundation, had arrived that day, some painting needed to be done yet, but all deadlines were either projected to be met or better. 
Plans were made where the board would meet prior to the next scheduled board meeting for a walk-through.