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December 29th

Middle school wrestling finishes strong

SOLON– The Solon Middle School wrestling team finished up a strong season on Friday, Dec. 8, with a meet in Williamsburg. This year’s team bolstered an impressive number of 32 athletes from seventh and eighth grade and was composed of wrestlers with varying levels of experience including 15 newcomers to the sport. Despite their inexperience, the Spartans wrestled tough from the start of the season to the finish and compiled a season record of 259-227 over their nine competitions.

Fourth quarter surge, 65-58

Spartans close out 2017 with wins over West Delaware, Keokuk

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SOLON– Trailing by four points heading into the fourth quarter, the Spartans needed some defensive stops and they got them.
Solon’s varsity boys seized control in the final minutes of the basketball game to defeat West Delaware, 65-58, at home Dec. 19.
The Spartans held the Hawks to just seven points in the final eight minutes after being down 51-47 at the end of the third.

Spartans rule at solon duals

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SOLON– Despite defeating Keokuk and Vinton-Shellsburg in the opening rounds of the Solon Duals Dec. 21, Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams was not satisfied.
“The first two duals we were not wrestling to our potential and were getting out-fought in some situations,” Williams said. “Our challenge to the team was to go out and wrestle six minutes as hard as they could.”
In the way was Prairie City-Monroe (PCM), No. 6 in the dual rankings (Solon is ranked No. 13).

Lady Spartans rebound on the road,

Solon girls hold off West Delaware 49-40

MANCHESTER– Juniors Erin Kerkhoff, Gabby Marty, Taylor Ryan and Abby Smith, along with senior Brianna Smith started, in Manchester, as the Lady Spartans took the court, clad in their charcoal colored travel uniforms, against West Delaware. The Lady Spartans made Christmas special this year, snatching a win from the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, before the Christmas break on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime: Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts! For children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly. During the month of January the theme puzzlers! There will not be story time programming on Tuesday, Dec. 26, or Tuesday, Jan. 2. Enjoy the holidays!
Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space: (fifth-12th grade) Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

Platz: Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief looks to be an agent of change

NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

The season of giving

Solon sixth graders collect 459 pounds of food for pantry

SOLON– Solon’s sixth graders are making a difference.
Nate Spengler and Mia Stahle, students in Kearce Lindner’s sixth grade class at Solon Middle School, wanted to create their own foundation (the Solon Spork Foundation) and do some good with it.
“We felt it was the season of giving, and we decided, what can we do to give back?” Spengler said. “We just wanted to do something small for the community.”
The two settled on a fundraiser to benefit the Solon Food Pantry and consulted their teacher.

City water for GWA

Agreement in principle to move forward passes, 4-1

SOLON– The City of Solon will extend its water supply to Gallery Acres West.
At a Dec. 20 meeting, city council members voted 4-1 to approve a resolution directing city staff to negotiate with the rural homeowners association under an outlined set of conditions.
According to the resolution, the supply shall be metered from the city limits, Gallery Acres West (GAW) residents will pay a one-time connection fee and will be charged twice the rate for usage, and GAW will be responsible for the cost of constructing the main.
Council member Lauren Whitehead cast the dissenting vote.

Support Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 6

SOLON– Solon Robotics will be holding its fourth annual After New Year’s Day can drive on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Donations can be dropped off behind the former middle school auditorium from 8 a.m. until noon, or pick up can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com or voice mail at 319-541-6855.
Student team members will be going around Solon on the morning of Jan. 6 collecting cans and bottles for the 5¢ deposit to help fund the program. Earlier pickup can be setup by contacting coach Mattaliano.

Winterfest in the Amanas Jan. 27

AMANA– Break out your winter coat and join the Winterfest in the historic Amana Colonies. It is an authentic seasonal celebration experience for all ages during; music, winter games and fun.
Embrace the winter season on Saturday, Jan. 27, with fun for the whole family. Registration for the Freezer 5k Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the run taking place at 10 a.m. followed by a full day of activities. Activities include Ice Sculpting, Log Sawing, Ice Skating and the traditional Nagelhauen and The Great Amana Ham Put.