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Doug Lindner

Let’s do it again

Solon COVID-19 clinic finishes second dose

SOLON– It went just as smoothly the second time around.
Over 1,100 people received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and local residents to host a vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

Rec programs rebound

City sticking with emphasis on outdoor activities

SOLON– Business is picking up for the Solon Recreation Department.
Recreation Director Tom Harder reported strong numbers for spring soccer and a full slate of expanded programs for summer during a Solon City Council meeting March 17.
“Our numbers are basically right where they were pre-COVID, which is great,” Harder said after the meeting.
Soccer registration closed with over 250 kids signed up for 33 teams across pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, he said. Practice begins soon with games in early April.

It’s been such a long time

Solon boys playing soccer this spring

SOLON– The last game for the varsity Spartan soccer team was a 1-0 heartbreaker in a substate final at home against Iowa Mennonite.
May 25, 2019.
It’s been almost two years since the team took the field after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of schools and the cancelation of spring sports in 2020.
Solon could be understandably rusty when it opens the season hosting its own varsity tournament Saturday, April 3. Scrimmages are scheduled for March 25 and March 27, and the Spartans will participate in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Jamboree March 30.

Here’s the mail

Eric Morgan celebrates a year as Solon’s postmaster

SOLON– You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone happier to see warmer temperatures than Solon Postmaster Eric Morgan.
“Very excited to see the snow gone, as is my staff,” he noted.
Morgan, 35, took up the post in Solon Jan. 19, 2020, and celebrated his anniversary in the middle of a prolonged deep freeze, but feels lucky to be here.
“My experience here has been fantastic,” he said. “It’s honestly just a great city filled with small town charm while still developing as the days pass.”

Small rural rezoning request passed to P&Z

Three-lot subdivide sought west of Solon

SOLON– City council members asked the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission to review a modest rezoning request within the two-mile fringe area.
In January, Jim and Julie Agne of rural Solon, made application to Johnson County seeking to rezone 7.5 acres of land west of Solon from a mix of residential and agricultural to just residential.
Because the property, located off Highway 382 and Polk Avenue, resides within two miles of the city limits, the application was sent to the City of Solon and considered by council members at a March 3 meeting.

New life for old home

120 W. Main site plan approved

SOLON– With a few more details worked out, commercial renovation can proceed on a former Main Street residence.
Solon City Council members approved a site plan submitted by North Corridor Properties Investment for 130 W. Main St. at a March 3 meeting.
Included were caveats regarding garbage, landscaping and signage to be resolved with city staff prior to the issuance of a building permit.
The house, on the corner of West and Main streets, will be converted to office use, according to developer Mark Pattison.

Solon fights COVID with clinic

Towncrest Pharmacy teams with community to deliver 1,100 vaccines

SOLON– With only four days to prepare, organizers and volunteers vaccinated more than 1,100 people over two days in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy, a participant in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and dozens of local residents to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.
The by-appointment clinic was reserved for individuals 65 years of age or older.

5 Spartans named All-WaMaC

Bluder a unanimous First Team pick

SOLON– Solon’s starting five were honored with WaMaC All-Conference basketball selections.
The WaMaC released its East and West Division boys’ basketball All-Conference rosters Tuesday, March 2.
Senior David Bluder was a unanimous First Team pick, while senior Ben Cusick and junior Kinnick Pusteoska were Second Team selections. Seniors Will Noonan and Carson Shive received WaMaC Recognition.

Firehouse bid planned for May

June closing on $3 million financing

SOLON– If all goes smoothly, the Solon City Council will award the construction bid for a new firehouse at a May 19 meeting.
Council members reviewed a tentative timeline for financing the project through Tax Increment Finance (TIF) and Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) dollars at a Feb. 17 session.
According to a schedule presented by City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, $3 million in city bonds could be available by June 16 with groundbreaking some time that month.

Tabor to settle in at Lakeview

Floating between two buildings for the 2020-2021 school year

SOLON Jessica Tabor couldnt decide.
When Jodi Rickels retired as principal at Lakeview Elementary, Tabor was tabbed to replace her on an interim basis while the school district waited for the job market to rebound from the COIVD-19 pandemic.
Fresh off her first year as principal at Solon Intermediate School (SIS), Tabor assumed responsibility for both buildings in the 2020-2021 year.
But the Solon Community School District had to eventually fill the hole on its administrative team, and Tabor had to pick between the two elementary schools.

Spartans head to substate final

Solon pushes past Maquoketa to showdown with 21-0 Monticello

SOLON The Spartans moved to within a game of the state tournament.
Solons varsity boys basketball team advanced to a Class 3A Substate 4 Final against undefeated Monticello with a 63-50 win over the Maquoketa Cardinals Feb. 25 at home.
The Spartans and Panthers squared off Monday, March 1, in Maquoketa for a berth in the state basketball championships at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Solon opened the postseason Feb. 22 hosting South Tama, and powered past the Trojans, 64-30.
It was a tougher time facing Maquoketa.

Three-peat

Hayden Taylor makes Solon history Marty places 6th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– Hayden Taylor willed himself to a third state title.
The Solon junior dominated the Class 2A field at 160 pounds and took his place at the top of the podium during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday, Feb. 20.
Taylor worked his way to the title match with a technical fall in the first round, a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and a major decision in the semifinal.
He squared off against second-ranked, undefeated Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the 160-pound final, earning a 7-2 victory.