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Solon Economist

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at SUMC Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Walk at the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (change of venue) Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon KC Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Mary

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat Breakfast with Santa Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. Gifts bags and crafts will be available for children who visit Santa.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

High speed chase ends east of Solon

Juvenile girl critically injured in crash

SOLON– A high-speed chase between troopers and a Des Moines man listed on the state’s sex offender registry ended east of Solon Nov. 22.
Jeffery D. Rangel, 20, of Des Moines, was charged by an Iowa State Patrol trooper with eluding resulting in injury, a Class D felony, after a chase began on Interstate 80 and reached speeds of 116 mph on Highway 1 between Iowa City and Solon.

Cost of sheriff’s contract to increase

Pulkrabek makes annual visit to city council

SOLON– The cost of the city’s contract with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is going up by about $3,500.
The sheriff’s office currently provides 34 hours of weekly law enforcement to the City of Solon at a cost of $41 per hour. That hourly cost will increase $2 an hour, to $43, beginning in July 2017.
It was not unexpected news.
The sheriff’s office instituted a policy of increasing its hourly rates every other year and, with that understanding, the city upped the number of contract hours from 32 to 34 last year.

St. Mary Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4

SOLON– St. Mary Helping Hands will host its annual Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Saturday, Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

Dine out at Solon restaurants to support Post Prom this month

SOLON– Solon Post Prom provides an alcohol-free, safe and supervised celebration following prom for Solon students and their guests. The event is jointly supported through our schools, families, and community businesses.
The following restaurants graciously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds, on the indicated evenings, to Solon Post Prom. Please visit and dine on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Red Vespa; on Wednesday Dec. 14, at Big Grove Brewery; and Thursday, Dec. 22, at Eastwood’s to enjoy great food and support Solon students.
Many thanks to the businesses for their support.

Christmas Tree Walk Dec. 3

A Christmas Tree Walk hosted by Old Gold Senior Dining will be held at the Solon United Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring trees from organizations, businesses and individuals. Entertainment throughout the day and the Solon United Methodist Men’s soup, sandwich and pie lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New kids in town

Solon wrestling team welcomes Highland state champions

SOLON– One wrestler does not a team make, but it doesn’t hurt to add some fresh talent.
And this year two shining seniors from Riverside have grappled their way onto the Solon wrestling team, which kicks off its varsity season Thursday, Dec. 1, with a 6 p.m. dual at Williamsburg.
“It was kind of a surprise, but I think they’ve really fit in well with the rest of the guys,” said Solon head coach Blake Williams, who led the team to an 8-3 conference record last year and 16-5 overall.

CCA takes home season-opener, 60-47

Inexperience nets a loss for Solon girls

SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers used a 31-19 rebounding margin to their advantage.
CCA defeated the Solon varsity girls’ basketball team, 60-47, in a home-opener Nov. 22.
“We lack height and there are some drawbacks to that especially when we are playing a taller player down low, but our lack of rebounding our first game was due more to effort and the discipline to box out,” said Solon head coach Lisa Bishop.
The Clippers were slightly better offensively than the Lady Spartans, but Solon managed only three offensive rebounds, while CCA grabbed 11.

Golden Eagle featured at the Iowa Raptor Project Family Day Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macbride Recreation and Nature Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.
December’s Family Day will feature the Iowa Raptor Project’s Golden Eagle named Aquila. Golden Eagles are the largest, fastest, and nimblest raptor in North America, so kids will have the chance to make wings and race them to find the hidden rabbit. There will also be a fire going and hot chocolate available to help keep the spectators warm.

Cedar Ridge wins Single Malt Gold

Unique crafting nets multiple wins for Swisher distillery

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SWISHER– About a year ago, Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery started entering their more-aged products into prestigious contests in order to build credibility with the brand.
“We came into 2016 hoping to get four gold medals in international competitions,” Cedar Ridge owner Jeff Quint said. “As of last week (week of Oct. 3) we had earned 11, and we still have one competition left. The results this year have been very solid, very overwhelming for us.”