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Solon Economist

Robotics room Open house Aug. 31

SOLON– Fifth through 12th grade students can check out the new robotics rooms in the lower level of the old middle school, below the Central Office, on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 from 3:15-6 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Solon Robotics competes in FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics around the state. Competition challenges change each season so the game is always something new. Stop in the Solon Public Library to see the display. Questions can be sent to coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

Solon Venture Crew tailgate party Sept. 1

SOLON– On Friday, Sept. 1, before the Solon-Regina game, the Solon Venture Crew will be hosting a tailgate party and informational meeting in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy

SOLON– The City of Solon is accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a city representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must reside within the Solon city limits. Those interested in becoming a member of the board may submit an application to the City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Old Gold Diner fundraiser Sept. 27

• Thanks to Sam Lensing, from Sam’s Main Street Market, for sponsoring the Aug. 9 meal. It looked like he felt quite comfortable dining with us. If you see Sam, let him know we appreciate him and his store here in Solon.
• Bingo is typically every Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes, with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize. The second Tuesday of the month there will be no afternoon bingo.

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met on Monday evening, Aug. 21, at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon with about 30 members attending. She served a delicious meal as usual. Following the meal and business meeting, attendees enjoyed a talk by Bryan Bailey. He told about his walk across Spain. He walked 480 miles over a five-week period. He saw some beautiful country and made several new friends. His pictures were spectacular. Hostess was Viola Zahradnik.

Madison Craig third at State Fair JELL-O Competition

DES MOINES– Madison Craig, of Solon, took third place in the Desserts category of the JELL-O competition, judged at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Entries were judged on taste, originality and best use of JELL-O.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

Spartans sting ‘Stangs 19-0

Special teams triumph in season opener

MOUNT VERNON– It was another for the record books, 15 and counting.
This time the Spartans emerged from Ash Park, on the Cornell College campus, amid the clamor, victorious. Solon defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 19-0, on Friday, Aug. 25, to kick off the varsity football season.
As the last 45 seconds of prep time ticked off prior to the start of the game, AC/DC’s “Are You Ready” drifted from the sound system as the Mustangs and Spartans prepared to take the field. It served as a song of reckoning for the Mustangs.

Spartans spoil Liberty volleyball debut

Solon rolls 3-1 over Liberty High in Lightning Bolts’ new gym

NORTH LIBERTY– It didn’t take long for the Lady Spartans to be in the spotlight.
The Solon varsity volleyball squad helped Liberty High in North Liberty usher in a new age Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school.
“It was a very exciting experience– the crowd was big and the noise was loud,” said Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin. “The girls came out a little nervous but we had talked about the atmosphere and to just refocus and control what we can and eventually we calmed down.”

Girls 4th, boys 9th in Prairie invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– Come to Prairie? Run with a crowd.
Each year, Solon’s cross country opener, at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, provides an eye-opener of what is going well early in the season… and what needs improvement.

State Forest Nursery launches new online store

AMES– Ordering trees from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) State Forest Nursery just got easier. A new online sales site– http://nursery.iowadnr.gov/– features dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process.
Also new in 2017 are changes to how nursery stock can be used to accommodate a wider audience of people wanting to order bulk trees:
• Customers can purchase trees in bundles of 25, compared to previous order minimums of 200.
• Seedlings can be used for any purpose, including windbreaks or decorative landscaping.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Sept. 30

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing is Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event is a three-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $60 per golfer and includes greens fee, lunch, a door prize and a drink ticket. This year the outing is limited to one session. Lunch is being served starting at 11:30 a.m., golf will start at 12:30 p.m. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride Golf Course at 319-624-2500 or contact Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

The making of a Graham Champion

Rose McAtee honors Tom Wall with swine project

IOWA CITY­– “You’re going to be the one in your family who’s going to show hogs,” the late Tom Wall said to Rose McAtee, a fifth grader at Solon Middle School and junior member of the Graham Champions 4-H club.
Rose remembered the conversation she had with Wall at the annual Special Olympics banquet with which her family helps.
“He talked to me for about an hour about hogs,” she said. “He was a big pig farmer. We were kind of close to him. Then when I heard he passed away, I wanted to show hogs in honor of him.”