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Solon Economist

Renovated St. Mary auditorium to feature two levels of residential

Added parking solves problems

Council informally approves revised Solon Lofts & Commons plan

SOLON– It’s all about the parking.
It was a decidedly different tone as members of the Solon City Council considered a revised plan to renovate the old St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
In January, after a terse exchange between developer Bill Wittig and Mayor Steve Stange, the council voted down a site plan for Solon Lofts & Commons citing the lack of off-street parking provided.
At a June 7 meeting, the differences were apparently all ironed out.

"Making Alzheimer's A Memory" Dinner and Dance

Wednesday, June 21, 4-8 p.m.
Palmer House Stable
Catering by Hy-Vee
Music by the Mill Creek Band
Tickets: $25 each, includes meal, entertainment and a commemorative T-shirt.
For information about the support group, questions regarding the event, or to purchase tickets to the Making Alzheimer’s a Memory Dinner and Dance, call Jacobi Feckers at 319-624-3492 (work) or 319-930-5484 (cell) or email
nursingadmin@solonretirementvillage.com.

Shueyville High School Alumni Association in need of help

SWISHER– The Shueyville High School Alumni Association is looking for people who attended Jefferson and Monroe Townships’ grade schools to assist in maintaining the history of schools in the area. Each year an annual banquet is held.
If interested in attending the banquet or more information, contact Kathryn Birky at kmbirky@southslope.net, 321 Jefferson Ave. SW in Swisher or by calling 319-857-5305.

Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the refuge around 1 p.m. A 5-mile bus drive through the area will provide a view of the herd of 75 bison and 25 elk living within the refuge. The prairie is a natural habitat for a diversity of grassland birds, wildflowers and perhaps a monarch butterfly or two.

Solon school audit released

SOLON– Nolte, Cornman and Johnson P.C. today released an audit report on the Solon Community School District in Solon, Iowa.
The district’s revenues totaled $19,582,705 for the year ended June 30, 2016, a 6.66 percent increase from the prior year.

Ely News by Lenna See

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, and Ronald See spent the Easter weekend in Chicago visiting relatives. On Saturday they attended memorial services for a cousin, Alan Johnson. On Easter Sunday they went with the family to the East Book Club in Chicago for dinner and also visited with Les and Doris Teichner.

Spartans hand Vikings first losses

Doubleheader baseball sweeps against Vinton-Shellsburg and South Tama

SOLON– The Spartans put a blemish on Vinton-Shellsburg’s perfect season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team swept a home doubleheader from the Vikings June 7, putting an end to a nine-game winning streak and handing Vinton its first losses of the season.
Junior Zach Wegmann’s grand slam sparked the Spartans in the 12-8 opening game.
Vinton-Shellsburg had scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the second off Solon junior Tyler Linderbaum for a 6-0 lead.

Lady Spartans split with No. 6 Hawks

Solon takes doubleheaders from Independence and DeWitt

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are giving as good as they get.
Solon’s varsity softball team split a doubleheader with No. 6 (3A) West Delaware and took on two more losses at a Davenport West tournament, but managed two other WaMaC sweeps to move to 13-5 on the season.
The third-ranked Lady Spartans hosted the sixth-ranked Hawks June 6 in Solon for a well-anticipated WaMaC East matchup. Solon took the first game in nine innings, 4-3, before falling in the nightcap, 4-1.
Freshman Kayla West struck out six and walked two while giving up three runs (one earned) for the win in the opener.

Seven Solon girls named to WaMaC All-Conference soccer teams

Durr, Diersen, Tucker named First Team

Solon finishes second in WaMaC East

SOLON– Seven members of the Solon varsity girls soccer team were named to WaMaC All-Conference teams. The selections were released Tuesday, May 30, along with the final conference standings.
Seniors Josie Durr and Ali Diersen and junior Megan Tucker were named First Team All-Conference.
Sophomore Taylor Ryan and senior Aurora Christner received Second Team honors.
Senior Krysten Ulin and junior Brianna Smith received Honorable Mention accolades.

Seven Solon boys named to WaMaC All-Conference soccer teams

Radcliffe, Vang, Yetley named First Team

Solon finishes second in WaMaC East

SOLON– Seven members of the Solon varsity boys soccer team were named to WaMaC All-Conference teams. The selections were released Tuesday, May 30, along with the final conference standings.
Juniors Nick Radcliffe and Issac Vang and sophomore Luke Yetley were named First Team All-Conference.
Senior Ben Carr and junior Eric Weetman received Second Team honors.
Sophomores Jorel Justus and Luke McInnis received Honorable Mention accolades.

Learning more about racoons

Like the displaced persons who have fled from war, floods, forest fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, animals whose homes and food sources were devastated first seek food and shelter. Often they occupy temporary “refugee camps” and are usually driven out in short order by the established residents of the area.

Bergamot drainage issue results in lawsuit

Solon couple seeks damages from builder, developer and city

SOLON– A Solon couple claims their residential lot was incorrectly graded and was serviced by an undersized storm water intake prior to a damaging 2016 flood, according to a civil suit filed in Johnson County District Court April 14.
Marty and Jessica Kelchen, of 716 Bergamot Ln., seek unspecified damages from North Corridor Custom Homes, Inc., Fox Run Development, Inc., MMS Consultants, Inc. and the City of Solon.