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Solon Economist

Facilities usage meeting Sept. 11

SOLON– The fall facilities usage meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school. Those present will discuss the upcoming facilities needs for the months of October, November and December. Please call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Solon KCs breakfast Sunday, Sept. 8

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus will hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages six through 11, and free for ages younger than six. Custom omelets are available upon request.

Solon drivers needed for RSVP transports

SOLON– Would you be willing to volunteer your services to provide door to door transportation in your vehicle to a doctor or dental appointment for an area senior? Solon seniors would be eligible for RSVP transportation if there are drivers that would be willing to volunteer to provide this service.

Making Solon a better place to be

McAtee, Stull join the Solon Public Works Department

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SOLON– There’s a couple of new faces being seen around town these days in the service of the city and its citizens. Jerry McAtee and Tim Stull joined the ranks of the Public Works Department in July, with McAtee coming aboard on July 1 while Stull started on the fifteenth.
A self-described lifer, McAtee is a Solon native through and through. His official title is that of a water and wastewater utilities specialist. Stull is a transplant, having been born and raised in Belle Plaine before living in West Branch and eventually putting down roots in Solon.

No. 2 Solon sweeps CCA

Season begins with dazzling serves and 3-0 win

SOLON– The No. 2-ranked Solon Lady Spartans defeated Clear Creek Amana (CCA) 3-0 to open the 2013 volleyball season last Thursday.
The Lady Spartans’ serves kept the Clippers off-balance and resulted in a convincing 25-14, 25-8, 25-10 victory.
Solon, which finished second in the Class 4A tournament last year, lost three key players– hitters Kelsey Cave and Kelsey Hinrichs and setter Emma Rickels– to graduation, but it didn’t take long to shake off the rust and reload.

Spartans out of the gates with a win

Solon defeats Mustangs 31-8 on a hot night

MOUNT VERNON– Despite the heat, the Solon Spartans piled up over 400 yards of offense against the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday night, winning the first game of the season on the road, 31-8.
The game was delayed an hour due to excess heat warnings and the freshman/sophomore game was shortened to 8 minute quarters as a precaution.
“The conditions were very oppressive needless to say,” noted head coach Kevin Miller. “Coaches and trainers work cooperatively to educate players about the importance of hydration, rest and nutrition.”

Solon football game delayed one hour

Fresh/Soph to play shortened quarters

Solon Community School District Activities Director Keith McSweeney has announced the start time for the Solon freshman/sophomore football game Friday at Mount Vernon has been pushed back one hour due to excess heat warnings. The start time for the freshman/sophomore game will be moved to 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow at approximately 8:15-8:30 p.m.

Solon fall sports begin this week

VARSITY FOOTBALL

Date Opponent Site TIME
Aug. 30 Mt. Vernon Mt. Vernon 5 PM
Sept. 6 Iowa City Regina Solon 5:15 PM
Sept. 13 Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant 5 PM
Sept. 20 Clear Creek Amana Solon 5 PM
Sept. 27 Central DeWitt DeWitt 5 PM
Oct. 4 Anamosa Solon 5 PM
Oct. 11 Marion Solon 5 PM
Oct. 18 Maquoketa Maquoketa 5 PM
Oct. 25 Benton Community Van Horne 5 PM
Oct. 30 Sub-State Game TBA 7PM
Nov. 4 First Round Playoffs TBA 7 PM
Nov. 8 State Quarterfinals TBA 7 PM
Nov. 14 State Semifinals UNI Dome TBA
Nov. 21 State Championship UNI Dome TBA

Solon High School ACT scores are highest in past five years

SOLON– Solon High School students scored the highest marks in the past five years in the areas of English, math, and science on the 2013 ACT tests. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. The composite score of 23.4 for Solon High School was well above the state average of 22.1.

Solon Public Library

Fall hours, holiday closing

The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, regular library hours resume which means the library will open at noon on Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours remain 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Library policy on unattended children

Sponsors needed for Solon Senior Advocates trip program

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are initiating a trip sponsorship program to help reduce costs for our seniors. A sponsorship program will enable us to provide lower rates for the 12 to 14 yearly trips. Increased participation often necessitates organizing bus transportation which adds cost and not all seniors can afford these trips. Many would like to participate, not only for entertainment, but for sociability and mobility. Pledges may be made in any amount at $30 per trip or up to include all 12 trips.

Marshek residents unhappy with city’s approach

Residents want to ditch homeowners’ association, but city might require it

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Things had been moving along, albeit slowly.
The drainage issue affecting the residents of the cul-de-sac Marshek Court had made it back on the city council’s radar, and over the last month the city’s engineer and public works director had been working on a cost-effective solution.
Then came Wednesday night’s council meeting.