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Coralville Lake bald eagle watch and expo Feb. 9

IOWA CITY–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be hosting a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free to the public and will have two different locations going simultaneously. The indoor venue will be at the Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Dr., Coralville. The outdoor venue will be a viewing site at the Tailwater West Picnic Shelter downstream from the dam at Coralville Lake.
Indoor expo venue

Council approves learning academy site plan

IBy Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Building blocks for big kids were discussed as the Solon Learning Academy’s site plan went before the Solon City Council.
The proposed childcare center will be located at the intersection of Prairie Rose Lane and Windflower Lane (east of Dairy Queen), and is slated to open in August.
The site plan passed unanimously at the council’s Jan. 16 meeting.

SAL Kettle fried chicken dinner Saturday, Feb. 9

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will hold their famous kettle-fried chicken dinner on Saturday, Feb. 9, serving from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Take-out is available. For $8 adults, $4 kids (6-12) the menu includes delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven baked beans, bread and butter, dessert, and coffee, milk or lemonade. Children five and under eat free.

Solon Public Library

Friends of the library used book sale Feb. 2

Solon Community School District audit released for 2011-12

SOLON– Nolte, Cornman & Johnson P.C. today released an audit report on the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
The district’s revenues totaled $16,439,050 for the year ended June 30, 2012, a 2.13 percent increase from the prior year. Revenues included unrestricted state grants of $5,013,376, local tax of $7,144,344, operating grants, contributions, and restricted interest of $2,080,417, charges for service of $1,886,367, nonspecific program federal grants of $237,307, unrestricted interest of $21,595 and other general revenues of $55,644.

Old Gold Menu

Wed Jan 30:
LS turkey tetrazzini, mixed green salad w/assorted dressings, tropical fruit, ice cream cup.

Thu Jan 31:
LS roast pork, oven brown potatoes, broccoli, fruited yogurt, poke cake. BINGO.

Fri., Feb. 1:
Swiss steak, baked potato half with sour cream, fruited gelatin, pineapple upside-down cake. Cards.

Mon., Feb. 4:
Potato crusted fish, Rice Florentine, Nantucket blend vegetables, Mandarin oranges, frosted banana bar.

Tue., Feb. 5:
Pork cutlet, garlic mashed potatoes, spinach au gratin, tropical fruit, pudding.

Wed., Feb. 6:

Spartans clamp down

Boys complete six-game stretch with one loss

SOLON– The Spartans outscored their opponents 170-124 last week, picking up three more victories and avenging an earlier loss.
Solon’s boys defeated West Delaware, Central Clinton of DeWitt and Mid-Prairie to move their record to 13-3.
But it wasn’t all peaches and cream.
Against West Delaware on the road, the Spartans had a lead of 20 points but won by single digits, 58-49.
“They just wouldn’t go away,” head coach Brad Randall said. Buoyed by some crucial 3-pointers by senior Austin M. Miller, Solon’s boys fended off a late charge in the fourth during which they were outscored 19-13.

Big OT win for girls

Lady Spartans take down Mid-Prairie, 49-46

SOLON– That was a good win.
The Solon Lady Spartans upended the No. 8 team in Class 3A over the weekend, taking the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks to overtime for a 49-46 win Saturday in Wellman.
Solon used a second quarter surge to take an 8-point lead at half, 29-21, but was held to 15 second half points and the two teams were knotted at 44 after regulation.
The Lady Spartans outscored Mid-Prairie 5-2 in overtime to seal the victory.

Greatly appreciated

Honor Tour overwhelms Solon WW II veteran

RURAL SOLON– Thank you. Two words which often seem insignificant, or are casually tossed about. But, to a veteran, they can be overwhelming when offered with sincerity.

‘Generation Change’ is coming to Solon UMC

SOLON– Dave Ramsey’s new program for high school students and young adults is designed to lead teens to a better understanding of God, themselves and their money– and how it all works together. The program highlights themes of what scripture says about finances, creating a budget, and being debt-free. Classes will be held at Solon United Methodist Church on Saturday Feb. 2, 9, and 16, from 1 until 4 p.m. The cost is $26 and includes a workbook for each lesson. Please contact Renee Masters at 319-624-2288 with any questions. The deadline for registration is Jan. 18.

Dollars for Scholars seeking stuffed animals

SOLON– Please donate any stuffed animals you no longer want to Solon Dollars for Scholars for the spring carnival. They can be dropped off at the Solon Public Library before Feb. 20.

Optimist Club basketball contests Sunday, Jan. 27

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will hold basketball contests, including dribbling, passing and shooting, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m., at the Solon Middle School gym.
The categories are ages eight through 13, boys and girls divisions. First, second and third place awards are presented to each age group, along with boys and girls champion awards.
A registration form can be downloaded at solonoptimist.org.