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Solon Economist

Big Grove Brewery

Much anticipated opening date set for

SOLON– It’s a combination of rustic elements and contemporary design, urban chic meets country comfort. It’s a Friday night with old friends around the fire, topped off with new-to-the-world trendy craft beer.
It’s part five-star chef, part mom’s mac-and-cheese, born of a blend of talented individuals both raised in the Midwest and schooled by life in some of the most eclectic, metropolitan places in the world.
And it’s all in once place, right in the heart of Solon.

Six Lady Spartans named to All-State and All-District softball teams

SOLON– Six Lady Spartans have been named to the 2013 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State & All-District softball teams.
Junior Mallory Madsen, senior Kara Misel and sophomore Taylor Nearad were named to the Class 4A first team. Madsen finished the season with a .512 batting average with 88 hits and 22 doubles. She struck out only three times, according to information listed with quikstatsiowa.com. Misel hit .436 with 68 hits (including 26 doubles) and 54 RBI. Nearad boasted a .491 average, with 80 hits. She had 27 doubles, four triples and two home runs.

Six from Solon varsity baseball named to WaMaC East All-Conference team

SOLON– Senior pitcher Todd Oberthien, junior shortstop Elijah Kane, and senior outfielder Chris McNutt were named to the first team WaMaC East All-Conference team.
Oberthien compiled a 5-1 record with a 0.13 ERA and 52 strike-outs. Kane hit .411 with 39 hits and four doubles. McNutt had a .409 hitting average with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Senior outfielder Colton Dall (.365 average, 35 hits, eight doubles and a home run) was named to the second team, while senior Tim Lance and junior Mitch Silberstein received honorable mention status.

Evans places eighth in national wrestling tourney

SOLON– Lance Evans of Solon wrestled at a national wrestling tournament in Fargo North Dakota in July, earning All-American status by placing at a national tournament.

Booster Club Fall Sports Kickoff Friday, Aug. 23

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club Fall Sports Kickoff and Sports Drink Scrimmage is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, at Solon Spartan Stadium.
The concession stand will be open with a brown bag special, as has been done in previous years (except last year because of delays opening the new stadium).
The donation of sports drinks is encouraged as a free-will offering for admission to the event (both powder packages and bottles are acceptable).

Solon Public Library

Solon History Preservation

Teachers weigh in on SBG implementation

Board approves guiding SBG document prepared by teacher committee

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– The teachers have spoken.
A committee of Solon teachers met Friday. Aug. 9, to discuss the future of Standards-Based Grading (SBG) in Solon schools. Although the meeting did not result in a comprehensive plan for the year, teacher representatives felt confident with the direction the administration is heading.
The Solon school district administration, and members of the teacher committee, presented their SBG guiding document to the board on Monday, Aug. 12.

Parks & Rec. Flag Football and Fall Soccer registration ends Aug. 26

SOLON– Registration for flag football and fall soccer continues until Monday, Aug. 26. Flag Football is for children age 5 (must have turned 5 by Jan. 1, 2013) through the sixth grade. Soccer is for children age 4 (must have turned 4 by Jan. 1, 2013) through sixth grade. Flag football games are played on Monday evenings while soccer is Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings. Parents are encouraged to sign up this fall using the online registration at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com. The online registration allows you to pay by credit card or debit card.

Blood drive at Swisher Legion Tuesday, Sept. 17

SWISHER– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m.
To sign up contact Tammy at 319-857-4741 or sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

get set for school

Thirteen-month-old Addie Donius waits patiently in her dad Adam’s arms as her brother Landen checks in during Lakeview Elementary’s Unpack Your Backpack Night Thursday, Aug. 15. Landen will be a kindergartener in Mrs. Stinocher’s KA classroom at Lakeview. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon School News

First day of school

The first full day of school for first through fourth grades is Tuesday, Aug. 20. The first day of school for Kindergarten students is Wednesday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten students will come for an individual assessment on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten families should schedule an appointment for the assessment for their child. The first day of school for preschool is Thursday, Aug. 22. Individual home visits will take place with Preschool families Aug. 19 through 21.

Lakeview PTO

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.