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Solon Economist

Blood drive at Swisher American 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.

Lake Macbride forest plan meeting Sept. 16

IOWA CITY– A public meeting is set for Sept. 16 to hear comments on a forest stewardship plan for Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon. “The plan is to help guide management activities which will improve the long term health and resiliency of woodlands there,” explained DNR district forester Mark Vitosh. “It assesses the current conditions, threats and concerns for the woodland health.”

Pelican Festival to be held Sept. 8

The day includes pelican viewing with bird experts, a children’s activity booth and a live hawk release. Staff from the Macbride Raptor Research project and others will offer informational programs on various bird species, and there will be exhibits by environmental organizations and groups including the Eastern Iowa Beekeepers Assoc., Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, Iowa Rivers Revival, Iowa Valley Resource C&D, Iowa Wildlife Federation, Iowa Young Birders, Johnson County Heritage Trust, The Songbird Project, Macbride Raptor Research, Prairie State Mushroom Club, and Swisher Fire Dept.

Solon School News

Calendar reminders

Sept. 5: 1 p.m. Early out
Sept. 19: 1 p.m. Early out
Sept. 19: HS Parent-Teacher conferences, 1 until 7:30 p.m.

Welcome back to school

Solon Public Library

Opening hours change

September means the library returns to its regular hours. Monday through Thursdays the library will now open at noon and close at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours remain the same, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.

New window display

It’s time to decide school leadership

Six candidates share views at public forum

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– In Solon, there is no shortage of people who care about the town. Many school districts struggle to get anyone from the community to attend a single school board meeting, while some Solon constituents attend every one, hoping to share their ideas for a better future.
The Solon school board candidate forum held Wednesday, Aug. 28, was another one of those nights.

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.”