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Solon Economist

Swisher legion to host Shawnee Petersen benefit Nov. 9

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will host a benefit for Shawnee Petersen on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. Shawnee Petersen, single mother of three, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February. All donations collected go directly to Shawnee as a means of helping her to care for her children and to assist with the massive medical expenses she has incurred.
A full meal will be furnished by donations from the community, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, face painting and other activities for children, live music all day, and much more.

Veterans Day soup supper at Legion, Monday, Nov. 11

SOLON– There will be a Veterans Day soup supper at the Solon American Legion, Monday, Nov. 11. Serving will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m. For $6 adults and $4 children the menu will include chicken noodle soup, chili, crackers, bread and butter, coffee, lemonade, and dessert. All veterans eat free courtesy of American Legion Riders. Everyone welcome. Proceeds are for veterans memorial maintenance.

Solon pantry to donate Thanksgiving meals

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is once again offering a ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal box to families filled with all the holiday fixings. Boxes may be picked up Monday, Nov. 25, at the pantry between 2 and 6 p.m. Please call Carol Tobias, 319-351-6707 to reserve a meal box. Monetary donations to help with our Thanksgiving meals may be mailed to Solon Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 344, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon dancers compete at solo contest

SOLON– Congratulations to Libbie Randall, Kaytee Berstler and Andria Kakacek for receiving Division I ratings at ISDTA State Solos. Ninety-six dancers competed in Class IV solos at Newton High School. Dancers needed to receive an average of 60 out of 70 points in order to receive this recognition.

Solon dancers compete at state solo competition

SOLON– Congratulations to Libbie Randall, Kaytee Berstler and Andria Kakacek for receiving Division I ratings at ISDTA State Solos. Ninety-six dancers competed in Class IV solos at Newton High School. Dancers needed to receive an average of 60 out of 70 points in order to receive this recognition.

Spartans to face No. 1 Decorah

Solon defeats West Delaware 49-20

SOLON– Solon put the hurt on the West Delaware Hawks Monday night, setting up a date with No. 1 Decorah Friday, Nov. 8, in a Class 3A football quarterfinal at a site yet to be announced.
In a physically dominating performance, Solon defeated West Delaware 49-20 in a second round match-up that saw the Spartans leading 35-0 at half.
Both the Hawks and the Spartans came into the game ranked and with 9-1 records, but Solon controlled the game from the onset, blocking a punt, knocking out the West Delaware quarterback and putting the clamps on one of the leading rushers in the state.

No. 2 Solon takes Mt. Pleasant

A win over CCA would give the Lady Spartans a state berth

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the 2013 campaign by beating Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
A pair of bookend wins would get the No. 2 Spartans a berth in the state tournament.
In a Class 4A region 8 final Tuesday night (Nov. 5), the No. 15 Clippers were expected to bring their 23-9 record to Cedar Rapids Washington to face Solon, with the winner advancing to state.
The Lady Spartans defeated Mount Pleasant 3-0 in the regional semifinal Thursday night (Oct. 31) in Solon after a first round bye.

Runners tackle Fort Dodge

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

FORT DODGE– They watched the team races from the outside this year. However, Solon supporters among the couple thousand fans kept their focus on the individual races at the Nov. 2 State Cross country meets. Junior Alex Smith was 46th in the girls’ 4 kilometer race. Junior Ty Appleget was 22nd in the boys’ 5 kilometer course, with senior Patrick McGill 36th.

School releases facilities report

Board members mull over future buildings

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– You might want to think about replacing that middle school.
The Solon school board discussed its options for the district’s facility plan on Monday, Oct. 21. While the board did not finalize any course of action, members appeared in agreement about a consultant’s recommendations and the overall phasing of significant projects, including the addition of a large-enough auditorium at the high school.

Solon Legion to host turkey dinner Nov. 3

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will have a turkey dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The menu includes turkey and dressing, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, rye bread, homemade dessert, coffee and milk. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 through 12, and children 5 and under free.

Supes wrestle with with options for justice center

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.

Just Lego®– and let your imagination run wild

Solon Library’s Lego® club yields fanciful stories

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– There are few toys on the market that better help a child’s creativity than Legos®. It allows students to build something entirely of their own, with or without instructions– Legos® inspire creativity, art, critical thinking, and of course, storytelling.
At the Solon library Lego® club meeting last Monday, Oct. 7, imagination was rampant.