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Solon Economist

Keela and the Boys to open Music on Main June 1

SOLON– Keela and the Boys have always loved playing on Main Street for Solon Idol. Although it hasn’t always been as a group, they have been playing with Music on Main for many years. The group was started by John Radenbaugh and Cash Turner when they were in seventh grade. The group got its name when Keela joined in 2012. Keela and the Boys is made up of Radenbaugh, Turner, Adam Roy, Uhlenkamp, Sarah Roy, Edward Richey and Hunter Thompson.

Girls 10th

Solon competes in 3A State Co-ed Track and Field Meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

Misel second in discus, fourth in shot; Durr fourth in high jump

DES MOINES– With an early meet boost from the field events, Solon’s girls put together a top-10 team finish at the 2016 state track meet May 19-21 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Durr scores 100th

SOLON– Going into the home finale May 19 against Mid-Prairie, Josie Durr needed six goals to reach 100 for her high school career.
With only a single goal scored in the first half for Durr, it took an offensive onslaught in the second period, but she reached the mark with about four minutes left in the match.
The home crowd cheered, helped up signs and released balloons to mark the occasion as Durr jogged back to midfield to be congratulated by teammates.
The Lady Spartans overwhelmed Mid-Prairie 8-0 for a Senior Night victory.

Boys 17th

Roeder and 4x800 take fifth, 4x100 takes sixth and Linderbaum takes seventh

DES MOINES– Children grow up learning to swim in the calming, blue, chlorinated waters of the local pool, hoping someday for the blue embrace of the ocean and its much deeper depths.
The Spartans took to those deeper depths on Thursday, May 19, to test their abilities against the best Iowa’s Class 3A had to offer, finishing in a three-way tie, with Grinnell and Assumption, for 17th in a field of 43 teams.

Spartans knock off CP-U, 1-0

SOLON– The last home game was the last match of the regular season for the Solon, and a senior came through on Senior Night.
Parker Mueller’s header in front of the net with four minutes remaining gave the Spartans a 1-0 soccer win over Center Point-Urbana May 17.
Solon controlled the tempo most of the match, with 20 shots on goal to the Stormin’ Pointers two, both saved by goalie Anthony Bullard.

Hidden habitat

Over 400 attend Macbride Raptor Project family day

SOLON– You may not know it exists, unless you’ve been there.
From a bird’s eye view, the Macbride Raptor Project, nestled into the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area, seems to be situated on the tip of a gravel wing; down below it is home to more than 20 birds of prey– three of which have been featured in the project’s new family day. The third event was held Saturday, May 7, and featured the American kestrel, North America’s littlest falcon.

Setting the table for outdoor dining

Council gets first look at proposed Main Street policy

SOLON– The vision for outdoor dining on Solon’s Main Street came into a little sharper focus at a May 4 city council meeting, but it’s still a little blurry around the edges.
In March, Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar owners Aziz and Angie Longou asked the city to consider allowing seasonal outdoor service by leasing a Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
In April, council members agreed and directed city staff to develop guidelines to allow sidewalk and street seating for Main Street eateries.

Solon Poppy Days May 21-May 30

SOLON– Memorial poppies, made by hospitalized and disabled veterans, will be available in various businesses in Solon from May 21 through Memorial Day.
The red poppy has been the symbol for honoring and remembering the men and women who served and died in services to our country since 1921.
The poppy was immortalized by Canadian Colonel John McCrae in his poem “In Flanders Fields” after WWI and also is used in Canada, Great Britain and other countries to honor the war dead.

Solon students rock Assessments

This year’s scores were the best in Solon school history

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SOLON– Matt Townsley can describe Solon schools’ Iowa Assessment scores in three words: “We rocked it.”
Townsley, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) director of instruction and technology, said Solon students’ performance this year was the best in the district’s history.
The district’s goal states that 90 percent of students will be proficient and 25 percent of students will be highly proficient in tested areas.

Solon firefighters annual breakfast Sunday, May 29, at fire station

SOLON– The Solon volunteer firefighters would like to invite the public to their annual breakfast.
The firefighters will be serving breakfast at the fire station Sunday, May 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult admission is $6 and children are $4. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. This is one of two annual fundraisers for the firefighters’ association.

Memorial Day Mass at St. Bridget’s Church set for 9 a.m.

SOLON– Memorial Day Mass for veterans and deceased loved ones will be held Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Church of Nolan Settlement, 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd., Solon. Please bring your lawn chairs as Mass will be offered in the cemetery. In case of rain, it will be held in the church. All are welcome.

Solon Girl Scouts make quilts for veterans

Solon Daisy Girl Scout Troop #5356 completed a “Pay It Forward” service project by making fleece blankets for the dialysis unit at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital and hand-delivering them. The troop also learned about dialysis and made cards for the VA patients. (contributed photo)