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Solon Economist

Spartans continue to ride the crazy train

Solon moves to 6-1 on season with 26-0 win

SOLON– It is heard at almost every football game. It inspires football fans and teams alike, but has somehow become a theme song for this season’s Spartan Football express.
“All aboard! Hahaha…
I, I, I, I… [fade]
Crazy, but that’s how it goes…
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train…”
- “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Ozbourne.
Following last year’s 6-5 record and redistricting, this season the Solon Spartans have definitely boarded a crazy train.

Lady Spartans race into postseason

Cross country girls second at North Linn, champs at IMS

TROY MILLS– Heading into conference and postseason cross country meets, Solon’s girls are ‘packing it in’... in a good way. All five scoring runners were within 27 seconds of each other at the finish line as the Lady Spartans captured runner-up honors in the 19-team North Linn Invitational, Oct. 8.
That builds momentum as the starter’s pistol cracks Thursday, at home for the WaMaC Conference Meet at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and a week later, again on their home course, for the state qualifying meet.

Crowds build as cross country season hits final stretch

Spartans 20th overall at North Linn, fourth at IMS

TROY MILLS– Expect a crowd at North Linn every year.
The October cross country meet features hundreds of runners– 25 schools provide entries on the boys side, with 22 represented in the girls competition. And there are just as many fans packed around the course, threading around and through the rural Troy Mills athletic fields, school buildings and woods.
“The crowd is crazy; people yelling. There is some pushing as the pack tries to get sorted out; to try to stay ahead of somebody,” recalled Solon sophomore Jorel Justus of his first trip around the course.

Lady Spartans sweep Central DeWitt

Solon’s Paige Gallagher (9) and Abby Smith (12) battle at the net with a Central DeWitt player during the Lady Spartans’ 3-0 sweep of the Sabers Oct. 6 on Senior Night. Solon won, 25-13, 25-19 and 25-20 to collect the first home victory of the season. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Fall leaf pick up begins Oct. 17 in Solon

SOLON– The Public Works Department will begin leaf pickup on Mondays starting Oct. 17 and will continue through Nov. 30.
Rake leaves in a pile on the City right-of-way area in front of your house (between the sidewalk and the street curbing). Be sure your pile of leaves is no further than 5 feet back from the curb or the edge of the street. The vacuum hose cannot reach the leaves if they are too far back.
Rake only leaves into piles. The vacuum cannot pick up other types of yard waste such as sticks, brush and garden refuse.

Solon Knights of Columbus all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 9

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 9, 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 6-11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pancakes and omelets on request.

Scouting for Food Oct. 15

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 15. 
Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-10 and collect filled bags on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Reach out. Cook out.

No-pressure events lead effort to share with the community

SOLON– It’s a bridge to the community.
As part of a prescription for a healthy congregation, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been reaching out this year.
In April, the church kicked off a series of events aimed at bringing residents together in a no-pressure atmosphere. The first was the environmentally themed Kick Off to Earth Day at the Timber DOME Lodge; the second, a family movie night in August.

Traffic signal delayed

WHAT WE KNEW
In May, the members of the Solon City Council approved a $98,430 bid from Advanced Electric Service for the project, and construction was expected to be finished by the end of August. The city’s portion, $40,000, will be paid with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds.