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Solon Economist

Old Gold finds help next door

D.R. Miller steps into new role as diner’s site manager

By Nathan Countryman
Solon Economist
SOLON– D.R. Miller is proving you’re never too old to start a new career.
Miller was recently named the new manager for the Old Gold Diner in Solon, taking over for Duane McAtee, who retired at the end of July.
“One of the biggest challenges for me has been that I’ve been used to writing everything down in ink in my professional life,” Miller said. “This job requires you to write things down a lot more in pencil, to be willing to be flexible to whatever changes the day brings.”

Annual fall facilities usage meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, at SMS

SOLON– On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the annual fall facilities usage meeting will be hosted for all youth league teams for the months of October through December. The meeting is open to the public at 6 p.m. in the middle school commons. Those with questions regarding the meeting may contact Kris Wentzien at 319-624-3401, ext. 1349, or by email at kwentzien@solon.k12.ia.us.

Solon Sts. Peter and Paul Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 17

SOLON– The Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation and Chapel will host its annual Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church hall and chapel, 1165 Taft Ave. NE.
A luncheon, kolache sale and silent auction begin at 11 a.m., with a live auction starting at 1 p.m. Raffle drawings will be held after the live auction, including a quilt raffle.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Sept. 30 (time change!)

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing is Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event is a three-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $60 per golfer and includes greens fee, lunch, a door prize and a drink ticket. This year the outing is limited to one session at 8:30 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE change in time). Lunch will be served after golf. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride Golf Course at 319-624-2500 or contact Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

Solon Library Board of Trustees vacancy announced

SOLON– The City of Solon is accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees for a city representative. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must reside within the Solon city limits. Those interested in becoming a member of the board may submit an application to the City Hall at 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon. The application can be found on the city’s website at www.solon-iowa.com.

Spartans shut out Regals, 33-0

Kula rushes for 206 yards

SOLON– In an evening filled with patriotism and Spartan pride, the Spartans routed the Iowa City Regina Regals, 33-0, on Friday, Sept. 1. The student section was awash in star-spangled splendor and the Solon American Legion presented the colors before the crowd.
It was Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Regals came to town in hopes of defeating the Solon Spartans and getting into the win column in the 2017 season after a week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 23-6.
The Spartans dashed those hopes.

Lady Spartans make some noise against ranked opponents

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Lady Spartans swept Anamosa to win their home opener, but it may be what they did over the weekend that’s more impressive.
Solon’s varsity volleyball squad jumped out to a 4-1 start with wins over Liberty High, Williamsburg and Anamosa.
But Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin was just as excited about going 1-3 at a weekend tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington.
“Don’t let that fool you, we hung with some big dogs,” Ferin said of the tournament.

Girls 3rd, boys 11th at Bob Brown invitational

Girls 3rd, boys 11th

IOWA CITY– The finishes were firm, even though the times were missing.
Electronic gremlins made individual times disappear from boys’ results at the Sept. 2 Bob Brown Invitational cross country meet in Iowa City. However, scores– derived by the order runners from each school crossed the finish line– did hold up.
For Solon, Carl Richey was the top runner, with the team finishing 11th.
The system did hold up for the girls. Freshman Kiersten Conway was the first Spartan across in the girls’ combined junior varsity (JV)/varsity 5-kilometer race. As a team, the girls finished third.

First day at new middle school

Ribbon cutting, flag presentation mark opening day

SOLON– Students don’t always look forward to the start of a new school year.
But the atmosphere for the beginning of classes at the Solon Community School District’s new middle school on Wednesday, Aug. 23 brimmed with excitement.

Don’t think about old

Jeanne Erhart is a Solon Senior of the Year

SOLON– “There are a lot of people that do so much,” Jeanne Erhart said of being named one of two Senior of the Year award recipients. Phyllis Fiala was also recognized this year.
“Somebody must’ve picked Phyllis and I,” Jeanne said when asked if she knew who made the nominations.
Jeanne and husband of 63 years Wilbur have been Solonites since the early 1960s.
“All of our kids (five) went to school here and our grandkids (two) went to school here,” she explained. The Erharts have three great-grandkids, including one born in California back in July.

Robotics room Open house Aug. 31

SOLON– Fifth through 12th grade students can check out the new robotics rooms in the lower level of the old middle school, below the Central Office, on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 from 3:15-6 p.m., and Sept. 2 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Solon Robotics competes in FIRST Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and VEX Robotics around the state. Competition challenges change each season so the game is always something new. Stop in the Solon Public Library to see the display. Questions can be sent to coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com.

Solon Venture Crew tailgate party Sept. 1

SOLON– On Friday, Sept. 1, before the Solon-Regina game, the Solon Venture Crew will be hosting a tailgate party and informational meeting in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m.