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Solon Economist

Holiday Tree sale to support splash pad

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Public Library to view the 16 trees entered in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. The trees are for sale now until Dec. 16 and the profit from the sale of the trees goes to the Solon Splash Pad.
Consider purchasing a tree for a friend, for a daughter or son in college or her/his office at work, for a grandson or granddaughter for his/her room, for the children’s teacher, for a relative in the nursing home, for yourself or for your husband. Add some holiday lights, color and cheer to someone’s life.

Sacred Relics of the Saints at St. Mary

SOLON– A teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics is coming to St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be present to teach about over 150 holy objects, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.

Sts. Peter & Paul Nativity scene restored

Mt. Vernon couple refurbish Sts. Peter & Paul holiday display

SOLON– After what many guess is over 100 years of use, it didn’t surprise anyone that the characters in the Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel nativity scene needed repair.
The harder part for Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation president Jean Litts was the project itself and finding the best person for the job. 
Or, in this case, the best two people. Bill Faoro and Leona Smith of Mount Vernon were selected by Litts, and the husband and wife duo assessed the project they were being handed. 

Ely News by Lenna See

Gail Nederhiser was a Thanksgiving dinner guest of Bruce and Donna Griebel, Logan Haley and Macy.

Anthony and Keri Van Sant and Archer, of Batavia, Ill.; Kala Bontrager, Jadasen, Ariana and Kiych, of Cedar Rapids, and Jean Zach were Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Don and Ruth Bontrager in Cedar Rapids.

Alumni Basketball Tournament, Dec. 30

ment will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.

SCA hosts ACT event

ACT staff and Solon theater tech students collaborate on live event.

SOLON– Solon’s Center for the Arts (SCA) has been a busy venue since it opened last spring with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” performed by a cast of 120 students from middle to high school with technical support from 20 crew members.
From January through November, the facility hosted more than a dozen events, including several vocal and band concerts, award-winning singer and jazz bassist Katie Thiroux, and most recently, a second Disney musical, Mary Poppins.

Solon News by Lenna See

Norma Kubichek was a dinner guest on Thanksgiving Day of Jim and Kris Nichols in Iowa City.

Kevin, Sherri, and Alan Shima and Leo and Elaine Shima were among the dinner guests on Thanksgiving Day of Nathan and Missy Pacha in Oxford.

Ruby Jean Berridge, Roxanne and Brian Vincent were among the Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Tom and Erica Landon in Walker.

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at the Chrome Horse in Cedar Rapids for supper and meeting. Twenty-five members and three guests were present. Assisted by her husband John, Linda Hartley Hey, of Cedar Rapids spoke and showed pictures on the history of Western. Hosts were Glenn and Sharon Modracek.

Bryce Buresh and Kasi Ruppert were supper guests of Glenn and Frances Buresh on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Buzzer-beater moves Solon to 2-0

Krutzfeldt 3-pointer gives Solon the 55-54 win over Marion

SOLON– Ben Krutzfeldt’s 3-pointer at the buzzer won it for the Spartans.
Down by two in the closing seconds to Marion, The Spartans inbounded at the far end of the court to A.J. Coons who drove the ball and dished it off to Krutzfeldt for a deep three that swished the net.
Solon, down by seven points to start the fourth quarter, scored 22 points in the final period to steal away a 55-54 victory over the Indians Dec. 1 in Solon.
“Ben hit a great shot,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing noted. “That was set up by A.J. Coons.”

Lady Spartans defeat Demons at home

Solon downs Washington for 2nd win, 53-46

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SOLON– Solon’s Brianna Smith returned to the Lady Spartans’ home court on Saturday, Dec. 2, arguably in an effort to wash the bitter taste of the 64-18 loss to Marion the night before from every Solon fan’s memory. Shooting 5-5 from the arc, Brianna Smith led the 1-2 Lady Spartans with 22 points to a 53-46 win over the 1-2 Washington Demons while exorcizing a few from the night before on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Wild Wrestling Win

Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty costs Raiders as Solon beats W’burg

SOLON– The Solon varsity wrestling team started its season with a doozy.
The Spartans came away from a home dual meet with Williamsburg Nov. 30 with a one-point win, 32-31, awarded to Solon on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final match of the night.
“The Williamsburg meet was definitely one to remember,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams.
The Raiders returned most of the lineup from a team that finished second in the WaMaC, Williams said, while the Spartans graduated seven seniors who amassed more than 1,000 career wins.

No. 1 Marion routs Solon Women

Lady Spartans pick up second loss, 64-18

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MARION– On Friday, Dec. 1, the Lady Spartans found out what it is like to meet a No. 1-ranked team as they headed to Marion to face the Indians. Suffice it to say it was an eye-opening, 64-18 loss.
“I hope we can take some pride in the fact that we never gave up,” Coach Lisa Bishop said. “That Marion group has been playing together for a long time, year round. They know each other very well and have worked extremely hard on their game in the off-season. They should be rewarded and I think they will be state champs.