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Solon Economist

Solon boys fall to Maquoketa

SOLON– If Solon only had been playing against Maquoketa’s Abe Kinrade and Jon Ernst, it would have been a two-point win.
Unfortunately, five other players scored for Maquoketa Feb. 5 in Solon, handing the Spartans their fifth loss in a row, 69-52.
Kinrade and Ernst each had 25 points for the Cardinals, almost eclipsing the whole of Solon scoring. With the win, Maquoketa avenged a Jan.12 home loss (92-78) at the hands of the Spartans.

The better to see you with

Solon council to consider golf cart license plates

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City is looking to bring a little clarity to its golf cart ordinance.
Especially for law enforcement officers.
The members of the Solon City Council are scheduled to consider, at a Feb. 3 meeting, revisions to the city law which allows for the operation of golf carts as a street-legal means of transportation within the city limits.
The law has been on the books since 2011, but changes were discussed when council members considered and then defeated a similar municipal rule for utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale, 50/50 bingo and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults; $7 at the door. Kids 5 and under eat free.

Advocates to promote the shoveling of sidewalks for seniors

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates plan to coordinate with another concerned group to promote the shoveling of sidewalks following a snowstorm. The group hopes to help eliminate the possibility of serious falls for seniors and others walking in the community. Many seniors and others walk to the library, the banks, Sam’s Main Street Market and other locations or just walk for exercise. Several senior residence sidewalks have been selected for shoveling.

Coralville Lake Bald Eagle Watch and Expo Feb. 6

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will co-host a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, located at 180 E. Forevergreen Road in North Liberty. The watch site is at Coralville Lake, below the dam in Tailwater West. Co-hosts are the Iowa City Bird Club and Iowa Audubon. The event is free to the public and will be held at the two different locations simultaneously.
At the indoor site
The speakers, exhibitors, and vendor will be located at the indoor venue at North Central Junior High in North Liberty.

Kindergarten Roundup March 24

SOLON– Solon Community School District’s Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Thursday, March 24. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2:00-3:25 p.m. and the second will be from 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup will be done online beginning Monday, Feb. 15. Children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 15, 2016, to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Bookend wins

Blazers and Blue Raiders fall to Solon

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity team welcomed the Anamosa Blue Raiders to their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and did just what they had to do. Solon defeated the Blue Raiders, 40-34, and sent them north with a loss.
The varsity Lady Spartans were up by six points in just over a minute of play through the combined efforts of Dakota Doyle, Bryce Hinkel and Hannah Bluder. Anamosa’s coach quickly called a time-out to have an animated conversation with the Raiders’ varsity squad that reverberated in the gymnasium.

Spartans wrestlers take fourth at WaMaC tournament

VINTON– No Spartan champions were crowned, but the Solon wrestling team placed a solid fourth in the WaMaC Conference Tournament held in Vinton Saturday, Jan. 30.
Cole Fritz (145 pounds) and Trevor Nelson (160) took second place at their respective weights, while Ben Carr won his third place match at 126 pounds and Christian Haight (113) came in fourth.
Western Dubuque ran away with the team title by scoring 259.5 points, well ahead of Independence (198), which enjoyed about the same margin over third-place Mount Vernon (155).

Lynn Morris appointed to Solon City Council

City quickly fills seat vacated by Grover

SOLON– The “No Vacancy” sign has been turned back on.
At a Jan. 6 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange read a letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
By the Jan. 20 meeting, newly-appointed member Lynn Morris was sworn into office.
Morris, 52, has been a resident of Solon since 2003, and recently served a term on the city’s Board of Adjustment.
During the same Jan. 6 meeting in which Grover’s resignation was announced, council members approved a motion to appoint a replacement.

Lakeview Science Fair Saturday, Jan. 30

SOLON– Nearly 100 students from Lakeview Elementary will be presenting a science topic of their choice on Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Lakeview big gym from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a guest speaker at the Science Fair. The Lakeview Science Fair is a non-competitive event with the goal of simple fun while learning science and the public is welcome.
See the Lakeview Virtual Backpack for more information or email Carol Ann Richards at crichards@solon.k12.ia.us.

Methodist men hosting soup supper Feb. 5

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert.

SAL “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 6

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.