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Solon Economist

Ely News by Lenna See

Rebecca See and Ronald See spent Saturday, Dec. 3, shopping in Galena, Illinois, visiting the ministry chapel of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in Wisconsin and touring the Grotto in Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

Rebecca and Ronald See of Dubuque attended the Loras College Christmas concert at the Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque on Friday evening, Dec. 2.

Solon News by Lenna See

Dick and Marie Bartosh of Irwin, Missouri, spent a few days visiting with Norma Kubicheck of Sutliff, Bim Reyhons, Bill and Sue Reyhons, and Gary and Nona Reyhons.

Jim Stahle entertained with a dinner at his home on Thanksgiving Day. Guests attending were Kristen and her husband from California, Diane and Gene LaSurer of Des Moines, Doug and Huey Stahle, Carl and Angie Stahle and family, Terry and Leslie Swenson, Adam and Amanda Stahle and family, and Mary Brannaman.

Spartans dominate

Solon grabs 25 pins against Keokuk, PCM and Wilton in home duals

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the Spartan wrestlers at the Solon Duals on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Solon varsity wrestlers led the scoreboard all night, going 3-0 in matchups against Keokuk, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) and Wilton.
“I thought it was one of our best performances of the season,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s a good way to head into break. Hopefully we’ll carry that momentum over once we start back up in January.”

Solon moves to 6-1 with 72-45 romp over Keokuk

SOLON– Senior Jake Coons controlled the tip-off in the non-conference varsity basketball matchup against winless Keokuk Dec. 20 in Solon.
It was a tap pass to junior Luke Ira, who broke for the basket and a quick layup for a 2-0 lead.
It was a good start.
And despite a brief first-quarter lead by the visiting Chiefs, the Spartans controlled the game, rolling to a 72-45 win.
Jake Coons set the tone early with 13 of his 21 points in the first half.

Solon Parks & Rec

Basketball referees needed for third-sixth grade boys’ basketball: Applicants need to be in high school or older and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym (Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game. If you have questions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

Theodore Bradbury (center) considers his answer carefully before answering a question from Santa Claus, who was visiting Bridge Community Bank in Solon Dec. 8. Also enjoying Santa’s company is Theodore’s brother Matthew. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics is collecting cans and bottles on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Please drop off donations behind the middle school, where the buses park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Students on the teams will be going around town collecting cans and bottles that have 5-cent deposits.
If you need your donation picked up before Jan. 7, please contact coach Bill Mattaliano at 319-541-6855 or email Bill.mattaliano@gmail.com.

Free Christmas day meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.

Concept plan for former auditorium approved

Developers reduce number of apartments, add office space

SOLON– A plan to renovate the former St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium into a mix of commercial and residential uses has been approved by the Solon City Council.
Council members voted 4-0 in favor of a revised concept plan for Solon Lofts and Commons at a special meeting Dec. 14, but included a requirement that developers work with the city’s engineer and building inspector to follow the appropriate building codes for varied commercial uses.

Optimist Club of Solon sponsors essay contest for students

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on this year’s theme and determine winners who will receive a medallion and a $300 college scholarship. The winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

Solon High School announces alumni weight room hours

SOLON– The Solon High School weight room will be open for use by alumni.
At no time throughout the school day should any former student be in the high school lifting. The weight room will be available for use from 5-6:30 p.m. during the week until Dec. 22. While school is not in session, the weight room will be available from 12-1:30 p.m. When school resumes on Jan. 3 it will be open again from 5-6:30 p.m.