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Solon Economist

The plan to preserve St. Mary’s of Newport

130-year-old structure needs new roof, siding

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
NEWPORT– There used to be a village of Newport along the road halfway between Solon and Iowa City.
St. Mary’s Church of Newport is just west on Newport Road, and if funds for its preservation are not raised, it may soon become a memory from the distant past, too.
The 130-year-old structure no longer serves a Catholic congregation as it did for the first 110 years of its existence. Even its role as a precinct polling place has fallen along the wayside.

Solon woman collects $50K on Ghostbusters lottery game

CLIVE– A Solon woman said she normally doesn’t play the lottery, but when she saw her favorite movie used as the theme for one of the Iowa Lottery’s new scratch tickets, she just had to try it.
Carrie Meyer of Solon claimed the second of 10 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s new “Ghostbusters” scratch game. She said she bought her winning ticket Sunday at Casey’s, located at 203 S. Market St. in Solon.
The 40-year-old said she scratched off her ticket later the same day and was a little disappointed at first because she thought she didn’t win.

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2016 Registration information

SOLON– Attention parents of students entering third through eighth grades, the Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups. The FC is currently accepting players for the fall 2016-spring 2017 seasons. The FC is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn soccer and improve their skills, play against other schools and have fun. More information about registration and Solon FC can be found online at www.solonfc.org.

May activities for Old Gold Diner

• Thank you to the Solon Senior Advocates for sponsoring the May 11 meal. Thanks to Larry Meister for giving an update on what the Advocates are up to these days.
• Bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 11 a.m., is penny bingo and, following lunch, play for prizes with black out for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Solon Senior Advocates cancel trip to LeClaire; Bluff Lake on deck

Proposed Senior Advocate trips

*Thursday, June 16: NOTE CHANGE: Galena, Ill. Leave Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:15 a.m.; $45. 11 a.m., Galena Heritage Step-on tour; 12 p.m., dine at historic DeSoto Hotel; 1:30 p.m., visit the Galena/JoDavies Co Museum (including a Galena ore mine shaft) and/or a shopping spree.
^Thursday, July 21: Kent Park/Lake Macbride: leave Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 11 a.m.; $15. Picnic in shelter at Kent Park, chat with Brad Freidhof, conservation program manager.

Boys fall to West Liberty in soccer semifinal

SOLON– The Spartans had the lead but couldn’t hang on.
Solon’s varsity boys soccer team saw its season end Wednesday, May 25, after a 3-2 loss to West Liberty in a Class 1A substate semifinal.
The Spartans held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first period on goals by Ben Carr and Brandan Childs, but Solon gave up two unanswered scores in the second period for the difference in the game.
Carr scored his goal at the 16-minute-mark of the first period, knotting the match at 1-1 after an early strike by the Comets.

Solon pounds out 12 runs against Regina

IOWA CITY– A seven-run third inning propelled the Solon varsity baseball team to a 12-4 win over Iowa City Regina Thursday, May 26.
Solon opened the game with two runs in the first inning, a seven-spot in the third and three more runs in the fourth for a 12-0 lead before the Regals managed to muster a score.
Luke Ira and Zach Wegmann each had three RBI for Solon; Ira was 2-4 with two doubles, while Wegmann went 2-5 with two doubles.

Lady Spartans sweep Vinton-Shellsburg

SOLON– Solon’s varsity softball team outscored Vinton-Shellsburg 23-6 in a doubleheader sweep Thursday, May 26, in Solon.
The Lady Spartans opened the double-dip with an 8-1 win behind pitcher McKenna Miller’s one-run, six strike-out performance.
The Vikettes jumped out to an early first-inning 1-0 lead, but Solon came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Spartans plated seven runs over the next four innings. Scoring in each, for the 8-1 final.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

SWIM LESSONS AT MT. VERNON POOL:

Registrations are still being accepted (up to a maximum of 64), although a $15 late fee will be assessed. The registration form is available on the Solon Parks and Recreation website or it can be picked up at Solon City Hall. Swim lessons will run the mornings of June 13-17 and 20-24 from 10-10:45 a.m. Swimmers will be picked up, by school bus, at Lakeview Elementary School at 9:40 a.m. and dropped back off, at the elementary school, at approximately 11 a.m.

And they’re off!

Britta Elijah and Taryn Anderson pull ahead in a heat of the fourth grade three-legged race during Lakeview Elementary’s Track and Field Day Tuesday, May 17, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center. The annual field day is held near the end of the school year and mixes traditional track competitions with sack races and other fun events. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Keokuk principal will be Solon’s full-time AD

Zach Wigle to succeed Keith McSweeney in 2016-17 school year

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) Secondary Principal of the Year will be Solon’s new activities director (AD).
Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Dr. Davis Eidahl announced May 13 that Zach Wigle will succeed Keith McSweeney and become the school’s first full-time AD, pending school board approval.
Wigle (pronounced WHY-gull) is currently the principal for Keokuk High School, and was in Des Moines on the day of the announcement to be recognized by the SAI as principal of the year.

Solon car thefts prompt reminder to lock vehicles

SOLON– The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents of Solon to lock their vehicles at night after a series of overnight thefts May 12-13 on the south side of town.
According to Sgt. Kevin Elliott, four unlocked vehicles in the Wood Lily Road/Willow Lane/Bergamot Lane area, on Solon’s south side, were targeted between 10 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and 5:45 a.m. Friday, May 13. Items were removed from three of the four vehicles.