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Solon Economist

School records, top-five finishes for girls at Drake Relays

Sprint medley fourth, Bullard fifth

DES MOINES- So, now, they’ve run against the best in the state. Solon’s Lady Spartans track team returns to the regular season this week, before gearing up for their next tour of Drake University’s ‘Blue Oval.’ With a meet in Monticello and WaMaC conference slated this week; it is into the post-season. The regional qualifier, May 9, determines who returns to Drake Stadium, May 16-18, for the state coed track meet.

Solon girls win second in a row

Cardinals dispatched by Lady Spartans, 2-0

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans’ first of two home games of the week, on Tuesday, April 23, Solon dispatched the Maquoketa Cardinals, 2-0, to move to .500 on the season. The win was the second in a row for the Lady Spartans, who appear to be building momentum on offense cresting the halfway point of the season.

Solon 5th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys track and field team rolled into Tiffin on Thursday, April 25, after the cancellation of the Maquoketa Valley meet earlier in the week due to weather, ready to compete at Clear Creek Amana High School.
Even with some team members competing at the Drake Relays for the weekend, the Spartans captured a consistent fifth-place showing.

Solon boys win 5th in a row

Spartans shut out Mustangs, 4-0

SOLON- Solon’s boys were on the attack against Mount Vernon.
The varsity soccer team dropped the Mustangs to 2-8 on the season with a 4-0 shut out at Spartan Stadium Friday, April 26.
The Spartans kept Mount Vernon keeper Zach Kolker busy all match. Kolker recorded 24 saves against four goals allowed.
Two of those goals belonged to Solon senior Luke Yetley, with seniors Jorel Justus and Ben McAtee adding one each. Senior Drew Bruck, senior Luke McInnis (two) and sophomore Gabe Yetley were credited with assists.
Senior Ian Johnson recorded two saves in goal for the shutout.

Old Gold Diner two-for-one starts May 6

SOLON- Starting May 6, on Mondays only, it's two-for-one at the Old Gold Diner.
Bring in a friend and their meal is free. All ages are welcome. To make your reservations by 1 p.m. Friday, or if you need more information, call 624-2251.

Vaping epidemic discussed May 5

SOLON- The Solon Community School District, Solon Secondary Schools PTO, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Sheriff’s office and Prelude Behavioral Services are sponsoring a community education presentation about the youth epidemic of vaping Sunday May, 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Solon Center for the Arts Auditorium.
Resource exhibits will be open at 3:30 p.m., with a presentation in the auditorium at 4 p.m. A question and answer session will follow.

Solon volunteer fire breakfast May 26

SOLON– The Solon firefighters host the 56th Annual Solon Firefighter's Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, at the Solon Fire Station, located at 131 N. Iowa Street.
The breakfast is all-you-can-eat and the menu includes: pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, patty sausage, sliced ham, milk, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $4 for children 12 and younger and $7 for adults.

Solon Fire Dept.’s new EMS truck has already gotten a workout

SOLON- The Tri-Township (Solon) Fire Department’s fleet expanded recently with the addition of a new medical response truck.
Solon 139, a 2019 Ford F-350 pickup with modular service body, entered service roughly one month ago, and has already gotten a workout as EMS (Emergency Medical Services) runs make up the majority of the calls for service for the 35-member department.
“It’s been nice with the call volume,” Captain Rick Childs said, noting at least 85 percent of the all-volunteer departments calls for service are medical emergencies.

May Day Breakfast Saturday, May 4

SOLON- Meet your friends or members of your family at the Solon United Methodist Church for the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast on Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 11 a.m. Enjoy egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk.
Adult tickets are $6 each or five tickets for $25. Children aged 5 to 12 are $3 each or five for $12. Children under the age of 5 are free.
The profit made from the breakfast will be split between the Solon Public Library and the Solon Intermediate School media center.

The dragon maker

Author Sarah Prineas drops latest title, “Dragonfell”

SOLON– Sarah Prineas created a world where cities run on magic.
Now she’s made another where dragons hoard teacups.
“Dragonfell,” her 11th book for HarperCollins, was released in hardcover in March.
It takes place in an otherworld, on the cusp of industrial revolution, with less room for magic and dragons.
Rafi Bywater, accused by a factory owner of being “dragon-touched,” is cast out of his village, and begins a journey to discover the truth, befriended along the way by Maud, a wanna-be dragon scientist.

Solon Methodist sponsoring Lake Macbride Earth Day cleanup April 14

SOLON- Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) is looking for some help to clean up Lake Macbride State Park and Highway 1.
The church is hosting a Lake Macbride Community Earth Day Event Sunday, April 14, from 1-3 p.m. (rain date April 28).
Participants can meet at the playground just past the modern campground inside Lake Macbride State Park or at the SUMC Family Life Center parking lot (for Highway 1 chores).
The event is for all ages.

Old Gold Diner hosts fourth graders April 17

SOLON– The Old Gold Diner hosts a fourth grade class on Wednesday, April 17.
There are usually 23 students who visit. The Old Gold Diner would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $4, same as seniors, for the meal. Try to join this fun occasion and visit with the young Solon School students. Call 319-624-2251, by noon the day before, to make reservations. Lunch is served promptly at 11:30 a.m., so arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class scheduled to visit this month is section 4D, teacher Mr. Bogard’s class.