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Solon Economist

St. Mary Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4

SOLON– St. Mary Helping Hands will host its annual Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at SUMC Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Walk at the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (change of venue) Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon News

Lenna See

Michael Broghammer, along with 29 other young men and women, was confirmed on Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, by Bishop Martin Amos. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the church. Family and friends joined Michael to continue the celebration, in the afternoon, at the home of his parents, Tim and Laurie Broghammer.

Ely News

Lenna See

Robert and Marcella Barta, of rural Cedar Rapids, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, at the Ely Community Center. The event was hosted by their children: Shirlee Barta-Nelson, of East Moline, Illinois; Katherine and Wil Carew, of Fairfax; and Bob and Kathy Barta, of Cedar Rapids. They have seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Mr. Barta and the former Marcella Svoboda were married on Nov. 21, 1946, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, in Cedar Rapids.

Lead2Feed

SHS business students use problem solving

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry recently received an exceptionally large, 1,425-pound food donation from a very unique project. Four students in Jodi Leimkuehler’s Business Management class at Solon High School did not just talk about management, they actually became managers. Cael Starr, Clay Gerdin, Colton Spellman and Lucas Walker helped organize a competitive food drive between classes at Lakeview Elementary as part of Jodi’s Lead2Feed Service Leadership program.

Deep team eyes another run

SOLON– Can Coach Jason Pershing recapture the lightning in a bottle that propelled the Solon varsity boys basketball team to the state tournament last season?
The Spartans toted a nine-game losing streak to the finish line of the 2015-16 regular season, but turned a switch with postseason wins over Central DeWitt, Davenport Assumption and Mount Vernon to reach the state basketball tournament. Solon played No. 1 seed Chariton tough for three quarters but eventually fell, 64-50, in a Class 3A quarterfinal to end the season at 10-15.

One starter back for girls

SOLON– It will be hard to replace four-fifths of the starting lineup.
Lisa Bishop, head varsity basketball coach for the Solon Lady Spartans, knows as much.
In her first year, Bishop and her squad delivered a 14-10 record.
But starting seniors Hannah Bluder, Nichole Oberthien, Dakota Doyle and Sydney Lawson have been lost to graduation, leaving Josie Durr as the sole member of last season’s starting five to return.
But that’s a solid place to start.

Mercer, Morris elected

Solon narrowly leans to Clinton in presidential race

SOLON– Lynn Morris will fill out the remaining year of her appointed term as a member of the Solon City Council, and Shawn Mercer will be a newcomer.
Morris and Mercer received 896 and 802 votes respectively in the Nov. 8 general election, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Mercer, while alone on the ballot for a three-year term, was opposed with a write-in campaign conducted by former council member Dale Snipes. It was actually Snipes’ term on the ballot, Snipes resigned from the council in July and had been replaced on an interim basis by Ron Herdliska.

Council moves ahead with water storage project

Work on 400,000- gallon ground storage reservoir to start in spring

SOLON– It will take Solon to a whole new level.
Bids for the construction of a 400,000-gallon water tank at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area will be awarded next month.
The project, originally expected to start in the spring of 2016, will now get underway a year later, with completion sometime in the fall of 2017.
The ground storage reservoir (GSR) will triple the capacity of the city’s municipal water storage, currently limited to a single 200,000-gallon water tower.

Free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 24

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church serves a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 24. All are welcome. 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 reservations.