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Solon Economist

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 can drive Saturday, Nov. 14

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will be holding a can drive Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon at 603 Viking Dr. in Solon to raise money for troop supplies.
Please contact Chris Bruck at 319-594-1515 to schedule pick-up.

He’s Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart

Solon’s Kevin Samek inducted into Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

SOLON­– Amped and energetic, uninhibited and intense, young rock musicians often have dreams of making it from their parents’ garages all the way to the big time.
Most don’t make it out of the garage.
Fate played a different tune for Kevin Samek of Solon.
In the 1970s, Kevin joined the rock band Windfall Jac, lending his vocal stylings to the band covering artists like Led Zepplin, ZZ Top and Eric Clapton.

Girl Scouts donate Buddy Benches for Lakeview

SOLON– Fifth grade Girl Scout Troop 5122 built and painted two Buddy Benches for Lakeview Elementary. A Buddy Bench is a bench that is colorful. When a child who needs a friend sits down on it, students see the person on the Buddy Bench and ask them to come play. The Girl Scouts made a video skit to show future Lakeview students how the Buddy Bench works. The girls thank Sherwin-Williams for donating the paint and other supplies, and their parents for helping with the project. The Buddy Benches were the girls’ project to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award Junior Girl Scouts can earn.

Solon Optimist Club to sponsor Oratorical Contest for students under age 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others,” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2015-16 year.

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Former NFL player and bestselling author visits Solon Middle School with a message about the importance of reading

SOLON– Former NFL player and current young adult novelist Tim Green sometimes speaks in CAPITAL letters.
Green, a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons from 1986 to 1993, used his interest in sports and reading to weave together a message about the importance of books and hard work for a packed audience of students and teachers in the Solon Middle School gymnasium Oct. 28.
The dynamic speaker and author stressed to his audience the importance of books as a gateway to other worlds and experiences, and as the training room for their minds.

Spartans exit 3A football playoffs in second round

MANCHESTER– Arguably it was the best night for football this season on Nov. 2 when the Solon Spartans traveled to meet the West Delaware Hawks. A season of wins and losses looking like an EKG culminated in Manchester as the Spartans departed the playoffs at the hands of the Hawks, 37-14.

Class sizes still rising at Garner Elementary

ICCSD may allow families at crowded schools to transfer to schools with smaller class sizes

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY – As K-3 enrollment continues to creep upward in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), the Board of Directors will consider options to keep class sizes down, such as allowing students to transfer to schools with small classes.

Haunted happenings

NORTH LIBERTY– With a turnout of more than 720 kids, North Liberty’s Haunted Happenings event is easily one of the most popular Halloween activities in the Corridor.
This year’s Haunted Happenings took place Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at the North Liberty Community Center.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 fall farminar series starts Nov. 10

AMES– It’s that time of the year again: cooler nights, shorter days, harvest wrapping up – the perfect time to reflect on the growing season and consider improvements to better achieve farm goals next year. Practical Farmers of Iowa is set to kick off its fall farminar series in November to offer practical knowledge for row crop, livestock or fruit and vegetable farmers looking to improve their operations. The webinar series, called “farminars,” is free for anyone with an internet connection to tune in and participate.

Spooky Spartan Trail

The Solon Middle School PTO hosted the Spooky Spartan Trail Friday, Oct. 30, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The fundraiser featured semi-frightening scenes along the cross coutry course adjacent to the Timber DOME Lodge. At left, Carter and Quint Chickering pick out some treats from a volunteer before moving on down the trail. (photos by Doug Lindner)

City creates new janitor position

Part-time job will serve city buildings

SOLON– Good help can be hard to find.
Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
After over a year of trying to find a suitable contractor, the City of Solon is creating a new part-time janitorial position to provide services for the city hall, library and fire station.
“This has been a long process,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen told city council members at a regular meeting Oct. 21.

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.