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Solon Economist

Clearing the snow from Johnson County roads

By Kevin Braddock
Maintenance Superintendent for Johnson County Secondary Roads

 JOHNSON COUNTY– Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but as Iowans, we know the snow and ice can come well before then. Now is a good time to remind residents of the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department’s Snow Removal Policy, available on the Secondary Roads web page at www.johnson-county.com.

RJ’z seeks to build new BP station

Co-owner hopes for quick demolition, April 1 reopening

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– A new building is in the works for RJ’z Express.
The locally-owned convenience store offering BP gasoline closed for business Sunday night, Nov. 22, to make way for a bigger store.
According to RJ’z co-owner Randy Walter of rural Swisher, the new, larger store will feature a full kitchen, more retail and an in-house Godfather’s Pizza franchise.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at stable Saturday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting the first-ever Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Trees from different organizations, businesses and individuals or families will be on display, with entertainment throughout the day. A free will offering is requested, and proceeds will be shared with area non-profits, not including the Old Gold Diner.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 4, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 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.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. 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 Street. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Tootsie roof

Spencer Michels concentrates on adding a piece to his gingerbread house at one of two workshop sessions offered by the Solon Public Library Monday, Nov. 16. (photo by Doug Lindner)

December Old Gold Diner activities

December is the month of Christmas, and a celebration on New Year’s Eve. Do you know any of these Christmas bits of trivia?
Which company was the first to use Santa Claus in an advertisement?
Which president was the first to decorate the White House?
Which country did the gingerbread house come from?
What kind of Christmas did Elvis Presley sing about?
Which reindeer is Rudolph’s dad?
Which Christmas movie has been played more than any other?

From Cyclone to Spartan

Lisa Bishop takes over as head hoops coach of the varsity Lady Spartans

SOLON– Normally, she would be a Cyclone in Hawkeye country, but now, Lisa Bishop is a Spartan.
Bishop, 33, has taken the reins of the Solon varsity girls basketball team, and prepared to open the 2015-2016 season Nov. 24 at Vinton-Shellsburg.
But it almost didn’t happen.
She was pregnant with her third child, Zeke (now 7 months old) when the position of head coach for the Lady Spartans was brought to her attention.

Ed Hadenfeldt named Cornell College Alumni Coach of the Year

MOUNT VERNON– Cornell College honored Ed Hadenfeldt of Solon as the 2015 Alumni Coach of the Year during an Oct. 3 ‘C’ Club Breakfast and Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.
Hadenfeldt, a member of Cornell’s All-Century Football Team, retired last spring after 37 years in coaching and education. He got his start at Sioux City Heelan High School as head wrestling and assistant football and track and field coach.

Solon facilities usage meeting to be held Dec. 9 at middle school

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the Middle School. The meeting is being held to discuss the upcoming facilities needs for January to April. Please make sure your team, or group, has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

SHS named a model Professional Learning Community at Work

SOLON– Solon High School was recently recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work™ process was a contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.

“Better than a dream”

Solon’s Ginkens goes Hollywood and finds “Western Religion”

SOLON– It’s easy to call Solon’s Bill Ginkens a Renaissance man. He’s been a photographer, painter, musician, horseman and short-order cook at the former Reggie’s Weenies in downtown Solon. Now, he adds actor to his list of accomplishments.
Ginkens landed a role in the independent movie Western Religion, written and produced by James O’Brien, without even trying.