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Solon Economist

Old Gold Diner - May activities

• April was another good month at The Old Gold Diner. We enjoyed what we learned about bees and beekeeping from Ron Puettmann. Bees are amazing creatures and the beekeepers are doing us all a favor by helping the population of bees grow.

• A big thank you to the George and Gladys Chaloupka family for sponsoring the April meal. What a wonderful way to remember them, friends and family that came enjoyed that time together.

7th grade girls second, 8th grade sixth

SOLON– The future was so bright, the Solon High School track coaches almost had to be wearing shades as the Solon Middle School girls competed under sunny skies, at home on April 11, in the opening meet of their track season. The eighth grade girls finished sixth with 55 team points, behind Mid-Prairie (119), Clear Creek Amana (106.5), Williamsburg (94), Anamosa (76), and Benton (61), but bested Regina (44.5). The seventh grade girls were runners-up to Mid Prairie (130) but spent much of the meet knocking on the door before finishing with 119 team points.

Solon girls soccer

SOLON– The Lady Spartan varsity soccer team scored 18 combined goals against West Delaware and Anamosa last week.
On the road in Manchester April 17, Solon roughed up the Hawks, 11-0, led by senior Josie Durr with eight goals. Sophomore Taylor Ryan added three goals and four assists. Taylor Noonan also had an assist.
Keeper Brianna Smith recorded one save in the shutout.
At home against Anamosa April 21, it was six goals for Durr and one for senior Tara Lance in a 7-0 win. Junior Megan Tucker aided with two assists. Smith had three saves in goal.

Notch two wins for Solon boys soccer

SOLON– Solon’s varsity boys moved to 9-3 on the soccer season with a home win over West Delaware and a road victory against Anamosa last week.
Senior Ben Carr, junior Isaac Vang and sophomore Luke Yetley all scored for the Spartans in a 3-0 win April 20 hosting West Delaware. Carr also had two assists. Keeper Eric Weetman recorded a shutout with help from the Solon defense, which kept the Hawks out of striking range most of the match.

Opening in August

Board members, staff tour new building

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– School board members and middle school staff took a sneak peak at their latest work-in-progress last week.
The new Solon Middle School, located on 11 acres along Racine Avenue adjacent to the high school, is not quite complete, but it’s on schedule for its August opening.
Furniture has been ordered and will arrive in July, according to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent David Eidahl.
Eidahl said the district’s administration is putting a plan together for the transition to the new building.

Cub Scout can drive April 29

SOLON– Solon Cub Scout Pack 120 will collect redeemable cans and bottles on Saturday, April 29, from 1-5 p.m.  Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

Residents petition for special election

SOLON– A special election for a city council member will be coming soon.
A petition requesting a special election was delivered to Solon City Hall April 14 bearing 65 signatures of registered voters. Only 10 signatures were required.
At an April 5 city council meeting, Dale Snipes was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of longtime council member Mark Krall, who stepped down in March.
Krall’s term is set to expire at the end of the year.
The petition makes that appointment temporary pending the outcome of the special election.

City-wide Garage Sales update

Solon’s City-wide Garage Sales will be Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. If you are holding your own sale, it’s time to get on the map. Reservation forms are available inside the library and on the library’s website, www.solon.lib.ia.us.
If you don’t have enough items for your own sale, the Friends of the Solon Public Library will accept donations for the benefit of the library. Items may be dropped off any time. (The Friends cannot accept donations of bedding and clothing.)

Lakeview PTO hosts 6th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 29

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its 6th Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 29 (rain or shine). The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that serves as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.”
Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the 1-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Lady Spartans down Maquoketa, West Delaware on the links

SOLON– Depth paid off for the varsity Lady Spartan golfers during a triangular meet with Maquoketa and West Delaware at the Lake MacBride Golf Course April 13.
Solon’s top three golfers were within two strokes of each other’s scores.
Maquoketa’s Taylor Thede took medalist honors with a score of 44, and West Delaware’s Ashley Goebel was runner-up with a 46, but that wasn’t enough to top Solon.