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Solon Economist

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

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve 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 St. 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.

Solon Booster holiday store at Dec. 21 home basketball game

SOLON– Still looking for that perfect Spartan gift? By popular demand, the Solon Athletic Boosters are offering more opportunities to shop our holiday inventory. Come get your Spartan Athletic socks, mini-basketball backboards and youth Solon clothing. Great clearance prices on colorful Solon sweatshirts and other items, too.
The Booster shop will be open Monday, Dec. 21, in the Solon High School commons during the boys basketball game against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hawkins at 319-331-0758.

Salvation Army kettle placed at Sam’s Main Street Market

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Salvation Army has been welcomed into the Solon community. Sam’s Main Street Market is hosting a countertop Red Kettle to support the “Give Hope Today” holiday season.
Solon community member Alison Holroyd contacted the Johnson County Salvation Army to get her town involved this Christmas. With the support of Sam’s Main Street Market, a countertop Red Kettle has been placed by the check-out register. A Salvation Army bell accompanies the kettle and will be rung with each donation though Dec. 24.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.

Solon News by Lenna See

Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Drew and Susan Smith, in Cedar Rapids, were Parker and Mary Jo Smith and daughter, of Ankeny; Shannon Smith, of Creston; Rachel Smith, of Marion; Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala.

Mickey and Deb Machacek were Thanksgiving Day dinner guests at the home of Barney and Betty Retterath at Meyer. Deb spent a few more days there.

Rebecca See spent the Thanksgiving weekend at the home of Ronald See. Tim See joined them for dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography Van available in Solon Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic was formally known as Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 West Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for nearly 20 years.

Double-digit wins keep Solon unbeaten

Spartans shoot lights-out in conference wins

SOLON– It’s a 4-0 start for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans continued the undefeated start to the season with a 67-45 win over Central DeWitt at home Dec. 8 and a 77-64 victory over Western Dubuque on the road Dec. 11.
In both games, Solon jumped out to an early lead, shot a high percentage from the floor and enjoyed a marked advantage at the free throw line.
The Spartans limited the Sabers to 13 first-half points in the Dec. 8 home win.

Lady Spartans come close against ranked Bobcats

Solon makes big leap in 43-40 loss

DeWITT– Solon traveled east on Highway 30, through the lights of DeWitt, into the darkness on the edge of town to meet the Central High Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was a battle to the final seconds with Solon on the short side, 43-40, but the crowd in attendance and the players could clearly see the light.

Wrestlers first at Oelwein Invitational

OELWEIN– Despite an inexperienced lineup, the Solon varsity wrestlers captured another tournament title over the weekend.
With 219.5 team points, Solon edged out second-place Byron High School’s (Ill.) 216 points to claim the title at the Oelwein Invitational Dec. 15.
Oelwein (195 points) placed third at its own invitational while Crestwood came in fourth with 185 points.

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

City tightens TIF belt

Pending budget impacts cause caution for council

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city could handle $25,000 all at once, but it couldn’t handle $131,388 over five years.
The Solon City Council took no action on a request by the Solon Retirement Village to extend a five-year Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement for its assisted living facility, but it allowed Red Vespa Pizzeria to trade its 10-year tax abatement plan for a one-year kickback.

Solon moves to 2-0

SOLON– The Spartans are rebounding the ball and hitting their free throws.
The Solon varsity boys basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a road win over Marion Friday, Dec. 4.
The Spartans bounced back from a 18-7 deficit in the first quarter to win 59-52 at Marion.
Solon out-rebounded the Indians 29-16 (including 12 offensive boards) and connected on 28-38 free throw attempts (74 percent).
“I am super proud of how my guys responded to our first half offensive struggles,” said Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We defended very well.”