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Solon Economist

Finding balance

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Session 2 of Zumba

is currently underway. It started March 24 and meets Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. It runs until April 23. Cost of a 10-punch card: $50 for city residents or $60 for non-city residents. Walk-ins are welcome for a $10 fee or an unused punch from a previously purchased punch card. Registration forms are available on the Parks and Recreation website or can be picked up from city hall or at the class.

Plenty of challenges for CCA school board

Project delays and legislative inaction beset administrators and directors

AMANA– A troublesome sewer line, delays at the middle school and legislative impasses added up to a challenging agenda.
These were the issues the board of education of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District confronted at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 11, in the Amana library.
The news started out well for the board, as District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby reported on progress at Tiffin Elementary.
“They say they’ll be ready for us on the first of August, that was the last report we had,” Willoughby said.

City begins process of reviewing comprehensive plan

SOLON– It’s time to make some changes.
Solon City Council members were introduced last week to the consultants who will help forge the latest version of the city’s comprehensive plan.
Shawn O’Shea and Jim Holz, of MSA Professional Services, were present for the March 18 council meeting to outline the initial steps of updating the comprehensive plan.
The plan serves as a guide for future development decisions and includes demographic information as well as planning recommendations.

They could have danced all night

Solon Dynamite dance team hosts Dance Spectacular 2015

SOLON– Solon Dynamite is the bomb.
The high school dance team of six hosted the group’s annual Dance Spectacular on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school gym. As is tradition, Solon invited other dance troupes from the area to share the spotlight, including a team from Solon Middle School, preschool through sixth grade dancers who lit up the night with a glow stick routine, and individual members who presented solo numbers in a variety of dance styles. Dance teams from Williamsburg, Grinnell and Dance Arts Iowa also performed routines for the packed house.

Hoover Trail extension meeting to be held in Solon April 7

SOLON– The public is invited to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County on Tuesday, April 7, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon.
All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.

Stepfather charged with kidnapping in Amber Alert case

Sheriff’s office releases more details regarding March 7 incident

IOWA CITY– The stepfather of a 10-year-old Coralville girl taken from a Solon residence March 7 has been charged with kidnapping.
Kenneth Eugene Johns, 48, listed as a transient, is accused of taking his stepdaughter, Brianna Christine Elise Crane of Coralville, from a Solon residence Saturday, March 7, resulting in the issuance of an Amber Alert by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
In a press release issued Wednesday, March 18, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office released more details of the incident and announced charges against Johns.

Alliant Energy provides equipment to install osprey platform at Lake Macbride

LAKE MACBRIDE– Alliant Energy provided the equipment to install a pole for a new osprey platform at Lake Macbride State Park. The old osprey nest and its tree blew down late in 2014 after the osprey migrated south for winter.
Lake Macbride has experienced success nesting a pair of osprey for over 10 years now as part of a re-introduction program through the Macbride Raptor Project.

Jazz at the Commons on March 28

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to enjoy Jazz at the Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Sunday, March 29

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the west end of the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. The event is for children of all ages. Bring a basket for your goodies.

Trapshooting can drive March 28

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.

Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Sale March 28

SOLON– The Junior Post Prom Committee will host a Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Rummage Sale to help fund the Post Prom Party for Solon High School students. The rummage sale will take place on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons from 8 a.m. until noon. If you would like to donate or have any questions, please contact Angi Shelangoski at ashelangoski@solon.k12.ia.us or 319-624-2007.