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Solon Economist

Keeping the memory alive

Second Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk to be held on April 11

SOLON– Although Brett Smith passed away nearly three years ago, his memory is still going strong in the hearts of his friends, family and community.
The son of Jeff and Carmen Smith of Solon, Brett was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in January of his senior year at Solon High School. He was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics but was later sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and passed away there on April 16, 2012.

New Zumba session begins March 24

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the first session, Kelsey Karsten has agreed to teach another session. It will again be 10 classes, every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30-7:15 p.m., starting March 24. The location this time is the Solon Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. Cost of registration is a 10-punch card: $50 for city residents; $60 for non-city residents. Walk-ins are welcome for a $10 fee or an unused punch from a previously purchased punch card.

Want to get in shape for the summer? Try Boot Camp

cluding resistance training and body weight exercises. This 10-week strengthening class (Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:15 p.m. starting March 24) will be instructed by Lindsay Olson. Lindsay is an ACE certified health coach and has done personal training at the North Liberty Recreation Center. Her e-mail address is lindsayolson@gmail.com. Classes will be held in the lower level of St. Mary Church Parish Hall. Cost of punch card is $50/city residents; $60/non-city residents. Unused punches from previously purchased punch cards can be used or you can walk-in for a $10 fee.

Junior/Senior Baseball and Softball coaches meeting March 25

Coaches meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon Parks and Recreation office (223 S. Iowa St.). Practices scheduled to start the week of March 30. Games scheduled to start the week of April 30.

Stepdad in custody; 9-year-old returned

SOLON– A 9-year-old girl allegedly taken from a Solon residence over the weekend has been has been returned safely. The man accused of taking her has been placed in custody after a two-hour standoff in Davenport.
Law enforcement authorities issued an Amber Alert Saturday afternoon, March 7, after the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic situation in Solon. According to the Amber Alert, 9-year-old Brianna Crane had reportedly been abducted her stepfather, Kenneth E. Johns, and a gray Ford Focus was being sought in connection with the case.

Solon Trustworthy Hardware celebrates 40 years of business

SOLON– Walking into his parents’ hardware store, Tom Trump wasn’t quite prepared for the display of pink step stools, toolboxes and tools that greeted him in the front window. It seemed out of place for a store that sold lawn mower parts, plumbing supplies and other home improvement tools.
Immediately, he knew this was his mother, Carolyn’s, doing.
“What are you going to do with that?” he recalled asking her.

Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers at Old Gold Diner March 18

SOLON– On Wednesday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m., Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers will help celebrate two special days, St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Days, at the Old Gold Diner in Solon. Come and join the celebration and make a reservation for lunch. Call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on March 17 to make reservations. The music will set your heart and toes-a-tapping. Special desserts will be served that day.
What is the Buzz all about? Watch for the Buzz coming soon!

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.

175th Anniversary Committee seeks memorabilia and photos

SOLON– The Solon 175th Anniversary Committee is seeking Solon memorabilia to display during the reunion on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. Items that specifically designate Solon such as old calendars, souvenirs, handbills, photos of buildings or gatherings at events or any items that depict Solon from the past are of particular interest.
Items may be taken to the library. The items will be cataloged with the name of the lender and will be returned following the September event.
The public’s assistance in making this a memorable occasion is greatly appreciated.

Solon City Council approves school site plans

Details yet to be worked out for pedestrian crossing

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– There are still quite a few details to iron out, but both sides have agreed to work together.
The City of Solon has given the Solon school district permission to move forward with the construction of both a new middle school and an auditorium addition to the high school.
City council members approved site plans for both the middle school and a performing arts center at the council’s March 4 meeting.

Archery Club doubles in size

SOLON– The Spartan Archery Club had a very successful season this year. The club doubled its number of archers from last season.
The choice to compete in tournaments, or not, is totally up to each individual archer and of the 33 archers competing this season, 18 qualified for the state championship tournament. The club had several archers that missed going to state by only a point or two. 

Natural curiosity

Solon senior Kaitlin Hatcher traveled to New Zealand to participate in a biology study with the University of Iowa

SOLON- John Hatcher remembers buying his daughter, Kaitlin, a go-cart when she was in her early teens.
Like any other kid her age, she and a friend immediately took the new toy out in the back of the family’s property to test it out. After awhile, John began to worry about the girls, who had yet to return from their ride, and went outside to check on them. Seeing no sign of Kaitlin or her friend or the go-cart, he went into the brush to find them.
John what was surprised by what he found.