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Solon Economist

Spartans fall to West Delaware Hawks in second round of 3A football playoffs

MANCHESTER– It was a beautiful night for football, Monday, Nov. 2, as the Solon Spartans traveled to Manchester to meet the undefeated West Delaware Hawks. The Spartans fell behind in the first quarter, 7-0, and the Hawks scored again early in the second quarter. But it appeared Solon was on the brink of a repeat of its Wednesday battle with Washington when they rallied just before half with a score. At the half, West Delaware led, 14-7, but Solon seemed ready to start knocking.

First phase of Hoover Trail funding approved

State trail fund, conservation bond to cover cost

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s a go.
The first phase of the Hoover Trail project has received $679,699 in funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) State Recreational Trails Programs.
The state funding, coupled with money from the county’s Conservation Bond Fund, will enable construction of the first segment of a dedicated recreational trail between Solon and Ely, according to Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof.

Freedom Rock design set in stone

Ray “Bubba” Sorensen creating 99-county canvas

SOLON– “This is kind of a way to have a job and also keep my life in perspective,” Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II said, taking a break from work on the Solon Freedom Rock. “And be thankful I’m an American.”
Sorensen, 36, of Greenfield, was close to putting the finishing touches on the Solon Freedom Rock, one of 99 planned for the state of Iowa.
Solon’s rock, representing Johnson County, is No. 38.

Hydrant flushing to begin Nov. 2

SOLON– Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the Solon Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants starting at 9 a.m. It is anticipated this will last two weeks. This work is necessary to ensure the proper operation of the hydrants and to draw water through the water mains at a faster than normal rate to remove any iron sediment in the pipes.

Solon softball team collecting cans Nov. 1; also selling take-and-bake 

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball team is holding a can drive and fall fundraising event. The can drive will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Drop off your cans at the softball field. The Lady Spartans will also drive around Solon to collect cans. Team members will be selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and apple crisp, which are great for holiday guests and gatherings. An 8x8 apple crisp pan can be purchased for $12 (take-and-bake) and a 9x13 pan lasagna will be $15 (take-and-bake).

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Solon High School presents musical “Annie” Nov. 13, 14, and 15

SOLON– Solon High School now presents “Annie,” the musical! Performance dates are Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium Lobby.
Gold seating is $12, silver seating is $9 and Bronze seating is $6, checks may be made payable to Solon Drama Department.

Old Gold Diner November activities

November is the month of Thanksgiving. Do you know these bits of interest about it? Here’s something to talk about around the Thanksgiving table!
• What year did the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begin?
• Which President first proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
• A male turkey is called a tom. What is a female turkey called?
• Which country first adopted Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
• What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?
• True or false: the song “Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving?

Solon leaves Dubuque Golden Eagles in a fog

Spartans end regular season 5-4; rematch with Demons looming

DUBUQUE– A constant misty drizzle did not deter the Solon Spartans from rolling into the “Rock Bowl” and securing their berth in the postseason.
Solon’s varsity football team defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 31-13, Oct. 23 to finish the regular season 5-4.

On to State Cross Country for Coberly

Düster just misses cut; girls seventh, boys eighth

FAIRFIELD– With a personal best time, Solon senior Trisha Coberly extended her season for another week. She toes the starting line at high noon Saturday as the gun sounds for cross country’s Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
Coberly rode her 19:21 5-kilometer finish to sixth place at the state qualifying meet Oct. 22. “It doesn’t feel like it’s hit me yet,” she said, minutes after the race around the Fairfield reservoir city park. “I know it will in time. I’m just glad to go. Didn’t get to go the last two years.”

School construction still moving forward

Precasts should be completed near the end of the month

SOLON– Construction is progressing on the Solon Middle School and Solon High School Center for the Arts.
Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson provided an update on the projects to the Solon Community School District’s Board of Directors at its Oct. 12 meeting.
Up next is the precast work, which Johnson said should be done by the end of October or beginning of November.
“You’ll see a big crane over there, so that’ll be exciting,” he said. “I’m sure the kids will be interested in seeing all that stuff.”

Dipping their toes in the water

Cedar River Tank Tour owners stays afloat

“Somethin’ ‘bout a boat
Sittin’ on the sea
Out there in the wind
Floatin’ on the free
Take you ‘round the world
Bring you back home
Gives a man hope…”
- Jimmy Buffett’s “Somethin’ ‘bout a boat.”
SOLON– Maybe the song should be, “Somethin’ ‘bout a stock tank.”
Several years ago, Cedar River Tank Tours started out as a conversation over cocktails in a garage. It evolved into a local tourism business based in Solon, growing in patrons and popularity.