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Solon Economist

We’ll drink to that

Cedar Ridge celebrates long-awaited legislation and its most prestigious award

SWISHER– So far 2017 has been a very good year for Jeff Quint and his Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery located near Swisher.
On March 28 a key piece of legislation, long fought for by Iowa’s distilleries, cleared the Iowa House of Representatives, 93-1. House File 607 allows Iowa distilleries to sell their products by the glass, and as cocktails, in their tasting rooms. It also increases a daily sales limit from two bottles per person to a full 12-bottle case and raises a state-imposed cap on the annual production of distilled spirits.

Education Foundation popup fundraiser for reading

SOLON– The Solon Education Foundation is running its first ever “popup” fundraiser using its online donation feature at www.solonedfound.org/.

11 Solon girls On to state

Five relays, six individuals in girls’ Class 3A track & field

MARION– “Are we in?”
As regional high school track meets close across Iowa, that question is voiced countless times by athletes and coaches, moms and dads. Many spend a restless night checking screens, wondering who made it to the state meet, beyond the automatic qualifiers. For Solon’s girls and those in 63 other Class 3A schools, only first and second place guarantee a ticket to state, May 18-20 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Ira, McGill, four throwers to state

Spartans sixth at 3A state qualifier track meet May 11

MARION– Coach Mark Sovers penned a note to the Spartan Track and Field team copied to the back of the team roster and distributed prior to the 3A District 2 state qualifying meet on Thursday, May 11, at Thomas Park in Marion.

Spartan track and field team fifth at WaMaC JV meet

JV throwers capture four of top 10 in shot put

MARION– The Solon junior varsity (JV) Spartans had the lights turned on them on Monday, May 8, at the WaMaC JV Meet held in Marion at Thomas Park.

7th grade girls take first at middle school WaMaC track meet

DYERSVILLE– The seventh and eighth grade Solon Middle School Lady Spartans’ track and field teams traveled to Dyersville to compete in the WaMaC Middle School Girls Meet on Friday, May 5.
The air of the meet was light and joyous, and the seventh grade girls track team won the event.
It was the nicest day the athletes saw this season; blue skies, fluffy clouds, mild temperatures and sounds of girls voices cheering, shouting encouragement and checking in for their next events. It was raucous and joyous, not too serious and buzzed with the excitement of youth.

Lions roar at Centennial club’s charter party

New Solon service group ready to find local projects

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s official.
Members of the Solon Centennial Lions Club signed their organizational charter individually at a commemorative party April 29 at the Lake MacBride Golf Course.
Close to 100 people, including visiting Lions from clubs as far away as Des Moines and Illinois, attended the festivities which included the presentation of the club’s banner, the swearing in of charter members and remarks by Past International Director and Ely native Ron Duffe.

Fiala and Erhart Seniors of the Year

The Solon Senior Advocates have named Phyllis Fiala (left) and Jeanne Erhart (right) as the recipients of the 2017 Senior of the Year award. A presentation was made to the co-winners at the May 3 Solon City Council meeting by Sandy Hanson (center). A reception in honor of Fiala and Erhart will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge Friday, June 9. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Old Gold Diner to welcome fourth graders from Lakeview May 17

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, May 17.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4D (Bogard).

Two candidates for special city council election May 30

SOLON– Dale Snipes and Lauren Whitehead will be the two candidates seeking to fill the unexpired city council term of Mark Krall.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, Snipes and Whitehead are the only two residents to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 30, special election.
The filing deadline for candidates was Friday, May 5.
Snipes was appointed to fill the council term, which expires Dec. 31, but a petition requesting a special election was subsequently filed with the city.

Be A Hunger Hero for Mary’s Meals Saturday, May 13, at SRNA

SOLON– On Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, Be A Hunger Hero at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
This event is for the entire family to enjoy a morning full of hero themed activities. A super-hero training course provided and ran by Iowa Gym-Nest, cape decorating, Solon firefighters, bounce houses, and face painting are all provided for participating children.
One mile and 5K fun runs will start at 9:30 a.m. The runs take place on the paved trail around the recreation and nature area and partially on the graveled Lake MacBride Nature Trail.

Solon 22-year-old killed in Sutliff Road accident

SOLON– A 22-year-old Solon resident was killed in a two-vehicle accident just north of Solon on Sutliff Road on May 2.
According to a report by the Iowa State Patrol, Quinn Houlahan, 22, was driving a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Sutliff Road at approximately 6:22 p.m. when an eastbound 1997 Ford F150 driven by Glen Erenberger, 54, of Solon, attempted a left turn, resulting in a collision.
Houlahan was a 2013 graduate of Solon High School, and was currently enrolled in the HVAC program at Kirkwood Community College, anticipating graduation in May (see obituary, page A4).