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Solon Economist

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2015 registration information

SOLON– Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups (roughly third through eighth grades) for students entering grades 3 through 8. The organization is currently accepting players for the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 seasons. Joining at any time is encouraged but the league registration due date is fast approaching. This is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn the game of soccer, to improve their skills, to play against teams from other WaMac schools and to have fun.

City to consider utility vehicle ordinance

Council members concerned about enforcement

SOLON– Despite concerns over enforcement, Solon City Council members voted last week to move ahead with drafting an ordinance to allow utility vehicles on city streets.
Council member Casey Grover introduced the subject during the April 15 regular session, saying residents had approached him with the idea. He presented the council with a sample ordinance from the city of Knoxville, and reported the community of about 7,000 located southeast of Des Moines has not had significant issues with its enactment.

Timeline for superintendent search debated

Super search on fast track

SOLON– The search for a new superintendent is underway.
Last week, Solon School Board members met with consultants from Ray and Associates Inc., a recruiting agency specializing in educational leadership searches, to discuss steps for finding a replacement for current Superintendent Sam Miller.
Earlier this month, Miller accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency 267. His current contract with Solon schools is set to expire June 30.
Miller has served as Solon’s superintendent for five years.

movin’ on up

The former home of Don and Yvonne Epley heads south on Racine Avenue Thursday, April 16, after being moved off its foundation at the site of the new Solon Middle School. The home was purchased from the Solon Community School District by Dick and Judy Miller and was relocated to a family farm south of Solon. (photo by Jessica Milliman)

Solon Legion breakfast April 26

SOLON– Solon American Legion will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk at a special legion breakfast on Sunday, April 26, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. The breakfast is all-you-can eat and the cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, with 5 and under dining for free. All proceeds will help pay for the Legion façade improvement project.
For additional information, call Cliff Bohling or Jamie Hromi at the Solon Legion, 319-624-2277 after 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 2

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club will be hosting a May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.

Lakeview PTO hosts 4th annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 25

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will be hosting its 4th annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 25, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Nature and Recreation Area. Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to generate laughter.

Seeking to contact recent Solon alumni

SOLON– If you graduated from Solon in the years 1990 to 2000, Solon’s 175th Anniversary committee would like to hear from you. Please email sandrahanson@southslope.net or call 319-624-2710 so the committee may forward information to you about Solon’s 175th Chautauqua Sept. 18, 19 and 20.
Kick-off will be an all-alumni banquet at Celebration Farm Friday, Sept. 18, followed by Saturday morning tours, music and skits in the big Chautauqua tent located on Solon’s Recreation and Nature Area grounds. Ecumenical services and music in the big tent Sunday.

9 Lady Spartans to Drake Relays

DES MOINES– Twas a time, when a couple qualifiers for the Drake Relays were a big deal for Solon and many schools. Billed as ‘America’s Amateur Athletic Classic,’ the Relays (through this weekend in Des Moines) have been a showcase for college and world-class athletes, as well as the best of Iowa’s high schools for a century.

Solon boys third at Marengo, fourth at Jesse Day Relays

DAVENPORT– Solon’s boys notched two solid track and field performances last week, taking third place at the Ruth Ahrens Invitational in Marengo and fourth place at the mixed-school Jesse Day Co-Ed Relays in Davenport.
Tuesday, April 21, the Spartans will host the Denny Gruber Relays, named in honor of longtime head boys track coach and teacher Denny Gruber. On Friday and Saturday, several members of the team (yet to be determined) will participate at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines. WaMaC, district, and state meets will be held in mid-May.

Beginning of the dream

Cycling enthusiasts swarm trail meeting

SOLON– Gary Gray loves riding his bicycle, especially from his home in Cedar Rapids to Ely on the Hoover Trail. Before the trail went in, bike riding was getting more and more exciting than he’d bargained for. “Ely Road has gotten more traffic so it’s a little harder (to ride on) now. The trail to Ely has made it so much easier, it’s just mindless biking now… no cars. And just think, it’s only five more miles to Solon.”

SHS Drama presents “12 Angry Jurors” April 17-19

SOLON– The Solon Drama Department is proud to present “12 Angry Jurors” as its 2015 spring play. The show, renamed from the 1957 film “12 Angry Men,” is an American classic that explores our justice system, prejudice and the power of the individual. The show takes place over the course of one evening in the jury room as 12 jurors deliberate on their verdict. Tempers flare and each juror’s morality is tested. Did the 19-year old boy kill his father or is there room for reasonable doubt?