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Solon Economist

Sharp to retire from VA director’s post

Solon’s Barry Sharp pleased with the progress in serving health needs of veterans

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– Walking through the Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Iowa City can be intimidating to say the least. Even on Christmas Eve, the hallways of the VA are full of patients and staff bustling in and out of exam rooms. Among the many faces, one is familiar, and he will say “hello” to everyone.
This friendly face is that of Iowa City Veteran Affairs hospital medical director and self-proclaimed “Solon-oid,” Barry Sharp. He will be retiring from the position in January after seven years at the Iowa City campus.

Little Tykes basketball program offered for first/second graders

First and Second grade boys and girls are invited to learn the basic fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, teamwork and most importantly, have FUN! The Saturday morning program will be held at the Lakeview Elementary gym beginning Feb. 22. Online registration is available at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.

Yoga class to start Jan. 7

A new six-week yoga class will be offered beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7. Yoga will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the lower level of Brosh Chapel Community Center. For more information or to register for the class, visit www.solon-iowa.com and click on the parks and recreation tab. Registration forms can also be found at the Solon City Office.

Junior Optimists sponsoring mini dance marathon Jan. 10

SOLON– The Junior Optimist members will be sponsoring a mini dance marathon for students and staff members in the middle school on Jan. 10. The ‘mini’ will take place during the school day. All proceeds will be donated to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. This will be the 20th year that the U of I hosts a Dance Marathon. The Dance Marathon provides emotional and financial support for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at the U of I Children’s Hospital.

Solon girls push past Maquoketa

SOLON– The temperatures were freezing outside, and the shooting inside was almost as cold.
Solon’s girls played back-to-back home games coming out of winter break Friday and Saturday, defeating Maquoketa, 37-31, and then falling to Anamosa, 28-25.
Both the Lady Spartans and their opponents had a hard time finding the bottom of the basket.
Hosting the Maquoketa Cardinals, Solon trailed 16-15 at the half, but held Maquoketa without a point in third quarter to take a 25-16 lead into the fourth.

Spartans outlast Cardinals in 2-OT thriller

MAQUOKETA– The Spartans already had one overtime win under their belts this season, why not another?
And why not make it two overtimes?
That’s what it took for Solon to down the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-51, Friday on the road in Maquoketa.
Austin Miller made two free throws with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Spartans the lead for good, and Maquoketa’s subsequent pass was deflected, preventing the Cardinals from getting off a shot before time expired.