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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans’ Digging for a Cure Cancer Night Tuesday, Oct. 13

SOLON– The Solon High School volleyball team will be hosting a fundraiser for the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Tuesday, Oct. 13, the team’s last home match of the season.
The Lady Spartans’ Digging for a Cure Cancer Night will include a silent auction, bake sale and 50/50 raffle with all proceeds donated.
The match will feature Solon against Anamosa, and will include a recognition of senior Solon players.

Parks and rec. commission pursuing splash pad project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Commission is looking to make a splash with its new fundraising campaign.
With a target goal of $400,000, the commission is asking residents to step forward with contributions for a community splash pad.
And according to commission member Kelsey Bumsted, over 30 individuals have already kicked in nearly $5,000.

Spartans blank Central Clinton Dewitt Sabers, 41-0

Spartans return to Paradise

There was something about the crescendo of excitement, as AC/DC howled “Back in Black” and Guns and Roses’ belted out “Paradise City” through the scoreboard speakers, when the Spartans returned to their home field Friday, Oct. 2, that had everyone on the edge of their seat.
The crisp football air, the chilling breeze and the roar of the home team filled the night, as the Solon Spartans blanked the Central Clinton Sabers, 41-0, on Friday night.

Solon second at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– The power of a point.
Solon’s and Williamsburg’s girls could not have been much closer in the point spread Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Williamsburg’s seven-team cross country invitational. As the fifth and final scoring runners cleared the finish line, though, it was the Raiders 34-35 over the Spartans for the meet win.
Solon’s boys also grabbed the runner-up plaque; again with Williamsburg taking first, with a 32-43 margin.

Girls down to the wire

Western Dubuque sweeps Lady Spartans

Digging for a Cure Cancer Night Oct. 13

SOLON– The Lady Spartans will look for an uplifting end to their regular season Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The Solon varsity volleyball team will honor seniors Mikayla Long, Dakota Doyle and Josey Hajek for the final home game of the year hosting Anamosa.
The Lady Spartans will also be hosting a fundraiser, “Digging for a Cure Cancer Night,” featuring a silent auction, bake sale and 50/50 raffle with all proceeds to benefit the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.

Solon High School Homecoming Court announced

The 2015 homecoming court for the Solon Community School District was announced last week in advance of Homecoming Week. The king was to be named at the Homecoming Parade Wednesday evening, while the queen will be crowned at halftime of Solon’s varsity football game against Central DeWitt Friday. The Homecoming Court includes: (front) Lillee McAtee, Katy Misel, Katie Moore, Jade Flansburg, Eva Platz and Jenna Roskopf; (back) Dylan Doyle, Nate Christensen, Cherif Longou, Tanner Wymer, Jalen Howsare and Steven Wilson. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Ely Road to close beginning Oct. 5 for culvert replacement project

ELY– Due to a culvert replacement, Ely Road will be closed starting on Monday, Oct. 5. The closure will be from Wright Brothers to Fuhrmeister Street in Ely and is expected to last seven to 10 days.
Ely Road will be closed to through traffic, but local residents will maintain access to their properties. There will be a posted detour.

Solon Retirement Village to host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.

Lots to sift through after auditor review

Hazy bookkeeping practices to be improved

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon will work with its independent auditor to determine how to respond to concerns raised by the state after an accounting review of the local fire department.
The Solon City Council held a brief special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23, to discuss the report, which evaluated the bookkeeping of the Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association.
But there was little discussion at the 10-minute meeting.

New school board members take their seats

Last for Martin, Coons; first for Haluska, Hauer

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– The torch has been passed.
The Solon Community School District bid farewell to outgoing school board directors Dean Martin and Dan Coons, and welcomed its new directors, Adam Haluska and Jim Hauer, at the Sept. 21 board meeting.
Haluska and Hauer were elected during the Sept. 8 election, in which four candidates vied for two open seats. Haluska earned 237 votes, or 62 percent. Hauer pulled in 168 votes to defeat incumbent Coons’ 165 votes, in a narrow victory.

Archery Team open house Oct. 5

SOLON– Coach Gary Mechtensimer and the Solon Archery Team will hold an open house on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 122 N. West St., from 6-7 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to explain how the Solon Archery Team operates, demonstrate how the archery range is set up, hand out required paperwork, and answer any questions parents or interested participants may have. The community is invited to attend. All team practices will be held at the Family Life Center throughout the season.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.