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Solon Economist

Solon High Band’s Winter Concert will be Monday, Dec. 15

SOLON– The Solon High Band’s Winter Concert will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of traditional holiday songs. For a number of years, the students of the band have sent $35 each month to support a girl named Asnet who lives in Uganda. The band would like to take up a collection at the end of the concert. The students decide where to give the money. The band has contributed to Asnet’s family and community, Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and Witty Kitties.

Pack the Gym Night for wrestlers Thursday, Dec. 11

SOLON– The Solon Spartan wrestling team is hosting Pack the Gym Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Solon High School gym.
The Spartans will wrestle Dyersville Beckman and arch rival Mount Vernon in a double dual meet.
Come support the Solon wrestling team and pack the gym with Spartan wrestling fans.

New opportunities

New recreation director hopes to add more programs

SOLON- Solon Recreation Director Mike Reeve’s favorite moments are those of triumph and kindness.
Because he’s present for every Parks and Recreation game and activity, he gets to see the best of young athletes and coaches in the area. Sometimes he witnesses the excitement of a kindergartener’s very first soccer goal. Other times, he sees the definition of integrity, like when a coach tells a referee about a penalty he missed, even though it would go against his own team.

Linderbaum, Kramer on 2014 INA All-State Football teams

DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2014 All-State Football selections last week.
Logan Linderbaum of Solon, a 6’2” 245-pound senior offensive lineman, was named to the Class 3A First Team. Linderbaum finished the season with three solo sacks, 13 solo tackles a fumble recovery and a punt return.

Lady Spartan basketball team raising money for Witty Kitties

SOLON– As part of the Lady Spartan Basketball program this year, the team will be taking on a service project to raise money and cleaning supplies for Witty Kitties in Shueyville. 
On Dec. 9, 12 and 16 (all home games) the team will be asking the community to donate money and or cleaning supplies for Witty Kitties.
The team will go to Witty Kitties on Saturday, Dec. 6, to spend time with the cats and help out around the shelter. 

Bump in bond rating saves district interest

SOLON– When you’re borrowing millions of dollars, a single tenth of a percentage point on interest rates can make a big difference.
A bump in bond rating and a favorable market helped the Solon Community School District sell close to $10 million in general obligations bonds at an attractive 2.8412 percent interest rate to Raymond James & Associates Inc. at a Nov. 10 school board meeting.
The sale was authorized by district voters when they approved a $25.5 million school bond issue to build a new middle school and performing arts center in the Tuesday, Sept. 9, school election.

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5-6

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be holding its 10th annual candy sale Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured are a large variety of homemade candies as well as gifts and homemade items. Enjoy a cup of coffee and work your way around the room and select your items.

Interested in improving water quality in the Macbride Watershed?

SOLON– The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District is actively seeking landowners in the Macbride watershed who would like to implement water quality improvement practices such as terraces, water and sediment control basins, or grassed waterways. Please call the USDA Service Center at 319-337-2322 ext. 3 or stop into the office at 51 Escort Ln. in Iowa City for more information about this exciting opportunity. The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 23.

CR Horsemen’s Club awards and Christmas party Dec. 13

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club will host its annual awards banquet and Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the club house at 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. a meal will be served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit.

Council OKs $3,000 for Macbride watershed grant

SOLON– It was the neighborly thing to do.
The Solon City Council voted last week to pledge $3,000 in support of a Johnson County Soil and Water District (JCSWD) grant application aimed at improving the Lake Macbride Watershed.
At a Nov. 19 meeting, JCSWD Technician Breanna Zimmerman and intern Laura Waldo Semken presented council members with information regarding their application for a Watershed Development Planning Assistance grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

New chapter for Spartan basketball

Jason Pershing takes over as head coach for Solon boys program

SOLON– After 21 years the Solon Spartans boys’ varsity basketball program has a new head coach.
Jason S. Pershing took over the program earlier this year, replacing veteran coach Brad Randall who resigned at the end of last season in February. Pershing is used to working among legendary coaches such as Dick Breitbach at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Chris Robertson at Linn-Mar and at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Solon Boys Varsity Basketball

Solon Boys Varsity Basketball

Tues. Dec. 2 AT South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5 HOME vs. Benton Community 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 9 AT Maquoketa 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 12 AT Anamosa 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 16 AT Central Clinton-DeWitt 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 19 HOME vs. West Delaware 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 20 AT Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 6 AT Clear Creek Amana 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 9 HOME vs. Western Dubuque 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 13 HOME vs. Mount Vernon 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 16 AT Dyersville Beckman 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 20 HOME vs. Anamosa 7:30 p.m.