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Solon Economist

Ability Physical Therapy opens

Meeting the needs of a growing community

SOLON– As the Solon community continues to grow, athletic programs continue to find success, bicycle and hiking trails are constructed, and the care center seeks to expand, businesses seek to take up residence in Spartan country to meet the expanding needs. Ability Physical Therapy is one of the businesses arriving to accommodate those developing demands.

SHS Band can and bottle drive

SOLON– The Solon High School band will conduct a can drive at the high school band room on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 319-624-2381, ext. 1112, to schedule pick up.

alzheimer’s awareness March 18

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Solon Middle School recognized as Model Learning Community

One of about 200 schools and districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive this honor

SOLON– Solon Middle School was recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The Solon Middle School’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Solon Robotics advance

SOLON– Two Solon Robotics teams advanced to the CREATE Foundation’s VEX US Open, April 4-7, at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs
Team 367-C, Donuts, and team 367-D, Gear Destroyerz, qualified by being Tournament Champions and/or receiving the Excellence Award at events across Iowa during the 2017-18 season. They will compete with 98 other middle school teams from across the United States and China in the VEX Robotics game In the Zone.

Basketball Seniors reflect

Senior basketball players have learned life lessons

SOLON–Ben Krutzfeldt, Luke Ira and Jack Stahle spent part of their Solon childhood in the back of the end zone at the old high school football field.
There was one athlete they looked up to with awe.
“James Morris,” the three seniors said in unison.
Morris led the Solon Spartans to three consecutive Class 2A football championships and continued as a linebacker with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“Whatever sport he was playing, he was dominating,” Stahle said.

Maggie Snider ninth at Pan-Am championships

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica– Solon’s Maggie Snider placed ninth in the individual competition, and won the gold medal as a member of the USA Women’s Epee Squad at the 2018 Pan American Junior Fencing Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Four make all-conference

Coons 1st Team, Krutzfeldt 2nd Team

SOLON– Four Solon varsity boys basketball players earned WaMaC Conference honors following the release of the 2018 All-Conference Boys Basketball teams.
Sophomore A.J. Coons was a First Team selection, while senior Ben Krutzfeldt was recognized as a Second Team member.
Seniors Luke Ira and Luke Schaeckenbach were named Honorable Mention.
Coons was the team’s leading scorer and second in assists and rebounds. He finished the season averaging 17.5 points per game, shooting over 48 percent from the field.

Kaufmann welcomes Lake Macbride Conservancy

DES MOINES– Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) welcomed Jeff and Sara Clark, of Cedar Rapids; Patti and Ray Hamilton, of Solon; and Tom Manor, of Solon, to the Iowa House of Representatives. The Lake Macbride Conservancy was visiting Des Moines to talk with legislators and tour the historic Iowa State Capitol.

Potential conservation purchase leads to no vote from Rettig

Supervisors pass FY-19 budget with controversy

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget Thursday, March 8, in a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Janelle Rettig casting a no vote and all five supervisors reading written statements. Included in the $127,174,236 budget is authorization for the Johnson County Conservation Board to use conservation bond funds for a potential acquisition of timberland and an adjacent lot with several structures in rural Johnson County.

Begindergarten

Waiting list for Lakeview program

SOLON– An early beginning is proving popular at Lakeview Elementary.
The Solon school board held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 12, and discussed the district’s “Begindergarten” program.
Begindergarten is Lakeview’s Elementary’s alternate kindergarten curriculum, presented as an option for children technically old enough for kindergarten (5 years old on or before Sept. 15), but developmentally may be too young for the structure of kindergarten.