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Solon Economist

Bur Oak Land Trust Celebration of Autumn fundraiser Oct. 24

SOLON– Bur Oak Land Trust presents the ninth annual “Under a Cider Moon… A Celebration of Autumn” fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5:30–9 p.m. at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. NE.
Reservations are required and tickets are $50 ($25 tax deductible).
Come enjoy live and silent auctions, local wines and beer, and hors d’oeuvres while supporting conservation in and around Johnson County.

Solon American Legion to host full breakfast Sunday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will host a full breakfast fundraiser for the Legion Color Guard Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Legion.
Legion members will serve eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, hash browns, coffee and juice.
Cost for adults is $8, children $4, and children 12 and under eat free. Members of the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion or American Legion Riders who have paid their dues are invited to eat at no charge as the Legion’s guests. All proceeds benefit the Solon American Legion Color Guard.

Solon softball team collecting cans Nov. 1; also selling take-and-bake 

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball team is holding a can drive and fall fundraising event. The can drive will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Drop off your cans at the softball field. The Lady Spartans will also drive around Solon to collect cans. Team members will be selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and apple crisp, which are great for holiday guests and gatherings. An 8x8 apple crisp pan can be purchased for $12 (take-and-bake) and a 9x13 pan lasagna will be $15 (take-and-bake).

Ely church hosts Czechoslovak Genealogical Society this week

ELY– The First Presbyterian Church near Ely is a special stop for visitors this week. Tour buses filled with attendees of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference will visit the historical First Presbyterian Church near Ely on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. both days.

No contests in November Solon city elections

Stange, Prentice, Snipes to run unopposed

SOLON– There shouldn’t be too many surprises in store for Solon during this year’s city elections.
Mayor Steve Stange and council members Mark Prentice and Dale Snipes are running unopposed in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election.
All three were appointees to their respective positions, although Stange was elected to his position in the 2014 general election after replacing former mayor Cami Rasmussen in May of 2014.

Spartans roll over Western Dubuque, 36-7

SOLON– It was Senior Night at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 16 when Solon ran over the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 36-7.
Many moms fought to maintain their composure, lined up at the bottom of the stairs at the east end of the home bleachers, shedding tears as they hugged other senior mothers. Fathers laughed and joked, trying to make light of the situation. It was punctuated with an exclamation point as Dave Durr was met with cheers while executing a full-on ‘80s worm break dance move on his way, with wife Salina, to meet Halston in front of the crowd.

Solon heads into tournaments

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team took advantage of an opportunity for a conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Anamosa on Senior Night Oct. 13.
The game featured the return of sophomore Grace Keith, sidelined since early in the season by an ankle injury.
“The team really looked confident with her back on the floor,” said Head Coach Peter Gustin. “It’s been a slow process incorporating her back in, and her jump count will be limited moving forward.”
Senior Josey Hajek was also back in the lineup after an ankle sprain at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite Oct. 3.

Cross country peaks with state qualifyer Oct. 22

INDEPENDENCE– The competition doesn’t get easier as Solon’s cross country teams head toward season’s end. But will it conclude this week, at the state qualifier? Or next weekend, at the state meet? Coming out of Oct. 15’s WaMaC Super Conference run, both boys and girls need to move up the pack to continue their seasons.

Girls 6th at WaMaC; Three All-Conference runners

Domestic violence awareness is prevention

Solon joins other cities in proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SOLON– Along with cities and counties across the country, the Solon City Council declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

Solon Trapshooting Team can collection Saturday, Oct. 17

SOLON– Solon Trapshooting Team will be collecting cans on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station to raise funds for the program. For questions regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Saturday, 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.