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Solon Economist

Solon will seek waiver

But new 2015-16 school calendar put together just in case

SOLON– Not so fast.
The Solon Community School District’s Board of Education was expected to make a decision on the start and end dates for the 2015-16 school year last Monday.
No decision was made.
Board members tabled the lone action item on the agenda for the Jan. 12 regular session, although Superintendent Sam Miller was instructed to proceed with applying to the Iowa Department of Education for a waiver to start school prior to Sept. 1.

Dollars for Scholars there for students all four years of college

Continuing to fund education

SOLON– High school students may not set their minds on college scholarships until their last semester, but Solon Dollars for Scholars partners with the community year ‘round to provide financial assistance to those who seek it.

Tools to weather the gales of life

Solon’s Dan Kramer wants to help people find their way

I’m an includer, who values input and individualization.
I gained this insight after taking a strength finder assessment, one of my homework assignments while working with life coach Dan Kramer. Kramer, of Solon, has been guiding clients through some of life’s most difficult transitions for about 10 years. He offered to let me go through his newly-developed program in exchange for offering my insights, real-time critique, and a write-up to let others know how the Dan Kramer Life Coach experience might help them.

Wrestlers win home invitational title

Linderbaum, Steuhm and Nelson win titles at Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– Three Spartans were crowned champions and Solon’s wrestling team captured points up and down the lineup to take first place at the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational Saturday.
Kade Steuhm (145 pounds), Trevor Nelson (160) and Logan Linderbaum (285) took first place for the Spartans at their own invitational Jan. 17 in the Solon High School gymnasium.
Solon’s 213.5 points nudged out Lisbon (194) for top honors, with Iowa Valley taking third place with 139 points.
Louis Gnida (126) and Dillon Diltz (170) also reached the championship round but ended up in second place for the Spartans.

Spartans claw back to beat Mount Vernon

SOLON– Down by as many as 13 points, Solon roared back to out-score the Mount Vernon Mustangs 23-6 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 68-63 basketball win Jan. 13 in Solon.
It was the second win in a row for the Spartans and moved their record to .500 on the year. The varsity boys followed the win with another good performance, but unfortunately, in a two-point road loss at Dyersville Beckman, 68-66.

Lady Spartans snap losing streak against Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans broke a three-game skid with a 38-29 victory over Dyersville Beckman Friday in Solon.
Solon had taken a 16-14 lead into halftime but the score was knotted 26 going into the fourth quarter and Dyersville Beckman sank a free throw for a one-point lead.
But three-pointers by Nichole Oberthien and Ali Herdliska gave Solon a 32-27 lead with three minutes remaining, and after a Dyersville time-out, the Lady Spartans picked up their defensive effort.

Boy Scout Soup Supper Jan. 17

SOLON– The Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 17, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features homemade soups of all varieties. Previous year’s soups have included such traditional recipes as chicken noodle and chili, to some not-so-traditional soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat including fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts to choose from.

Legion breakfast to benefit the Veteran’s Memorial Jan. 18

SOLON– Solon American Legion will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds go to the upkeep, landscaping, electricity and water expenses at the Veteran’s Memorial at the Legion ball park. For more information call Cliff Bohling or Jamie Hromi with the Solon Legion at 319-624-2277.

Solon Futbol Club can drive Jan. 17

SOLON– Solon Futbol Club (FC) will hold a “Kick the Can” fundraiser on Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cans and bottles may be dropped off at the Solon Heating and Air building just off Highway 1 north of Solon. Members of the Solon FC will also be going door-to-door for pickup. For more information, please contact Solon FC board members Garret Locke at 319-594-2256 or Jeff Rehnke at 319-624-1319.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography van to visit Solon Tuesday, Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic was formerly known as Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for over 28 years.

Prentice joins city council

Herdliska resigns to create another opening

SOLON­– Just as quickly as one vacancy was filled, another opened up for the Solon City Council.
The council welcomed new member Mark Prentice, who was appointed at the Jan. 7 regular session to fill the vacancy created when council member Brad Kunkel moved outside the city limits.
At the end of the meeting, it was announced that council member Ron Herdliska had resigned effective Jan. 1.
The city accepted applications from the community to fill Kunkel’s spot, and received four: from Prentice, Dale Snipes, Steve Lee and Kristina Bevans.

Solon Boys win double OT thriller

Solon stops five-game losing streak with win over Western Dubuque

SOLON– What a way to stop a five-game skid.
It took two overtimes, but the Solon Spartans defeated conference rival Western Dubuque in a Friday night shoot-out, 93-91.
The score was knotted at 91 with 90 seconds left in the second overtime, and Solon wound down the clock for a final shot.
Senior guard Emilio Villagrana found junior Haltson Durr open on the back side for an open shot and the 93-91 lead with two seconds left, enough only for a desperation heave by Western Dubuque.