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Solon Economist

Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers at Old Gold Diner March 18

SOLON– On Wednesday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m., Barefoot Becky and Irish Dancers will help celebrate two special days, St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Days, at the Old Gold Diner in Solon. Come and join the celebration and make a reservation for lunch. Call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on March 17 to make reservations. The music will set your heart and toes-a-tapping. Special desserts will be served that day.
What is the Buzz all about? Watch for the Buzz coming soon!

Jazz at the Commons on March 28

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to enjoy Jazz at the Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

175th Anniversary Committee seeks memorabilia and photos

SOLON– The Solon 175th Anniversary Committee is seeking Solon memorabilia to display during the reunion on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. Items that specifically designate Solon such as old calendars, souvenirs, handbills, photos of buildings or gatherings at events or any items that depict Solon from the past are of particular interest.
Items may be taken to the library. The items will be cataloged with the name of the lender and will be returned following the September event.
The public’s assistance in making this a memorable occasion is greatly appreciated.

Solon City Council approves school site plans

Details yet to be worked out for pedestrian crossing

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– There are still quite a few details to iron out, but both sides have agreed to work together.
The City of Solon has given the Solon school district permission to move forward with the construction of both a new middle school and an auditorium addition to the high school.
City council members approved site plans for both the middle school and a performing arts center at the council’s March 4 meeting.

Archery Club doubles in size

SOLON– The Spartan Archery Club had a very successful season this year. The club doubled its number of archers from last season.
The choice to compete in tournaments, or not, is totally up to each individual archer and of the 33 archers competing this season, 18 qualified for the state championship tournament. The club had several archers that missed going to state by only a point or two. 

Natural curiosity

Solon senior Kaitlin Hatcher traveled to New Zealand to participate in a biology study with the University of Iowa

SOLON- John Hatcher remembers buying his daughter, Kaitlin, a go-cart when she was in her early teens.
Like any other kid her age, she and a friend immediately took the new toy out in the back of the family’s property to test it out. After awhile, John began to worry about the girls, who had yet to return from their ride, and went outside to check on them. Seeing no sign of Kaitlin or her friend or the go-cart, he went into the brush to find them.
John what was surprised by what he found.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase March 9

SOLON– Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are from 4:45 until 7 p.m. Diners will enjoy performances by the middle school and high school jazz bands and the high school jazz choirs.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K warrior race Saturday, March 7

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. The Survivor Extreme 5K is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road and raises funds for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 8U baseball team with a portion of the proceeds donated to the local food pantry.

Solon Advocates mini-bus trip to Sycamore Mall theater March 10

SOLON– On Tuesday, March 10, the Solon Senior Advocates are planning a mini-bus trip to the Sycamore Mall Marcus Theaters for $5/free popcorn day. Many theater options are available at the Sycamore Mall theater, with “McFarland USA” show times starting at 12:55 p.m.
The bus leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 11 a.m. Please call 624-2710 for reservations.

Spartan Youth Football registration Tuesday, March 10, at SMS

SOLON– Registration for fall tackle football in the Spartan Youth Football program will be held Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Solon Middle School cafeteria. Players will be weighed and fitted for equipment. A parent or guardian must be present during registration. For questions contact coordinators Brad Gunnells at 319-624-3542 or Brett Arduser at 319-624-5215, or visit www.spartanyouthfootball.org.

Jazz at the Commons on March 28

SOLON– Everyone is welcome to come enjoy Jazz at the Commons presented by Solon High School at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons. Enjoy performances by Solon High School jazz bands and Choirs. All proceeds from food and other donations will support the Solon High School jazz program.

District hopes combining projects will provide cost savings

Better together?

By Jen Moore
Solon Economist
SOLON– Construction projects for Solon’s new middle school and fine arts addition will be presented as packages for potential subcontractors.
This means that the middle school and high school projects will be done at the same time and, ideally, by the same group of subcontractors.
Project Manager Mike Espeset of Story Construction, hopes that by doing it this way there will be more cohesion between the two projects.
“If we have one team, then we have one set of movement,” Espeset said. “If we have a set of common players then we have one agenda.”