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Solon Economist

Solon and North Liberty city candidates at forum Wednesday, Oct. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County League of Women Voters will host a candidates’ forum Wednesday, Oct. 8, at North Liberty City Hall from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
The public is invited to hear from North Liberty mayoral candidates Gerry Kuhl and Amy Nielsen, as well as candidate for Solon City Council Steve Duncan. Duncan’s opponent, Kevin Samek, will not be attending.

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.
Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun. Registration for grades three through six will run through Oct. 16.
The fee is $38 for Solon city residents (includes T-shirt) and $43 for non-residents (includes T-shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15. Registrants are encouraged to use the online registration at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com.

Exorcising the Demons

Spartans take down Washington in rematch of 2013 semifinals

SOLON– The last time the Solon Spartans faced the Washington Demons, Solon had some trouble reaching the end zone.
The Spartans made sure that didn’t happen again.
Solon converted two long fourth downs in the red zone Friday night and defeated Washington 28-17 in a rematch of 2013’s 3A semifinal at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
In the 14-9 loss last year, Solon settled for three field goals.
Friday, Spartan quarterback Brandan Childs hooked up with two different receivers for two second-quarter touchdowns, both of them coming on fourth and long.

Boys sixth, girls seventh at Anamosa Invitational

Düster places 16th, Weetman 25th in run around lake

ANAMOSA– In a rainy fall, muddy hills and low-lying prairie paths around Central Park Lake mean slippery footing for the annual Anamosa Invitational cross country race. This fall, good turf and dry hills meant great running conditions.
Solon’s boys were sixth in the 13-team competition, paced again by junior Simon Düster. The girls were seventh in a field with five ranked 3A and 2A competitors, with junior Trisha Coberly again running lead for the Lady Spartans.

Lady Spartans take care of No. 11 Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The stage was set for an upset.
No. 11 Dyersville Beckman had taken the first set from the No. 1-ranked Solon Lady Spartans in a 3A WaMaC East showdown in Dyersville.
Solon head coach Peter Gustin called it a sluggish start.
“We dropped the first set 20-25, with 20 of their points coming off our errors,” Gustin said. “Minimizing our errors has been an issue, but even that amount of errors in one game is an anomaly.”
With 19 kills from Jordan Smith and 16 from fellow senior Jordan Runge, Solon won the next three sets and took home a 3-1 win.

Zabet NeuCollins to study energy sustainability in Denmark

BAR HARBOR, Maine– Zabet NeuCollins, a fourth-year student at College of the Atlantic, is heading to Europe in September as part of a ground-breaking undergraduate project to study and implement sustainable energy systems.
NeuCollins, of Solon, is enrolled in a unique class taught by COA faculty and led by COA students in a collaboration with the Rockland-based Island Institute under the auspices of a new philanthropic arm called The Fund for Maine Islands.

Schwab re-elected board president

District to try online waiting list

SOLON– The waiting list for the Solon school district will soon move online.
At a reorganizational meeting Monday, Sept. 8, members of the Solon school board continued discussions on revised guidelines for the district’s open enrollment policy.
Part of that discussion included a demonstration of an online intake program for prospective open enrollees by Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley.

Mary’s Meals provides food and education to help impoverished children around the globe

Just one good meal

SOLON– In the early 1990s, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow went to Romania with the simple goal of bringing food and clothing to children’s hospitals.
However, once he arrived, his mission changed drastically.
After wandering into a room where he admits he probably wasn’t supposed to be, he was greeted with the sullen, hopeless faces of about 50 children, long forgotten and abandoned by society. Some, even at the age of 12 or 13, couldn’t even walk, simply because no one had bothered to teach them.
At that moment, he knew he had to do more than just provide them basic aid.

Solon Homecoming royalty

The 2014 Solon Homecoming Court has been announced, with the coronation to take place this week during Homecoming festivities. Queen candidates include Haley Bell, Brandi Uhlenkamp, Katie Folkerts, Carlyn Haas, Shae Goldsberry and Reed McCarty. King candidates include Zach Nunemaker, Connor Ham, Logan Linderbaum, Brandon Kramer, Adam Nelson-Ockenfels and Chris Cass. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Lake Macbride park harvest and replanting meeting set for Sept. 29

SOLON– Interested neighbors and park users of Lake Macbride State Park have the opportunity to comment on the proposed tree harvest and replanting project scheduled for 2015.
A public meeting will be Monday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library.
In the winter of 2013, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) foresters walked 933 acres of forest cover in Lake Macbride State Park, recording data to help classify and describe the woodlands which they then used to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for the park.

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department will soon be accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.

Flu clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 9, 16 & 23

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be at Lakeview Elementary Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.; Solon Middle School Thursday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.; and Solon High School Thursday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 until 6 p.m.
These clinics will offer Flu Shots QIV– $32; Flu Mist QIV– $35; High Dose Flu (for ages 65+ years) – $45; and Pneumonia vaccine– $90. If a cash/check payment is received at the time of the clinic, a $3 discount will be applied to the above prices.