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Solon Economist

“Famous” SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion are hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

It’s not so scary

AORN’S Teddy Bear Hospital informs public on role of OR nurses

SOLON-Standing at about six feet tall, the patient might have seemed just a little bit intimidating to the average kindergartener.
But really, he was just a big teddy bear.
Over 30 Solon area children, parents, and stuffed animals attended the Teddy Bear Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) put on the event held at Lakeview Elementary.

Designs tweaked as school district prepares to build

Added square footage driving up estimates for performing arts center

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– There’s a lot to be done, but so far, so good.
Members of the Solon school board visited Tuesday, Dec. 16, with architects and construction management staff for an update on the new middle school and performing arts center projects.
Architects and school staff have met for a series of input sessions to fine-tune the designs, while project manager Story Construction anticipates two bid lettings; one in February and one in March.

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.

Solon students knit and donate scarves

Students from Solon spent the last three months in stitches. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, Solon’s middle and high school students have been knitting and donating scarves to second graders at Jackson Elementary in Des Moines. This year, 71 scarves were shipped to Des Moines as a random act of kindness for those second graders who died on that fateful day. “I feel like students really enjoyed this project,” said seventh-grader Elly Schadler. “What hit me was that one scarf can make a child’s Christmas.

SCSD accepting preschool applications for 2015-16

SOLON– The Lakeview, All Aboard, Play & Learn and Solon Learning Academy preschools are currently accepting applications for 2015-2016 openings.  
Please go to the Solon Community School District website beginning Monday, Jan. 12, at www.solon.k12.ia.us, and complete the following steps:
• Click on the “Lakeview” link at the top of the district home page.
• Click on the “Information” tab.

Spartans win big at Saber Invitational

take second at Solon duals

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity wrestlers settled for second place at the Solon Dual Tournament over the weekend.
Solon fell to Cedar Rapids Prairie, 56-12, in the championship match after defeating Dallas Center-Grimes, Interstate 35, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) and Muscatine earlier in the tournament, held Saturday, Jan. 3.
Cole Fritz (138 pounds), Kade Steuhm (145), Graeson Dall (152) and Logan Linderbaum (285) were undefeated through the five dual meets, and were the only Solon wrestlers to score points against Prairie in the championship round.

Eighth grade Spartans win tournament

The eighth grade Solon Spartans were the tournament champions at the Texas Roadhouse Tournament on Dec. 7 in North Liberty.  Team members pictured include: (front row) Lucas Born, Ian Johnson, Colton Spillman and Michael Simpson; (back row) Rocky Lensing, Clay Gerdin, Trevor Schuchman, Carson Yakish, Adam Bock and Coal Flansburg. (contributed photo)

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.

Love and joy come to you

Youth group members of the Solon United Methodist Church in grades five through 12 met under the gazebo at Solon City Park in downtown Solon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for an old-fashioned night of Christmas caroling. The caroling event was capped off by an evening of crafts, cocoa and Christmas treats at the church’s fellowship hall. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Swisher’s Fun Days tradition

Legion invites community to join in the planning

SWISHER– It’s a slice of traditional small-town Americana: veterans proudly marching, polished fire trucks with lights flashing and sirens blaring, friendly waves from a line of tractors and kids filling bags with candy tossed from floats. It’s Fun Days in Swisher, and for over 30 years it has been a summer time standard in this northwest Johnson County community.
Swisher American Legion Post 671 started the annual event for the good of the community.

Financial literacy: Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County partners with MidWestOne for program

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.