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Solon Economist

Our Lord’s Church October Fest luncheon Saturday, Oct. 29

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will host October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The luncheon will serve three kinds of hot soup, hot dogs and chili dogs will also be served from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kolaches, cinnamon rolls, cream puffs and lots of other baked goods will also be available. Cheese Curds from Ely’s Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will be on hand as will breads from Sykora’s Bakery. Kalona Ice Cream Bars will also be available for $2, however please call for large orders.
A review of Christmas gifts and crafts will be part of the event.

Solon Old Gold Diner planning for Christmas Tree Walk

SOLON– Last year’s Christmas Tree Walk at the Palmer House Stable was such a success, the Old Gold Diner is going to do it again.
With the help of area individuals, businesses and organizations, the Old Gold Diner would like to make the tree walk an annual event. The group is seeking representation from Solon area residents and clubs to serve on a committee to plan the 2017 event with an eye toward adding more features. Set-up for the Christmas Tree Walk is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. The tree walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 9 a.m.

Finding a water supply

Shueyville, Swisher city councils step up for Jeffferson-Monroe department after Cedar Rapids cracks down on fire hydrant use

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SHUEYVILLE– Water supply has been a chronic issue for the Jefferson-Monroe (Swisher) Fire Department.
The all-volunteer force of 27 members serves Swisher, Shueyville and the surrounding rural areas of Jefferson and Monroe townships. Typically, firefighters hook their pumping engines to fire hydrants while battling a blaze in town. However, neither city has a municipal water supply, which means every drop of water used at a fire must be trucked in, like fighting a fire in rural areas.

Presentation on testicular cancer Thursday, Oct. 27

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church will be hosting a presentation on testicular cancer Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall in Solon.
The event will feature Kenneth G. Nepple, MD FACS, a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Iowa Department of Urology; and Solon native Cody Kroul, a recent testicular cancer patient.

Swisher Auxiliary Annual Turkey Homemade Turkey Dinner Nov. 5

SWISHER– On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Swisher Auxiliary hosts its Annual Homemade Turkey Dinner. Adult meals cost $10 and kids meals are $5. The Junior Auxiliary will host Turkey bingo upstairs through dinner. Bingo cost is $1 per game with winners receiving a turkey to take home. Arts and crafts will be offered for children attending the event during bingo.

Lady Spartans come out of WaMaC tourney with two wins

Solon faces No. 5 Mt. Vernon in 3A quarterfinal Oct. 19

MOUNT VERNON– Solon Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin knew her squad had a hill to climb against Mount Vernon in the opening round of the Class 3A volleyball postseason Oct. 19.
“But the girls know we have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” she said. “Confidence, trust and energy are the focus this week for sure– we know we have the athletes to play against Mount Vernon, we just have to put it all together.”

Running for a ticket to state

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– Cross country is a team sport, with individual recognition. You need five runners who can outrun another school’s top five to place ahead of them. That is the ‘team part.’ The top runners– on that day– are rewarded as ‘medalists.’ That’s the individual perk.
In this season’s first meet, Aug. 27, Solon’s girls mustered a middle of the pack finish, with one top-25 medalist. “We are very young this year. Many of our runners are learning how to run a 5 kilometer race,” explained coach Emy Williams on that day.

Lessons learned as cross country season nears close

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– With young lineups, the 2016 cross country season has been a learning experience for Solon. That continued through the WaMaC Conference Meet Oct. 13, where the Solon boys finished 12th in the 16-team field with 316 points.

Solon clinches 3A District 5 top spot

Spartans cruise past Falcons, 42-0

WEST BURLINGTON– The Spartans made it look easy on Friday, Oct. 14, as they cruised past the West Burlington/Notre Dame Falcons, 42-0, on the road, moving to 7-1 on the season and clinching the number-one spot atop Class 3A District 5, assuring home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Spartans’ postgame chant of, “We are who we are,” reverberated loudly on Bill Nelson field, the only brightly-lit spot in the corner of West Burlington, as the Solon boys put an exclamation point on the rebound from last season’s 6-5 Spartan record.

Scouting for Food Oct. 15

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 15. 
Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-10 and collect filled bags on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits.

Solon Dollars for Scholars 2016 Gala Saturday, Oct. 15

SOLON– They’re providing hope for every student
An exciting evening of great food and lively bidding is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Solon Dollars for Scholars hosts the 2016 Gala at the Celebration Barn, located at 4045 245th St. in Solon. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event. For online registration, go to solon.dollarsforscholars.org or register by mail with a donation of $45 per guest to: Solon Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 551, Solon, 52333.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.