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Solon Economist

New chapter for Spartan basketball

Jason Pershing takes over as head coach for Solon boys program

SOLON– After 21 years the Solon Spartans boys’ varsity basketball program has a new head coach.
Jason S. Pershing took over the program earlier this year, replacing veteran coach Brad Randall who resigned at the end of last season in February. Pershing is used to working among legendary coaches such as Dick Breitbach at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Chris Robertson at Linn-Mar and at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Solon Boys Varsity Basketball

Solon Boys Varsity Basketball

Tues. Dec. 2 AT South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5 HOME vs. Benton Community 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 9 AT Maquoketa 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 12 AT Anamosa 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 16 AT Central Clinton-DeWitt 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 19 HOME vs. West Delaware 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 20 AT Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 6 AT Clear Creek Amana 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 9 HOME vs. Western Dubuque 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 13 HOME vs. Mount Vernon 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 16 AT Dyersville Beckman 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 20 HOME vs. Anamosa 7:30 p.m.

Sovers named Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year

SOLON– Mark Sovers has been recognized by the Iowa Football Coaches Association as the 2014 Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year. Sovers is a physical education instructor at Solon’s Lakeview Elementary and has served as an assistant football coach at Solon High School since 1995. “I am honored and humbled by this recognition. There are so many coaches who are deserving of this award, including the other coaches on our staff. This recognition is the result of the quality programs, student-athletes, and strong support we have here in Solon,” Sovers said.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Solon sweeps through tournament to 3A volleyball championship

The members of the Solon volleyball team celebrate on center court after winning the 3A championship with a 3-0 sweep of No. 1 Mount Vernon Friday, Nov. 14, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The Lady Spartans did not lose a set during their three matches in the state volleyball tournament. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Annual free Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church begins at noon

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal at noon Thursday, Nov. 27. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Solon Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon’s combined Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with a 5 p.m. soup dinner and a 6 p.m. service. The service will be led by Father Tim Sheedy and will feature the combined choirs of Solon United Methodist, St. Mary and Our Lord’s churches. Come join and give thanks.

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5-6

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be holding its 10th annual candy sale Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured are a large variety of homemade candies as well as gifts and homemade items. Enjoy a cup of coffee and work your way around the room and select your items.

Senior of the Year: Rita Brannaman

A spirit of independence and courage

SOLON– If you know Rita Brannaman well, she probably has your birthday marked on her calendar.
She’s that kind of person.
“I care for other people,” she said.
Brannaman, 85, was named Solon Senior of the Year for 2014 by the Solon Senior Advocates this spring, an honor she shared with Fred Bark.
A lifelong resident of the Solon area, Brannaman has been a longtime volunteer for the Solon American Legion Auxiliary, a charter member of the Solon Women’s Club, an officer with the Sutliff Bridge Authority, and involved in a number of other local organizations.

Back to the drawing board for E&J Electric’s expansion plan?

Proposal for apartments above storage units

SOLON– “We’ve got a disagreement,” said City Attorney Jim Martinek.
“But we disagree on what, though?” asked E&J Electric owner John Schmidt.
Apparently, what constitutes a commercial garage.
Schmidt went before the Solon City Council Nov. 5, seeking input on his concept plan to combine storage for his business with upper-level apartments adjacent to the E&J Electric location on East Main Street.
He came away from the meeting uncertain.
“I have no clue what I’m supposed to do next,” Schmidt told council members.

Solon Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving boxes Nov. 24

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Thanksgiving boxes with all the fixings for a meal again this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Nov. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please visit the pantry Monday, Nov. 17, or call 319-430-8655 for more information.

Old Gold Diner: more activities

SOLON– Wanted: Persons interested starting some new and revisited activities at Solon’s Old Gold Diner.
The Old Gold Diners would like to start a quilting group again, with beginners welcome. The type of group and the meeting date will be determined after it is known how many people are interested.
Also, organizers would like to start an Old Gold Diner kitchen band. You wouldn’t need to know how to play any instrument; you would just need a good imagination and be willing to have a little fun. For either of these activities, contact Duane at 624-2251 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Register now for boys basketball

SOLON– Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun– as part of the Solon Recreation Department’s 2015 boys basketball program.
Registration for grades three through six will run from Nov. 20 until Dec. 15. Fee is $38 for Solon City residents (includes shirt) and $43 for non-resident s (includes shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15.