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Solon Economist

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.

Solon KCs breakfast Jan. 4

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages six through 11 and free for ages five and younger. Eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes will be served.

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 Robotics can and bottle drive Saturday, Jan.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Solon from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Student team members will be going door to door asking for cans and bottles to help raise funds for competitions around the state. Anyone needing pick up on Friday evening or who live outside the Solon city limits, please contact Jami Wolf at 319-481-7088. Drop off cans and bottles at the Solon Middle School behind the auditorium, at the robotics room.

Solon band musicians to audition in Fairfield for honor band

SOLON– On Jan. 10, 2015, 15 student musicians from the Solon High School band and 15 from the middle school band will audition in Fairfield for the Southeast Iowa Honor Band. There are also eight high school musicians trying out for SEIBA Honor Jazz Band. Next to All-State, these ensembles are the next highest honor for a band student. A follow-up article will include names of all students who were selected. The concert for all these groups will be held in Iowa City’s West High School auditorium on Jan. 24, 2015, at 5 p.m.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Thursday, Dec. 25. 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.

Hoover Trail extended to Solon in 2016?

Closing the gap... maybe

Johnson County Conservation Board members received a little light reading for the holidays, as 10 engineering firms submitted RFP (Request For Proposal) responses for work to extend the Hoover Nature Trail 5.9 miles from Seven Sisters Road (Linn-Johnson County line) to Solon. The Board will whittle down the contenders in early January and plan to sign a contract late in the month. Trail construction would likely begin in 2016.

IOWA CITY– Trail users in Johnson County could have reason to rejoice in 2016 as plans are laid to close a major gap in the Hoover Nature Trail.

Girl Scouts donate to pantry

Eleven members of Girls Scout Troop #5647 collected food for the Solon Food Pantry. This year the troop is doing monthly community servcie activities. Pictured above are (front row) Delaney Durr, Gable Knight, Piper Stahle and Alexis Anderson; (back row) Aunika King, Gretchen Hammill, Morgan Dooley, Audrey Heineman, Madyn Hahn, Mackenzie Craig and Chloe Benjamin. (contributed photo)