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Solon Economist

Solon football opens Aug. 29 hosting Regina

SOLON– Kevin Miller and his Solon Spartans varsity football team have their work cut out for them as the 2014 season quickly approaches.
“In my opinion, this is the toughest district in the state,” Miller said. The Spartans are in Class 3A, District 4 along with Central Clinton-DeWitt, Western Dubuque, Maquoketa, Marion, Dubuque Wahlert and Cedar Rapids Xavier. “From top to bottom there doesn’t appear to be a weak opponent. Every week we are going to prepare to play at the highest level.”

2014 Solon Varsity Football Schedule

Friday, Aug. 29 Home vs. IC Regina
Friday, Sept. 5 at Mount Vernon
Friday, Sept. 12 at CR Xavier
Friday, Sept. 19 Home vs. Marion
Friday, Sept. 26 Home vs. Washington
Friday, Oct. 3 at Central Clinton, DeWitt
Friday, Oct. 10 Home vs. Maquoketa
Friday, Oct. 17 at Western Dubuque
Friday, Oct. 24 Home vs. Dubuque Wahlert

Tiny bubbles

Ben Jimenez of Ben’s Bubble Show blows bubbles inside of a bubble during his presentation at the Solon Public Library June 24. Ben’s Bubble Show was one of the Family Night programs offered over the summer at the library. Using his hands and some simple tools, Jimenez created a myriad of bubble formations to the delight of children in the audience. (photo by Doug Lindner)

School to host hearing on building proposals Aug. 25

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Directors will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed new middle school and performing arts center Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.
The two construction projects would be funded with a $25.5 million bond issue being placed before district voters in a Tuesday, Sept. 9, special election.
Architects for the project will provide a presentation on the project during the public hearing.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and express their views orally and in writing.

St. John Lutheran Church Polka Festival Aug. 17

ELY– The St. John Lutheran Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely.

Decades birthday party to raise funds for non-profits

SOLON– Solon resident Pat (Blum) Ikan and her family celebrates birthdays in a big way. This year, the public is invited to the group’s Family Decades Party Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon American Legion, 222 E. Main St. The event is also a fundraiser for three of Ikan’s favorite local nonprofit organizations: Solon Old Gold Diner, Solon Community Food Pantry and Solon Senior Advocates.

School administration looking to scale back

Open enrollment door may be closing slightly

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is considering a slightly more restrictive open enrollment policy.
At a July 14 meeting, Superintendent Sam Miller provided the SCSD Board of Directors with a proposal to revise the caps currently in place for inbound open enrollment at Lakeview Elementary.
Back in April 2013, the school board approved a policy for kindergarten through fourth grades at Lakeview that cut off open enrollment when the number of students in each grade reached a level five seats below capacity.

LOST in the shuffle

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

JOHNSON COUNTY– The City of Iowa City has set in motion the chance for Johnson County and its municipalities to open a new revenue stream.
Iowa City’s council has proposed a one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) referendum be placed countywide on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Movie in the Park offered Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to the movies.
The first-ever Movie in the Park Night will be held Friday, Aug. 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m. near the Timber D.O.M.E. Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The event is free, but popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the D.O.M.E. starting at 8:15 p.m.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The Aug. 15 movie will be “Despicable Me 2.”

Solon Storm 12U Small Town Baseball World Series Champs

The Solon Storm 12U baseball team won the Small Town Baseball Championships in Grinnell in June. In so doing, the team qualified for the Small Town Baseball World Series in Marshfield, Wisconsin, in July. The Storm proceeded to go 5-0 over the three-day tournament, to be crowned Small Town World Series Champions 2014. Team members include: (front) Nolan Pattison, Lucas Walker, Joe Stahle, Brayton Bair, Cael O’Neill, Sullivan Steen, Niko Longo, Peyton Herdliska, Luke Van Roekel and Cole Arduser. (not pictured A.J.

WaMaC East Division All Conference boys soccer 2013-14

SOLON– Six Spartans were named recently to the WaMaC East Division All Conference boys soccer squads.
Andrew West and Adam Nelson-Ockenfels were named to the WaMaC first team, while Brandan Childs and Keegan Paisley were on the second team.
David Coberly and Dylan Doyle received honorable mentions.
The Spartans finished the WaMaC season in third place for the East Division with a 5-2 record.

Trapshooting team can drive set for Sept. 6

SOLON– Save your cans for the Solon Trap Shooting team. The team will be holding an upcoming can drive Sept. 6. Watch for details or call Gerald Chaloupka at 624-2825 for more information.