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Solon Economist

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

Dan & Debbie’s Creamery to host Taste of Iowa April 8 in Ely

ELY– Come taste the delicious flavors and products that are made locally right in the wonderful state of Iowa on Saturday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Dan & Debbie’s Creamery (1600 Main St.).

Ely News by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon on Monday evening, March 20, at 5 p.m. There were 28 members and 10 guests present. Norman and Terry Zahradnik were the hosts. The program was slides from their trip to Alaska.

Advocates seeking nominations for 2017 Senior of the Year

SOLON– May is nationally designated as Older American’s Month and to honor our seniors the Solon Senior Advocates are seeking nominations for the 2017 Solon Senior of the Year.
Send in your written nomination for the person you feel best fits the criteria of this award, someone who has given of themselves in service to the community through volunteerism, enhancing the well-being of others or someone always ready to assist or provide help when needed.
Your nominee should live in Solon or the immediate area and be over 60 years of age.

Solon High School Community Service Day Monday, April 24

SOLON– Students at Solon High School will be doing community service projects throughout the community Monday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m.
Students are looking forward to giving back to the community that has given so much to our schools. This year, the high school would like to extend an invitation to elderly residents in the community. If you have an outdoor project, we would like to help. Also, if you are a business in Solon and need a few hands, we can do that too! Students will spend the afternoon throughout the city helping businesses and residents in need.

SHS Science Fair winners

The Solon High School Science Fair was March 6. Out of the 65 projects entered, 15 students advanced to the finalist round. At the end of the finalist round, first place was awarded to Skyler Stookey (left) for testing the effect of ball height on hitting force. Second place was awarded to Lance Martin (middle) for testing the effect of ratio of natural-to-artificial food on the life expectancy of brine shrimp. Third place was awarded to Donovan Waddle (right) for testing the effect of movie script length on word frequency. Other finalists were: Hannah Bock, Kaia Burkum, A.J.

Josie Durr sets new school high jump record

Girls head outdoors

MT. VERNON– As their outdoor season kicks off, Solon’s Lady Spartans have a few strengths identified; yet know there is plenty yet to develop.
“For those first few indoor meets, most schools have girls missing; spring break or not ready (to step into competition) yet,” noted Solon girls coach Brent Sands. “We– and they– might have half a team, and don’t have the combinations together.”
Solon’s first taste of the great outdoors was set for Tuesday at Tipton. This Saturday, they will be at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

Solon rebuilds after losing nine seniors

Spartans open season March 30

SOLON– The season begins for the Spartan varsity soccer team March 30 as the boys travel to Kalona to face Iowa Mennonite.
Solon finished 11-8 last year, one of six teams in the WaMaC East Division to post a winning record, including eventual state champion Dyersville Beckman. The Spartans lost a 3-2 Class 1A substate semifinal to West Liberty.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

SOCCER REFEREES NEEDED: Referees must be in at least seventh grade and have either played or refereed soccer previously. Pay is $10/game. Matches will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area soccer fields. The first night of matches is scheduled for April 4 and the season runs for five weeks. If interested, contact Mike Reeve via email at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or by phone at 319-594-1978.

“Storage Wars”

Wears to auction off storage contents on nine episodes

Solon’s Emily Wears to appear on “Storage Wars”

SOLON– Local viewers of A&E’s “Storage Wars” will see a familiar face next month as Solon’s own Emily Wears guest stars. “Storage Wars” follows a group of treasure- and wealth-seeking buyers who bid on the contents of abandoned storage units. Wears appears in nine episodes, starting Wednesday, April 12, conducting the auctions.

Mark Krall steps down effective March 8

Council to appoint replacement

SOLON– Veteran city council member Mark Krall has called it quits nine months shy of completing his term.
The vacancy created by Krall’s resignation will be filled by appointment, and at least one member of the public is interested.
Lauren Whitehead, a resident of 4th Street, volunteered for the position during the March 15 council meeting where Krall’s successor was discussed.

Solon Spotlight can drive March 25

SOLON– Solon Spotlight will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Solon students and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be also dropped off at the Solon High School band room that same morning. Donations will be used to support arts, drama, music and speech programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.