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Solon Economist

Backyard chickens, no; ACA and 1105 Project, yes

City chicken?

SOLON– There will be no egg-laying in Solon back yards, at least for now.
Members of the Solon City Council last week declined to move ahead with an ordinance which would allow chickens in residential areas, instead asking for a petition showing citywide support.
A new health insurance policy for city workers and a contribution to the 1105 Project were approved, however.

Young blood

SHS senior Brianna Pike achieves donation milestone

SOLON– Student Brianna Pike is a rare type.
The Solon High School senior was recognized on Monday, March 10, when she donated blood with the University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center for the eighth time in two years. Having given a collective gallon of blood before leaving high school, Brianna is now officially a Gallon Grad, earning her a red cord upon graduation and a distinction even more significant: she is the first among Solon students to achieve the status, and also the first ever at the DeGowin Blood Center.

Time to nominate Solon’s outstanding seniors of the year

SOLON– May is “Older Americans Month” and once again it is time to submit your nominations for 2014 Senior of the Year. Nominate whom you feel has contributed to the betterment of the community and to the folks who live here. There are so many seniors who are eligible candidates that we are asking for two seniors to honor this year. This is a great opportunity to honor those who do so much good in our community. Please address your nomination to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333. The deadline is May 13.

Youth football registration April 13

n Youth Football program will be held Sunday, April 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Solon Middle School cafeteria. Players will be weighed and fitted for equipment. A parent or guardian must be present during registration. Questions? Contact coordinators Brad Gunnells at 319-624-3542, Brett Arduser at 319-624-5215, or see www.spartanyouthfootball.org.

Tree questions answered April 24

SOLON– State of Iowa District 12 Forester Mark Vitosh and District 3 Forester Joe Herring will lunch with the seniors at Old Gold Diner on Thursday, April 24.
Mark will bring along the survey of Solon trees he completed last year, and answer questions about trees and their current project to restore the oak forest at Lake Macbride State Park. All are welcome to attend at the Solon United Methodist Church for lunch at 11:30 a.m., $3.25 per meal. Call Duane no later than 1 p.m. on April 23 to reserve your meal. Unable to attend? Ask a friend to attend with your tree question.

Solon Methodist Living Last Supper performances begin April 11

SOLON– Members of Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) will be presenting five Living Last Supper performances in April, including their first interstate show and a Maundy Thursday performance at SUMC.
The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon one’s life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting.

SCSD seeking foreign exchange student host family

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is seeking one Solon family to host a high school-aged foreign exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year. If your family is interested, please contact PAX Academic Exchange at 1-800-555-6211 or go online to www.pax.org.

Third “Spartan Dash” April 26

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will host its third annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 26, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Lady Spartans run with the big schools at J-Hawk Relays; take first at Tipton Early Bird

Strong showing

CEDAR RAPIDS– Finally. A warm day for a track meet. And with a fifth place finish in the J-Hawk Relays on Friday, April 4, the Lady Spartans showed they could run with the big girls. Of the 14 teams there, 10 were Class 4A schools; all among the 25 largest enrollments in Iowa. The other four were 3A teams, with Solon the smallest.

Boys win title at chilly Tipton track meet

TIPTON– The Solon varsity boys fought the elements to win a cold and windy track meet held last Tuesday at Tipton.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon: 150
North Cedar: 117
Iowa City Regina: 89
West Branch: 83
CCA: 48
Lone Tree: 41
Individual and relay place winners:
High Jump: Matt Roeder, first, 5 feet, 10 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 5 feet, 8 inches.
Long Jump: Zach Nunemaker, second, 20 feet, 5 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 20 feet, 4.5 inches; Emilio Villagrana, fourth, 20 feet, 3 inches.

Solon dumped by Prairie Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS– It was cold. It was windy. There was a threat of rain.
In other words, it was a perfect day for high school soccer.
Solon’s varsity Spartans opened their 2014 season last Thursday with a trip to Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids to face Cedar Rapids Prairie in a jamboree hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington. Both squads were ranked 13th (2A for Solon, 3A for Prairie) in preseason rankings issued by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Boys track runner-up at Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The Solon varsity boys track team turned in a strong performance at their first outdoor meet of the season, finishing runner-up in a strong field at Mount Vernon Saturday, March 29.
The meet was a sign of good things to come, as the Spartans won seven events and placed in 11 others, with a variety of athletes contributing points.
Team Scores were as
follows:
1. CPU 134
2. Solon 132
3. Monticello 90
4. Mount Vernon 83.5
5. Lisbon 65
6. Bellevue 51.5
7. Dyersville Beckman 48
8. Maquoketa 39
9. CCA 33
10. Davenport Assum 22
Field event place winners included: