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Doug Lindner

Modern Piping steps up for hands-free conversion projects

High school, Lakeview, Spartan Stadium to see upgrades

SOLON– With a boost from Modern Piping, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, the Solon school district is converting plumbing fixtures in three facilities to hands-free use.
According to Mike Shive, of rural Solon, Modern Piping donated the plumbing labor involved.
As part of the company’s community goodwill program, executive staff identified several non-profit donations to provide relief from the COVID pandemic.
Converting the existing fixtures at Lakeview Elementary, Solon High School and Spartan Stadium was one of them, Shive said.

Black Lives Matter

Solon grads share their experiences with racism Over 100 march through Solon

SOLON– Black Lives Matter to white people, too.
And that is making a difference, according to a few Solon High School (SHS) graduates.
SHS alumni led a throng of about 150 people on a march through Solon Sunday, June 14, demanding justice for black Americans.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters shouted the names of the most recent victims in America’s race war as they walked from the SHS parking lot to the bandstand downtown.
Leading the crowd were Solon graduates Ainslee Eastman, Cate Neumann, Sydney Lawson and Ellie Hawkins, and 17-year-old Quincy Jagnow of North Liberty.

SIS celebrates with Flipped Parade

SOLON– This was the way school ended in 2020.
Solon Intermediate School (SIS) hosted a Flipped Parade Friday, May 29, to say farewell to some students and to say a socially-distant hello to others.
Teachers and staff holding signs lined the rear parking lot of the school and a parade of vehicles carrying students and families rolled slowly through.

Drowning reported at Lake Macbride

SOLON– The body of an Iowa City woman last seen near a watercraft on Lake Macbride has been located.
According to a press release from Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, officers responded to Lake MacBride State Park near Solon for a possible drowning Sunday, June 7, at approximately 5:31 p.m.
Initial reports indicated Makeda Scott, 21, of Iowa City, was last seen in the water near a watercraft and had not resurfaced. Responding units attempted to locate Scott and the search was suspended around 9 p.m., the release noted.

P&Z to review fringe area rezoning

City to seek developer’s agreement when Dillon’s Furrow land subdivides Residential sought for 72 acres

SOLON– The City of Solon intends to keep tabs on a proposed residential development within its southern 2-mile fringe area.
At a June 3 meeting, council members voted to send a rezoning request by Nick Hemann, of rural Solon, to the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission for review.
Hemann is asking Johnson County to residentially rezone 72.16 acres located east of Dillons Furrow Road NE, just over a mile from Solon’s southern border.

Preparing for a return to school

Board reviews distance learning data, early planning for 2020-2021

SOLON– In mid-March, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) had to move fast to put together a plan for distance learning.
Now the district has to figure out how to bring kids back to school.
SCSD board members reviewed voluntary participation numbers during the final months of the school year and listened to an overview of the district’s Return to Learning plan at a regular meeting May 21.
Superintendent Davis Eidahl walked board members through both reports.
Eidahl complimented district staff for quickly adapting to a model of remote learning for the final months of the year.

Don’t ignore the extra burden

No time like a crisis to check your mental health

SOLON– It’s a strain.
“Trauma is a big scary word but that’s kind of what we’re living through right now,” noted Troy Ward of Ward Counseling Services. “I can’t do the things that I used to be able to do, I don’t know when I’m going to be able to do them again.”
That’s hard to deal with, Ward said, and if you are an individual already struggling in some way, you just had a lot more piled on your plate in the last two months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ward has been offering free telehealth services for the uninsured and underinsured during the outbreak.

Baseball and softball restart June 15

Spartans and Lady Spartans open at home June 17

SOLON– You’ll have about a month of varsity baseball and softball.
The abbreviated season will pick up where it would have been if a global pandemic had not wiped out months of competitive high school sports.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans both open with doubleheaders Monday, June 15, on the road at Manchester against the West Delaware Hawks, and both make their home debut Wednesday, June 17.

Preparing for a return to school

Board reviews distance learning data, early planning for 2020-2021

SOLON– In mid-March, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) had to move fast to put together a plan for distance learning.
Now the district has to figure out how to bring kids back to school.
SCSD board members reviewed voluntary participation numbers during the final months of the school year and listened to an overview of the district’s Return to Learning plan at a regular meeting May 21.
Superintendent Davis Eidahl walked board members through both reports.
Eidahl complimented district staff for quickly adapting to a model of remote learning for the final months of the year.

Library to offer curbside pick-up June 1

Porch delivery for homebound on Fridays

SOLON– After Gov. Kim Reynolds announced libraries could reopen Friday, May 15, the Solon Public Library received lots of calls from patrons expecting quick access.
But the library’s benchmark for phasing in services was a 14-day COVID-19 downward trend in both Johnson and Linn counties.
Staff didn’t feel comfortable reopening quite yet, noted Library Director Kris Brown, especially with Linn County’s numbers.
“So we’re starting slowly with curbside,” she said.

Verizon tower goes up on south side

SOLON– Maybe you’ll be able to hear better soon.
Workers put up a 130-foot Verizon Wireless tower, in a light commercial district, on Stinocher Street, adjacent to F.J. Krob Co.
Mike Aicher, owner of the property, reported the tower was delivered in three pieces on Wednesday, May 6.

Solon Senior of the Year: Judy Shulista

Decades of helping out wherever needed honored by Advocates

SOLON Judy Shulista is always willing to lend a hand.
Whether it was counting the weekly collection at St. Mary Catholic Church or preparing stuffing for a Solon American Legion Auxiliary turkey dinner, Shulista could be counted on for decades as a happy worker bee.
Those contributions were recognized by Solon Senior Advocates, which named Shulista Senior of the Year for 2020.
Advocates President Larry Meister caught Shulista by surprise when he called with the news.
I didnt have a clue why he was calling, she said. I tried to talk him out of it because I dont feel I deserve this.