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Solon Economist

Spartans place in shot, hurdles

Linderbaum third, Ira fifth, Walker seventh at state meet

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
DES MOINES– The Spartans traveled to the Blue Oval on Thursday, May 18, to battle more than just the competition in Des Moines at Drake Stadium during the 2017 Iowa State Track and Field Meet.
A dour sky, chill temperatures and strong wind gusts combined with a nagging rain to plague the first two days of the state championship competition. The event lasted three days and when the clouds finally parted on Saturday, May 20, the Spartans emerged among the finest the State of Iowa had to offer in class 3A competition.

School records shattered

Dramatic 4x400 finish sets new mark

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

DES MOINES– A little frustration– some high points, too– and the Solon crowd going wild in the last event of the weekend. They all marked the 2017 girls Class 3A state track meet in Des Moines.
With 11 entries in 10 different events, the Lady Spartans had a lot to look forward to coming out of the regional qualifying meet. As is usually the case, getting there is job number one. There are girls from 63 other schools out to prove themselves, too.

Lady Spartans fall to Williamsburg

SOLON– The postseason for the Lady Spartan varsity soccer squad will begin Tuesday, May 30, with a quarterfinal match against Northeast in Solon beginning at 6 p.m.
The winner will face either Iowa City Regina or West Liberty in a Class 1A Region 6 semifinal Friday, June 2, in Solon at 6 p.m.
Solon limps in with a 10-7 record, having lost the last three matches of the regular season.

Spartans mens soccer, look toward May 27 substate final

SOLON– The varsity Spartan soccer team has entered the postseason with a first-round bye.
Solon (14-5) was scheduled to play a Substate 5 Class 1A semifinal Wednesday, May 24, hosting Holy Trinity Catholic (8-9) of Ft. Madison.
Holy Trinity Catholic defeated Cedar Valley Christian School, 6-1, in a quarterfinal match May 22 in Burlington.
The Substate 5 final is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, at Solon with a 12 p.m. start with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
Burlington Notre Dame (11-3) and Columbus/WMU (7-0) await on the other side of the substate bracket.

Solon’s new disc golf course opening soon

By Janet Nolte
Solon Economist

SOLON– Those who’ve visited the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SNRA) lately may have noticed there’s a new game in town– one played with flying plastic discs baby boomers will fondly remember as “Frisbees.”
“It started when we were approached by Coralville Parks and Recreation and the Army Corps of Engineers, who said they were replacing the disc golf goals on one of their courses,” said Mike Reeve, Activities Coordinator of Solon’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer Reading Program has begun

The kickoff party for the library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program (SRP) is Thursday, May 25, from 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your family, friends, babysitters and neighbors to the library for games and refreshments. It’s a great time to pick up a summer book bag, see the 2016 kids’ T-shirts and find the summer reading logs appropriate to your age group. Anyone can participate in the reading incentive activities to get cool prizes, including chances to win grand prizes donated by generous community sponsors.

Solon American Legion Memorial Day services announced

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will hold a Memorial Day service at the Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Veterans Memorial. Attendees should plan to be at the Solon American Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to memorial. Refreshments will follow at the Legion.
In addition to the traditional service, there will be a dedication at the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 can drive Saturday, June 3

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, June 3, from 1-5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can also be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Poppy Days in Solon, May 20-29

SOLON– The annual distribution of poppies in the Solon area will be held on Saturday, May 20, through Memorial Day. Cans will be available in various businesses where you can make a donation and receive a poppy. On Saturday, May 20, several Solon American Legion Auxiliary members will go door to door in some neighborhoods distributing poppies.

Solon future business leaders can drive Wednesday, May 31

SOLON– Solon High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization will be conducting a can drive on Wednesday, May 31, to raise funds to send four students to the National Leadership Conference in which they qualified to compete at in a business-oriented event. Each student going placed in the top four at the State Leadership Conference. Cans/bottles can be dropped off in front of the high school from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or from 3-8 p.m. Students will also be going around town to collect cans/bottles.

Solon FC summer camp July 17-21

SOLON– Solon FC is offering an experience like no other in the area, announcing the return of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire summer soccer camp from July 17-21. Hosted in Solon, campers ages 6-16 can choose to participate in a half-day camp, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m., or a full-day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camp. Camp fees include five days of camp, as well as a shirt, ball and ticket to a Chicago Fire game in Bridgeview, Ill.
Cost for the half-day camp is $135 or save money by enrolling in the full-day camp for $225.

Solon Old Gold Diner site manager receives funding

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates and the Old Gold Diner Site Council joined together to request funds to support a salary for a new site council manager and were rewarded Tuesday, May 9. The Beef Days Committee and the Solon Area Community Foundation each provided a check for $3,000, providing one half a year’s site manager salary. The City of Solon meets the other half of the yearly salary, plus provides reimbursement for the in-home meal delivery program. The Site Council is searching for a new site manager as Duane McAtee has announced his retirement.