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Old Gold Dining to host fourth grade class

Dining program looking for more seniors to join them for lunch

Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. There are usually 23 students that come. We would like to have at least one Senior Citizen for each student. Non seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $4.00 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to join us for this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservation. We serve lunch at 11:30, so plan to arrive by 11:15. The class scheduled to come this month is Ms. McAtee, 4B.

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Races set for council, school election

Plenty of candidates this time around

SOLON– There was a time when you had to find someone to run for an open seat on the school board or city council.
Not this year.
This year, there are six candidates for two open seats on the Solon Community School District Board of Education and four candidates for two seats on the Solon City Council. All terms are for four years.
In both cases, an incumbent declined to seek re-election.
In the case of the school board, Jim Hauer won’t be running. For city council, Mark Prentice won’t be on the ballot.
But there’s still a crowded field, including an incumbent in each race.

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New software program approved for water, wastewater

Council authorizes $19,000 for start-up and subscription

SOLON– Dave Richards placed a huge three-ring binder stuffed full of pages onto the table.
“That’s 2018 just for the sewer plant,” Richards explained.
Inside the binder were the monthly reports for Solon’s wastewater treatment facility, which Richards oversees.
The stack of reports was on display at an Oct. 4 city council meeting where Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe proposed a new cloud-based software program, WaterTrax, to reduce the time his employees spend managing reporting requirements.

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Lady Spartans coming closer

Beckman, West Delaware still deliver 3-0 sweeps

SOLON– WaMaC powerhouses Beckman Catholic and West Delaware took 3-0 wins from Solon’s varsity volleyball team last week.
But the Lady Spartans’ scores keep creeping up.
Beckman, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A and atop the WaMaC East standings came to Solon Oct. 1 for the conference sweep, while the Lady Spartans traveled to Manchester Oct. 3 to face the fifth-ranked (4A) Hawks.
Beckman rolled (25-12, 25-14, 25-18), but Solon came closer on the road against West Delaware (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).

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Spartans exorcize Demons, 35-20, in another late-game rally

28-point late game rally pushes Spartans past Demons, 35-20

WASHINGTON– After a first half leaving some Solon fans scratching their heads on Friday, Oct. 4, the Spartans, No. 4 ranked in Class 3A, scored 28 unanswered points in the Demons’ lair, Case Field in Washington, to triumph, 35-20. The Spartans remain undefeated at 6-0 for the season and 2-0 in district play.

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Third place, but what a finish for Lady Spartan XC

WILLIAMSBURG– The rankings proved true. Mid-Prairie and Williamsburg were one-two among Class 2A teams, as rated by the state’s cross country coaches. And they finished right there, at the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invite. Solon, ranked ninth in Class 3A, was third in the 10-team field, on a hot sultry afternoon, with thunderstorms just a few hours away.
“This meet was a tough one,” observed head coach Emy Williams. “The humidity and new course layout didn't help our times. We ran well and will start getting our legs fresh as we close in on conference and the state qualifying meet.”

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Pack moving up; XC boys 4th at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s boys showed up with a pack of runners in the top 30 this time. Still, top ranked (Class 2A) Tipton held court, with its five scorers going one-three-five-10-11, and its remaining two varsity runners 12th and 14th, to blow away the field in the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invitational cross country meet.

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Teen motivates Iowa City area climate activists

IOWA CITY– Swedish teen Greta Thunberg urged 3,000 climate advocates in downtown Iowa City to take on the worldwide crisis… before it is too late.
She shared a makeshift stage at Dubuque and Iowa Streets with local students who have been “climate striking” each Friday for months. The 16-year-old has made international headlines over the last couple months, including her solar-powered boat voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the United Nations climate summit a couple weeks ago.

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Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

Kurth hopes to develop new adult programs for library

SOLON– Solon is a lot like home for Alexis Kurth.
Kurth, the new adult services coordinator for the Solon Public Library, grew up in XXXX, Ore., a small town south of Portland.
“It’s actually very similar to Solon in a lot of ways,” she said, except XXXXX has a hop festival instead of Beef Days. “It was very much the same feeling when I went to Beef Days as it was being a kid at the Hop Festival, so that was pretty cool.”

Solon Fire Department to 'Battery Up' Oct. 5

Free program offered in Solon

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Cardinals sweep Lady Spartans

Solon rebounds against Iowa City West, Ft. Madison

MAQUOKETA– Despite an active back row, some pretty stellar serving and 13 kills from senior Katie Yi, Solon’s varsity volleyball team came up empty against the Maquoketa Cardinals.
The Cardinals swept the Lady Spartans 3-0 in a WaMaC Conference East matchup Sept. 24 in Maquoketa.

Spartans chase Bloodhounds for Homecoming win

Miller throws five TD in 45-7 blowout

SOLON– Senior quarterback Cam Miller had himself a night.
Miller went 15-20 for 323 yards passing and five touchdowns against the Fort Madison Bloodhounds for Homecoming Sept. 27, and the Spartans rolled to a 45-7 victory.
Solon racked up 410 yards of total offense while holding Fort Madison to 143 and scored six of touchdowns in the first two quarters for a 38-0 halftime lead.
“Overall it was our best performance of the year,” assessed Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller. “We didn't have a single penalty and didn't have as many missed assignments as the previous week.”