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Solon Economist

Opening in August

Board members, staff tour new building

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– School board members and middle school staff took a sneak peak at their latest work-in-progress last week.
The new Solon Middle School, located on 11 acres along Racine Avenue adjacent to the high school, is not quite complete, but it’s on schedule for its August opening.
Furniture has been ordered and will arrive in July, according to Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent David Eidahl.
Eidahl said the district’s administration is putting a plan together for the transition to the new building.

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Cub Scout can drive April 29

SOLON– Solon Cub Scout Pack 120 will collect redeemable cans and bottles on Saturday, April 29, from 1-5 p.m.  Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

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May Day Breakfast May 6

SOLON– Highlight May 6 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children (ages 5-12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Bring family and friends and receive a special deal, five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

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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.”

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Residents petition for special election

SOLON– A special election for a city council member will be coming soon.
A petition requesting a special election was delivered to Solon City Hall April 14 bearing 65 signatures of registered voters. Only 10 signatures were required.
At an April 5 city council meeting, Dale Snipes was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of longtime council member Mark Krall, who stepped down in March.
Krall’s term is set to expire at the end of the year.
The petition makes that appointment temporary pending the outcome of the special election.

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City-wide Garage Sales update

Solon’s City-wide Garage Sales will be Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. If you are holding your own sale, it’s time to get on the map. Reservation forms are available inside the library and on the library’s website, www.solon.lib.ia.us.
If you don’t have enough items for your own sale, the Friends of the Solon Public Library will accept donations for the benefit of the library. Items may be dropped off any time. (The Friends cannot accept donations of bedding and clothing.)

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Lakeview PTO hosts 6th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 29

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its 6th Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 29 (rain or shine). The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that serves 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 1-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.

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Lady Spartans down Maquoketa, West Delaware on the links

SOLON– Depth paid off for the varsity Lady Spartan golfers during a triangular meet with Maquoketa and West Delaware at the Lake MacBride Golf Course April 13.
Solon’s top three golfers were within two strokes of each other’s scores.
Maquoketa’s Taylor Thede took medalist honors with a score of 44, and West Delaware’s Ashley Goebel was runner-up with a 46, but that wasn’t enough to top Solon.

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Solon 4x400 sets school record

Lady Spartans third at Jesse Day Invitational

DAVENPORT– With a school record in the final event, Solon’s girls capped an impressive showing at the Jesse Day Invitational Track meet April 13 in Davenport. Solon won four events, was second in two more, and double-placed in three individual events. The Lady Spartans scored in 14 of the 19 events in the meet.
“We had a strong feeling we could do some of the things we accomplished (at Davenport),” noted Solon Coach Brent Sands. “We only loaded a few events. Some of the faster girls only had two events. We want to give everybody a chance to run at this point.”

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Spartans fall short against No. 1

Solon sophomore Luke Yetley attempts a head into the net in the first period of a varsity soccer match with two-time defending state champion Dyersville Beckman April 15 in Solon. The Spartans held the Blazers without a goal in the first half, but two scores in the second gave Beckman a 2-0 win. (photo by Doug Lindner)

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Sixth title for 5th Street Jazz

5th Street Jazz wins its in Class 3A competition at the 2017 Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships

SOLON– Solon High School’s 5th Street Jazz vocal ensemble participated in the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships nine times and won the Class 3A title five times, but the group was not invited to participate in 2016.
It made this year’s competition special for Solon seniors.
“My sophomore year, I was in Blame It On Our Youth, and we got third at championships, so it was very hard last year, being in 5th Street and not qualifying,” Solon senior Elizabeth Hand said.

Snipes reappointed to fill council vacancy

Replacement for Mark Krall sworn in April 6

SOLON– For the second time, Dale Snipes has been appointed to the Solon City Council.
Snipes was originally selected in February of 2015 to replace former council member Ron Herdliska, and in a twist, Herdliska was tabbed to fill Snipes’ seat when he stepped down, in July of 2016, due a change in his employment.
This time, Snipes replaces longtime city councilor Mark Krall, who vacated his seat in March and will fill a term set to expire at the end of the year.
The decision was made at an April 5 city council meeting.