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Solon Economist

Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall coming to Solon?

Council approves $3,000 of $7,000 tab

SOLON– A traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial may be coming to Solon in August.
Scott Rozinek, a member of the Solon American Legion, approached the Solon City Council for partial funding of the proposal at a Jan. 22 meeting.
Council members agreed to fund a $3,000 down-payment.
The total cost, Rozinek said, would be $6,000, plus lodging for a driver and any other associated local expenses.
Rozinek told city representatives he had previously assisted in the displaying of a Vietnam traveling memorial wall in West Branch.

Got Health?

Health and Wellness Fair Sunday, Feb. 2

SOLON– A Solon Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Solon Community Center. The event is free to the public.

Golfletics

Austin Kopp returns home to fuse technology and fitness efficiently

CORALVILLE– Golfletics is a perfect place to discover the game of golf.
The new performance center features two cutting-edge public simulator bays where you can play some of the best courses in the world with no weather issues. In the back is a 600 square-foot gym and an additional instruction and club-fitting bay.
“It’s kind of a marriage of all my experience,” explained Solon native and North Liberty resident Austin Kopp.

Solon Sons of the American Legion host annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 1

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drink. The Legion will serve from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children 5 and under eat free.

Spartans edged by Mustangs

Mount Vernon escapes with 70-68 win

SOLON– “They left it all on the floor,” Solon head Coach Matt Lesan said. “Some of those bounces that aren't going our way will start to change.”
Everything was looking good for a Spartan upset of two-loss Mount Vernon Jan. 24 in Solon.
But the Mustangs retook the lead when it mattered, and the 70-68 loss dropped the Solon varsity boys to a third straight loss and a 3-11 record. Mount Vernon improved to 11-2.
The Spartans held a 38-33 advantage at the half in a see-saw battle which featured some hot shooting and some aggressive defense.

Lady Spartans break Mustangs a second time, 44-34

Holtkamp and LaDage lead Solon over Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Solon sophomore Kaia Holtkamp and senior Jenna LaDage led the Lady Spartans past the Mustangs, 44-34, on Friday, Jan. 24, at Mount Vernon High School, for the second time since December of 2009.
The Lady Spartans built a six-point lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Mustangs, 11-5, and matched Mount Vernon in the second quarter with 10 points apiece, to maintain the six point lead at the half, 21-15. Besting the ‘Stangs by a point in the third, 8-7, Solon entered the final 12 minutes of play leading, 29-22.

One win, one tie

Solon wrestlers down Marion, but end in 36-36 deadlock with Mount Vernon

SOLON– Trailing 36-33 heading into the final match, it was up to Nash Altman at 285 pounds.
And he delivered.
Altman’s 1-0 victory against Mount Vernon’s Keaton Dennis knotted the score 36-36 and helped Solon’s varsity wrestlers avoid a loss to the Mustangs during a double dual meet Jan. 23 in Solon.
The Spartans picked up a comfortable 51-28 win over Marion earlier in the evening.
Solon faced an 18-0 deficit against the Mustangs when Jakobe Lahr put the home team on the scoreboard with a pin of Mount Vernon’s Jacob Coon at 126 pounds (2:21).

Solon Senior Dining celebrates 40 years

Countless volunteers have carried the cause for Old Gold Diner

SOLON– They list off the names.
Rosemary Erenberger, Peg Zaruba, Naomi Steinbrech, Jeanne Erhart, Bev Noska, Irene Steinbrech, Elaine Reynolds, Marie Kroul, Bessie Drahos and Doris Looney, Wayne Croy, Betty Buchmayer, Milt Hunt, Elieen Hageman, Anna McAtee.
It’s not complete by any means– there’s a long list of people who helped keep Solon’s Senior Dining program alive since its creation in 1980.

Getting vets outdoors

Solon-based Iowa Veterans Outdoor Experience growing through giving

SOLON– They’re just taking care of family.
And veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are the biggest family you’ll ever know, Brad Storck explained.
Storck is a co-founder of Iowa Veterans Outdoor Experience (IVOE), a homegrown non-profit which hosts a group of disabled veterans twice a year for an exclusive hunt on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ground at Coralville Lake.
The group has been around for seven years, staffed by volunteers from the Solon American Legion and supported with contributions from area businesses and organizations.

Senior Advocates seek nominations for the “2020 Solon Senior of the Year”

SOLON– Each year the Solon Senior Advocates Board honors the “Solon Senior of the Year.” Again this year of 2020, a nominating committee of past Seniors of the Year aid the board in the selection, based upon the following criteria:
1) Age 65;
2) Nominee has made contributions to the Solon community outside of their job/occupation in their senior years;
3) And nominee has made contributions to the Solon community even though they may now live outside of the Solon community.

Solon boys break six-game skid

Spartans down Maquoketa. 68-39

SOLON– It was good to get a win.
After dropping the previous two games by a combined four points, Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team blew out the Maquoketa Cardinals for a 68-39 home victory Jan. 16.
Despite playing in the Solon Middle School, the Spartans tore the game open in the third quarter, turning a 10-point halftime margin into a 22-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“I loved how our guys responded to getting challenged,” noted Head Coach Matt Lesan.
This time, Solon took a 19-11 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back.

Hayden Taylor nominated for 2020 Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestler of the Year

Fans can vote through Feb. 7

BOONE– Hayden Taylor of Solon is among a handful of Iowa high school wrestlers nominated for the Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestler of the Year Awards.
Fans have the ability to vote, once per day, for their top wrestler in each category until Feb. 7, when votes will be tallied from IWCOA and the fan vote to reach the top three. The finalists will be invited to IAWrestle’s premier event War at the West Gym, on March 14, held on the University of Northern Iowa campus, where a winner will be announced in each category prior to the event.