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Solon Economist

Hall of fame

Brad Randall honored March 9

SOLON– In 2009, Solon Head Basketball Coach Brad Randall and his team finished a perfect 28-0 season with a 55-41 win over Pella Christian in the Class 2A final to claim the school’s first boys basketball championship.
Nine years later, almost to the day, the former coach was back on the hardwood at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Randall, accompanied by his family, and with former assistant coaches and friends in attendance, was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame prior to the Class 3A championship game Friday, March 9.

Lady Spartan soccer

drawing on experience

SOLON– In his 14th year as the Lady Spartans’ Soccer Coach, John Tucker passes his head through the tether for his whistle, knowing he is not rebuilding this season.
“Not really rebuilding… We have a strong program. We are just looking for the players to step up,” he said.
It is a strong program if last season is any reflection. With an 11-8 team record during the 2016-17 season, Solon scored 95 goals on 305 shots; recorded 42 assists; and only gave up 43 goals, a 2.39 average per game, boasting 157 total saves, a save percentage of 78.5 percent.

Solon’s Briscoe member of national Gymnastics championship team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– Erika Briscoe, a native of Solon, and graduate of Solon High School, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gymnastics team, which claimed the fifth national championship in program history Friday, March 23, with a school record score of 193.700 at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
The Warhawks’ title is their second straight and fifth in the last seven years. The team shattered the previous program record score of 193.025, set in 2014.

Solon Old Gold Diner April Activities

• Thanks to the Catherine Bilskie representing the Solon Economist, sponsoring the March meal. The Solon Economist continues to be a very big supporter of the Old Gold Diner. We appreciate Doug Lindner and all the staff.

• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday. At 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch play is for prizes, with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the prize. March 13 there will be no bingo.

Solon Senior Advocates

2018 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area. To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.
Thursday, April 12: Maggie’s Wood Fired Pizza/Iowa City, 4 p.m. Cost is $5.
Thursday, April 19: Cedar Falls Barn Quilt Tour; 13 quilt barn sites located in and around the Cedar Falls area. $12
Friday, May 4: Bluff Lake Fish Restaurant/Maquoketa; Depart 2 p.m. $10
Thursday, May 17: Kalona, Salina Bontrager’s, cost is $55. Golden Delight Bakery, Stringtown Grocery, Community Store, Perry Bender Greenhouse.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

SOCCER REFEREES NEEDED.

Referees must be in at least seventh grade and have either played or refereed soccer previously. Pay is $10/game. Matches are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area soccer fields, with the first matches scheduled for April 10. If interested, contact Mike Reeve at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or 319-594-1978.

HS school addition on track

Walking track, cardio equipment to be available to public

SOLON– A $6 million donation from the Gerdin Family Foundation is visibly improving an already impressive Solon schools system.
At the Feb. 12 meeting of the school board, updates on the construction process were provided. The flooring for the high school addition, funded by the Gerdin Family Foundation, had arrived that day, some painting needed to be done yet, but all deadlines were either projected to be met or better. 
Plans were made where the board would meet prior to the next scheduled board meeting for a walk-through.

Jack Neuzil to receive Quilt of Valor

SOLON–Jack Neuzil will be recognized for his service to his country and the Solon community during a Quilt of Valor ceremony Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in Solon High School Center for the Arts Lobby.
The quilt is being presented to Neuzil through the national Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) and the local Iowa chapter.
Nicole Breese, a National Honor Society (NHS) member at Solon High School, nominated Jack and made the quilt for him as part of her NHS service project.

"Seussical Jr" March 24-25

SOLON– Solon Middle School students, under the organization of a group of high school seniors, will be presenting the musical “Seussical Jr.” March 24 and 25 in the Solon Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $5 at the door and will go on sale one hour prior to each show.
The Saturday, March 24, performance begins at 7 p.m., while the curtain goes up Sunday, March 25, at 5 p.m.

Shueyville Methodist Pancake Supper

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Band can and bottle drive Saturday, March 31

SOLON– The Solon High School band will conduct a can drive at the high school band room on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 319-624-2381, ext. 1112, to schedule pick up.

"Take that lift as long as you want"

From hospice room, Malatek thanks Divoky

CEDAR RAPIDS– Tom Malatek just wanted to say thank you.
Malatek, 67, a lifelong resident of Ely and a longtime member of the Ely Fire Department and Solon American Legion, was having trouble with his right leg as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma at area hospitals.
Mark Divoky, owner and operator of Mark’s Auto Body in Solon, heard of Malatek’s difficulty and offered the use of a wheelchair-accessible van he had recently purchased.