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Solon Economist

Beef Days contributes $10,000 to Solon fire department

Solon Tri-Township Emergency Response Agency Chief Bob Siddell accepts a check for $10,000 from Solon Beef Days Committee member Don Ellis to help offset the $20,000 cost of a Battery powered extraction cutter and a battery powered spreader. (contributed photo)

Solon crushes West Delaware, 54-14

Spartans to UNI-Dome to face unbeaten Xavier in 3A semi

SOLON– Solon’s defense made statements all season and Coach Kevin Miller challenged the offense.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the Spartan offense answered resoundingly, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 54-14, to advance to the state semifinals to face Cedar Rapids Xavier, the only other 11-0 team in Class 3A football.
“This was the first time, this season, we put all three phases together. Overall, I thought we executed at a high level and we valued the football. Defensively, we played well, other than a couple of plays where we failed to execute our assignments,” Coach Miller commented.

The tradition continues

Wartburg’s homecoming against Loras serves as reunion for five Spartan families

WAVERLY– Wartburg College’s homecoming was a bit of a reunion for five Spartan alum on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Zimmerman field, following the Knights’ win over the Loras Duhawks, 42-11. Wartburg senior Chris McNutt and sophomore Brandan Childs met former high school football teammates Loras sophomores Spencer Lawson and Dalton Vislisel along with freshman Jarod Clevenger and their families joined together at the Wartburg “W” at midfield following the game.

Solon Parks & Rec

Boys Basketball grades 3-6:

Registration will start around Nov. 17, with a coaches meeting to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Games are played on Saturdays in January and February, tentatively starting Jan. 20, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. Registration forms will be distributed to Solon students through the school and also available on the Solon Parks and Recreation website and at City Hall.

Machine Shed Mantra

Senior football dads keep the spirit alive

SOLON– The “Machine shed mantra” has been a part of Solon football tradition since 1985, when Maury Miller, Coach Kevin Miller’s father, scrawled “Bear Season” on the building in reference to a rivalry game between the Solon Spartans and the West Branch Bears.
The original intent was to elevate the level of competition and has done so, for the last 32 years.

Water we going to do now?

Packed house for Gallery Acres West meeting with DNR

SOLON– It was a long meeting.
So what comes next?
Members of the Solon City Council and a standing-room-only crowd packed into City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 24, to question representatives of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about efforts to resolve water supply issues for a nearby rural subdivision.
No official action was taken from council members and it wasn’t clear whether the marathon meeting shed any new light on how best to deal with unacceptable levels of arsenic in Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) drinking water.

SHS presents “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Nov. 10, 11 and 12

SOLON– Solon Center for the Arts will present “Disney’s Mary Poppins” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available online at www.midwestix.com/organizations/solon-center.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” will also be sold in-person in the Solon Center for the Arts Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The box office will also be open one hour before each show Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club and the Solon Public Library are sponsoring the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest at the library. The proceeds from the contest will be given to the Solon Splash Pad Fund.

Construction on 180th Street NE to county line completed

IOWA CITY– 180th Street NE, from Utah Avenue NE to the Johnson-Cedar county line, will reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The improvements planned for this project are complete and only minor touch-up work along the roadway may take place over the next couple of weeks. Drive carefully through the project area and be aware of equipment and workers in the right-of-way.

Advocates attending “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15

SOLON– The Solon Senor Advocates are planning to attend a performance of “Elf The Musical” Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island.
“Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Leave the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 10:15 a.m.
Call 624-2710 to join the trip.

Leo Shima’s Country Sounds at Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Nov. 22

SOLON– The Solon Old Gold Diner will feature Leo Shima’s Country Sounds as entertainment for the Wednesday, Nov. 22, meal. Cards will be played before and after lunch. Call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, for reservations.

Free Thanksgiving Meal at Our Lord’s Church Thursday, Nov. 23

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 23. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.