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Solon Economist

Basketball Seniors reflect

Senior basketball players have learned life lessons

SOLON–Ben Krutzfeldt, Luke Ira and Jack Stahle spent part of their Solon childhood in the back of the end zone at the old high school football field.
There was one athlete they looked up to with awe.
“James Morris,” the three seniors said in unison.
Morris led the Solon Spartans to three consecutive Class 2A football championships and continued as a linebacker with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“Whatever sport he was playing, he was dominating,” Stahle said.

Maggie Snider ninth at Pan-Am championships

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica– Solon’s Maggie Snider placed ninth in the individual competition, and won the gold medal as a member of the USA Women’s Epee Squad at the 2018 Pan American Junior Fencing Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Four make all-conference

Coons 1st Team, Krutzfeldt 2nd Team

SOLON– Four Solon varsity boys basketball players earned WaMaC Conference honors following the release of the 2018 All-Conference Boys Basketball teams.
Sophomore A.J. Coons was a First Team selection, while senior Ben Krutzfeldt was recognized as a Second Team member.
Seniors Luke Ira and Luke Schaeckenbach were named Honorable Mention.
Coons was the team’s leading scorer and second in assists and rebounds. He finished the season averaging 17.5 points per game, shooting over 48 percent from the field.

Kaufmann welcomes Lake Macbride Conservancy

DES MOINES– Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) welcomed Jeff and Sara Clark, of Cedar Rapids; Patti and Ray Hamilton, of Solon; and Tom Manor, of Solon, to the Iowa House of Representatives. The Lake Macbride Conservancy was visiting Des Moines to talk with legislators and tour the historic Iowa State Capitol.

Potential conservation purchase leads to no vote from Rettig

Supervisors pass FY-19 budget with controversy

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget Thursday, March 8, in a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Janelle Rettig casting a no vote and all five supervisors reading written statements. Included in the $127,174,236 budget is authorization for the Johnson County Conservation Board to use conservation bond funds for a potential acquisition of timberland and an adjacent lot with several structures in rural Johnson County.

Begindergarten

Waiting list for Lakeview program

SOLON– An early beginning is proving popular at Lakeview Elementary.
The Solon school board held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 12, and discussed the district’s “Begindergarten” program.
Begindergarten is Lakeview’s Elementary’s alternate kindergarten curriculum, presented as an option for children technically old enough for kindergarten (5 years old on or before Sept. 15), but developmentally may be too young for the structure of kindergarten.

Troop 120 can drive, March 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be dropped off at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Raeside at St. Mary March 8

Chains Interrupted co-founder

SOLON– Chains Interrupted co-founder Lenchen Raeside will present a program on Human Trafficking at St Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
Plan to join students, parents and everyone to listen to Lenchen detail her 10 year experience assisting survivors of human trafficking and educating communities on the heinous crime. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lenchen has worked tirelessly assisting survivors but 98-99 percent of victims are not rescued, and she believes prevention is the key.

T-shirt artwork wanted

for 2018 Solon Beef Days

Seeking T-shirt artwork for 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration
SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Hoover Trail construction gets underway

Contractors will have to negotiate sensitive areas

SOLON– Everyone’s excited to see the Hoover Trail completed.
But it’s going to be a difficult project for contractors, who gathered at Solon City Hall for a preconstruction meeting Friday, Feb. 23.
Work on the first two phases of a 5.8-mile missing trail link between Ely and Solon has commenced with the third and final phase expected in 2019.

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.

Solon public library

The library is open during Spring Break!