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Solon Economist

Alzheimer’s awareness March 18

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago.
The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Solon school news

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 22

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Best Shot

2007 Solon High School graduate Clint Grantham (right) reads the Solon Economist with his dive mate. Grantham is a U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class, 2nd Class Petty Officer. Currently on Second Deployment in Bahrain, the two took a moment before a work dive in the Persian Gulf to catch up on local Solon news. (contributed photo)

Brad Randall to be inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

SOLON– Brad Randall, of Cedar Rapids formerly from Solon, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Randall, a 1979 Solon High School graduate, recipient of a B.A. from the University of Dubuque in 1983 and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991, is now a real estate developer in Eastern Iowa who spent 21 years, 1994-2014, head coaching for the Solon Community School District.
Randall boasts 21 consecutive winning seasons culminating in a record of 368-118, a 75.7 percent win ratio.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Solon Parks and Recreation Board Meeting: The next meeting is Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

Best Shot

Steve and Susan Julius relaxing and reading the Solon Economist at the end of September after hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They hiked back up over the next two days. (contributed photo)

Macbride Fat Tire Classic, Mar. 3

Solon Centennial Lions Club to host soup luncheon

SOLON– Sugar Bottom Bikes, of North Liberty, has partnered with the Solon Centennial Lions Club to present a unique experience to area riders with the Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Mar. 3.

Solon Survivor Extreme, March 3

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race almost completely off-road, and serves as a fundraiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks and many man-made and natural obstacles. It will be hard, participants may get wet, they will get dirty and absolutely have lots of fun.

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 22

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

$48k TIF funds for Monk’s

Lukewarm response to leased public parking proposal

SOLON– Tax incentive, yes. Parking lot?
Maybe.
Solon City Council members approved close to $50,000 in tax breaks for the redevelopment of an existing Main Street building, but were cautious regarding a proposal by the developer to lease an adjacent property for public parking.
At a Feb. 22 meeting, council members considered a request from Ryan Wade seeking $147,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding from the city to help offset $719,550 spent remodeling the former Solon Station into a new restaurant.

SHS's “Little Women” March 2-4

Solon High School Drama Department’s production of “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, focuses on the lives of the March Family: Marmee (Ellen Cross), Meg (Emma Bluder), Jo (Faye Düster), Beth (Sayler McIlravy), Amy (Kiersten Conway and Ellie Hawkins). Performances are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4, in the Solon Center for the Arts. (photo by Kim Hawkins)

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.