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Doug Lindner

Williamsburg edges Solon

Spartans drop opening dual, 47-27

WILLIAMSBURG– It was too big of a hole.
Solon’s varsity wrestling team couldn’t overcome an early 30-point deficit and dropped the opening dual of the season 47-27 to the Williamsburg Raiders Dec. 5 in a rockin’ Solon High School gymnasium.
“We knew going in this would be a very tough dual,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Williamsburg is a very solid team year in and year out. Overall, I thought we wrestled okay even though the final score might not reflect that. We split the 12 contested matches 6-6.”

Matt Lesan returns to Spartan sideline

Solon, Upper Iowa standout to lead varsity basketball team

SOLON– When the current Solon High School opened, Matt Lesan was an eighth grader.
He was there the day crews put up the basketball hoops in the new gymnasium and he snuck in to sink the first shot in the west side basket.
Former coach Ed Hansen had beat him to the east side.
Lesan went on to become Solon’s most prolific scorer, and now he’s back on the sidelines as the head coach for the varsity Spartan basketball team.

Council approves two tax relief requests

$60,000 total for two businesses

SOLON– They were similar requests.
At a Nov. 20 meeting, Solon City Council members approved two Tax Increment Finance (TIF) applications for two separate buildings on the city’s south side.
Both requests sought an amount equal to three years of property taxes. Both failed to qualify for the city’s existing tax abatement program.
Both were approved by council members.
But there were some significant differences.

Sold!

Council approves deal with Pattison for 120 W. Main St. City approves first of competing offers

SOLON– City council members selected the proposal that was ready to roll.
Citing financial and legal readiness, the city approved selling an empty lot next door to City Hall to developer Mark Pattison during a Nov. 20 council meeting.
North Corridor Properites Investments will take possession of 120 W. Main St. in December and begin construction on a two-story mixed-use building with two commercial units on the ground level and a single, upper-level residence.
The city considered a competing offer from Uptown Main LLC, represented by developer Al Wells.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is tale as old as time

SOLON– It was a classic story of love and redemption.
The Solon High School Drama Department’s fall musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was presented to the public in the Center for the Arts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
Director Sami McAtee reported all three shows were almost sold out. “The kids worked so hard to make the magic come to life and we cannot wait until the spring show, to share the magic again,” she said.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.

City to buy North Street house for $140k

House to be demolished, lot resold as commercial

SOLON The City of Solon has gone from selling to buying.
The city, which announced its intention of selling the lot next door to City Hall, is taking ownership of a residential property located in a projected downtown growth area.
At a Nov. 6 regular session, Solon City Council members unanimously approved purchasing 123 East North Street for $140,000.
Mayor Steve Stange said during the meeting the city would raze the existing one-story structure and leave the 60-by-100-foot lot as green space until resold for development as commercial property.

Flaherty leaves rec. coordinator position

McIlrath to fill in while city searches for replacement

SOLON– The City of Solon needs a new recreation activities coordinator.
Ben Flaherty, who joined the city in September of 2018, accepted a new position with the City of Ames. His last day was Thursday, Nov. 7.
Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath will serve as an interim coordinator until the position is filled.
Flaherty, a native of Van Meter and a 2018 graduate of the University of Iowa, was initially hired on an interim basis but was elevated to a permanent employee in January.

ONeil, Farlinger added to council Haluska and Wolf join school board

SOLON– Only one of the two incumbents made it through.
But the votes were spread out amongst all the candidates.
According to unofficial results from the combined Nov. 5 city and school election, only city council candidate Dan O’Neil received a majority (68 percent) in a four-way race for two seats with 344 votes. The race for the second seat was much tighter, with John Farlinger (238 votes) edging our incumbent Shawn Mercer (217) and former council member Kevin Samek (213).

Carson King slated for Corridor Market fundraiser

Solons Kelsey Swancutt organizing upscale holiday bazaar

TIFFIN– When Kelsey Swancutt decided the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital would be the beneficiary of Corridor Market’s annual fundraiser, there was one name that came to mind.
Carson King.
Swancutt, 31, of rural Solon, has been a primary organizer of the Corridor Market, which provides a shopping venue for local small businesses twice a year in the area.
“Every event, we try to do some sort of charity aspect,” she explained. “We use our market and the ability to get people together as an outlet for whatever charity we choose.”

Council OKs expanded safety training

Solon to join cost-share for regional coordinator

SOLON– It’s time to enhance safety training for city employees.
At an Oct. 16 meeting, Solon City Council members gave informal approval to join a pool of regional communities looking to hire a full-time safety instructor.
Currently, public works employees receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training through the Eastern Iowa Area Safety and Support Organization (EIASSO).

Season ends on the road at Benton

Lady Spartans fall 3-1 to Bobcats in regional

VAN HORNE– It was too much Abby Brunssen.
The Benton Community senior, a unanimous First Team All-WaMaC Conference selection, carried the Bobcats to a 3-1 win over Solon’s varsity volleyball squad in a Class 3A Region 6 quarterfinal Oct. 23 in Van Horne.
“Abby was definitely the difference in the game,” said Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin. “She went over us, and converted every free ball– credit to her player of the year title for sure.”
Brunssen powered her team with 37 kills.
Solon countered with defense, recording 15 blocks for the game.