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Doug Lindner

A legacy of commitment

Kevin Miller steps down as Solon head football coach

SOLON– Head Coach Kevin Miller never missed a football practice in 19 years.
“Never. No matter how sick,” he said the day after hanging up his cleats. “I felt that’s what I needed to do to, to provide the necessary example for our players. That was my own choice.”
Miller, 49, submitted his letter of resignation from the coaching position Wednesday, March 11, and spoke to his team the same day.
A Solon native, he graduated in 1989 after his team won the school’s first state title in the fall of 1988.

Old Mill Creek Part 4 approved

Developer calls for codified park requirements

SOLON– Another 17 residential lots and a small park area are on the way for the Old Mill Creek subdivision.
Council members approved a preliminary plat and developer’s agreement for Part 4 of the residential development at a March 4 meeting.
At the end of the meeting, however, developer Cory Hodapp recommended codification of the city’s park requirements and objected to some engineering costs.

Library board looking into solar power

New roof also needed for 19-year-old building

SOLON– Solon’s library board is exploring a new roof and the possibility of utilizing solar energy.
According to Library Director Kris Brown, the board met in January with representatives of Moxie: America’s Solar Company, of North Liberty, regarding options through a third-party lease.
The topic is on the board’s agenda for upcoming meetings, Brown told members of the Solon City Council during a March 4 meeting.

The Moving Wall coming in August

SOLON– A living tribute to Vietnam Veterans is coming to Johnson County in August.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Solon American Legion Stinocher Post #460 is proudly sharing its commitment to honor and respect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by sponsoring the display of The Moving Wall Aug.13-17.

Respite Services

SOLON– Solon Retirement Village has always offered short term respite stays to help out caregivers who need a break, have to go out of town, health circumstances etc, but is excited to announce the availability now of daily respite services.
Melissa Reed, Campus Administrator states, "Respite services offers a win/win situation for everyone in the family not only the person who attends the program. It is perfect for caregivers who are still trying to work, manage their home and care for a family member."

Calendar revisited

School board considers earlier start for 2020-21 school year Input sought at March 19 meeting

SOLON– One day can make a difference.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education voted to start the 2021-2022 school year for students on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, and will consider making a similar change for the 2020-21 school year at a March 19 meeting.
The new calendar and the possible revision were discussed at a Feb. 20 meeting of the board.
Superintendent Davis Eidhal presented the proposed calendar, explaining the district had taken a different approach this year.

A ton of fish, a ton of fun

Legion Friday night fish fries return Feb. 28 Raffle proceeds to help bring traveling Vietnam memorial

SOLON– This year, there will be plenty of fish.
In 2019, the Solon American Legion attracted the biggest crowds ever for its traditional Friday night fish fries.
Typically, over the course of seven Fridays heading into Easter, the Legion would draw an average of 230 people each evening.
“And last year we averaged over 350 per night,” explained Legion member Denny Hansen.
Last year, organizers decided to offer shrimp each week and moved the serving line out of the kitchen, he noted, and it made a big difference.
But they encountered an immediate problem– they hadn’t ordered enough food.

Stronger Together

Booster Club and school board to get control of fundraisers

SOLON– There are too many fundraisers.
So, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education has endorsed a proposal from the Solon Booster Club to bring all athletic fundraisers under one roof.
At a board meeting Feb. 20, Booster Club Treasurer Adam Stahle unveiled “Stronger Together,” a project aimed to strengthen the club’s sagging membership and address the district’s concern over the number of groups seeking funds on behalf of school programs.

Two champs!

First-ever twin titles for Solon

DES MOINES– It was the first time in school history Solon had two state champs in the same year.
It was also the first time Solon had a two-time winner.
Hayden Taylor and Jax Flynn ascended to the top of the podium at the Iowa Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, capturing titles at 145 and 170 pounds, and propelling Solon’s wrestling team to a fourth place finish in Class 2A.
For Taylor, it was the second consecutive title; Flynn became the seventh state champ in school history.
Both had to overcome big challenges on their way.

CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!

Firehouse fundraiser keeps chugging along $4,000-8,000 coming in weekly

SOLON– Over 550 people donated to the Solon Firehouse campaign, representing 28 states, 29 counties in Iowa and five countries.
Between cash and commitments, the Solon Firefighter Association raised about $670,000, according to Solon firefighter Greg Morris.
Morris has been working to raise funds for a year and a half, and the donations continue to come in at a rate of between $4,000-8,000 a week.
“That’s nothing to sneeze at,” he noted.
On a single recent day, Morris received contributions from people in Nebraska and Ohio.
“Which makes what we’re doing fun,” he said.

Record calls for 2019

Solon firefighters log busiest year ever

SOLON– “We set a record again this year,” Chief Bob Siddell reported. “Four-hundred-fifty-eight calls. The most we’ve ever done as a fire department.”
Siddell presented the fire department’s 2019 annual report at a joint meeting of the Solon Tri-Township Emergency Response Agency and Solon City Council Jan. 22 in City Hall.
“And you can see the trend from 2014 (346 calls) until now is not going down,” he said. “With Solon growing, with the area outside of the community growing, those numbers I think are going to continue to increase.”

On the climb

Registrations increase for 3rd annual Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic Feb. 15

SOLON– The Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic was not designed to be like other bicycle races.
Winding in and around Lake Macbride State Park, the course has climbed 2,300 feet of elevation over 20 miles, something designer Nate Kullbom said is “nearly impossible to do in Iowa.”
Kullbom, store manager for Sugar Bottom Bikes in North Liberty, said some riders felt the route was too difficult.
The third annual Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Feb. 15, will feature only 1,700 feet of climbing in the 25-mile race, he said.
“That’s still a lot.”