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Solon Economist

Gallery West decision “hopefully”

Council sets Dec. 13 work session for in-depth discussion

SOLON– The Solon City Council is expected to make a decision regarding Gallery Acres West’s request for water service at a Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed the issue briefly at a Dec. 6 meeting before setting a Dec. 13 work session for in-depth deliberation.
At the beginning of November, Stange asked council members to decide on the Gallery Acres West (GAW) extension by the end of December.
The topic appeared on the Dec. 6 agenda for discussion and possible action, but Stange quickly extinguished the hope of a decision.

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A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.

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Spartans roar past Sabers

Solon picks up 1st loss after slow start at Epworth

SOLON– It was smooth sailing against Central DeWitt, but the Spartans couldn’t shake the sleepies against Western Dubuque.
The Solon varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its third win and first loss last week, rolling past Central DeWitt at home Dec. 5, but falling on the round at undefeated Western Dubuque Dec. 8.
Hosting the Sabers, the Spartans jumped out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 66-39 victory, fueled by 25 points from senior Ben Krutzfeldt.
Krutzfeldt is leading the team in scoring so far this season with an average of 18 points per game.

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Lady Spartans drop third in a row

This week wasn't kind

SOLON– Another week, another three games on the hardwood for the Solon girls’ basketball team, but this week wasn’t as kind as the last.
The Lady Spartans started the week on the road Tuesday, Dec. 5, falling behind early against Central Clinton, in DeWitt, being outscored the first two quarters, 11-8 and 12-3, but rallied in the third quarter outscoring the Sabers, 14-5, setting up a sprint to the finish that found Solon only able to match Central Clinton’s performance, 7-7. The Lady Spartans fell, 35-32, in a close, low-scoring affair.

Spartans pick up dual wins

The Spartans posted comfortable victories over Dyersville Beckman and Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers picked up a pair of dual wins Dec. 7 in Mount Vernon.
The Spartans posted comfortable victories against Dyersville Beckman (53-21) and host Mount Vernon (51-16).
“Anytime you can get two conference wins on the same night is a good night,” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams said.
Aidan Dall (126 pounds), Andy Brokaw (138) and Jax Flynn (152) pinned their Beckman opponents, while Zeb Gnida (120) picked up a technical fall. Mike Hoyle (182) and Adam Bock (195) each won decisions for the Spartans.

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Grapplers solid at Cliff Keen Invitational

Linderbaum, Hoyle and Wegmann lead Spartans

Linderbaum, Hoyle and Wegmann lead Spartans

INDEPENDENCE– Powered by its veteran grapplers, Solon’s varsity wrestlers finished 10th at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Independence Dec. 1-2.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum won the tournament championship at 285 pounds, senior Zach Wegmann finished fifth at 220, and sophomore Zeb Gnida (120 pounds) and junior Mike Hoyle (182) each took sixth place.
Solon had two other wrestlers– juniors Aidan Dall (126 pounds, 10th) and Andy Brokaw (138 pounds, 10th) place in the top 10.

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Holiday Tree sale to support splash pad

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Public Library to view the 16 trees entered in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. The trees are for sale now until Dec. 16 and the profit from the sale of the trees goes to the Solon Splash Pad.
Consider purchasing a tree for a friend, for a daughter or son in college or her/his office at work, for a grandson or granddaughter for his/her room, for the children’s teacher, for a relative in the nursing home, for yourself or for your husband. Add some holiday lights, color and cheer to someone’s life.

Support Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 6

SOLON– Solon Robotics will be holding its fourth annual After New Year’s Day can drive on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Donations can be dropped off behind the former middle school auditorium from 8 a.m. until noon, or pick up can be arranged by contacting coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail.com or voice mail at 319-541-6855.
Student team members will be going around Solon on the morning of Jan. 6 collecting cans and bottles for the 5¢ deposit to help fund the program. Earlier pickup can be setup by contacting coach Mattaliano.

Sacred Relics of the Saints at St. Mary

SOLON– A teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics is coming to St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be present to teach about over 150 holy objects, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.

Sts. Peter & Paul Nativity scene restored

Mt. Vernon couple refurbish Sts. Peter & Paul holiday display

SOLON– After what many guess is over 100 years of use, it didn’t surprise anyone that the characters in the Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel nativity scene needed repair.
The harder part for Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation president Jean Litts was the project itself and finding the best person for the job. 
Or, in this case, the best two people. Bill Faoro and Leona Smith of Mount Vernon were selected by Litts, and the husband and wife duo assessed the project they were being handed. 

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Monday, Dec. 25. 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 reservation.

Ely News by Lenna See

Gail Nederhiser was a Thanksgiving dinner guest of Bruce and Donna Griebel, Logan Haley and Macy.

Anthony and Keri Van Sant and Archer, of Batavia, Ill.; Kala Bontrager, Jadasen, Ariana and Kiych, of Cedar Rapids, and Jean Zach were Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Don and Ruth Bontrager in Cedar Rapids.