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Solon Economist

Solon girls’ soccer team works hard on the field and off

SOLON– The Solon Soccer Girls season consists of much more than just soccer.
This season was the third year the girls and their families held a garage sale to raise funds for extra equipment and other expenses. Jim’s Septic generously hosted the sale and it has become a tradition with the girls. Lori McKinnie, mother of senior player Alison, spearheaded this project from its inception.

Good Ole Days

Pioneer cuisine and craft taught during SMS Pioneer Days

Lily Feaker wore her best bonnet especially for Solon Middle School’s Pioneer Day on May 2. She was hard at work at the quilting table with Michelle Steggall. Students also learned about woodcarving, ice cream making, and hunting with bows and arrows and other old-fashioned fun and games.

RUNNER UP!

Solon’s girls swarm the runner-up trophy as the Class 3A state track meet concludes Saturday evening in Des Moines at Drake Stadium. Turn to page 10 for full coverage. (photo by Joel Miller)

Flour Power

Steph Hooper takes a blast of flour after exiting “Great Bales of Solon,” one of the many fun obstacles at the Spartan Dash, a fundraiser for the Lakeview Elementary PTO Saturday, April 27. Turn to page 20 for more photos by Doug Lindner.

Old Gold Dining to move May 6 through May 10

SOLON– Old Gold Senior Dining will be served at the Family Life Center, Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 while the floor in the fellowship hall is being replaced. The sponsored meal scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, May 15. Call 319-624-2251 for information and reservations.

Our Lord’s Church annual plant, bake sale May 18

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual plant, bake and garage sale at the church on Market Street Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Open house for Jean and Bob Stinocher May 15

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates will host an open house for Jean and Bob Stinocher to honor them as Solon seniors of the year. The event will be held at the Solon American Legion on Wednesday, May 15, from 3 until 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by American Legion groups, American Legion Auxiliary, Beef Days Committee and Senior Advocates.

SCSD to recognize retiring teachers May 15

SOLON– The Solon Community School District will be hosting a retirement open house for two long-time teachers Wednesday, May 15, from 4 until 6 p.m. at Lakeview in the media center.
First grade teacher Tama Hemann has been at Lakeview since 1974, and second grade teacher Diane Kopp has taught in Solon for 23 years.
Other retirees unable to attend include Chris Weber (Special Education Associate Lakeview), Karen Pregon (Reading Recovery and Title I reading Lakeview), Karen Clingerman (Media Associate at the High School).

What can be done to protect Randall park?

Council hesitant to repeat flood damage

SOLON– What will happen to Randall Park?
Damage caused by the flooding of Mill Creek in April has rendered Randall Park unusable, and council members began considering options at a meeting last week.
The tone was not hopeful for a short-term solution.
Facing a minimum of $25,000 in repairs and the possibility of a $100,000 project to protect the vulnerable area, council members recommended the cancelation of June events at the park and its shelter.

Sommers witness to American tragedy in Boston

Local woman shares marathon experience

NORTH LIBERTY– A runner for 13 years, none of the races previously undertaken by Iowa City pharmacist Stacy Sommers ended quite like the one on April 15, the most prestigious of America’s footraces, the Boston Marathon.
Moreover, this was Sommer’s very first Boston Marathon.

Solon Public Library

Area-wide garage sale registration open now

Solon School News

School calendar reminders

Thursday, May 16: Early dismissal, 1 p.m. for district in-service.
Sunday, May 19: Commencement exercises, HS gymnasium, 2 p.m.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day holiday.
Monday, June 3: Last student day, 11:30 a.m. dismissal.
Wednesday, June 4: Teacher work day.
Please check out the school’s on-line calendar for many other upcoming events and schedules.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10