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Solon Economist

Solon Optimist Club to hold basketball contests Sunday, Jan. 27

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will hold basketball contests, including dribbling, passing and shooting, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m., at the Solon Middle School gym.
The categories are ages eight through 13, boys and girls divisions. First, second and third place awards are presented to each age group, along with boys and girls champion awards.
A registration form can be downloaded at solonoptimist.org.

Knights of Columbus free-throw championship on Jan. 27

SOLON– All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus (KC) Free Throw Championship. The local KC Council #12129 competition will be held on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Solon High School.

Old Gold Diner to host Solon fourth graders Jan. 23

SOLON– Old Gold Dining will be hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $5 for the meal. Please try to join this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is 4E.

Living Healthy Iowa challenge begins Jan. 28

SOLON– The Live Healthy Iowa 10-Week Challenge begins Jan. 28. Invite family members, friends, neighbors or co-workers, and start a team. Teams are made of two to 10 people, including the team leader and can be registered to record activity minutes, weight loss or both. Enter under the Solon Group ID: LHISOLON. To get started, go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and click “Join Today.” There is plenty of information at the site, or visit Solon Community Fitness Club blog: www.solonfitness.wordpress.com.

Solon Public Library

Third annual Oscar contest
The Friends of the Solon Library group is once again sponsoring a “Predict the Oscars” contest. The winner receives a prize package worth over $50 plus “first check-out” privileges for all Best Picture nominees that the library receives after the awards. Details and entry forms are available at the circulation desk, and entries are due on Feb. 23.

Book Notes
(featured new titles)
• “The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of your Finances Once and For All” by JoAnneh Nagler (2013).

Solon put three in finals at Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– The Solon wrestling team advanced three to the finals of the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational at Solon this past Saturday. Brian Haight at 132 pounds, Matt Quinn at 184, and heavyweight Logan Linderbaum finished runner-up for the Spartans.
West Branch won the tournament with 165 points, outdistancing Iowa Valley. Solon finished in seventh place.
Other place winners for Solon included :
Bailey Redlinger: sixth at 106 pounds;
Louis Gnida: third at 113 pounds;
Trevor Yahr: sixth at 126 pounds;
Danny Whitmore: fifth at 195 pounds;
Max Turkal: sixth at 220 pounds.

Solon girls snap three-game skid

SOLON– Bouncing back from three straight road losses, the Lady Spartans needed a little home cooking.
They got it against Dyersville Beckman Friday night.
Solon’s girls defeated Beckman, 61-54, to snap a three game losing streak, all of them coming in visitor’s uniforms.
The Lady Spartans had chalked up narrow defeats to Western Dubuque and non-divisional WaMaC foe Clear Creek Amana before a 50-39 loss at Mount Vernon last Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Solon had some opportunities, but cold shooting put the Lady Spartans in a bit of a hole against the Mustangs.

Unexpected dip in value

Senior Advocates announce trip to Circa 21

SOLON– “Lonesome Road,” the musical tribute to the late Hank Williams, will be playing at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island and the Senior Advocates are planning a trip on Wednesday, Jan. 16, not just for seniors, but for anyone who would enjoy memories of this country music icon. Ticket price is $40. Additional donations will be applied to fuel charges and support for the Old Gold Senior Dining site manager’s position. Call 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Mobile Mammography Unit in Solon Jan. 16

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Jan. 16. The van will be located at the Solon Family Practice Clinic. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for eastern Iowa women for 26 years.
Anyone wishing to participate needs to contact their local healthcare provider for appropriate paperwork and scheduling. Please call 319-861-7778 if you have questions regarding procedures or services provided by the mobile mammography unit.

Solon KCs to host winter card party Jan. 19

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus will hold its first annual community winter card party Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. (after 5 p.m. Mass) at St. Mary Catholic Church hall. Euchre will be played and there will also be card games for the children. Please bring a dish or dessert. Juice for the kids will be provided. You may bring your own adult beverage. The public is welcome.

Food Pantry wish list

SOLON– This week, the Solon Food Pantry is seeking donations of canned tuna or chicken, juice, pancake mix, toilet paper and cereal. Any donations would be appreciated.