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Solon Economist

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).

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.

City to take general fund hit after undeveloped commercial land drops

SOLON– The season of giving is over.
It’s time for taking back.
The City of Solon will absorb what amounts to a $10,000 hit in its general fund for the upcoming fiscal year because of a change in the valuation of undeveloped property.
Budget discussions began in earnest for the Solon City Council during a regular meeting last week where city administrator Cassandra Lippincott announced the news.
Undeveloped commercial and multifamily residential lots in the Fox Ridge subdivision have been reassessed by Johnson County as a result of a legislative change, she said.

Wilderness Studio decks the halls

SOLON– Dick Sjolund and Wilderness Studio assistant Emilee McNeal were delivering gifts a bit ahead of Santa at the Solon Nursing Care Center in December.
Sjolund surprised residents with framed photos (printed at his studio in rural Solon) and little fanfare. Sjolund has been taking portraits of the care center staff at his Wilderness Studio. He decided against a holiday sale of his pictures in favor of gifting his photos, many of which were taken and exhibited around the world.

First day of Solon school up for grabs

School board to hold hearing Jan. 14 to take input on start date

Solon Public Library

Book notes
(featured new arrivals)
“And Then You Dye” by Monica Ferris (Book 16 in the Needlecraft Mystery series).
“Cross Roads” by William Paul Young (Author of the popular novel, “The Shack”).
“Private London” by James Patterson.
“Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy (A Jack Ryan novel).

New Year’s resolutions? The library can help

Spartans capsize CCA Clippers

SOLON– The Spartans came out to play in the third quarter.
After building and losing a first-half lead, Solon’s varsity basketball squad held Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to 10 points in the second half and waltzed away with a 71-43 win Friday night.
“I thought it was our best overall second half of basketball we’ve played,” Solon head coach Brad Randall said. “Although we need to be ready to play defense a little earlier.”
Solon held a 6-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, but CCA came back in second quarter to tie and even take a 29-28 lead with three minutes before halftime.