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Solon Economist

Swisher Legion Auxiliary selects two Prairie girls to attend Girls State

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary has chosen two Prairie girls to attend Girls State this coming June at Drake University.

Girls take WaMaC East track title

State track qualifier at home Thursday, May 11

SOLON– The midfield celebration was loud… but short… as Solon’s girls raised their WaMaC Conference East Division trophy May 7. They walked away with a 37-point win on their home track. But they also realize the hard work continues. Their Thursday task– the Class 3A state qualifying meet, also at Solon– is to advance as many events as possible to the 2018 state track meet, May 17-19 in Des Moines.

Noonan kick beats Maquoketa in shoot-out

Senior Night Friday against Vinton-Shellsburg

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans soccer team started a week of very physical play in Maquoketa winning an edge-of-your-seat battle, 3-2, only to fall prey to Central DeWitt, 3-1, battling with a lineup lacking several starters due to high school state large group music competition.

Solon boys blank Maquoketa, 4-0

Spartans dodge OT bullet from Sabers

SOLON– The boys took care of business at home against Maquoketa in a shutout, but narrowly escaped the Central DeWitt Sabers on the road.
Solon’s varsity soccer team improved to 11-3 with the two wins last week, defeating Maquoketa’s Cardinals 4-0 at Spartan Stadium May 1 and squeaking out a 3-2 overtime victory visiting Central DeWitt May 3.
The Spartans, currently ranked second in Class 1A by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, will square-off with the top-ranked team, Iowa City Regina, in Iowa City May 10.

Spartans take fourth place at Marion meet

Linderbaum 1st in shot and Ira 1st in hurdles, Flansburg 2nd in discus

Linderbaum 1st in shot and Ira 1st in hurdles, Flansburg 2nd in discus
By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MARION– “This time of year is important because this is what it is all about. You have the opportunity to see it all come together so you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them. We look forward to challenging each other to use our gifts and talents in a different ways to help in our team success,” Coach Mark Sovers commented.

Be a Hunger Hero, May 12

4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser Saturday, May 12
SOLON– The 4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online at GetMeRegistered.com, or onsite starting at 7:15 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper Saturday, May 12

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous sauce will be available for purchase at $5 a quart.

Townsley departs SCSD for UNI role

District announces replacement, changes in scope

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction/Technology and former math teacher at the regularly scheduled April 9 meeting.
After 14 years with the Solon School district in which he proved instrumental in many key reforms, Townsley will head this fall to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he has accepted a teaching position in the Leadership Department. Townsley will instruct future principals and superintendents.

May Day Breakfast May 5

SOLON– Meet your friends or members of your family at the Solon United Methodist Church for the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast on Saturday, May 5, from 7 to 11 a.m. Enjoy egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk.
Adult tickets are $6 each or five tickets for $25. Children aged 5 to 12 are $3 each or five for $12. Children under the age of 5 are free.

No hydrants? No problem

Firefighters practice moving big water

LAKE MACBRIDE– Fire hydrants.
Most towns have them strategically placed on street corners and other easily accessed locations, so firefighters can quickly find them, connect their pumpers to them and assure a steady and uninterrupted water supply.
However out in the rural areas and in towns without a municipal water system, those familiar fireplugs are nowhere to be seen.
Firefighters have utilized tank trucks, or tankers, to haul water to fire scenes for as long as there has been motorized fire apparatus.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL UMPIRES NEEDED. You must be in at least ninth grade and have either played or umpired softball or baseball previously. Pay is $20/solo, $15/behind the plate; $10 on the bases. Games will be on Monday and Thursday evenings in May and June, starting at 6 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area diamonds. If interested, contact Mike Reeve at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or 319-594-1978.

Linderbaum third in shot put

Team 2nd at Maquoketa Valley and team 4th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys’ track and field team had a busy week on the oval and in the field culminating with Tyler Linderbaum’s third-place showing in the shot put at the Drake Relays.
The week’s competitions started on Monday, April 23, at Maquoketa Valley, where the team captured second place.