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Solon Economist

Troop 120 can drive, March 17

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be dropped off at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area parking lot. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Raeside at St. Mary March 8

Chains Interrupted co-founder

SOLON– Chains Interrupted co-founder Lenchen Raeside will present a program on Human Trafficking at St Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
Plan to join students, parents and everyone to listen to Lenchen detail her 10 year experience assisting survivors of human trafficking and educating communities on the heinous crime. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Lenchen has worked tirelessly assisting survivors but 98-99 percent of victims are not rescued, and she believes prevention is the key.

T-shirt artwork wanted

for 2018 Solon Beef Days

Seeking T-shirt artwork for 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration
SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2018 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 20-21.

Hoover Trail construction gets underway

Contractors will have to negotiate sensitive areas

SOLON– Everyone’s excited to see the Hoover Trail completed.
But it’s going to be a difficult project for contractors, who gathered at Solon City Hall for a preconstruction meeting Friday, Feb. 23.
Work on the first two phases of a 5.8-mile missing trail link between Ely and Solon has commenced with the third and final phase expected in 2019.

Solon senior advocates

2018 Advocate Trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area. To make reservations for an Advocate trip, call 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net.

Solon public library

The library is open during Spring Break!

Alzheimer’s awareness March 18

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago.
The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Solon school news

Begindergarten/Kindergarten Roundup Thursday, March 22

SOLON– Kindergarten Roundup will be held Thursday, March 22. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2-3:25 p.m. and the second will be 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup may be completed online beginning Thursday, March 1, through March 21.
Children must turn 5 by Sept. 15 to be eligible to enroll in Begindergarten or Kindergarten and a copy of the original child’s birth certificate must be brought to the Kindergarten Roundup.

Best Shot

2007 Solon High School graduate Clint Grantham (right) reads the Solon Economist with his dive mate. Grantham is a U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class, 2nd Class Petty Officer. Currently on Second Deployment in Bahrain, the two took a moment before a work dive in the Persian Gulf to catch up on local Solon news. (contributed photo)

Brad Randall to be inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

SOLON– Brad Randall, of Cedar Rapids formerly from Solon, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Randall, a 1979 Solon High School graduate, recipient of a B.A. from the University of Dubuque in 1983 and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991, is now a real estate developer in Eastern Iowa who spent 21 years, 1994-2014, head coaching for the Solon Community School District.
Randall boasts 21 consecutive winning seasons culminating in a record of 368-118, a 75.7 percent win ratio.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Solon Parks and Recreation Board Meeting: The next meeting is Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

Best Shot

Steve and Susan Julius relaxing and reading the Solon Economist at the end of September after hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They hiked back up over the next two days. (contributed photo)