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Archive - 2014

June 26th

Bender’s Fishing Camp

Walkin'

(Recently, I spent a week with my brother Bob and his friend Gonzo at Bender’s Fishing Camp in northern Minnesota. The place is so beautiful and away from everyday life that it is almost mythical in my thinking, a place like Avalon. In the far recesses of my mind, I’d like to write a play that takes place at the camp. Here’s how it would start).

The setting: Benders Fishing Camp in Northern Minnesota.

Lawn mowing

Food for Thought

I remember the lawns surrounding the houses where we lived when I was a child. The grass was sparse and interspersed with dandelions and assorted other non-grass things that, at least, were green for most of the summer. My dad mowed with a push mower with a whirling cylinder of curved blades that he kept razor sharp. As far as I could tell, everybody mowed their own lawns, even Dr. Stone who lived at the end of our block, and Henry Reem, who had the biggest insurance agency in town and could afford to take his family to mountain dude ranches and seaside resorts every year.

June 18th

Lady Spartans move to No. 2

SOLON– That was a close one.
Emily Ira helped her own cause, singling in Taylor Nearad and pinch-runner Grace McCarty in the fourth inning to give Solon a 2-0 win over No. 12 (4A) West Delaware at Manchester Monday evening.
Ira pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, striking out 14 batters and issuing only one walk while scattering five hits.
It was the 17th win of the season for the undefeated Lady Spartans, who moved up to second place in the Class 4A rankings issued June 13 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Solon girls make first-ever tourney appearance

Lady Spartans fall to Regals

DES MOINES– How many times can a teenager say they made history?
For the Solon girls’ soccer team, that’s a resounding “Yes, we can!”
The Lady Spartans traveled to Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines last Thursday for their first-ever appearance at the state tournament, paired up in the first round with Iowa City Regina in the Class 1A bracket.
The two teams had met just weeks earlier at Iowa City, where the Regals prevailed, 2-1.
Unfortunately for Solon fans, the rematch at state ended the same way, with Regina taking a 4-1 win over the Lady Spartans.

Baseball Spartans win sixth in a row

Solon sweeps Independence and Center Point-Urbana

SOLON– Make it six in a row for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans swept home doubleheaders against Independence and Center Point-Urbana last week to move above .500 for the season.
Solon started the year 0-3 with losses to Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Maquoketa, but since then the team has been steadily improving, offensively and defensively.

Lake Macbride to host July 4th fireworks, boat parade

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon Public Library

Storytime

Storytime is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. This program is filled with stories, songs, activities and rhymes. Every week, following the stories portion, there is a craft. Older and younger siblings are always welcome to attend. Every Storytime during the 2014 Summer Reading Program will be related to the theme “Fizz, Boom, Read!” June 24 we will be talking about “What’s Alive.”

Afternoon Adventures

“Alchemy, Science and Magic”

SOLON– The Solon Public Library has a new display with a science theme: “Alchemy, Science and Magic.”
Dedicated to science teachers, the window coordinates with the library’s summer reading program “Fizz, Boom, Read!”
Youth Services Librarian Carey Major said the science-focused program inspired library window dresser Antonia Russo to create an imaginative tableau that will enchant and engage all ages.

Solon Methodist Church to host community blood drive June 30

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

A day to remember sacrifice

Solon American Legion member Jim Leland salutes after completing a wreath laying ceremony honoring U.S. Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA), part of the Memorial Day service held at the Solon Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. (photo by Doug Lindner)