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Solon Economist

Volunteering is a win-win

Solon Senior of the Year: Dave Frisbie

SOLON– Why volunteer?
“I hadn’t thought about it,” said Solon Senior Advocates’ Senior of the Year honoree Dave Frisbie. “I think of all the people who have volunteered before me, and I just do it.”
Having always been service-oriented, his main concern was not whether to volunteer but how and where to do it. He settled on a few key areas in his life: helping maintain trails at Lake Macbride, driving for Table to Table and the Solon Senior Advocates, and doing chores for seniors at no charge.

Solon Firehouse unveiled

Firefighters embark on $4.3 million fundraising campaign

SOLON– They know it’s a big building.
They know it’s a lot of money.
But here’s the analogy Solon firefighters made as they introduced a plan for a new $5 million firehouse.
The current fire station on Iowa Street was built in 1959, explained department member Greg Morris.
“Where we’re sitting right now was built by the firefighters in ‘58 and ’59,” Morris said. “My grandfather’s one of the guys who signed the personal note to guarantee payment. The only actual construction cost for the fire station to this community was from the bond issue in 1990.”

Community center grand opening June 2

Mike Reeve to step down as recreation coordinator

SOLON– The new Solon Community Center is slated to open Saturday, June 2.
A grand opening for the facility, located at 313 S. Iowa St., will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
But by the end of June, the city will have to find a new recreation coordinator to oversee it.
At a May 16 meeting, city council members approved usage and rental fees, rules and summer hours for the community center, as well as job descriptions for some of the employees who will be operating it.

Fore Solon golf tournament July 9

New group to direct first year funds toward community center

SOLON– Fore!
A trio of local residents, with deep roots in city and school government, have banded together to organize a new annual charity golf tournament to benefit Solon’s youth.
Fore Solon’s three-person best shot golf outing will be held Monday, July 9, at Saddleback Golf Course, with an 11:30 a.m. lunch and a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
“This is going to be something we see as an ongoing, annual event,” Steve Duncan said.

Solon firemen's breakfast, May 27

SOLON– The Solon firefighters will host the 55th Annual Solon Firefighter’s Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Solon Fire Station, 131 N. Iowa St.
The breakfast is all you can eat and the menu includes: pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, patty sausage, sliced ham, milk and coffee. Cost is $4 for children 12 and younger and $7 for adults.

Legion Memorial Day services

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will be hosting Memorial Day Services at Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Legion Memorial. Plan on being at the Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to the Legion Memorial. Refreshments at the Legion will follow the ceremony.
There will be no ceremony at the East Overlook Park by the Coralville Dam this year.
Evening service will be at the Sutliff Bridge at 9 p.m. This service is to honor those that were lost at sea.

Poppy Days in Solon, May 19-28

SOLON– Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women who gave their lives in our country’s wars.
The tradition of the memorial flower honoring the war dead began after WWI when returning soldiers brought memories of the battlefield poppies which were immortalized in Canadian Colonel John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” whose opening lines are familiar to millions around the world:
“In Flander’s fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row...”

St. Bridget’s Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 28

SOLON– The church doors open at 8 a.m. and Mass begins at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Annual Memorial Day Event Monday, May 28.
Bring your lawn chair, family and friends to help celebrate Memorial Day with mass in St. Bridget’s cemetery. Services will be moved indoors if it rains.

Three injured in pickup truck accident

IOWA CITY– A 29-year-old Iowa City man has been charged after a single-vehicle accident Wednesday, May 16, on Prairie Du Chein Road in rural Iowa City.

Donate your old graduation robes

SOLON– Do you have an old graduation robe to donate? Solon High School is collecting black graduation robes for future student use. To donate one, drop it by the high school office during office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those with questions, call 319-624-2381.

Please unsubscribe

Wurzer tries to save school district from unwanted mail

SOLON– The contents of Solon Community School District staff mailboxes should be a little slimmer next month– and that’s a good thing.
For the last few months, Solon Middle School associate Diane Wurzer has been collecting unwanted mailings sent to staff at Solon schools, contacting the companies sending these mailers, and unsubscribing from their lists.

Ely News by Lenna See

Janice Heathman of Swisher, Amy Krug of Amana, Barb Matias of Cedar Rapids, Barbara Mackey, Kathy Osborn and Jan Mackey enjoyed dining at the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana on Friday, May 4. The occasion was to celebrate Barbara Mackey’s 80th birthday and Kathy’s 65th birthday.