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Solon Economist

Bean Bag Tournament

The tournament starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.
Register now online or near the hay bale toss on Friday night.

Beef Days 5K and 1 Mile Run

Race Time: The 1 mile starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m.
Registration is available online by printing an entry form to mail or the day-of registration is available in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot between 6:30-7:15 a.m.
Individual pricing: 1 mile - $10, 5K - $15 ($20/Race Day), Solon Students K-12 - $7, Family pricing option - $40 with additional family members $5 (Family is limited to four related individuals with the same primary residence).

2016 Beef Days Beef Cup 3v3 soccer tourney

The Second Annual “Beef Cup” 3v3 Tournament is a Solon Beef Days-sanctioned event, run by Solon FC. Open to teams of 3rd/4th grades, 5th/6th grades, 7th/8th grades, and high school/open class. Depending on the number of teams registered, the Beef Cup is formatted in either a round robin or a two-pool round with a playoff for first/second place and third/fourth place.

Solon Beef Days Parade Route

The Parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16.
The Parade staging area is located off of West 5th Street, there participants will be directed into the school grass field staging area, next to the football stadium.
The Parade will start promptly at 10 a.m., proceeding off of West 3rd Street, turning north on Iowa Street to Short Street for one block, then turning north again on West Street, across Main Street to North Street, then turning east (right) on to Dubuque Street, turn south and run the entire length of Dubuque Street to 5th Street, turn east and end at the nursing home.

Ely News

Sherry Novak of Rosemead, Calif., flew in to the Eastern Iowa Airport and spent a week visiting her parents, Bill and Irene Novak, and many other relatives and friends. On Saturday, July 2, a family picnic dinner was held on the Novak farm. They toured the Reiman Gardens in Ames, Vinton and other things in Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor. They also celebrated Irene’s 80th birthday which was in May. Sherry flew home on Monday night, July 4.

Lake Macbride State Park named to top U.S. fishing, boating list

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon, was recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing.
“I’m not surprised by this recognition,” said Nick Rocca, Lake Macbride State Park ranger. Rocca talked to many park users and campers that come from near and far to fish Macbride. “They always have good things to say about coming to Macbride to fish.”

Solon girls punch ticket to state tournament

Late-inning heroics lift Lady Spartans in regional final

SOLON– With two strikes in the count, Nichole Oberthien laid down a bunt.
The play went to the plate, where Tara Lance slid wide of the tag to give the Lady Spartans a sixth-inning 4-3 lead over Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
In the top of the seventh, Solon added two more insurance runs, the first of which prompted Solon Head Softball Coach Jim White to leap in the air joyously and repeatedly along the third base sideline.

Spartans tackle CR Kennedy after doubleheader sweep at Maquoketa

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team bounced back from a sweep at the hands of Western Dubuque to take two games from the Maquoketa Cardinals July 8 in Maquoketa.
The Spartans won 5-2 and 10-3 to move to 17-16 on the season.
The Cardinals built a 2-0 lead that held up through six innings, but Solon erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh to take control in the first game.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION has begun and lasts through the first week in August. All pre-K thru fifth grade Solon students should have brought home a registration form. Pre-k through fourth graders may register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/. More registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or may be picked up at City Hall. Games will be on Monday nights for Pre-k through fourth grade and Tuesday nights for fifth-sixth grade. The coaches meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon City Hall.

Snipes resigns from city council seat

Former member may be tapped to fill in until November election

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is short one member, again.
At a July 7 meeting, council members accepted the resignation of Dale Snipes, and voted to appoint an interim successor.
That replacement may be former council member Ron Herdliska, the person Snipes replaced in February of 2015.
During the July 7 meeting, Mayor Steve Stange announced the council vacancy and suggested Herdliska as a possible solution.

Sign up for Co-ed Kickball Tournament at Solon Beef Days

SOLON– Join the annual Solon Beef Days Co-ed Kickball Tournament on Saturday, July 16, starting at noon. The entry fee is $100. Please contact Carl Stahle at 563-370-7512 to sign up a team.

Football team hosts car wash after Parade, July 16

SOLON– The Solon High School football team will host a car wash following the Solon Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bridge Community Bank parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support the 2016 Solon High School football program.