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Solon Economist

Solon Booster bash golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 13th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase a new set of weight racks for the weight room.
The tournament will be a four-person scramble (best shot) with two sessions– 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. The cost is $50 per person. Anyone interested in registering individually or a group should call Lake Macbride Golf Course at 319-624-2500.

Solon Cub Scout open house Thursday, Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Cub Scouts will be holding an open house at Lakeview Elementary during “Unpack Your Backpack” night on Thursday, Aug. 15. First through fourth graders are all welcome to join. Through the Cub Scout program parents and scouts will have fun and challenging experiences in a wide range of activities. Look for the signs at Lakeview and come talk about what the Cub Scouts have to offer.

St. John Lutheran Church Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 18

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely. This is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.
The event will begin with a Polka Service of worship at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall led by Pastor Erika Uthe of the sponsoring church, St. John Lutheran, ELCA of Ely. It will be followed by a meal from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Activities and a dance will follow until 3 p.m.

Special delivery

Cody Milliman lets fly with a newspaper delivery, one of many skill tests administered by members of the Optimist Club of Solon Saturday morning during their annual Summer Bike Rodeo. The rodeo includes five contests which are aimed at helping preschool and elementary aged kids master skills which will help keep them safe on the road with their bicycles. Turn to page 20 for more photos by Doug Lindner.

Jet stream

Solon firefighter Matt Boerjan helps Keanen Carey in a waterball fight during Solon Beef Days July 20. The fire department set up a Future Firefighters Waterball Contest on South Dubuque Street, giving kids a chance to enjoy a smaller version of the contest. The department hosted adult water fights at the city park earlier in the day. See page 16 for more photos from Beef Days 2013. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Scherf raising birds of courage for your table

Love of nature, respect of farmers leads to poultry-raising

SOLON– The Bald Eagle has been the natural representative of the United States since 1782, when congress adopted the gallant bird onto the centerpiece of the great seal. It is now an unmistakable figure of America, but founding father, Benjamin Franklin never agreed with the choice– he liked the turkey.
In a letter to his daughter, Franklin said the turkey, “is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage…”

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

8th graders hosting can drive for D.C. trip Aug. 17

SOLON–Solon eighth graders planning to attend a trip to Washington, D.C., will host a can drive on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Solon.
Students will be going house-to-house in Solon collecting empty refundable cans and bottles from 9 a.m. until noon. To schedule a pick-up, call 624-1502 and leave a message. Cans and bottles can also be dropped off at 605 Windsor Dr., Solon.

Six candidates for school board

Dick Schwab only incumbent seeking re-election to Solon board of education

IOWA CITY– There are six candidates for three seats on the Solon school board.
Only one of the three incumbents, Dick Schwab, is seeking re-election. Current board president Dave Asprey and Lianne Westcot are not seeking re-election.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts in September

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs and time for free play. Registration is required. Call the library with any questions or to register.

Window display for August

Solon School News

New school staff

The Solon Community School District is pleased to welcome the following new staff:
Munson, Jacob: HS At-Risk
Shah, Brittanie: 0.5 Reading Recovery
Carls, Keri: Begindergarten
Brown, Elizabeth: First grade
O’Hare, Jennifer: Second grade
Richmann, Kalle: HS special education
White, Jim: Varsity softball
Vry, Kylie: Ninth softball coach
Scheetz, Jodi: Assistant softball coach
Link, Amy: MS-HS nurse
Johnson, Natalie: Lakeview associate
Sedlacek, Stacy: Lakeview associate
Anderson, Chris: HS math
Miller, Melanie: HS 0.5 science

Online license renewal goes live

DOT lets you renew in your pajamas

DES MOINES– You can do your banking online. You can pay your bills online. It is even possible in some places to order a pizza via your computer.
And now, you can also renew your Iowa Drivers License.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed House File 355 into law on May 15 authorizing electronic renewal for standard operator (Class C) licenses and identification cards with a few restrictions. Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Division said, “We are looking forward to making the driver’s license renewal process as easy as possible.”