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Solon Economist

Solon youth football camp Aug. 5 through 8

SOLON– The 2013 Spartan Youth Football Camp for students entering second through eighth grade will be held Aug. 5 through 8 at Spartan Stadium.
Second through fifth graders will attend from 9 until 10:30 a.m., and sixth through eighth graders will attend from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The fee is $50, with checks payable to Solon Football.
This camp will allow each camper to learn and apply the various skills and techniques applicable to football.

Solon Retirement Village 40th anniversary carnival set for Saturday, July 27

SOLON– The Solon Retirement Village (SRV), home to a full continuum of care for seniors in Solon, plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a free community carnival on Saturday, July 27.

City of Solon to mark Main Street project with free ice cream

SOLON– To dedicate the completion of its Main Street improvement project, the City of Solon will be handing out free ice cream before the Wednesday, July 31, Music on Main Solon Idol performance.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading wraps up

Saturday, July 27, is the last day for kids to turn in reading logs for the Summer Reading Program. It’s been a great summer of reading and programs, and we’ll share final stats in coming weeks in this column. Grand prize drawings will be on Monday, July 29. A complete list of sponsors is available at the library, but we would especially like to thank the Solon Women’s Club for the beanies and candy prizes, Solon State Bank for the bicycle prize, Beef Days Committee for the carnival rides passes, and the Friends of the Library for the 52” plush bear.

Spartans fall in semifinal to West Delaware

Solon baseball team ends regular season with doubleheader sweep of Marion

SOLON– The Solon baseball team was shut out for the first time earlier in July by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The second shut-out ended the Spartans’ season.
Solon fell to West Delaware in a District 6 substate semifinal Friday night, 3-0. The Spartans ended their year with a 27-13 overall record.

43rd annual Beef Days celebration

SOLON– This year On Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, Solon Beef Days will hold its 43rd celebration. This two-day event, traditionally starting the third Friday in July, has collected and donated over $385,000 back into the community and surrounding area since its inception in 1971.

Board accepts internal report on SBG

Board and administration continue to plug away on best implementation

SOLON– Lianne Westcot, Dick Schwab and Matt Townsley left smiling after the latest Solon school board meeting on July 8. The school board unanimously approved the group’s report on Standards Based Grading (SBG).
The trio had spent hours in meetings over the last weeks synthesizing recent public comments (including the June 3 public hearing), as well as information from throughout the school year. Board member Dan Coons shared his appreciation during the short, 35-minute meeting, held at the central office conference room, 301 S. Iowa St.

School pledges assistance for drainage

City asks for use of soccer fields during joint session

SOLON– Everyone appreciated the update.
The Solon City Council and the Solon school board met in joint session last week, discussing the long-term potential for shared services and facilities as well as more immediate concerns like raging surface water running through a residential subdivision.

St. Mary selling raffle tickets during Beef Days

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church of Solon will be selling raffle tickets during this year’s Beef Days on July 19 and 20. First prize is a Kinnick Stadium suite for the Iowa-Northwestern football game on Oct. 26. The package includes 18 tickets, three parking passes, food and drink. Second prize will be $500 cash and third prize will be $250 cash. Drawing for the prizes will be held during St. Mary annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 22. Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or five for $20. Winners do not need to be present to win and all proceeds will go to the St. Mary’s building fund.

Fishing gear master builder at Old Gold July 23

SOLON– Scott Kleppe will discuss his work building exceptional quality fishing rods at Solon Senior Dining on Tuesday, July 23, at the Solon United Methodist Church. Reserve a meal and join the seniors for lunch at 11:30 a.m., and enjoy Scott’s presentation.

Solon Public Library

Beef Days hours

During Beef Days, the library’s hours will be reduced. The library will be closing early at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and closed all day on Saturday, July 20.

LEGO® club starting soon

We have now gathered enough Legos® to start our club, but we will still gladly accept more donations. The club will be meeting on the first Monday of the month. Ages Kindergarten and up are welcome, and no registration is required. The club will meet from 6 until 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, and each month will feature a new theme challenge. Come and be a part of the fun.

Lady Spartans slap Sabers in regional

Solon beats DeWitt 9-1 in semifinal

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on a roll.
A 9-1 win Saturday night, July 13, at home against Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 4A regional semifinal gave Solon a 38-2 record and 14 consecutive wins.
The Spartans were the visiting team on the scoreboard and as the visitors, went to bat first. A five-run first inning gave Solon a cushion against the 25-16 Sabers.