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Solon Economist

Solon hosts Marion in regional semifinal Friday

Spartans sweep doubleheaders from W. Dubuque and Maquoketa

SOLON– Solon baseball coach Keith McSweeney is hoping some home cooking will help move the Spartans through the first round of the Class 3A baseball playoffs Friday.
“I believe we are playing our best baseball right now, but we’re really banged up,” McSweeney said. “We’ve had guys step up to fill the void left by injuries, and we will need those key contributions if we hope to advance against a good Marion team this Friday.”
The Spartans host Marion in a Class 3A semifinal beginning at 7 p.m. Solon also hosts the regional final Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

City, developer discuss affordable housing options

Council still not sold on 60-foot lots

SOLON– Maybe later.
The members of the Solon City Council aren’t opposed to the idea of allowing reduced-width lots in single-family residential areas, but they want to wait until the city’s comprehensive plan is updated before moving forward.
That message was relayed to developer Corey Hodapp at a July 1 council meeting when the subject of a possible R1(B) zoning district was again discussed.

From these farms to your table

Johnson County Farm Bureau showcases agriculture at Ag Fest

IOWA CITY — The theme for the Johnson County Farm Bureau’s 2015 Agriculture Fest was “From our Farm to your Table: Eat Healthy, Live Healthy.”
Kathy Swenka, the local Farm Bureau coordinator for Ag in the Classroom said the event was in its 21st year, and an ideal event for families to have fun while learning about the vital role agriculture plays in their day-to-day lives.

UI’s Science Café brings scientific discussion to Iowa communities

SOLON– How about adding a few scientific facts to your meal tonight?
That’s exactly what the Science Café Series, a University of Iowa created program, aims to do as it brings scientific discussion to restaurants and bars across small towns in Iowa.
The series, which started in October of 2013, covers a different topic each session and brings experts from all scientific fields to engage in discussion with community members. These events are free and open to any who wish to attend.

Football team hosting car wash after Beef Days Parade July 18

SOLON– The Solon High School varsity football team will be hosting a car wash following the Solon Beef Days Parade on Saturday, July 18, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Bridge Community Bank parking lot. Proceeds will be used to support the 2015 Solon football program.

Solon public library

Beef Days and RAGBRAI
The library will change its hours during Beef Days. The library will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, and remain closed all day on Saturday, July 18.
RAGBRAI, will travel through Solon on July 24 from 8 a.m. through late afternoon. Although it may be difficult to reach the library due to road closings, it will maintain its normal operating hours.

Chop Chop Food and Fitness Camps

SOLON– Registration is open for the second annual Chop Chop Camp, a Food and Fitness Experience, scheduled for August 10-11, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, and August 12-13 at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. For youth completing third and fourth grades during the 2014-15 school year, the camp focuses on hands-on food preparation and nutrition, fitness and games, and agriculture literacy through field trips, workshops and “lunch and learn.”

Lady Spartans end regular season 36-3

Solon softball team outscores opponents 67-2 over seven games

SOLON– The Solon varsity softball team closed out the regular season with seven straight wins and out-scored its opponents, 67-2.
The Lady Spartans moved up to the number one spot on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s final Class 3A rankings and finished with a 36-3 record heading into the postseason with wins over Anamosa, Western Dubuque, Fairfield, Southeast Polk and West Liberty.

Spartans win seven of last 10; host Maquoketa Friday

Solon sweeps Anamosa, splits with Benton, Williamsburg

SOLON– It’s into the home stretch of the regular season for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans moved to 17-14 on the year with a home doubleheader split against Benton Community Friday, July 3, after sweeping two from Anamosa June 29 and splitting two with Williamsburg July 1.
Hosting Benton Community Friday, the Spartans had to come from behind in the second game to salvage the split.
“We came out and we were flat,” said Head Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought we spoiled what could have been a winning effort on the mound by Eric Holtorf.”

Spartan girls earn WaMaC East soccer honors

Durr, Moss and Metz make First Team

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SOLON– The WaMaC athletic conference released its East Division All-Conference Girls Soccer selections for 2015 on Thursday, June 11, with seven Solon Lady Spartans chosen for First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Josie Durr, Emma Moss and Johanna Metz earned First Team spots.
Durr, a sophomore, knocked in 39 goals to lead the squad. Durr also was credited with 14 assists this season. Moss, a senior, put in 24 goals for the Lady Spartans and made eight assists. Metz, a junior, scored six times and had seven assists on the season.

Solon Optimist Beef Days Fishing Derby Saturday, July 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Beef Days Fishing Derby Saturday, July 18, at 12 p.m. (30 minutes after the parade) at Brosh’s pond, at Main and Cedar Streets in Solon. Contest is catch and release, open to ages 8 to 12, and limited to 40 children. To pre-register, call Joan at 624-3458. Bring your own pole. Bait will be provided and prizes awarded. Spectators are welcome.