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Solon Economist

Council kicks in $500 for splash pad promotion

Fundraising committee to recruit help at June 29 Music on Main

SOLON– City council members agreed to prime the pump.
A splash pad committee is seeking to raise over a half-million dollars for a municipal water playground at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and the city has agreed to contribute $500 to help boost upcoming fundraising efforts.
The decision was made at the city council’s June 15 meeting.
The volunteer effort dates back to a 2012 survey of residents conducted by the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission seeking guidance for possible capital park improvements.

Solon water and sewer rates to increase effective July 1

SOLON– Solon’s water and sewer rates are set for their annual increase.
The third and final reading of two ordinances establishing new rates for water and sewer services passed unanimously at a Solon City Council meeting June 1.
The city has undertaken a policy of adjusting the rates annually. With the adoption of the two ordinances, municipal utility rates will increase by two percent effective July 1.
For water service, the base charge will jump to $11.42 for the first 1,500 gallons and $5.42 for each additional 1,000 gallons used in a month.

Outdoor Movie Night at Randall Park Thursday, June 23

SOLON– Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and join the Solon United Methodist Church at Randall Park the evening on June 23, for a showing of “*batteries not included.” The 1987 Steven Spielberg film stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as owners and residents of a run-down apartment building and café in New York City’s East Village. They are befriended by extraterrestrial “flying saucers” who breathe new life into the struggle of the tenants in the building to save it from demolition. Film critic Roger Ebert described this movie as “sweet, cheerful, fun family entertainment.”

Solon sweeps Central DeWitt

Solon softball squad defeats No. 3 Iowa City West at Ft. Dodge tournament

SOLON– Head softball coach Jim White knew the Central DeWitt Sabers could hit the ball.
The team had hit Solon pitchers well before, and had been kept scoreless in only one game so far in the season.
“We’re not going to be shutting them out,” White said prior to a scheduled doubleheader Monday, June 20.
And he was correct.
But the Solon Lady Spartans, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, are no slouches when it comes to reaching the bases, either.

42 runs scored in doubleheader split

SOLON– Solon and Central DeWitt took turns slugging the baseball around the park June 20 in Solon.
The two teams scored a total of 42 runs in a doubleheader split, with the Sabers taking game one, 19-4, and the Spartans taking the nightcap, 17-2.
The win moved Solon to a game under .500, to 9-10 for the season.
It was the second home split in a row for the Spartans, which dropped five in a row to some powerful teams before taking one of two against South Tama June 16.

Big Grove, Newport and Cedar townships, Solon sign service agency charter

Fire station and equipment to be deeded over

SOLON– On the surface, it will appear as if the Solon volunteer fire department is operating as usual.
Behind the scenes, however, there will have been some major changes.
At the conclusion of a special city council meeting June 6, representatives of the City of Solon and of Big Grove, Newport and Cedar townships signed a charter agreement to create a new fire service agency.
The Solon Tri-Township Emergency Response Agency will in turn establish, by resolution, the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department and oversee its operation beginning July 1.

Solon Optimist Club Summer Bike Rodeo

Saturday, June 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Summer Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 18, on the play area behind the Solon Middle School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the contest will begin at 9 a.m. Kids in five age brackets (4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 and training wheels) will compete in five contests focusing on balance, steering and paper toss. There will be a boy and girl division for each age bracket. Each age bracket will have first, second and third place trophies and two overall championship trophies. Come practice your bicycle skill and be sure to wear your helmet.

July 4 Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast

ELY– The Annual Ely Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter’s Breakfast is Monday, July 4. Proceeds from this yearly event support the department’s operational expenses. Tickets can be purchased from any Ely firefighter or local merchants. Adult tickets are $6 in advance, $6.50 at the door, $3 for children 12 and under, and children 5 and under eat free. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee and water will be served. Serving, rain or shine, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Ely Fire Department, 1300 Main St. in Ely.

Outdoor Movie Night at Randall Park

Thursday, June 23

SOLON– Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and join the Solon United Methodist Church at Randall Park the evening on June 23, for a showing of “*batteries not included.” The 1987 Steven Spielberg film stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as owners and residents of a run-down apartment building and café in New York City’s East Village. They are befriended by extraterrestrial “flying saucers” who breathe new life into the struggle of the tenants in the building to save it from demolition. Film critic Roger Ebert described this movie as “sweet, cheerful, fun family entertainment.”

Friends of St. Bridget’s invites community to engage online

SOLON– The volunteer-run, non-profit group Friends of St. Bridget’s is excited to invite the community to engage online. The non-profit has launched a brand new website, along with a new Facebook page and email list.
The historic St. Bridget’s Church, the Nolan Settlement, is located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE in Solon, which is 13 miles northeast of Iowa City, nine miles north of West Branch, and nine miles east of Solon.

Spartans take two from CP-U

Vinton-Shellsburg hands Solon doubleheader loss on the road

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) June 8 at home.
Powered by three RBI from Tyler Linderbaum, the Spartans defeated CP-U 6-4 in the first game, and then scored 12 unanswered runs in the nightcap for a 13-7 win.
Junior Nick Hofsommer picked up the victory in game one, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out three and walking three. Sophomore Spencer Wegmann pitched three innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out one.

Lady Spartans strike out against No. 1 Benton

Solon rolls over Greene County, Fort Madison

SOLON– It was a rematch of last year’s 3A championship game, and this time, Amber Fiser won.
The third-ranked Solon Lady Spartans were limited to three hits and Fiser rolled up 14 strike-outs as No. 1 Benton Community powered past third-ranked Solon, 4-0, in softball action June 8.
Junior McKenna Miller took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking five batters and striking out three.