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Solon Economist

Waving their star-spangled banners

Bikers ride Aug. 15 to show love for the American flag

Editor’s note: This article contains language some may find inappropriate for young readers.

Solon Economist
OXFORD– Something just doesn’t make sense to Lydia Bringer.
“I don’t understand why I have this love for the flag more than kids who were born here.”
Bringer was born in Mexico and came to the United States legally after the death of her mother. She underwent the long, arduous and expensive process to gain citizenship and proudly proclaimed the Pledge of Allegiance when it was granted. Before she accepted citizenship, she did a little soul searching.

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.

Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 16 in Ely

Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Ely American Legion Hall, located at 1545 Main St. in Ely. This fundraiser is for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.

Clothing sought for 175th Anniversary Style Show

SOLON– Vintage clothing wanted! In conjunction with the celebration of Solon’s 175th Anniversary, a committee from the GFWC Solon’s Women’s Club is preparing a vintage clothing style show. The committee is seeking items of clothing that would be applicable for the Style Show. Persons wishing to share applicable clothing items may contact Sandy Phillips at 319-363-2210 or via email at eaglemere50@gmail.com. It is hoped that contributors might like to participate by wearing a piece of their clothing in the Style Show. The Committee extends its appreciation to those who are able to help.

Solon Trapshooting Team first in nation

Junior Varsity squad, Nicole Breese take first place at national championships

ILLINOIS– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting team took team and individual championships at the 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships.
The event took place July 13 through July 18 at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Ill. Over 2,000 student athletes, representing 40 different states, competed at the Nationals with over 200 student athletes from Iowa that competed. States with highest attendance included: Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Iowa.
Solon student athletes who competed included:
Intermediate/Entry Level (first year Middle School): Denver Haight.

Solon baseball players named all-conference

SOLON– Six members of the Solon varsity baseball team have received all-conference WaMaC honors.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 23, with one Solon player named to the WaMaC First Team, three others named to the Second Team and two more named with Honorable Mention.
Senior Logan Linderbaum was the only starter to receive First Team honors. Linderbaum finished the season with a .413 batting average. He had 33 hits, including 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 23 RBI.

This Was Their Year

Nearad, Ira combine to power Lady Spartans past No. 2 Benton

SOLON– It was the match-up everyone expected.
Benton Community and Solon had split a regular season doubleheader in Van Horne when the Bobcats were the number-one team in Class 3A, and the Lady Spartans were ranked second.
The rematch in the 3A softball championship game Friday at the Rogers Sports Complex near Fort Dodge didn’t disappoint, at least for Solon fans.
Senior Taylor Nearad’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning provided the margin of victory, and senior Emily Ira struck out 14 batters to power Solon past Benton to a final score of 3-1.

Sizzlin’ Beef Days

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells heaves for 8 feet in the women’s division of the Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss Friday, July 17, on Main Street in Solon. It was a particularly hot Beef Days, with temperatures ranging in the 90s and humidity making it feel about 10 degrees hotter. (photo by Doug Lindner)

City, school to cooperate on upgrades

8-foot sidewalks to serve as trail connection

SOLON– The school and city have forged an agreement to hopefully provide 8-foot sidewalks linking the new middle school with the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).
Members of both the Solon school board and the Solon City Council unanimously approved a 28E agreement last week addressing sidewalks, utilities, signage and other infrastructure improvements relating to the new middle school.

Dance Team can drive Aug. 7

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team will hold a can drive on Friday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Solon High School parking lot. The dance team is raising funds, so any donations are appreciated. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Contact Marjorie Lane at 624-3401, ext. 1116, for collection bags and to schedule pick up.

Clothing sought for Solon 175th anniversary style show

SOLON– Clothing wanted! In conjunction with the celebration of Solon’s 175th Anniversary, a committee from the GFWC Solon’s Women’s Club is preparing a style show. The committee is seeking items of clothing that would be applicable for the Style Show. Persons wishing to share clothing items may contact Sandy Phillips at 319-363-2210 or via email at eaglemere50@gmail.com. It is hoped that contributors might like to participate by wearing a piece of their clothing in the Style Show. The Committee extends its appreciate to those who are able to help.

Solon United Methodist Church to celebrate 175th

Celebration set for Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– As the community of Solon prepares to celebrate its 175th year– a quartoseptcentennial, according to Wikipedia– one of Solon’s longest-standing institutions will also turn 175 years old this fall.
Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.