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Solon Economist

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.

Highway patrol

Lake Klamerus, Hunter Andersen and Kaitlyn Sellon (back) clean up trash along Ely Road while (front) Audrey Sellon, Sam Smith and Aidan Sellon work the ditch on Sunday, April 26, during a clean up event sponsored by the Ely Public Library. Library director Sarah Sellon (at far right) led the expedition. (Turn to page 8 for more photos and story by Chris Umscheid)

A unique fire engine for a unique area

Jefferson-Monroe Fire Department saves money while saving lives, property

SWISHER– There’s a new fire engine in town, and its uniqueness goes beyond the curves of its four-door cab. The truck, a 2009 Spartan “Furion” chassis with body by Rosenbauer will increase the efficiency of the Jefferson-Monroe Twp. Fire Department (Swisher Fire) while improving safety for the volunteer firefighters and saving the taxpayers money in the process.

Slicing things up in downtown Solon

Eastwood’s Sports Bar moves to Main Street; D&D Pizza finds a home inside Sam’s Main Street Market

SOLON– Two Solon staples are making a switch.
Several months ago, D&D Pizza and Cafe owner Sam Lensing made the decision to move his restaurant across the street into his grocery store, Sam’s Main Street Market.
The only unanswered question was what to do with the empty building.
That’s where Leo Eastwood, of Eastwood’s Sports Bar, came in.
Eastwood learned earlier in the year that he was being evicted from his previous location on Haganman Lane due to the building being sold, leaving him with a big problem and little time to find a solution.

Red, White and Bluegrass fest July 3

NORTH LIBERTY­­– The North Liberty American Legion Post No. 1976 will host its fifth annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival on Friday, July 3, at American Legion Post 1976, 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd., North Liberty. Music begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight. Adult admission is $10, and kids 14 years and under enter free. The post’s annual flag retirement ceremony will be held at 9:30 p.m., followed by a free fireworks display. The public is invited to bring American flags for proper military disposal.

Fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.

Road warriors

Volunteers in Ely pick up what others toss out

ELY– Aluminum cans, fast food wrappers, plastic drink bottles, scraps of wood, chunks of Styrofoam and assorted miscellaneous car parts were some of the items recovered and deposited into large orange trash bags by seven kids on a clean-up mission Sunday, April 26, along Ely Road just north of Ely.
The kids– Audrey Sellon, Kaitlyn Sellon, Noah Klamerus, Hunter Andersen, Lake Klamerus, Sam Smith and Aidan Sellon– were led by Ely Public Library director Sarah Sellon in a semi-annual clean up event sponsored by the library.

Spartans find offense against CCA Clippers

Solon rebounds from shut-outs against Central DeWitt

TIFFIN– After being shutout for two games against Central Clinton of DeWitt, the Solon varsity baseball team needed a clutch hit to get the offense going.
Dillon Drake delivered.
The Solon junior hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score freshman Ryne Schooley and deliver a 3-2 victory at home against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) June 25.
“It was a big moment for our team as we had lost momentum in giving up the tying run after getting the first two outs in the top of the seventh,” said Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney.

Six Spartans earn WaMaC soccer honors

West and Doyle First Team picks

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SOLON– Six Solon Spartans earned spots on the 2015 WaMaC East Division All-Conference Boys Soccer rosters. The annual selections were released on Thursday, June 11, with Andrew West and Dylan Doyle named to the First Team.
West, a senior, started in all 19 games this season and was credited with one assist. In addition he made one of two Penalty Kick (PK) attempts. Doyle, a junior, started in 18 of 19 games and put in a dozen goals for Solon with three assists.

Over budget, but underway

SCSD approves bid packages for new middle school and fine arts addition

SOLON– Sure, the cost might be more than they thought, but the end result will be well worth it, according to Solon school board members.
The board unanimously approved recommended bid packages, plus several alternates, for the new middle school and fine arts addition at a special meeting Monday, June 15.
The price tag is expected to be a little over $27 million, approximately $1.5 million over the $25.5 million dollar bond the community approved last year.
Vice President Rick Jedlicka wasn’t worried about the extra cost, however.

Second well in need of shock therapy

Council authorizes cost of treatment

SOLON– Solon hasn’t had the best of luck with its city wells.
So it might just start planning for bad luck.
In an attempt to get the municipal water supply back to full strength prior to painting the water tower, city council members last week authorized a $15,650 chemical treatment for city well No. 2.