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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.

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.