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Solon Economist

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.

Construction underway on middle and high school sites

Foundations could be finished this month

SOLON– Construction for Solon’s new middle school and high school center for the arts are underway, and foundations for both projects could be finished by the end of August, said Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson.
Johnson addressed the Solon Community School District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting to provide an update on the projects’ progress. With the last of the contracts for the project signed by board president Dick Schwab that evening, Johnson said contractors are now ready to purchase materials and dive into the work.

The secret to long life: “Just say, yes dear”

2015 honoree went from WW2 battlefields to Solon State Bank

SOLON– Don Erusha has been a part of the Solon community since taking on duties at the Solon State Bank in 1963, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2000, and has had a hand in several key endeavors since. For his contributions to Solon, Erusha was named one of two 2015 Seniors of the Year.
The 92-year old acknowledged his busy past. “I was (busy), but not anymore. I’m not doing very much around here anymore,” he said.
Erusha continues as a member of the Solon Area Community Foundation (SACF), an organization he helped start.

Solon Methodist 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– 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.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Road NE south of Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

Fall Soccer registration

Participants can still register for fall soccer by Aug. 21 without a late fee. Registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website, or can be picked up at city hall. The coaches meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall. Practices start the following week. Matches for pre-K thru third grade will be on Tuesday nights, starting Sept. 8, unless more teams require playing matches on Thursday evenings as well. Matches for fourth through sixth grade will be on Thursday evenings and will start Sept. 10.

Meet school board candidate Shawn Eyestone

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone and his campaign cordially invite the public to attend “meet-and-greet” events. Eyestone is running for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District Board. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with Eyestone about his areas of focus on the future of the school board and what action plans he’d like to set in motion when elected.
The following dates and locations have been set for the meet and greet events:
Sunday, Aug. 23. 10:30 a.m. Panera Bread located at 1646 Sycamore St. in Iowa City.

6-year-old drowns at Macbride

Hiawatha child was at beach with daycare field trip

SOLON– On Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m., the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC) received a report of a missing child at Lake MacBride State Park and a deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene.
At 2:13 p.m., the JECC received another 911 call from a group of teens who found an unresponsive child in the water at the beach. The teens removed the child from the water and immediately began performing CPR. The child was pronounced dead at the scene by a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) AirCare physician.

School board candidate forum set for Aug. 19 at library

SOLON– There will be four candidates running for two seats on the Solon school board, and all are scheduled to appear at a candidate forum Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Solon Public Library.
School elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Incumbent Dan Coons will be seeking re-election to the Solon board, but two-term member Dean Martin will not.
Instead, three other residents have thrown their hat in the ring.
Adam Haluska, Jim Hauer and Amber Marty all filed candidate petitions that included at least 47 signatures with the district office by the July 30 deadline, as did Coons.

Goodbye, Mrs. Sandersfeld

Lakeview first grade teacher Rosann Sandersfeld settles into retired life

SOLON– Three months after her retirement from teaching first grade at Lakeview Elementary School, Rosann Sandersfeld leafed through a book of student letters.
Printed painstakingly in pencil, the children thanked Mrs. Sandersfeld for her teaching career and urged her to enjoy retirement in the simplest of ways. Some hoped she’d be able to sleep in more and watch TV. Some, in a throwback to their first grade nutrition unit, implored their teacher to eat nuts and drink milk. All agreed, she must spend as many days as possible in pajamas.

Stastny still spends much of his time serving the community

“I’m kind of a joiner”

SOLON— If there’s something going on in Solon, odds are Marv Stastny is in the thick of it.
Stastny, one of two men honored this year as Solon’s Seniors of the Year, has made a career of volunteering to serve the community. A native of Ely, Stastny spent 20 years there, including two years on the Ely Volunteer Fire Department.