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Solon Economist

Solon Citywide Clean Up, June 10

SOLON– The Solon Citywide Clean Up Day is Saturday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Collection will be handled at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Acceptable items include: furniture, grills (propane tanks removed), bikes, lawn chairs, and other hard to get rid of items. Empty paint cans– dried without lids– will also be accepted. Tires for $5 and large tires are $10 each. Televisions and other electronics will be accepted for a $20 fee. Appliances will be collected for $20 each and lawn mowers and other gas engines for $15 each.

Summer reading kicks off

SOLON– The Solon Public Library’s Summer Reading Program 2017, themed “Build a Better World,” officially kicked off Thursday, May 25, with Hills Bank and Trust co-hosting a fun evening of games. Hundreds of children and their families visited the library to participate in the special kick-off event and pick up reading logs for the summer.
On Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., the library welcomes The Science Center of Iowa’s 2017 summer outreach program, “Building Blunders.”

Wine & Whiskey Walk Saturday, June 17, in Swisher

SWISHER– Join Swisher businesses on Saturday, June 17, for the First Annual Downtown Swisher Wine & Whiskey Walk from 2-5 p.m.
Round up some friends and make your way to our Downtown Swisher to sample a variety of delectable artisan Iowa wines, as well as Cedar Ridge whiskey. Each business will have samples and a representative from a different winery, as well as their own specials for the day.

Shueyville High School Alumni Association in need of help

SWISHER– The Shueyville High School Alumni Association is looking for people who attended Jefferson and Monroe Townships’ grade schools to assist in maintaining the history of schools in the area. Each year an annual banquet is held.
If interested in attending the banquet or more information, contact Kathryn Birky at kmbirky@southslope.net, 321 Jefferson Ave. SW in Swisher or by calling 319-857-5305.

Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the refuge around 1 p.m. A 5-mile bus drive through the area will provide a view of the herd of 75 bison and 25 elk living within the refuge. The prairie is a natural habitat for a diversity of grassland birds, wildflowers and perhaps a monarch butterfly or two.

Johnson County Archers’ 3D shoot at Macbride Nature area June 17-18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join other archery enthusiasts at Johnson County Archers’ annual 40 Target 3D Shoot on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE).
The shooting is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday. There will be 20-plus targets set up on several courses and 40 arrows total. Door prizes, raffles, food, novelties and custom targets will be included. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.

Ely News by Lenna See

Bim Reyhons celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday evening, May 23, with a family supper at Odie’s Bar and Grill in Ely. Guests attending were Gary and Nona Reyhons, of rural Mount Vernon; Bill and Sue Reyhons, of rural Ely; Amy and Rob Glick, and Grady and Carson, of Solon; Sarah, Aaron, Jaxson, Jaidon and Jensen Nost, and Brianna and Kirsten Jones, of Lisbon; Jenny and Randy Shalla, of Lone Tree; Alvia Osborn, Ryan and Amy Reyhons, and Mya, Tyler and Hudsyn, of Ely; Rachel and Chris Moody, of Cedar Rapids; Norma Kubichek, of Sutliff; and Kris Nichols, of Iowa City.

IC Regina hands girls 2-0 loss

Playoffs end with regional Class 1A home semifinal

SOLON– It was a tough break for Solon’s varsity girls.
Leading scorer Josie Durr was injured in the first half of the next-to-last soccer match of the regular season, and while the Lady Spartans rebounded for a 10-0 win against Northeast Goose Lake in the opening round of the postseason, the magic could not be recaptured against Iowa City Regina.
Regina ended Solon’s season with a 2-0 win in a Class 1A regional semifinal in Solon June 2.
The loss dropped the Lady Spartans to 11-8 on the year.

Regina sends Spartans home

Solon suffers 3-0 loss in first round of state soccer tournament

DES MOINES– The Solon varsity boys soccer team saw its season end in the first round of the state tournament in Des Moines June 1 at the hands of eventual Class 1A champion Iowa City Regina.
The Regals took down the Spartans, 3-0, in a quarterfinal match on Field 7 of the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Solon ended the season with a 16-6 record, which included winning nine of their last 11 matches heading into the state soccer tournament and five straight shutouts.

Spartans sweep CP-U, West Delaware

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball squad has rattled off five straight wins to move to 8-4 on the season.
The Spartans took two from Center Point-Urbana June 1 on the road and returned home to do the same to West Delaware June 5.
West Delaware came into the doubleheader sporting only two losses, but Solon’s starting pitching limited the Hawks to only eight hits across both games. Meanwhile, the offense was cranking out 20 runs on 21 hits.

Off to a good start

Solon reloads for 8-2 mark early in season

SOLON– We’ve heard it before.
“It will be difficult to replace the three seniors we lost from last year’s team,” Solon head softball coach Jim White said. “Defensively, Nichole Oberthien was a serious difference-maker for us, and Syd (Lawson) and Monika (Bevans) were two of the best offensive players in the state of Iowa.”
The Lady Spartans ended last season deep into the state tournament, denied a chance at the 3A title, they still rebounded to defeat No. 11 Boy-Hull/Rock Valley, 6-3, in the third-place game. Solon, ranked No. 3, finished the year 34-10.

Mount Vernon’s 8th Annual Chocolate Stroll Saturday, June 3

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) announced the 8th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.