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Solon Economist

Sarah Ferin selected as new head varsity volleyball coach for Solon

SOLON– The Solon Community School District announced Sarah Ferin as the next Head Varsity Volleyball Coach (pending board approval). Ferin recently served as the long time assistant at Xavier High School and brings a wealth of experience in the game.

Mary’s Meals supporters host Solon 5K Saturday, June 25

SOLON– Local supporters of Mary’s Meals will be hosting a Be a Hunger Hero! 5K/1-mile run/walk Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Participants are encouraged to dress as super heroes for extra fun. The event is family friendly, with strollers and dogs welcome.
Register online at www.getmeregistered.com/BeAHungerHero or contact Theresa Bonnema at 319-499-8930 for a paper registration form. Registrations will also be accepted the morning of the run beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Ely News

Lenna See

Bim Reyhons celebrated her 89th birthday with a supper at Odie’s in Ely on Monday evening, May 23. Those attending were Rachel Moody and Jenny Reyhons and Alivia of Cedar Rapids, Norma Kubichek of Sutliff, Gary and Nona Reyhons, Bill and Sue Reyhons, Ryan, Amy, May, Tyler, and Hudsyn Reyhons, and Amy, Grady and Carson Glick.

RJ’Z Express reopens with new Godfather’s

SOLON– Randy Walter is happy to be back open.
The co-owner of the RJ’Z Express convenience store waited five months to reopen his new building, and now it’s here.
Walter and his partners John Himmelsbach and Tom Zumsande made the decision to tear down the existing building in order to expand its retail and food opportunities.
“Being locally owned, we wanted to serve the Solon community better,” Walter said.
The business closed at the end of November and the walls came down in December.

Solon City Clean Up Day June 11

SOLON– Each year in June, the City of Solon traditionally holds a City Clean Up Day the Saturday following the City-Wide Garage Sale weekend. The same theme will continue again this year. Johnson County Refuse will have several garbage trucks at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. This is an opportunity for residents within the Solon city limits (for those who pay City of Solon garbage/recycle rates) to throw away some of those hard-to-get-rid-of items at no cost. There is a fee for appliances and tires. No household garbage is allowed.

Optimist Bike Rodeo Saturday, June 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Summer Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 18, on the play area behind the Solon Middle School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the contest will begin at 9 a.m. Kids in five age brackets (4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 and training wheels) will compete in five contests focusing on balance, steering and paper toss. There will be a boy and girl division for each age bracket. Each age bracket will have first, second and third place trophies and two overall championship trophies. Come practice your bicycle skill and be sure to wear your helmet.

Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast July 4

ELY– The Annual Ely Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter’s Breakfast is Monday, July 4. Proceeds from this yearly event support the department’s operational expenses. Tickets can be purchased from any Ely firefighter or local merchants. Adult tickets are $6 in advance, $6.50 at the door, $3 for children 12 and under, and children 5 and under eat free. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee and water will be served. Serving, rain or shine, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Ely Fire Department, 1300 Main St. in Ely.

Macbride Raptor Project becomes Iowa Raptor Project

SOLON– The Macbride Raptor Project, a program devoted to the preservation of Iowa’s birds of prey and their natural habitats, has changed its name to the Iowa Raptor Project effective June 1. The name change reflects the organization’s shift in focus from rehabilitating individual raptors to field research focusing on habitat needs and identifying risks to preserve raptor populations.

Fire in his blood

After 24 years, Ely’s Zbanek trades chief’s helmet for firefighter’s

ELY– As a kid growing up in Ely, Randy Zbanek was a constant presence at the fire station.
“I was born and raised around it. My dad was on forever (and chief for two years); two brother-in-laws were on at a time. That was the thing to do, was to hang out at the fire station, and that’s what we did as kids… and the bug bit. I’ve been on ever since.”

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

Beef Days seeks parade route security

SOLON– The Beef Days Committee has rotating groups responsible for different activities during the annual event. The committee is looking for a group or a combination of individuals who would be interested in working as “parade security.” Nine or 10 people are needed to work from 9:15-11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, the pay is $10 an hour. The job is basically standing at intersections and making certain vehicles don’t drive through the parade route during this time.

Lady Spartans fall to Assumption

DAVENPORT– The soccer season came to a close for Solon’s Lady Spartans Monday night.
No. 1-ranked Davenport Assumption shut out Solon in a Class 1A regional final June 6 in Davenport, 5-0.
Assumption players recorded 25 shots on goal for the evening while keeping the Solon offense limited to a single attempt at Assumption’s goalie
Assumption came into the regional final sporting a 13-2-1 record, with the losses coming at the hands of North Scott and Pleasant Valley.