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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.

Lake Macbride State Park beach to close daily at 6 p.m.

Recent fights, rowdy behavior prompt action by DNR officials

SOLON– The beach at Lake Macbride State Park will be closing daily at 6 p.m. until further notice.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced last week the new hours would take effect Friday, June 19.
The reduced hours come in the wake of two large fights that occurred at the beach Monday, June 8, and Sunday, June 14.
According to DNR Public Information Officer Kevin Baskins, Sunday’s incident apparently started at about 6 p.m. between two men in the beach restroom. The altercation spilled out onto the grass outside where 15 to 20 people became involved.

Spectacular fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4; boat parade at 4 PM

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.

Solon RAGBRAI 2015 Committee meeting Monday, June 29

SOLON– The Solon RAGBRAI 2015 Committee will meet Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
If your local organization would like to have a vendor booth during RAGBRAI’s Solon pass-through Friday, July 24, please contact city hall at 624-3755.

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Shueyville to host blood drive July 23

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.