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Solon Economist

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Parish wrestles with decision

Fate of former St. Mary church building hangs in the balance

SOLON– Although it’s been rarely used in the last 20 years, there are still a lot of memories for Solon residents in the former St. Mary Catholic Church.
But the need for cemetery space and concerns about the continuing dilapidation of the building have prompted a church committee to recommend its demolition, which led to an informational meeting held July 26 in the church’s parish hall.
Close to 100 people attended the meeting to listen to Father Tim Sheedy and architectural consultant Alan Wieskamp describe the condition of the church building and discuss potential next steps.

Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors start school supply drive

SWISHER– Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors will start a back to school supply drive for veterans’ families with a parade in the Swisher Fun Days parade.
The float in the Swisher Fun Days parade will kick off a school supply drive. Donations of any and all school supplies, including monetary donations, may be dropped off at the following Swisher businesses: Kava House, Shooters, Shelton’s Grocery, Swisher Trust and Savings Bank and Carrie’s Creations. Donations will be collected Aug. 8-13.
All donations will provide for veterans’ families in need.

Iowa Grown Market corn roast Aug. 13

NEWPORT– It’s time for the Iowa Grown Market’s first annual Community Corn Roast. Join the free family fun as the market, located just off Highway 1 at 2613 Newport Rd. NE, serves up fresh roasted sweet corn to the righteous tunes of local band Notes from the Underground Saturday, Aug. 13. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and cooler of your favorite beverages, the market will provide the rest. Live music is presented from 3-5 p.m. The event will be rescheduled in the case of rain.

Handcrafted ice cream coming in August to Dan and Debbie’s Creamery

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery is open to the public offering fresh-from-the-farm cheese curds and other locally-made Iowa goods, including maple syrup, jam, pork and elk. The soft launch is in preparation for the release of Dan and Debbie’s premium handcrafted ice cream line later in August. Current hours of operation are sporadic during the product development phase.

Solon football preferred parking spots available now

SOLON– Beginning Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will sell preferred parking spaces for Friday night and post season football games. There are 43 spots in the lot with 12 of the spaces reserved for handicapped parking available on a first-come-first-serve basis at each home football game for cars bearing the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven are reserved for game administration, and the other 24 are available to the community for purchase.

Spartan streak ends in semifinal

Solon tests eventual 3A champ Harlan at state tournament

DES MOINES– The Spartans gave the Cyclones a run for their money.
Solon made its comeback, but too many mistakes against the second-ranked team in the state resulted in a semifinal exit from the 3A state baseball tournament Friday (July 29) in Des Moines.
No. 2 Harlan defeated unranked Solon, 7-5, at Principal Park, ending a five-game winning streak for the Spartans dating back to the last game of the regular season.

50 years at the church organ

ELY– The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church near Ely held a special celebration in June to commemorate the 50th anniversary of church organist Sharon Furler, of Ely.
Furler started playing the organ at weekly church services when she was just 14 years old. She accompanied the church choir on piano for a few years prior to becoming the organist.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

DNR gives City of Solon green light for GSR project

New grant sought for generator

SOLON– For a long time, Solon’s water storage has been up in the air.
It’ll soon be coming back down to earth.
For the last two years, the City of Solon has been working to address the growing demand placed on its water distribution system with the construction of a new ground storage reservoir (GSR).
The 400,000-gallon water tank would be located on 0.6 acres of land adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) which the city purchased from St. Mary Catholic Church at a price of $25,000.