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Solon Economist

Board drops Ames firm; new CM hired

Local oversight of construction projects to save thousands

SOLON– It’s a move that could save the school district up to $250,000.
At a special meeting Wednesday, June 29, the members of the Solon Community School District’s Board of Education voted to terminate its contract for construction manager services with Story Construction of Ames.
Instead, the district will move forward with its middle school and auditorium projects utilizing the Iowa City firm McComas-Lacina Construction.
According to Solon Superintendent Davis Eidahl, it’s a change the district has been considering for months.

Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

July 17 field day explores handing farm to next generation

SOLON— Many farm transfer stories fall into one of two categories: transfers occurring within a family, or those involving a sale to an unrelated stranger. The dearth of other farm transfer models was both a challenge – and an opportunity – for beginning farmer Carmen Black and her farm mentor, long-time vegetable producer Susan Jutz, as they worked on their plan to transfer Susan’s farm to Carmen.

The final word

73-year-old Air Corps report sheds light on Pavel brother’s disappearance

MASSILLON– On May 29, 1943, a United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) B-24D heavy bomber disappeared off the coast of California during a routine training mission. Ten men were on the plane, including Second Lt. Paul Pavel of Solon, the pilot. Pavel’s plane was the 10th in a 10-plane group flying from Marysville, Calif., located in the northern part of the state. The planes took off 15 minutes apart and were to fly to a rendezvous point 140 nautical miles out to sea. Pavel’s plane never made it to the rendezvous point.

Lady Spartans host semifinal July 8

Girls close out with sweep of Western Dubuque, split at Ottumwa tournament

OTTUMWA– The Solon varsity softball team ended its regular season 29-9 after splitting a pair of games at a weekend tournament in Ottumwa.
The Lady Spartans defeated No. 8 (4A) Fairfield, 4-3, then fell in six innings to unranked Southeast Polk, 3-1.

Spartans split with Williamsburg and Benton Community

Linderbaum walk-off grand slam wins it against Raiders

SOLON– A grand slam by sophomore Tyler Linderbaum in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Solon Spartans a walk-off victory against Williamsburg June 29 in Solon.
Powered by Linderbaum’s homer, the Spartans stole a 14-10 win from the Raiders and earned a doubleheader split. The Raiders defeated Solon, 5-2, in the other half of the twin bill.
Linderbaum finished the win with a double, a home run and six RBI to lead the team.
The Spartans started the game in the hole, trailing 8-1 at the end of four innings, but came alive in the bottom of the fifth for seven runs to tie the game.

Division III overlooked, underrated

Iowa NCAA DIII schools aim for a well-rounded student-athlete

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa has 15 colleges and universities affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A few, aligned with the association’s top tier of programs, or Division I schools, are very well known. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University are popular among potential students, student athletes and fans of college sports. Lesser known are the Division II and Division III schools.

Solon public library

Unattended Child Policy

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 $7 in advance, $7.50 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.

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Takes family to open Ely creamery

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery will sell milk and ice cream, opening July 30

ELY– The opening-soon Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely will sell white and chocolate milk, squeaky cheese curds and homemade ice cream. But it will also sell some things that are non-quantifiable: the security of knowing your milk comes from happy, well-treated cows, the satisfaction of finding a tasty and high-quality product by a local business, and the knowledge that your dollar supports a business built and maintained by an entire family.

Preparing SCSD students for success

Strategic Plan: postsecondary success and lifelong learning

SOLON– The Solon Community School District officially approved its Strategic Plan at the June 13 Board of Education meeting.
The Strategic Plan describes a vision for the district, identifies its beliefs and values, and lays out goals.

Fourth of July fireworks show over Lake Macbride seeks support

SOLON– Help support the community Fourth of July fireworks show over beautiful Lake Macbride.