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Solon Economist

Martin program June 27 at Solon Old Gold Diner

SOLON– Curious about Martin colonies? Larry Olson will present a program about Martins, their houses, lifestyles and migration on Thursday, June 27, at the Old Gold Senior Dining luncheon in the Solon United Methodist Church. Reserve your meal at 319-624-2251 and join the group for lunch at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy Larry’s talk about Martins.

Siddell appointed chief firefighter

SOLON– For the first time in almost two decades, Solon has a new fire chief.
Bob Siddell, 52, was elected to the post by the fire department’s membership earlier this month and was officially appointed by the Solon City Council at a meeting June 5.
A 29-year member of the Solon Fire Department, Siddell has spent most of his life in Solon, having moved here at the age of six. Since 1996, he served as first assistant chief.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading takes a break

During the week of July 1, there will be no Tuesday Family Night, Teens on Tuesdays, or Wednesday Afternoon Adventures. Storytime will also not be meeting on July 2. All programs will resume the week of July 9. The library will be closed on July 4.

Summer Reading Program

Lady Spartans hammer out 66 runs in a week

IOWA CITY– The Lady Spartans outscored their opponents 66-15 last week, but had another loss at the hands of Dallas Center-Grimes to drop their overall record to 25-2.
Solon climbed to the No. 2 spot in the rankings for Class 4A Thursday after rolling through road doubleheaders with Central DeWitt and Independence.
The Spartans rattled the Sabres 10-3 and 16-0, and dismantled Indee 14-1 and 10-3.
Solon then split a pair of games while participating in the Clear Creek Amana Tournament, defeating Fairfield 12-3 and falling to Dallas Center-Grimes 5-4.

Challenging week for Spartans

WATERLOO– Against Central DeWitt and Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Solon’s varsity Spartans managed only seven runs over three games.
Against Waterloo Columbus, the Spartans scored 21 runs in one night.
The Solon baseball team went 1-5 last week, dropping its overall record to 12-8.
“This past week was very challenging for our baseball team,” said head coach Keith McSweeney. “Our defense broke down on several occasions and some injuries really extended our pitching staff.”

Rollin’ along the highways & Byways

Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade comes through Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY– Fourteen years and still rolling.
WMT Radio sponsored the 14th annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade June 9-11, with approximately 530 tractors motoring their way across the highways and byways of southeast Iowa.
The event began as an idea from local radio personalities at WHO Radio, who worked with WMT Radio– A Clear Channel station and one of the area’s leading agricultural reporting entities– to bring vintage and contemporary tractor owners together in a central location, said Clear Channel’s Renee Uthoff, who organizes WMT’s event.