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Solon Economist

St. John Lutheran Church Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 18

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely. This is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.
The event will begin with a Polka Service of worship at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall led by Pastor Erika Uthe of the sponsoring church, St. John Lutheran, ELCA of Ely. It will be followed by a meal from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Activities and a dance will follow until 3 p.m.

Special delivery

Cody Milliman lets fly with a newspaper delivery, one of many skill tests administered by members of the Optimist Club of Solon Saturday morning during their annual Summer Bike Rodeo. The rodeo includes five contests which are aimed at helping preschool and elementary aged kids master skills which will help keep them safe on the road with their bicycles. Turn to page 20 for more photos by Doug Lindner.

Jet stream

Solon firefighter Matt Boerjan helps Keanen Carey in a waterball fight during Solon Beef Days July 20. The fire department set up a Future Firefighters Waterball Contest on South Dubuque Street, giving kids a chance to enjoy a smaller version of the contest. The department hosted adult water fights at the city park earlier in the day. See page 16 for more photos from Beef Days 2013. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Scherf raising birds of courage for your table

Love of nature, respect of farmers leads to poultry-raising

SOLON– The Bald Eagle has been the natural representative of the United States since 1782, when congress adopted the gallant bird onto the centerpiece of the great seal. It is now an unmistakable figure of America, but founding father, Benjamin Franklin never agreed with the choice– he liked the turkey.
In a letter to his daughter, Franklin said the turkey, “is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage…”

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

8th graders hosting can drive for D.C. trip Aug. 17

SOLON–Solon eighth graders planning to attend a trip to Washington, D.C., will host a can drive on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Solon.
Students will be going house-to-house in Solon collecting empty refundable cans and bottles from 9 a.m. until noon. To schedule a pick-up, call 624-1502 and leave a message. Cans and bottles can also be dropped off at 605 Windsor Dr., Solon.