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Community

Advocates seek donations to offset purchase of 13-passenger mini-bus

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are pleased to have recently been able to make the purchase of a 13-passenger mini-bus. Paired with the Solon Retirement Village van, the Advocates are now able to transport up to 27 seniors on monthly trips, greatly reducing costs to seniors. Previous to the mini-bus purchase, a group totaling over 12 seniors required the hiring of a more expensive travel coach which resulted in higher senior travel costs.

43rd annual Beef Days begins Friday

SOLON– This Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, Solon Beef Days will hold its 43rd celebration. This two-day event, traditionally starting the third Friday in July, has collected and donated over $420,000 back into the community and surrounding area since 1971. This year alone the committee gave over $35,000.

Methodist youth group Beef Days Luncheon

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) youth group will be hosting its Beef Days Luncheon directly after the parade this Saturday, July 19. The youth group will be serving tenderloins, church burgers, potato salad, baked beans and amazing desserts. Meal items can be purchased individually or as a combo meal. Call 624-2251 for take-out orders. Help support the SUMC youth group’s largest fundraiser.

Matt Townsley recognized by ASCD

ALEXANDIRA, Va.– ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has selected Matt Townsley, currently the director of instruction and technology at the Solon Community School District, for its 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders. The ASCD Emerging leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership.

Senior Advocates bus trip July 24

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ bus trip to Waterloo will depart from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 24.
The John Deere Tractor Plant Tour is scheduled for 10 a.m., lunch at the River Loop Buffet and arrival around 1 p.m. at the Grout Museum for a self-guided tour that includes a planetarium presentation. Please make your check out to the Senior Advocates and mail to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333 by Monday, July 21.

City offers to split cost of Solon lift station

SOLON– Let’s make a deal.
The city has offered to split the cost of a $100,000 lift station with the developers of Windmill Estates in an attempt to move the next phase of the subdivision forward.
The sewage lift station would be a temporary solution to a problem that will be solved in the long run by the completion of the city’s North Trunk sewer line, a $1 million project.
At last week’s Solon city council meeting, Windmill representative John Schmidt again visited with council members and city staff regarding sewer service for the 10-year-old subdivision.

Community of hope

RunLuly 5K to benefit Haiti medical clinic

NORTH LIBERTY– Local efforts to build community are reaching well beyond this state’s borders.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have joined with World Wide Village, the nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the people of Haiti, to develop a medical clinic, professional learning center, agri-business facility and a stronger spiritual community in the cities of Williamson and Luly, Haiti.

Ely announces dining and food pantry organization, Our Table to Yours

Providing food with open arms and hearts

SOLON– Members of the Ely community are coming together to fill the stomachs and hearts of those in need.
In the middle of April, Horizons Meals on Wheels for seniors ended service in Ely.
“People in Ely were wondering what was going to happen to the program,” explained Pastor Ericka Uthe of St. John Lutheran Church. “There were a lot of different conversations going on. It just needed somebody to step up and do the coordinating.”

Beef Days co-ed kickball tourney

SOLON- Members of the community are invited to join in on the annual Solon Beef Days Adult Co-Ed Kickball Tournament to be hosted Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. The entry fee for each team is $100. Contact Todd Linderbaum at 319-325-1408 for more information.

Beef Days Hay Bale Toss to add senior division

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss will feature a new wrinkle this year.
According to organizer Tony Green, the Hay Bale Toss will add a new division, called Speed Limit, which is for participants 55 and older.
Trophies, cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the 55 and older, 60 and older, and 65 and older. “Please bring proper identification such as wedding photos, moonshine license, criminal record, etc.,” Green said. 
The hay bale toss, established in 1999, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Green thanked this year’s sponsors for their support.

Solon Public Library

Monthly drawing winner

Every month the Friends of the Library sponsor a drawing for a $10 prize. All you have to do to participate in this drawing is to read a book checked out from the library (or listen to one) then enter your name to win the prize. The name is picked at the end of each month. June’s winner was Allison Ressler.

Johnson County Fair

Cool blues

NORTH LIBERTY– Things will be heating up on the west side of the city this weekend; and not just the weather.
North Liberty Blues & BBQ, presented by South Slope, gets underway at noon on Saturday, July 12, at Centennial Park, near the intersection of Jones Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive in North Liberty. While the free festival is now in its eighth year, holding plenty of traditional favorites, there are some new things to look forward to as well.