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Solon Economist

Spartan Trapshooting Team can drive Saturday, July 29

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team will host a can drive to raise funds to support its 2017-2018 season.
The can drive will be Saturday, July 29, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and noon. Team members will also be driving around town collecting donations during those time. Pickups can be scheduled by calling Kelly at 319-331-7962.

Advocates to tour Villages of Van Buren County Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have scheduled a trip Thursday, Aug. 17, to tour the Villages of Van Buren County. The trip leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 7 a.m., stops for the step-on guide to arrive at Morris Park. The tour begins with a view of an 1800 barn and a feast on homemade cinnamon rolls. Next a visit to Millard’s turtle farm, then on to Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum and the National Historic District.

New school facilites on track for 2018

Open house for new middle school Sept. 3

SOLON– It’s been a constant rumble of construction for the Solon Community School District.
But the end is just over a year away, if all goes according to plan.
The school system is in the midst of a substantial facilities upgrade which includes two new buildings and two additions to the high school. School officials provided an update on progress at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
It’s an annual get-together for the two local elected bodies to discuss current projects, anticipated growth and possible areas of cooperation.

Looking for ideas

District open to all options for middle school use

SOLON– What are you going to do with the vacated middle school?
It’s not a question the Solon Community School District is in a hurry to answer, but it’s been posed and was discussed at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
“We’ve been wrestling with that and discussing it as a board ever since a decision was made that we were going to build new,” Superintendent Davis Eidahl told city council members. “Right now we’ve just been ears open and gathering suggestions for use of the facility we’re vacating portions of.”

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

CBJ Corporate Battle of the Bands

NORTH LIBERTY– The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) has unveiled the lineup for its second-annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, including an appearance by The Hopping Iguanas, which is comprised of Solon Community School District employees.
The event, which will showcase six company-sponsored bands, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

Riding high

You could hear Makayla Keller of Solon screaming a block away from the Rock Star ride at Solon Beef Days Saturday, July 22. Keller was among the throng of people who took to carnival rides, participated in contests like the bean bag tournament and the hay bale toss, or took in the free entertainment at the 2017 edition of Solon’s annual summer event. Look for parade photos and more in next week’s edition. (photo by Doug Lindner)

D.R. Miller new site manager

: July activities for Old Gold Diner

July was very busy, hosting two days of entertainment. Both were great and promise to return.
• Thanks to Ruzicka’s Meat Processing for the July Sponsored Meal. Their willingness to support the Old Gold Diner is greatly appreciated. Thanks, too, are extended to Scott Kleppe for visiting to remind us what was coming up for Solon Beef Days.
• Bingo is most Tuesdays and Thursdays. At 11 a.m. is penny bingo and, following lunch, play is for prizes culminating with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket. The second Tuesday of the month there is no afternoon bingo.

Knocked out in Ninth

Marion defeats Spartans, 4-3, in dramatic substate final

SOLON– In a pitched-battle of a baseball game, it came down to extra innings, and Marion broke through with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to down Solon, 4-3, in a Class 3A substate final July 19.
The Spartans had taken an early 2-0 lead, but Marion responded with three unanswered runs to take a 3-2 advantage. Solon clawed out a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but both teams saw their chances dashed by defense late in the game.

Fifth-annual Swisher Fun Days July 28-29

SWISHER– The annual Swisher Fun Days will be Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, in Swisher.
Events include a kiddy tractor pull, bingo, human foosball tournament, photo contest, bags tournament, horseshoes, 5K run, parade and fireworks. The kids zone, including inflatables, will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Live music and a street dance will be hosted both evenings.
Food and beverage tents will be available throughout the event. For additional information regarding the events or music, visit www.swisherfundays.com.

Beef Days Music

The Pork Tornadoes

Friday July 21, 9 p.m.

Solon Lions Club sponsor free vision screening

The Solon Centennial Lions Club will sponsor free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years of age at Kids Corner during Beef Days Saturday, July 22, starting at noon.
“We encourage families to bring their children in for a free vision screening,” said Scott Kleppe, club president. “The actual screening takes less than a minute, but the benefits can last a lifetime.”