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July 16th

Postseason begins Friday for Spartans

SOLON– Head coach Keith McSweeney is confident his guys will be ready.
With a makeup doubleheader against Marion Monday night and a single game Tuesday against No. 7 (4A) Cedar Rapids Prairie, the Spartan varsity baseball team will head into the postseason this Friday, hosting West Delaware in a substate semifinal at 7 p.m.
Davenport Assumption and Marion await on the other side of the bracket, with the Class 3A District 6 final to be settled Monday, July 22, in Solon at 7 p.m.

Lady Spartans slap Sabers in regional

Solon beats DeWitt 9-1 in semifinal

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on a roll.
A 9-1 win Saturday night, July 13, at home against Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 4A regional semifinal gave Solon a 38-2 record and 14 consecutive wins.
The Spartans were the visiting team on the scoreboard and as the visitors, went to bat first. A five-run first inning gave Solon a cushion against the 25-16 Sabers.

Solon Public Library

Beef Days hours

During Beef Days, the library’s hours will be reduced. The library will be closing early at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, and closed all day on Saturday, July 20.

LEGO® club starting soon

We have now gathered enough Legos® to start our club, but we will still gladly accept more donations. The club will be meeting on the first Monday of the month. Ages Kindergarten and up are welcome, and no registration is required. The club will meet from 6 until 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, and each month will feature a new theme challenge. Come and be a part of the fun.

Fishing gear master builder at Old Gold July 23

SOLON– Scott Kleppe will discuss his work building exceptional quality fishing rods at Solon Senior Dining on Tuesday, July 23, at the Solon United Methodist Church. Reserve a meal and join the seniors for lunch at 11:30 a.m., and enjoy Scott’s presentation.

Fackler’s Grove Cemetery meeting July 23 in Ely

ELY– On Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m., the Ely Community History Society (ECHS) will hold an informational meeting about its Fackler’s Grove Cemetery restoration project. The ECHS will give a presentation on the history of the cemetery and families buried there, progress on the restoration effort, and future plans. All who are interested are invited to attend. It will be held in the lower level of the Ely Community Center, 1570 Rowley St. in Ely. For information, contact Clary Illian (319-848-4963) or Barb Horak (319-848-4074), or email HistoricEly@yahoo.com.

St. Mary selling raffle tickets during Beef Days

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church of Solon will be selling raffle tickets during this year’s Beef Days on July 19 and 20. First prize is a Kinnick Stadium suite for the Iowa-Northwestern football game on Oct. 26. The package includes 18 tickets, three parking passes, food and drink. Second prize will be $500 cash and third prize will be $250 cash. Drawing for the prizes will be held during St. Mary annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 22. Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or five for $20. Winners do not need to be present to win and all proceeds will go to the St. Mary’s building fund.

Solon Food Pantry needs donations of cash, food

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry needs your help. The shelves are becoming bare over the summer.
If people working the Beef Days luncheon, eating there, or attending church next weekend could bring a food item to the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, it would be very much appreciated. Starred items below are especially needed along with other listed items:

School pledges assistance for drainage

City asks for use of soccer fields during joint session

SOLON– Everyone appreciated the update.
The Solon City Council and the Solon school board met in joint session last week, discussing the long-term potential for shared services and facilities as well as more immediate concerns like raging surface water running through a residential subdivision.

Board accepts internal report on SBG

Board and administration continue to plug away on best implementation

SOLON– Lianne Westcot, Dick Schwab and Matt Townsley left smiling after the latest Solon school board meeting on July 8. The school board unanimously approved the group’s report on Standards Based Grading (SBG).
The trio had spent hours in meetings over the last weeks synthesizing recent public comments (including the June 3 public hearing), as well as information from throughout the school year. Board member Dan Coons shared his appreciation during the short, 35-minute meeting, held at the central office conference room, 301 S. Iowa St.

DIGGING IT

Michael Sharp and Owen Einwalter look on as youth services librarian Carey Major shows them how to make a fossil using materials like macaroni and feathers. It was all part of Afternoon Adventures, an elementary-aged hour of fun that’s part of the Solon Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Turn to page 24 for more photos. (photo by Doug Lindner)