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July 10th, 2014

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.

Lady Spartans sweep Anamosa, Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans have moved to 33-1 with doubleheader sweeps over Anamosa and Dyersville-Beckman last week.
The softball postseason begins Saturday, July 12, as Solon hosts either Marion or Dubuque Wahlert in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal with a 7 p.m. start. The Region 3 final will be Tuesday, July 15, in Solon, also with a 7 p.m. start.
Solon moved up to No. 3 in the final 4A rankings issued July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Lady Spartans out-scored Anamosa 22-0 in two games shortened by the mercy rule July 1 in Solon.

Solon Trapshooting Team aims to win at state competitions

SOLON– From Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, members of the Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team were in Cedar Falls participating in annual state level competitions. The team had an excellent showing and placed well in several award categories as they competed against more than 1,400 student athletes (and over 150 schools).

Spartans take two from CCA Clippers

Varsity baseball team has won seven of last nine

SOLON– The Spartan baseball team swept Anamosa and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) last week, helping pave the way for Solon to host its substate bracket.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association schedule for Class 3A’s substate will allow the Spartans to play their way into the state tournament without leaving town.
Solon’s varsity baseball team is currently 18-12 (as of July 8) with just a handful of games remaining in the regular season.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.