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Goodbye, Mrs. Sandersfeld

Lakeview first grade teacher Rosann Sandersfeld settles into retired life

SOLON– Three months after her retirement from teaching first grade at Lakeview Elementary School, Rosann Sandersfeld leafed through a book of student letters.
Printed painstakingly in pencil, the children thanked Mrs. Sandersfeld for her teaching career and urged her to enjoy retirement in the simplest of ways. Some hoped she’d be able to sleep in more and watch TV. Some, in a throwback to their first grade nutrition unit, implored their teacher to eat nuts and drink milk. All agreed, she must spend as many days as possible in pajamas.

Masons consecrate new Tiffin Elementary School with cornerstone ceremony

TIFFIN — When cathedrals were built across Europe thousands of years ago, the first stone placed was the cornerstone. Extreme importance was placed on it being square, level and plumb. Centuries later, laying the cornerstone became more of a symbolic process, as when George Washington presided over the Masons’ Masonic cornerstone ceremony for the United States Capitol building in 1793.
The Masons continue the tradition today, and performed the cornerstone ceremony for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) at the new Tiffin Elementary on Sat., Aug 1.

Seven CCA baseball players named to WaMaC All-Conference

Rourke, Bandy, Bowman earn First Team WaMaC West honors

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TIFFIN– After closing out a season with the most hits, runs, highest team batting average, and the most wins in the history of the program, the Clear Creek Amana Clippers put seven men on the WaMaC West All-Conference Baseball rosters.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 23.
Nile Rourke, Tanner Bandy and Travis Bowman were named to the First Team for the West Division.
Rourke, a senior infielder, had a .367 batting average with 36 hits, including three doubles and one triple and 14 RBI.

RAGBRAI rolls through Solon

Almost 20,000 cyclists ride into Solon July 24 for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa

SOLON– A sense of excitement filled the air of Main Street for the second time in a week, as the long-anticipated Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI XLIII) made its way through Solon on July 24, right on the tail of the community’s annual Beef Days celebration (July 17-18).

Solon Trapshooting Team first in nation

Junior Varsity squad, Nicole Breese take first place at national championships

ILLINOIS– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting team took team and individual championships at the 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships.
The event took place July 13 through July 18 at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Ill. Over 2,000 student athletes, representing 40 different states, competed at the Nationals with over 200 student athletes from Iowa that competed. States with highest attendance included: Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Iowa.
Solon student athletes who competed included:
Intermediate/Entry Level (first year Middle School): Denver Haight.

This Was Their Year

Nearad, Ira combine to power Lady Spartans past No. 2 Benton

SOLON– It was the match-up everyone expected.
Benton Community and Solon had split a regular season doubleheader in Van Horne when the Bobcats were the number-one team in Class 3A, and the Lady Spartans were ranked second.
The rematch in the 3A softball championship game Friday at the Rogers Sports Complex near Fort Dodge didn’t disappoint, at least for Solon fans.
Senior Taylor Nearad’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning provided the margin of victory, and senior Emily Ira struck out 14 batters to power Solon past Benton to a final score of 3-1.

Sun shines on NL’s 2015 festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The barbecue pits and jamming musicians weren’t the only hot things at North Liberty’s annual Blues & BBQ festival this year.
Finally; the sun was warm, too.
It’s been awhile since the annual community celebration of summer– and all things barbecue, blues and family-friendly fun– has enjoyed a day without stormy weather. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, storms and heavy rains interfered enough with the grounds and equipment to cause the festival to be cancelled or called off early.

Sizzlin’ Beef Days

Solon’s Shelby Gunnells heaves for 8 feet in the women’s division of the Solon Beef Days Hay Bale Toss Friday, July 17, on Main Street in Solon. It was a particularly hot Beef Days, with temperatures ranging in the 90s and humidity making it feel about 10 degrees hotter. (photo by Doug Lindner)

No. 1 Solon faces No. 8 Center Point-Urbana in 3A semifinal Thursday July 23

FORT DODGE– It took the Solon Lady Spartans only three innings to take care of business in the opening round of the 2015 Iowa State Softball Tournament.
No. 1-ranked Solon clobbered unranked Clarke 18-0 in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, July 21, at the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans will face Center Point-Urbana (CPU) in a 3A semifinal Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. on Buena Vista University Field, with the winner advancing to the title game Friday at 12:15 p.m. on the same field.

Salute to summer

NLFD’s family-friendly fundraiser to be held Saturday, Aug. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– A summer tradition is heating up once again in North Liberty.
The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) will host its annual Salute to Summer fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Bobbers Grill, 1850 Scales Bend Rd. NE, North Liberty.
The venue is perfect for the family-friendly event that encompasses everything from kids’ activities and games to a poker run, silent action and live music, said NLFD’s Rob DuBay, the chair for this year’s event.

Return to State for Solon

No. 1 Lady Spartans defeat Williamsburg, Mid-Prairie and PCM on way to date at state

SOLON– It’s back to Fort Dodge for the Solon varsity softball team.
The Lady Spartans advanced to the state softball tournament Monday evening with a 5-1 win over unranked PCM (Prairie City-Monroe) in Grinnell.
A year ago, the Lady Spartans fell one game shy in the Class 4A tournament, losing 5-0 in the title game to Dallas Center Grimes.
This year, Solon heads to the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge to compete in the Class 3A bracket.

Oh, Yeah!

North Liberty’s ninth annual Blues & BBQ festival finally caught a break from Mother Nature, and the rain stopped nearly as soon as the free event opened on Saturday, July 11, at Centennial Park in North Liberty. The rest of the day was hot and smokin’, with plenty of saucy barbecue, cool blues music, ice-cold craft beer and fun kids’ activities to meet everyone’s summer to-do list. Above, Kevin “B.F.” Burt, , accompanied by Big Medicine, offers up his usual great performance on the big stage. See more photos and information on Blues & BBQ in upcoming editions of the Leader.