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Solon Economist

Parks & Rec. Flag Football and Fall Soccer registration ends Aug. 26

SOLON– Registration for flag football and fall soccer continues until Monday, Aug. 26. Flag Football is for children age 5 (must have turned 5 by Jan. 1, 2013) through the sixth grade. Soccer is for children age 4 (must have turned 4 by Jan. 1, 2013) through sixth grade. Flag football games are played on Monday evenings while soccer is Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings. Parents are encouraged to sign up this fall using the online registration at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com. The online registration allows you to pay by credit card or debit card.

Blood drive at Swisher Legion Tuesday, Sept. 17

SWISHER– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m.
To sign up contact Tammy at 319-857-4741 or sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

get set for school

Thirteen-month-old Addie Donius waits patiently in her dad Adam’s arms as her brother Landen checks in during Lakeview Elementary’s Unpack Your Backpack Night Thursday, Aug. 15. Landen will be a kindergartener in Mrs. Stinocher’s KA classroom at Lakeview. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon School News

First day of school

The first full day of school for first through fourth grades is Tuesday, Aug. 20. The first day of school for Kindergarten students is Wednesday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten students will come for an individual assessment on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten families should schedule an appointment for the assessment for their child. The first day of school for preschool is Thursday, Aug. 22. Individual home visits will take place with Preschool families Aug. 19 through 21.

Lakeview PTO

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

Solon Public Library

Babygarten starts new session Friday, Sept. 6

Babygarten will be starting up again on Friday, Sept. 6, and meet for six weeks through Friday, Oct. 11. The program will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and is designed for children ages newborn through 24 months and their caregivers. Each week there will be rhymes, songs, and time for free play. Registration is required, and is limited to 15. Call the library to register soon.

Summer Reading Program ends; prize winners listed

Option tax expires, but some retailers still charging

JOHNSON COUNTY– Maybe they didn’t get the memo. Perhaps they couldn’t believe that a tax could actually expire.
Whatever the reason, some retailers in Johnson County are still charging the one-cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) for flood relief. The tax, passed by voters in May 2009, was to be in effect for four years and ended on June 30. Iowa City, Lone Tree, Oxford, Solon, University Heights, Hills, Swisher, Tiffin and Shueyville voters approved the tax while residents of North Liberty, West Branch and Coralville rejected it.

Gimme shelter

Parks & Rec. request to build shelter caught in scramble for funds

SOLON– A splash pad was out of the question– too expensive.
Ball diamonds would cost $25,000 each.
So with donations in hand, the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission went before the Solon City Council last week to ask for permission to spend $16,200 on a modest, open-air park shelter at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).
It wasn’t as easy as it might have sounded.

Solon Booster bash golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 13th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase a new set of weight racks for the weight room.
The tournament will be a four-person scramble (best shot) with two sessions– 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. The cost is $50 per person. Anyone interested in registering individually or a group should call Lake Macbride Golf Course at 319-624-2500.

Solon Cub Scout open house Thursday, Aug. 15

SOLON– The Solon Cub Scouts will be holding an open house at Lakeview Elementary during “Unpack Your Backpack” night on Thursday, Aug. 15. First through fourth graders are all welcome to join. Through the Cub Scout program parents and scouts will have fun and challenging experiences in a wide range of activities. Look for the signs at Lakeview and come talk about what the Cub Scouts have to offer.

St. John Lutheran Church Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 18

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Ely American Legion Hall, 1545 Main St., Ely. This is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.
The event will begin with a Polka Service of worship at 10:30 a.m. at the legion hall led by Pastor Erika Uthe of the sponsoring church, St. John Lutheran, ELCA of Ely. It will be followed by a meal from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Activities and a dance will follow until 3 p.m.

Special delivery

Cody Milliman lets fly with a newspaper delivery, one of many skill tests administered by members of the Optimist Club of Solon Saturday morning during their annual Summer Bike Rodeo. The rodeo includes five contests which are aimed at helping preschool and elementary aged kids master skills which will help keep them safe on the road with their bicycles. Turn to page 20 for more photos by Doug Lindner.