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Solon Economist

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.”

Drainage concerns on Eastwood Dr.

Neighbors to meet with school engineers

SOLON– “We want to be good neighbors,” assured Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl.
He was speaking to residents of Eastwood Drive, a cul-de-sac sandwiched between Solon High School and the district’s new intermediate elementary, during a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
Several of the street’s residents, including Janet Udelhofen, of 612 Eastwood Dr., presented the joint session with a petition asking the city and school to reconsider how the new school site is draining while under construction.

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.

Solon Dance Team to host can and bottle drive Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Are your cans and bottles piling up? Help the dance team raise funds.
The Solon Dance Team will hold a can drive Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Solon High School parking lot. Dance team members will be removing pop tabs and donating them to the Ronald McDonald House. Contact Marjorie Lane at 624-3401, ext. 1116 to schedule pick up.

Johnson County Archers 40 target 3D shoot July 22-23

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County Archers club hosts its second leg of the Iowa Bow Hunters Association shootout Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE.
The entry fee is $12 for adults and $6 for kids. There will be 20-plus targets set up on each course, 40 arrows total. Door prizes, raffles, food, novelties and custom targets will be provided. The schedule is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday.
The 40 target 3D shoot is sponsored by Fin and Feather of Iowa City.

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.

Kevin Olson takes over as City Attorney

Martinek steps down, but will still assist

SOLON– Kevin Olson hasn’t been working in Solon too long, but the town is growing on him.
Literally.
Olson, 44, is the new city attorney, replacing Jim Martinek, who scaled back his workload June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Olson was a natural fit for Solon, having served four other local communities– Coralville, West Branch and Washington– in the same capacity.
It was during his job representing the City of Coralville Olson caught Martinek’s eye.
As a magistrate judge for Johnson County, Martinek presided over several cases in which Olson was involved as city attorney.

Ely News by Lenna See

The 43rd Annual See Family Reunion was held on Sunday, July 9, at the Ely Community Center with a picnic dinner. The minutes from last year were read by Lenna See. Since the reunion last year there was one marriage and one birth. Members attending were Daryl and Frances Parks, of Antlers, Okla.; Fred Parks, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky, Grant, Wendy and Lauraya Netolicky, Stuart Netolicky, Marilyn Coulter, Dalton Huff and Matt See, all of Iowa City.