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Solon Economist

Old Gold Diner

Thursday, Aug. 11: 2016 State Fair begins. All beef corn dog, loaded potato skins, fruit yogurt parfait, funnel cake fries with caramel. Bingo a.m. and p.m. Foot clinic – call for appointment.

Friday, Aug. 12: Crumb topped fish fillet, baked potato, asparagus with Hollandaise, starburst poke cake. Cards a.m. and p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15: Roasted chicken, parsley mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, melon cubes.

Tuesday, Aug. 16: Lasagna, seasoned green beans, garlic bread, buttermilk brownie. Bingo a.m. and p.m.

Renegades 10U softball wins USSSA tournament

The Renegades 10U Softball Team won the USSSA State Tournament in Des Moines. The team was 39-7 heading into the National Championship in Branson, Mo. on July 11-16. Back row: Lilah VanScoyoc, Addison Fishman, Grace Laubenthal, Claire Ernst, Delaine Tyler and Kylie Hamers. Front row; Kaly Thomas, Isabelle Mehmen, Brynlee Slockett, Kaelin Moores, and Isabella Tafolla. Coaches are: Tiffany Fishman, Kevin Hamers and Meagan Moores. (contributed photo)

11U Spartans win tourney in Des Moines

The Solon Spartans 11U baseball team won a state tourney in Des Moines over the Fourth of July weekend. Front row: Ryan Rassmussen, Sean Stahle, Oaken Foster, Nathan Schadler, Quinton Heineman; Second row: Blake Timmons, Rhyse Wear, Landon Shive, Austin Bell, Aiden Doyle, Adam Smith. Coaches: Nathan Wear, JP Heineman, Kyle Stahle and JT Timmons. (contributed photo)

Corn roast, live music at Iowa Grown Market Aug. 13

NEWPORT– It’s time for the Iowa Grown Market’s first annual Community Corn Roast. The entire community is invited to the event Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2613 Newport Rd. NE, in Solon. Join the free family fun as the market serves up fresh roasted sweet corn to the righteous tunes of local band Notes from the Underground. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and cooler of your favorite beverages, the market will provide the rest. Live music is presented from 3-5 p.m. The event will be rescheduled in the case of rain.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Family Movie Night Under the Stars Thursday, Aug. 11

SOLON– As daylight fades, the movie rolls Thursday, Aug. 11, at Randall Park in Solon. Join neighbors and friends for Family Movie Night when the 2009 film ‘Up’ is featured.

Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

Parish wrestles with decision

Fate of former St. Mary church building hangs in the balance

SOLON– Although it’s been rarely used in the last 20 years, there are still a lot of memories for Solon residents in the former St. Mary Catholic Church.
But the need for cemetery space and concerns about the continuing dilapidation of the building have prompted a church committee to recommend its demolition, which led to an informational meeting held July 26 in the church’s parish hall.
Close to 100 people attended the meeting to listen to Father Tim Sheedy and architectural consultant Alan Wieskamp describe the condition of the church building and discuss potential next steps.

Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors start school supply drive

SWISHER– Swisher American Legion Auxiliary Juniors will start a back to school supply drive for veterans’ families with a parade in the Swisher Fun Days parade.
The float in the Swisher Fun Days parade will kick off a school supply drive. Donations of any and all school supplies, including monetary donations, may be dropped off at the following Swisher businesses: Kava House, Shooters, Shelton’s Grocery, Swisher Trust and Savings Bank and Carrie’s Creations. Donations will be collected Aug. 8-13.
All donations will provide for veterans’ families in need.

Iowa Grown Market corn roast Aug. 13

NEWPORT– It’s time for the Iowa Grown Market’s first annual Community Corn Roast. Join the free family fun as the market, located just off Highway 1 at 2613 Newport Rd. NE, serves up fresh roasted sweet corn to the righteous tunes of local band Notes from the Underground Saturday, Aug. 13. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and cooler of your favorite beverages, the market will provide the rest. Live music is presented from 3-5 p.m. The event will be rescheduled in the case of rain.

Handcrafted ice cream coming in August to Dan and Debbie’s Creamery

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery is open to the public offering fresh-from-the-farm cheese curds and other locally-made Iowa goods, including maple syrup, jam, pork and elk. The soft launch is in preparation for the release of Dan and Debbie’s premium handcrafted ice cream line later in August. Current hours of operation are sporadic during the product development phase.