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Solon Economist

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.

Stastny still spends much of his time serving the community

“I’m kind of a joiner”

SOLON— If there’s something going on in Solon, odds are Marv Stastny is in the thick of it.
Stastny, one of two men honored this year as Solon’s Seniors of the Year, has made a career of volunteering to serve the community. A native of Ely, Stastny spent 20 years there, including two years on the Ely Volunteer Fire Department.

Council approves water tower paint job

SOLON– This new paint job will cost $62,500.
The members of the Solon City Council approved a bid of that amount from Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin for painting the city’s water tower.
The city received two quotes for the project, reported Public Works Director Scott Kleppe at a regular Aug. 5 council meeting. The other bid, for $76,780, came from the company with which the city had a long-standing relationship, Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., said Kleppe.

Solon school news

Middle School football equipment handout Aug. 19 and Aug. 30
SOLON– Eighth grade football players will receive their equipment on Wednesday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the middle school athletic hallway. Seventh grade football players will receive their equipment on Thursday, Aug. 30, starting at 4 p.m. in the middle school athletic hallway.

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.
This year’s outing is going to be the day after the all-sports

Annual Community Polka Festival Sunday, Aug. 16, at Ely Legion

ELY– The Annual Community Polka Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Ely American Legion Hall, located at 1545 Main St. in Ely. This fundraiser is for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.

Fall Sports Kickoff and Football Scrimmage Aug. 21

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club and the Solon High School and Middle School Activities Department will be hosting the annual Fall Sports Kickoff and Football Scrimmage at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Aug. 21. The events of the evening include the introduction of middle school and high school fall programs and their participants, a performance by the Solon Dance Team, and the night will culminate with a football intra-squad scrimmage.

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).

Girls in Science names Kristine Vanderwiel Scientist of the Year

Solon native recognized for her mentorship to girls

SOLON– Years ago, a teenage girl in Solon dreamed of engineering.
Kristine Vanderwiel, née Gleason, absorbed her experiences in 4-H and youth career conferences with excitement and hope.
Today, she passes that on as a youth mentor, inspiring and encouraging girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Waving their star-spangled banners

Bikers ride Aug. 15 to show love for the American flag

Editor’s note: This article contains language some may find inappropriate for young readers.

Solon Economist
OXFORD– Something just doesn’t make sense to Lydia Bringer.
“I don’t understand why I have this love for the flag more than kids who were born here.”
Bringer was born in Mexico and came to the United States legally after the death of her mother. She underwent the long, arduous and expensive process to gain citizenship and proudly proclaimed the Pledge of Allegiance when it was granted. Before she accepted citizenship, she did a little soul searching.

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.

Annual Community Polka Festival Aug. 16 in Ely

Festival will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Ely American Legion Hall, located at 1545 Main St. in Ely. This fundraiser is for St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.