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Solon Economist

Shueyville to host blood drive July 23

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

The high cost of living

Solon eighth graders learn how to balance their personal budgets at financial literacy event

SOLON– It’s never too early to learn how to budget, save, and plan accordingly for the future.

Lady Spartans win 10th in a row

Solon softball team runs the table at Fort Dodge tourney

SOLON– Since a road defeat to No. 1 Benton Community, the Solon varsity softball team has rattled off 10 victories in a row.
The 3A second-ranked Lady Spartans won a two-day tournament against ranked opponents in Fort Dodge over the weekend and fended off upset bids at home against West Delaware and 3A No. 5 Center Point-Urbana in the week prior.
At Fort Dodge, Solon defeated 2A No. 7 North Union (13-0), Atlantic (4-0), 5A No. 9 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic (1-0) and 4A No. 5 Fort Dodge (12-3) to run the table.
Solon outscored its opponents at the tournament, 30-3.

SHS students take a rip at the zip

National Guard brings portable zip-line to Solon High School

SOLON– National Guard recruiter Brandon Keeler enjoys coming to Solon.
“They’re highly competitive at that school,” Keeler said.
For almost 10 years, Keeler has been visiting 15 area schools and community colleges representing the National Guard and promoting physical fitness with a variety of activities and equipment.
He spent Monday, April 27, at Solon High School commandeering the physical education classes and offering students a chance to try out the Guard’s portable freestanding zip-line.

Spartans sweep South Tama on the road

SOUTH TAMA– The Solon varsity baseball team improved to 10-9 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of South Tama June 18.
The Spartans found their offense against the Trojans with 21 hits and 21 runs.
Solon scored six runs in the first two innings of a 10-0 win and cranked out 11 runs in four innings for an 11-1 victory and the sweep.
Both games lasted only five innings.
Senior Ty Appleget was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out four and allowing no hits in four innings of work. Freshman Ryne Schooley pitched a single scoreless inning with one strikeout and one hit.

RAGBRAI test riders sample Solon’s hospitality

Joanne Ulch and members of the Solon Spartans 8U baseball team and Solon Spartans 10U softball team serve up pie, lemonade and water to members of the RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Team Friday at the intersection of Main and Dubuque streets. The baseball and softball teams will have a vendor booth at the Solon RAGBRAI stopover July 24 and were picked to provide samples for the pre-ride. The pies were handmade by Helen Proffitt and featured fruit from her own trees. “The whole scene down there was to give the Ragbrai committee a taste of what Solon offers,” Ulch said.

DOT confirms funding for Hwy 1 stoplight

City to receive $115,900 grant for $238,590 project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s finally official.
The City of Solon has received notice from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) of a $115,900 grant to help pay for a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street.
The city has known of the DOT’s pending award for months, but it wasn’t official until the city received the grant agreement, which was approved by the members of the Solon City Council at a June 3 meeting.

Ely’s Jenny Houlihan - leading by example

One of Iowa's 100 Great Nurses

CEDAR RAPIDS– Jenny Houlihan has done a lot in her 13-year nursing career. She’s the current Director of Acute Adult Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids; she serves as secretary for her district’s chapter of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders; she earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa; and she is a long-time member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
She also holds the prestigious position of Girl Scout Troop #5819 leader.
The list just keeps on growing, especially now that she’s been named one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses.

City Wide Clean Up Day June 13

SOLON– The City of Solon will host its annual City Wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. City residents may drop off garbage and recyclables at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Those dropping off should be prepared to present identification.

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Turkey Vulture Festival June 20

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting the Fifth Annual Turkey Vulture Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. until noon at Coralville Lake’s East Overlook Picnic Area. This is a free, family event and the Corps encourage parents to accompany their children. Activities will include face painting by Funny Face Designs, temporary tattoos, children’s games, crafts and more.

Mary’s Meals founder returns to Solon

SOLON– Solon’s favorite Scottish son, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, returned for his second visit in less than a year, as part of his global launch of his recent book, The Shed That Fed A Million Children. MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing children with a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.