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Solon Economist

Temporary or permanent? Council mulls Windmill sewer

SOLON– The developer is ready to proceed, but the city is not.
An additional phase for Windmill Estates is in a holding pattern as the city decides how best to address sewer needs for the subdivision.
The City Council discussed the constraints of a substantial debt repayment schedule last week when considering how to pay for a new wastewater lift station, trunk sewer line and water tower.
It is a challenge for any government to pay for the wants and needs of services and capital improvements, and the City of Solon proved to be no exception.

Lake Macbride fireworks July 4

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark. The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon FC soccer club seeks players

SOLON– Attention Middle School parents and students! Solon FC is a soccer club for Solon 5th-8th grade boys and girls. The club is currently accepting players for the 2014-2015 fall\spring seasons. This is an exciting opportunity for the youth of Solon to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn and improve their skills, and play in a competitive and fun atmosphere. Registration is now open.
More information about Solon FC can be found on the club’s Facebook page http://www.FaceBook.com/SolonIAFC or by emailing SolonIAFC@Gmail.com.

Solon Methodist Church to host community blood drive June 30

30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Solon Community Fitness Club hosting trail runs Wednesday nights

SOLON– Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., the Solon Community Fitness Club is hosting community run/walks at the Timber DOME Lodge. This is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy summer weather with friends and neighbors and train for any road races you are doing this summer. For more information, contact Brian Fitzpatrick at 319-624-5145 or on Facebook.

Solon homebuilder meets DOE energy efficiency challenge

SOLON– A recently constructed home in Solon is really pushing the envelope.
The home constructed by Legacy GreenBuilders at 3978 Macbride Place in west of Solon has earned certification under the US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home® (ZERH) program. The home is the first of its kind in Iowa to achieve certification under this prestigious program, and Legacy GreenBuilders is the first homebuilder in the state to build to this standard.

No. 2 Solon picks up first loss

Lady Spartans run gauntlet of ranked foes

SOLON– In the span of a single week, Solon’s varsity softball team took on five separate ranked opponents.
And out of the eight games the Lady Spartans played, only one team was able to put a blemish on Solon’s perfect record.
Fort Dodge (ranked No. 4 in 4A) defeated Solon 6-5 in a five-inning game Saturday, June 21, in Fort Dodge to provide the first loss of the season for the Lady Spartans.
But by then, Solon had already taken down the second- and seventh-ranked teams in Class 5A– West Des Moines Dowling and Ankeny– as well as unranked Emmetsburg.

Calendar committee established; lunch prices to increase

SOLON– It’s official.
Solon’s school calendar will be developed by a new committee that looks a lot like the old one, but with one major difference.
School board members will be on board.
At its June 2 meeting, members of the Solon Community School District Board of Education approved the recommended members a new calendar committee.

Solon Optimist Bike Rodeo June 21

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will hold its Summer Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 21, at 9 a.m. (8:30 a.m. sign-up) at the middle school play area. Age brackets are 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and training wheels. There will be five contests (balance, steering and paper toss), with a boy and girl division for each age bracket. Each age bracket will have first, second and third place trophies. There also will be two overall championship trophies. Come practice your bicycle skills. Be sure to wear your helmet.

Iowa City author Larry Baker takes new book on tour to Solon’s library

“The Education of Nancy Adams,” his fifth novel, was published in March

A day to remember sacrifice

Solon American Legion member Jim Leland salutes after completing a wreath laying ceremony honoring U.S. Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA), part of the Memorial Day service held at the Solon Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Methodist Church to host community blood drive June 30

SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.