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Community

Disc golf course opening soon

By Janet Nolte
Solon Economist

SOLON– Those who’ve visited the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SNRA) lately may have noticed there’s a new game in town– one played with flying plastic discs baby boomers will fondly remember as “Frisbees.”
“It started when we were approached by Coralville Parks and Recreation and the Army Corps of Engineers, who said they were replacing the disc golf goals on one of their courses,” said Mike Reeve, Activities Coordinator of Solon’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Summer Reading Program has begun

The kickoff party for the library’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program (SRP) is Thursday, May 25, from 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your family, friends, babysitters and neighbors to the library for games and refreshments. It’s a great time to pick up a summer book bag, see the 2016 kids’ T-shirts and find the summer reading logs appropriate to your age group. Anyone can participate in the reading incentive activities to get cool prizes, including chances to win grand prizes donated by generous community sponsors.

Ely News by Lenna See

The annual Malatek family Easter celebration was hosted by Jess and Sue Schulte at their home in Ely on Easter Sunday. The beautiful day was enjoyed by Allen and Sheryl Tjelmeland, Lon Ann, Jacob and Jared Tjelmeland, Stephanie Mehmen, Lloyd and Lois Cooling, Kimberly Cooling, Tom and Patricia Malatek, Brad Malatek, Kayla Krug and Dan, Jessica, Jade, and Gaby Carter, all of Ely.

Ear for perfection

NL’s Steve Junge keeps corridor pianos in-tune

NORTH LIBERTY– Pianos are complex instruments, hand-assembled by craftsmen, that produce melodious sounds for decades. However, like any mechanical device, eventually they need attention and tuning. The seven-county area, known as Iowa’s Creative Corridor, including North Liberty in particular, now has an artisan dedicated to restoring a piano’s full musical potential.
Steve Junge, of North Liberty, began offering professional piano tuning services in November. A corporate reorganization led to Junge reevaluating what he wanted to do. Music was the answer, but what aspect of music?

Elementaries dive into robotics

$15K PLTW grant funds supplies, teacher training at Garner, Penn, Van Allen

North Liberty Leader

Solon American Legion Memorial Day services announced

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will hold a Memorial Day service at the Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Veterans Memorial. Attendees should plan to be at the Solon American Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to memorial. Refreshments will follow at the Legion.
In addition to the traditional service, there will be a dedication at the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

Poppy Days in Solon, May 20-29

SOLON– The annual distribution of poppies in the Solon area will be held on Saturday, May 20, through Memorial Day. Cans will be available in various businesses where you can make a donation and receive a poppy. On Saturday, May 20, several Solon American Legion Auxiliary members will go door to door in some neighborhoods distributing poppies.

Solon future business leaders can drive Wednesday, May 31

SOLON– Solon High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization will be conducting a can drive on Wednesday, May 31, to raise funds to send four students to the National Leadership Conference in which they qualified to compete at in a business-oriented event. Each student going placed in the top four at the State Leadership Conference. Cans/bottles can be dropped off in front of the high school from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or from 3-8 p.m. Students will also be going around town to collect cans/bottles.

Solon FC summer camp July 17-21

SOLON– Solon FC is offering an experience like no other in the area, announcing the return of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire summer soccer camp from July 17-21. Hosted in Solon, campers ages 6-16 can choose to participate in a half-day camp, either 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m., or a full-day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camp. Camp fees include five days of camp, as well as a shirt, ball and ticket to a Chicago Fire game in Bridgeview, Ill.
Cost for the half-day camp is $135 or save money by enrolling in the full-day camp for $225.

Solon Old Gold Diner site manager receives funding

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates and the Old Gold Diner Site Council joined together to request funds to support a salary for a new site council manager and were rewarded Tuesday, May 9. The Beef Days Committee and the Solon Area Community Foundation each provided a check for $3,000, providing one half a year’s site manager salary. The City of Solon meets the other half of the yearly salary, plus provides reimbursement for the in-home meal delivery program. The Site Council is searching for a new site manager as Duane McAtee has announced his retirement.

We’ll drink to that

Cedar Ridge celebrates long-awaited legislation and its most prestigious award

SWISHER– So far 2017 has been a very good year for Jeff Quint and his Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery located near Swisher.
On March 28 a key piece of legislation, long fought for by Iowa’s distilleries, cleared the Iowa House of Representatives, 93-1. House File 607 allows Iowa distilleries to sell their products by the glass, and as cocktails, in their tasting rooms. It also increases a daily sales limit from two bottles per person to a full 12-bottle case and raises a state-imposed cap on the annual production of distilled spirits.

Education Foundation popup fundraiser for reading

SOLON– The Solon Education Foundation is running its first ever “popup” fundraiser using its online donation feature at www.solonedfound.org/.