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Solon Economist

Solon Sts. Peter and Paul Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 17

SOLON– The Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation and Chapel will host its annual Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church hall and chapel, 1165 Taft Ave. NE.
A luncheon, kolache sale and silent auction begin at 11 a.m., with a live auction starting at 1 p.m. Raffle drawings will be held after the live auction, including a quilt raffle.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Sept. 30 (time change!)

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing is Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event is a three-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $60 per golfer and includes greens fee, lunch, a door prize and a drink ticket. This year the outing is limited to one session at 8:30 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE change in time). Lunch will be served after golf. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride Golf Course at 319-624-2500 or contact Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

VNA, Old Gold Diner to host flu clinic Thursday, Sept. 28

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will provide a flu shot clinic at the Old Gold Diner Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This clinic will offer flu shots QIV and High Dose Flu (for ages 65 and older). Also available upon prior request will be pneumonia vaccines PPSV23 and PCV13. Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 ext. 1155 to reserve the pneumonia vaccine dose.
The Old Gold Diner is located at the Solon United Methodist Church, 122 N. West St.

St. Mary Catholic Church hosts Harvest Festival Oct. 1

SOLON­– St. Mary Catholic Church will be holding its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The community is invited to enjoy a chicken and wood-fired smoked pork dinner with homemade salads, desserts and more from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a bidding barn with guided hunt, live auction, country store and children’s events as well as a festival raffle. This year the top prize will be season tickets for two people for the Hawkeye men’s basketball games along with parking passes.

Blue Ribbon

Jean Stinocher’s baked goods win again at state fair

SOLON– Around Solon, her kolaches are legendary, as are her famous vinegar burgers served annually at Beef Days. Folks have been known to angle for a slice of her pie or carrot cake when sighted among desserts offered with fish fry at the Stinocher Post 460 American Legion on Fridays during Lent.
In the past couple of years, Jean Stinocher’s baked goods have made judges at the Iowa State Fair smack their lips in appreciation as well.

70th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale

Shueyville Methodist offers lunch, auction, sales Sept. 16

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist
SHUEYVILLE– Kitchens and craft rooms are humming with activity across the Shueyville United Methodist Church community, as members and friends of the church’s congregation prepare for the church’s 70th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale.
The sale is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church, which is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Swisher.
The sale will feature a market, a chicken noodle soup lunch, a live auction, kids’ activities and fellowship, said Brenda Swanson, who has coordinated the past four sales.

Ely News by Lenna See

The 39th Annual Luther Family Reunion was held on Monday, Labor Day, at the home of Lenna See. A potluck dinner was enjoyed. Members attending were Joe and Marilyn Cermak, of Iowa City; Doran and Beverly Welch, and Bob and Kris Thomas, of Cedar Rapids; Trula Ahrendsen, of Olin, Hanna Grant, of Amber; Ronna Beitz, of Hopkinton; and Marvin and Verna Livermore.

Spartans massacre Chiefs, 47-7, in Keokuk

Solon turns to the air for offense as defense continues to shine

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
KEOKUK– After last week’s rushing successes by Hunter Kula, it was a forgone conclusion teams would be keying on Solon’s rushing game. However, the Spartans reloaded from their arsenal, and defeated the Keokuk Chiefs, 47-7, Friday, Sept. 8, in Keokuk.

Solon girls 2nd at Benton

Cross country takes to the woods at Atkins

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– To call the Atkins Roundhouse trail ‘tree-lined’ is a severe understatement. Over the last decade, the park has literally had a running trail carved out of its heavily-wooded acres. No manicured golf course or graded trail to traverse. At the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet, even fans stumble through the woods to get to their next vantage point. With stubble, occasional tree roots and a dropoff here and there, it is, truly, a cross country course.

Lady Spartans swept by No. 2 Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The varsity Lady Spartan volleyball squad fell in a sweep to the ninth-ranked (3A) Mustangs in Mount Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Solon was able to hang tough before losing the first set, 25-22, but Mount Vernon rolled 25-12 in the second game and held off the Lady Spartans, 25-18, in the third.

Council limits fireworks: July 1 through 4

Proposed ordinance would eliminate New Year’s displays

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The window for shooting off fireworks displays in the City of Solon is going to close a bit.
At a Wednesday, Aug. 16, meeting, members of the Solon City Council informally approved language for an ordinance that would limit private fireworks to July 1 through July 4.
“The people that hate it are going to have to tolerate it for a week, not a month,” Mayor Steve Stange commented.
City Attorney Kevin Olson was directed to prepare an ordinance for future approval by council members.

Old Gold finds help next door

D.R. Miller steps into new role as diner’s site manager

By Nathan Countryman
Solon Economist
SOLON– D.R. Miller is proving you’re never too old to start a new career.
Miller was recently named the new manager for the Old Gold Diner in Solon, taking over for Duane McAtee, who retired at the end of July.
“One of the biggest challenges for me has been that I’ve been used to writing everything down in ink in my professional life,” Miller said. “This job requires you to write things down a lot more in pencil, to be willing to be flexible to whatever changes the day brings.”