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Solon Economist

Facilities Usage Meeting, Sept. 7, at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Solon public library Fall hours

Fall library hours have resumed:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September activities for the Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner wishes to extend a thank you to Sam’s Main Street Market for sponsoring the Aug. 10 meal. Patrons should drop in and be sure to thank Sam and company for their support of the Old Gold Diner.
• Bingo is held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Penny bingo starts at 11 a.m. and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out winning a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Spartans conquer Mustangs, 26-20

Big first half pushes Solon past No. 1-ranked (2A) Mount Vernon in football opener

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
…We would like it to be known the exhibits that were shown
were exclusively our own,
All our own. All our own…”
– Karn Evil 9 Lyrics by Emerson Lake and Palmer

So the curtains fell away on the Solon Spartans’ first production of the new football season. With an awards presentation before the introductions, the show started as an action adventure with a interlude including fireworks, but finished as a drama.

Solon boys and girls take ninth at soggy Prairie Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– Season opener… and overnight rain had stopped in time for hundreds of runners to stay dry– for the most part. The squish of saturated soil at low points along the rolling course on the College Community campus still guaranteed mud-soaked shoes and ankles at the finish line of the Aug. 27 Prairie Invitational.
The cross country meet featured over 20 schools, in two divisions. Entries came from Waukee and Pella to the west… and as far away as Davenport, Fort Madison and Maquoketa to the east.

DOT to overhaul Hwy. 1 sidewalks

State program helps smaller towns with ADA compliance

SOLON– Long stretches of sidewalk along Highway 1 in Solon will be replaced next year as part of a state program to address accessibility issues.
About three-quarters of a mile of sidewalk will be reconstructed as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) project, which will be let in December for the 2017 construction season.
The new sidewalks will come at no cost to property owners, thanks to the state’s plan to deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Football food

Solon United Methodist Church celebrates six decades of serving up

SOLON– For many Solonites, the University of Iowa’s football season is kicked off by a local tradition that predates tailgating in campus parking lots.
For over 60 years, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been holding “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular season calendar.

Bridge Bank hosts “High-Five Your Cop” Aug. 27

SOLON– Bridge Community Bank invites the public to show support for local law enforcement officers on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and Solon bank locations. The “High-Five Your Cop” event will be held in the parking lot of each bank. If it rains, the event will take place in the lobby. Local law enforcement officers from Cedar and Johnson counties, Lisbon, Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and the Iowa State Patrol will be special guests at these meet and greet events.

Council wants park back

City decides to dip into park fund for flash flood repairs

SOLON– After a spring flood in 2013, Randall Park sat idle and unused for most of the year as the city worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the park’s fate.
Record water levels engulfed the park again Aug. 11-12, but this time the city isn’t waiting to take action.
At a regular council meeting Aug. 17, council members voted to utilize a park fund to rehabilitate the park as soon as possible.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Robotics Club open houses Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 at middle school

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Club will be hosting two open house meetings for middle and high school students Monday, Aug. 29, from 3-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept 3, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the robotics room behind the middle school auditorium. Contact coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail for more information.

Facilities Usage Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7 at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.