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Solon Economist

Swisher’s Fun Days tradition

Legion invites community to join in the planning

SWISHER– It’s a slice of traditional small-town Americana: veterans proudly marching, polished fire trucks with lights flashing and sirens blaring, friendly waves from a line of tractors and kids filling bags with candy tossed from floats. It’s Fun Days in Swisher, and for over 30 years it has been a summer time standard in this northwest Johnson County community.
Swisher American Legion Post 671 started the annual event for the good of the community.

Financial literacy: Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County partners with MidWestOne for program

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.

Solon KCs breakfast Jan. 4

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages six through 11 and free for ages five and younger. Eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes will be served.

Mercy’s Mobile Mammography van to visit Solon Tuesday, Jan. 20

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The van will be located at the Mercy Family Medicine of Solon Clinic. The clinic was formerly known as Solon Family Practice, and is located at 510 W. Main St. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for Eastern Iowa women for over 28 years.

Solon Robotics can and bottle drive Saturday, Jan.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Solon from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Student team members will be going door to door asking for cans and bottles to help raise funds for competitions around the state. Anyone needing pick up on Friday evening or who live outside the Solon city limits, please contact Jami Wolf at 319-481-7088. Drop off cans and bottles at the Solon Middle School behind the auditorium, at the robotics room.

Solon band musicians to audition in Fairfield for honor band

SOLON– On Jan. 10, 2015, 15 student musicians from the Solon High School band and 15 from the middle school band will audition in Fairfield for the Southeast Iowa Honor Band. There are also eight high school musicians trying out for SEIBA Honor Jazz Band. Next to All-State, these ensembles are the next highest honor for a band student. A follow-up article will include names of all students who were selected. The concert for all these groups will be held in Iowa City’s West High School auditorium on Jan. 24, 2015, at 5 p.m.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Thursday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Hoover Trail extended to Solon in 2016?

Closing the gap... maybe

Johnson County Conservation Board members received a little light reading for the holidays, as 10 engineering firms submitted RFP (Request For Proposal) responses for work to extend the Hoover Nature Trail 5.9 miles from Seven Sisters Road (Linn-Johnson County line) to Solon. The Board will whittle down the contenders in early January and plan to sign a contract late in the month. Trail construction would likely begin in 2016.

IOWA CITY– Trail users in Johnson County could have reason to rejoice in 2016 as plans are laid to close a major gap in the Hoover Nature Trail.

Girl Scouts donate to pantry

Eleven members of Girls Scout Troop #5647 collected food for the Solon Food Pantry. This year the troop is doing monthly community servcie activities. Pictured above are (front row) Delaney Durr, Gable Knight, Piper Stahle and Alexis Anderson; (back row) Aunika King, Gretchen Hammill, Morgan Dooley, Audrey Heineman, Madyn Hahn, Mackenzie Craig and Chloe Benjamin. (contributed photo)

Gerdin family gifts $300,000 to Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s

CEDAR RAPIDS– Hundreds of families with hospitalized children will be the beneficiaries of a major gift from the Gerdin Family Foundation. The family is gifting $300,000 to St. Luke’s Foundation for the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family Room®, which is currently under construction on the second floor of St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Foundation will use $100,000 of the gift to open an endowment to support future capital needs as there will always be a demand for this type of facility for the families of critically-ill children.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Old Gold Diner

Wow, what a year The Old Gold Diner is having. Many thanks to the City of Solon, The Solon Retirement Village and generous donations from members of the community. Since starting to receive meals from the Solon Retirement Village Jan. 2 this year, Old Gold Diner has been able to serve over 7,000 meals to seniors and others, in their homes or at the Solon Methodist Church where those who want to dine with friends and neighbors are hosted. Of those meals, 10 percent were meals that went to people in need of nutritional meals and unable to afford them.

SCSD accepting preschool applications for 2015-16

SOLON– The Lakeview, All Aboard, Play & Learn and Solon Learning Academy preschools are currently accepting applications for 2015-2016 openings.  
Please go to the Solon Community School District website beginning Monday, Jan. 12, at www.solon.k12.ia.us, and complete the following steps:
• Click on the “Lakeview” link at the top of the district home page.
• Click on the “Information” tab.