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Solon Economist

Four candidates for three seats

Schwab will not seek re-election

SOLON– Two incumbents and two challengers will face off for three seats on the Solon school board, and for the first time in 17 years, current board president Dick Schwab won’t be one of them.
Schwab, a board member first elected in 1999, is not seeking re-election.
Incumbents Tim Brown and Rick Jedlicka are, however, along with former school board member Dan Coons and newcomer Nicole Pizzini, according to information posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
The deadline for candidates to file was Thursday, Aug. 3.

Wine-tasting at The Secret Cellar Aug. 19

SHUEYVILE– Come in your best lei, hula skirt or sombrero. The theme is “Dress in the Tropics” at The Secret Cellar’s outdoor public wine-tasting bash Saturday, Aug. 19, and there will be a prize for best dressed.
From 6-8 p.m., there will be wine tasting, beer tasting and delicious appetizers. Door prizes will be given away, too.
Help The Secret Cellar support local charities. A suggested donation is $15 advance and $20 day of. Call 319-841-2172 for advance registration.
The Secret Cellar is located at 1205 Curtis Bridge Rd. NE in Shueyville.

Ely Road to closed from 382 to 140th

IOWA CITY– Weather permitting, Ely Road will be closed to through traffic from Highway 382 to 140th Street beginning Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 a.m. There will be no access to Ely Road from Highway 382. Local traffic access to A+ Lake Macbride Storage facility and Atherton Ridge Subdivision (Jocelyn Ct. NE) will be provided from Ely Road at 140th Street. Through-traffic should follow the marked detour from Highway 382 to Highway 1 to 140th Street and vice-versa.

Ely News by Lenna See

Robert and Eileen Jacobson were Wednesday, July 16, overnight guests of her brother, Stan Parks, in Clarion. On Thursday, they continued on to their destination of Pelican Rapids, Minn., to visit Robert’s sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Edward Jenson. Also visiting at the Jenson home were the Jacobson’s son and family, Tony Kris, Matthew and Bryce Jacobson, of Naperville, Ill. They returned home Tuesday evening, Aug. 1.

The annual Landuyt family reunion was held on Sunday, July 30, at the Ely Community Center.

Second annual Porchfest Aug. 19

NORTH LIBERTY–Porchfest is an afternoon where front porches in North Liberty become stages for FREE live music. This second annual event will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, from 3-8 p.m.

SCSD Hopping Iguanas compete in CBJ Battle of the Bands 

NORTH LIBERTY– The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) has unveiled the lineup for its second-annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, including an appearance by The Hopping Iguanas, which is comprised of Solon Community School District employees.
The event, which will showcase six company-sponsored bands, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

Community Corn Roast Sunday, Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market for its second annual Community Corn Roast Sunday, Aug. 13, from 3-6 p.m. The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics.
New this year is an open house of The Magic Barn. Here’s your opportunity to check out this one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.

Volunteers needed for invasive species removal Aug. 19

SOLON– Join the Bur Oak Land Trust on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Iowa City to remove invasive species from its Big Grove property.
Bur Oak, a collection of nine preserved natural areas in Iowa, needs 15 people to help remove honeysuckle, autumn olive and multi-flora rose at 3999 Starry Night Ln. NE in Solon. The volunteers will head to a local event partner for a free Surly beer after the clean-up.

East-coast chef returns to his roots

Amos Dean’s catering offers produce, private dining in Solon

SOLON– Michael Lipcamon remembers strolling the rows of his grandparents’ garden at a young age. He’d pull peas from the vine, chew on rhubarb stalks and stain his hands with mulberries fresh off the tree.
“I spent a lot of time out here as a child,” he recounted. “I have a lot of baby pictures out in the garden with my grandma. She was a great cook.”

Longtime attorney to consult with city, maintain private practice

Martinek retires (sort of) from city attorney post

SOLON– Jim Martinek saw his fair share of city council meetings and courtrooms.
He’s ready to let that part go.
Martinek, Solon’s city attorney on-and-off since 1979, is pulling back from some of his obligations as both a public and private lawyer, although it’s not quite retirement.
Maybe semi-retirement.
“After 30-plus years, it’s been a pleasure to remain with the city in a reduced capacity as assistant city attorney, and turn the reins of the legal department over to the new city attorney Kevin Olson,” Martinek said.
Olson started a contract with the city beginning July 1.

Ely News by Lenna See

Shirley Worley celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday, July 16, with a dinner at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Those attending were Roy, Jennie, Dalton, and Paige Rambo and Hazel Rambo, all of Vinton, and Jim Strickell, of Anamosa.
The Ely Town and Country club met on Monday evening, July 17, for supper at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon There were 25 members present. It was the annual Christmas in July Auction fundraiser. Acting auctioneer was Robert Zvacek, assisted by Ernie Rigel. Hosts for the evening were Ernie and Carol Rigel.

Preferred parking for Spartan football

SOLON– Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will be selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 43 spots in the Spartan Stadium lot and 12 of those spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at each home football game for cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game day administration, with the other 24 made available to the community for purchase.