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Community

Fourth graders to visit Solon Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Sept. 21

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.75 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4A (Mai).

Maybe next year: City declines parade move

Football parents ask for return downtown

SOLON– The City of Solon reluctantly rained on hopes to relocate the Solon High School Homecoming Parade back downtown later this month.
The request, presented at a Sept. 7 city council meeting by members of the Solon Football Club, came too late to deal with the logistics of closing Main Street, Mayor Steve Stange said.
The parade, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, was before the council as a consent agenda item, but football parents were seeking to modify the event application and revert the route to its previous path.

Street line painting to be completed on Penn Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Crews are expected to finish painting lines for Penn Street’s additional lanes this week, representatives for the project’s general contractor, Metro Pavers, said Tuesday. The contractor is expected to have turn lanes open during peak traffic times, with occasional closures to complete the work.

Refueling Meals on Wheels

IOWA CITY– Managed Medicaid is forcing local Meals on Wheels programs to live hand-to-mouth.
Elder Services, Inc., which operates Meals on Wheels in Johnson, Washington, Iowa and Cedar counties, began its ‘Refueling Meals on Wheels Campaign’ Sept. 7.
This campaign is focused on ensuring the viability of the Meals on Wheels program with a goal of raising $250,000.

The public has its say on CCA’s facilities planning process

Questions without easy answers

TIFFIN– The question itself is relatively simple on its face, imploring Clear Creek Amana (CCA) district officials to consider how best to accommodate expected continued enrollment and likely overcrowding with $25 million available in 2018.
The solution, or solutions, are not quite as simple, attendees at a Sept. 8 public forum at the high school in Tiffin discovered.

Library closed Sept. 16 for staff in-service training

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library will be closed Friday, Sept. 16, for its annual staff in-service training.
During that day, all of the library’s upholstery will also be cleaned, and Iowa Prison Industries will move and reconfigure shelving in the kids’ area. This is one of the library’s first steps in redesigning the kids’ area to include activity stations.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.

9th annual 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 pm, 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 off with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is fully devoted to the Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

North Liberty’s seventh annual Doggie Plunge

Over 300 dogs make a splash at North Liberty’s seventh annual Doggie Plunge
View more Doggie Plunge photos in our online gallery at http://economist-leader.smugmug.com/

Goodbye “Big G”

Penn students Memorialize Griffin Tauke

NORTH LIBERTY– Griffin L. Tauke, 9, of North Liberty, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, at home in his dad’s arms.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Sept. 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coralville, with Fr. Stephen Page officiating. Burial followed in Ridgewood Cemetery in North Liberty. Griffin’s family greeted friends Sunday at Lensing’s Oak Hill in Coralville.
Instead of flowers and plants, memorials may be directed to The Griffin Tauke Memorial Fund, The Bennett Tauke Education Fund or the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.

Getting ready for the show

“It’s going to rival any professional theatre that I’ve ever worked in, or seen.” – Jessica Frerich

SOLON– It’s going to be worth the wait.
The Solon Performing Arts Center (PAC) is scheduled for completion at the beginning of December, with a grand opening for three performances of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” set for January.
The new 809-seat auditorium, an addition to the high school, was approved by Solon Community School District voters as part of a $25.5 million bond issue in September 2014, which also included the construction of a new fifth through eighth grade middle school.