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Community

Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trails closure

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers annually closes Coralville Lake’s Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trails near Solon. This closure is to accommodate the shotgun and muzzle loader hunting seasons for deer. This year the closing dates will be Dec. 1 through Jan. 10, 2017. Corps managed lands are open for hunting in designated areas at Coralville Lake. A map of public hunting areas around the lake can be found at www.Coralvillelake.org or picked up at the Administration Office. State rules and regulations apply for hunting in these areas.

Solon pantry offering Thanksgiving gift certificates to Sam’s Market

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry is offering Thanksgiving gift certificates to Sam’s Main Street Market for enrolled families. The certificates are valid until Tuesday, Dec. 6, and are available at the pantry on Monday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Dec. 5. Please call 319-430-8655 if you are unable to visit the pantry on those dates to make other arrangements.

Dine out at Solon restaurants to support Post Prom Nov. 30-Dec. 22

SOLON– Solon Post Prom provides an alcohol-free, safe and supervised celebration following prom for Solon students and their guests. The event is jointly supported through our schools, families, and community businesses.
The following restaurants graciously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds, on the indicated evenings, to Solon Post Prom. Please visit and dine on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Frida Kahlo; on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Red Vespa; on Wednesday Dec. 14, at Big Grove Brewery; and Thursday, Dec. 22, at Eastwood’s to enjoy great food and support Solon students.

City of Solon receives planning award

BURLINGTON– The City of Solon was recognized Oct. 20, in Burlington, by the American Planner Association (APA) Iowa Chapter. The City of Solon was presented an award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development for the Solon Comprehensive Plan 2015. The city council would like to send a special thank you to MSA Professional Services and the Steering Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, city staff and those who participated in the online survey and public input meetings for helping to create a plan for Solon’s future.

Council votes down Solon Lofts site plan

City cites parking, square footage in overriding P&Z

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– A plan to rehabilitate the former St. Mary auditorium into apartments and commercial space was shot down by members of the Solon City Council Nov. 16.
Council members rejected a site plan, submitted for Solon Lofts and Commons, despite its conditional recommendation for approval by the Solon Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.
Prairie Equity Group, LLC, of Iowa City, proposed to renovate the 1915 building into lower-level commercial units and 16 upper-level condominiums, with the conversion of a separate adjacent lot into a gated parking area.

St. Mary Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4

SOLON– St. Mary Helping Hands will host its annual Cookie Walk Sunday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall.

Our Lord’s Church annual Candy Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Candy Sale Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be homemade candy as well as crafts, decorations and other gift items. The sale will be held at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club Christmas soup supper Dec. 3

WESTERN– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club hosts its annuals awards banquet and Christmas soup supper on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the club house, 11808 Club Rd., in Western. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a meal is served at 6 p.m. and after the meal, Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. Awards will be presented following Santa’s visit. Bring a soup or dessert to share, and a wrapped gift for your child. Santa will distribute these when he comes after dinner. High Point and year-end awards will be presented and announced. Contact Toby at 319-270-4235 for more information regarding the soup supper.

Old Gold Diner Christmas Tree Walk at SUMC Saturday, Dec. 3

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Diner will be hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Walk at the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (change of venue) Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Solon News

Lenna See

Michael Broghammer, along with 29 other young men and women, was confirmed on Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, by Bishop Martin Amos. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the church. Family and friends joined Michael to continue the celebration, in the afternoon, at the home of his parents, Tim and Laurie Broghammer.

Ely News

Lenna See

Robert and Marcella Barta, of rural Cedar Rapids, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, at the Ely Community Center. The event was hosted by their children: Shirlee Barta-Nelson, of East Moline, Illinois; Katherine and Wil Carew, of Fairfax; and Bob and Kathy Barta, of Cedar Rapids. They have seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Mr. Barta and the former Marcella Svoboda were married on Nov. 21, 1946, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, in Cedar Rapids.

Lead2Feed

SHS business students use problem solving

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry recently received an exceptionally large, 1,425-pound food donation from a very unique project. Four students in Jodi Leimkuehler’s Business Management class at Solon High School did not just talk about management, they actually became managers. Cael Starr, Clay Gerdin, Colton Spellman and Lucas Walker helped organize a competitive food drive between classes at Lakeview Elementary as part of Jodi’s Lead2Feed Service Leadership program.