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Community

New fitness opportunity for NL moms, stroller babies

NORTH LIBERTY– Fit4Mom North Liberty is a franchise of a fitness company based in San Diego (Fit4Mom) and is a fitness program created by moms for moms. The Stroller Strides program is an hour-long class that moms attend with their children in a stroller. The class offers a full body workout and the only equipment needed is a sturdy stroller, a towel or yoga mat, and an exercise band (provided). The workout incorporates songs and actions so that moms are able to interact with their children throughout the class.

School board candidates make their case

School election Tuesday, Sept. 8

SOLON– Two seats are up for grabs during the Sept. 8 election for the Solon Community School District Board of Directors.
All four candidates in the race have provided the Solon Economist with responses to three questions about their background, their views on the district and their hopes in serving the district should they be elected to the board. Their responses appear unedited in this week’s edition.

Bee-eee-eef Days?

Passing bee swarm finds home at Beef Days

SOLON- Another year means another successful Solon Beef Days, but preparation for this year’s festivities became abuzz when a swarm of bees was spotted near the kids’ corner on Dubuque Street. Ron Puettmann, a Lake Macbride State Park manager and local bee keeper, was one of the first ones to notice the swarm.
“We were setting up the kids’ corner and I happened to look up and see a whole bunch of bees in the air, so we had everyone back away,” Puettmann said.

Three charged with indecent exposure at Hawkeye Wildlife Area

SWISHER– A year-long effort to curtail illegal activities at the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in Johnson County has resulted in multiple charges being filed over the weekend by law enforcement officers for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Three individuals were charged and arrested on Sunday for indecent exposure.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. Tickets are on sale at the church.

Higher minimum wage on agenda for Solon council’s Sept. 2 meeting

JOHNSON COUNTY– After many public meetings, a litany of stories of personal hardship, lengthy debate and an overwhelming push of public support, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage countywide.

Solon’s 175th chautauqua celebration Sept. 18-20

SOLON– Not many 175-year-olds will celebrate a birthday for three whole days.
The City of Solon is gearing up for just that, as the community prepares to commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.

Facilities Usage Meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at SMS

SOLON– A Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm. in room 403 at the Solon Middle School. The meeting will be held 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.

September activities for Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner fundraiser, Sept. 23: Double entertainment, back by popular demand, Johnny Krob, The Singing Cowboy, will delight us with music during the meal and, shortly after the meal, Joan and Jennel will entertain us with country, blues, gospel and yodeling. There will be a special meal. Watch the Solon Economist for more information. The cost of this meal will be $7 with no Old Gold Diner tickets being accepted. Proceeds will be used to continue entertainment on a monthly basis, and to pay for meals for those unable to afford them.

Even Herky salutes NLFD

NLFD hosts annual fundraiser

NORTH LIBERTY —Bobbers Grill and Scales Pointe Campground were bustling Saturday, Aug. 22, as the North Liberty Fire Department held its annual “Salute to Summer” event. The daylong gathering featuring activities for kids and adults is the volunteer department’s fundraiser. The proceeds from the event will go toward additional training and equipment.
In addition to the department’s trucks, an all-terrain utility vehicle outfitted for brush fires and a large event Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response was on display. Funds raised in previous years made that purchase possible.

ICCSD school board approves $80,000 for more busing

District officials hope to revise busing criteria to recognize socioeconomic barriers

IOWA CITY– Parents came in droves to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors meeting, on Aug. 25, urging the board to add discretionary busing to the newly-opened Alexander Elementary. After hearing from more than 20 parents, the board voted unanimously to allocate $80,000 for discretionary busing.
As of last week, district officials said no date had been set for when bus service to Alexander school, located at 3571 Sycamore St. in Iowa City, would begin.

Group to re-pitch pet project

Dog park group to address parks board Sept. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– A group of North Liberty residents urging the city to help build an off-leash dog park will address the North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle in North Liberty.
“Given the community support we’ll demonstrate with our petition, we hope the board will add an off-leash dog park to the city’s parks plan,” said group spokesperson Jake Villhauer of North Liberty. “The residents we hear from are very excited about the possibility.”