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July 13th

A greener, drier Blues & BBQ

Annual music fest leaves smaller footprint despite record number of attendees

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– They descended on Centennial Park by the thousands, but dry ground and eco-friendly initiatives made it difficult for them to leave a mark.
An estimated 15,000 people attended North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications last Saturday, where they enjoyed 13 food vendors, five bands and a host of kid-centered activities.
“It’s all been glowing reviews,” said North Liberty Communications Director Nick Bergus. “We’re really proud of the feedback we’ve gotten.”
Plus, he said, the weather was perfect.

Ely News

Sherry Novak of Rosemead, Calif., flew in to the Eastern Iowa Airport and spent a week visiting her parents, Bill and Irene Novak, and many other relatives and friends. On Saturday, July 2, a family picnic dinner was held on the Novak farm. They toured the Reiman Gardens in Ames, Vinton and other things in Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor. They also celebrated Irene’s 80th birthday which was in May. Sherry flew home on Monday night, July 4.

Randy L. Wille

Randy L. Wille, 62, of Marion, died Saturday July 9, 2016, at his home following a short battle with cancer. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Brosh Chapel and the Avacentre in Solon. Military rites will be performed at 12 p.m. by the Solon American Legion Stinocher Post 460. According to Randy’s wishes, his body was donated to the University of Iowa.

Oral “Milt” Hunt

Oral “Milt” Milton Hunt, 86, of Solon passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Solon Care Center. Memorial services were held Tuesday, July 12, at the Solon United Methodist Church, with Reverend Dennis Tevis presiding. Visitation was Monday, July 11, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Friends and family attended a luncheon following the service Tuesday at the church. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Brosh Chapel in Solon assisted with Milt’s services.

Solon Beef Days Parade Route

The Parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16.
The Parade staging area is located off of West 5th Street, there participants will be directed into the school grass field staging area, next to the football stadium.
The Parade will start promptly at 10 a.m., proceeding off of West 3rd Street, turning north on Iowa Street to Short Street for one block, then turning north again on West Street, across Main Street to North Street, then turning east (right) on to Dubuque Street, turn south and run the entire length of Dubuque Street to 5th Street, turn east and end at the nursing home.

2016 Beef Days Beef Cup 3v3 soccer tourney

The Second Annual “Beef Cup” 3v3 Tournament is a Solon Beef Days-sanctioned event, run by Solon FC. Open to teams of 3rd/4th grades, 5th/6th grades, 7th/8th grades, and high school/open class. Depending on the number of teams registered, the Beef Cup is formatted in either a round robin or a two-pool round with a playoff for first/second place and third/fourth place.

Beef Days 5K and 1 Mile Run

Race Time: The 1 mile starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m.
Registration is available online by printing an entry form to mail or the day-of registration is available in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot between 6:30-7:15 a.m.
Individual pricing: 1 mile - $10, 5K - $15 ($20/Race Day), Solon Students K-12 - $7, Family pricing option - $40 with additional family members $5 (Family is limited to four related individuals with the same primary residence).

Bean Bag Tournament

The tournament starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.
Register now online or near the hay bale toss on Friday night.

Take a deep breath

not so much

At approximately 9:41 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, a white 2013 Hyundai Sonata was southbound on Highway 1, near 210th Street, when the driver apparently failed to see a 2005 Dodge pickup, which had slowed in anticipation of a left-hand turn across traffic.
The Hyundai struck the rear of the pickup truck and the two vehicles careened across the center line. The impact sent the pickup through the northbound lane, with the front bumper of the Hyundai embedded in its back.
The compromised Hyundai found itself in the path of a northbound 2015 Ford Fusion, and the two collided nearly head-on.

Something a little different in Ely

Closed roads means the parade goes on, even when it goes nowhere

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
ELY– The time-honored cliché says, “The show must go on.” In Ely, the Independence Day Parade had to go on despite road closures and prohibitions.
A concrete overlay project is underway on Ely Road from the Linn-Johnson County line to Cedar Rapids. Traffic in and out of Ely has been diverted to Jappa Road in place of Ely Road, which has altered traffic patterns in the small southeast Linn County community. It also put the brakes on the annual parade.