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Utility work delays Tiffin’s Ireland Avenue project

TIFFIN– Nobody enjoys traffic delays; sometimes least of all, those who help create them.
As is the case in Tiffin, where U.S. Highway 6 has seen construction crews since June 1, and the Ireland Avenue extension project has been an ongoing endeavor for nearly eight years now.
City officials are as eager to get to the end of the road construction as commuters.

West wins annual battle against City High, 3-2

We like the spike!

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They took back The Spike.
West High’s Women of Troy took possession of the traveling trophy, consisting of a golden railroad spike mounted on a plaque, after defeating rival City High, 3-2, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the West High gymnasium. The City High Little Hawks won the coveted trophy last year, by the same margin, in their gym.
City was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the Women of Troy were 10th.

Unusual suspects

Five Solon community leaders to be incarcerated for a good cause

SOLON– They did nothing wrong, but on Sept. 23, five members of the Solon community will be sent to jail.
It’s up to supporters of Solon’s Old Gold Diner to bail them out.
The five men are donating their time so that others may continue to enjoy a hot noon-time meal each weekday.

The petals of where we belong

A community doesn’t exist merely in the present moment– its past and future are chapters in the story as well. A ‘rootedness’ or ‘sense of place’ connects the chapters with meaning in our lives. The great events and the small become our history.

Spartans rebound with win

Four TDs for Halston Durr in 35-14 win over Mount Vernon

SOLON– As the Spartans shook hands following their 21-13 loss with the Regina, a fog enveloped them like the smoke from a battle.
The stage would be different as the Spartans (0-1) met the Mount Vernon Mustangs (1-0) at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 4.
The Mustangs came to the game after putting up 285 yards of rushing and 82 yards receiving to defeat Marion, 37-14, last Friday.

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.

Lights... Camera... Lightning!

Weather delays football opener, but Regals hold on for 21-13 win over Spartans

IOWA CITY– As the wave of Solon players rolled down the steps toward the field Friday, Aug. 28, there was a definite energy in the air.
The fans felt it. The players were poised, ready to start the football season.
Players for Solon and Iowa City Regina took to their respective sides of the field and the captains strode out for the coin toss.
It was time… and then it was postponed 30 minutes due to lightning.
The players left the field, not to return.

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.

Roll the rock

39,000-pound boulder finds new home at Legion Park

SOLON– As a two-man crew from Holiday Wrecker & Crane prepared to move the 39,000-pound Solon Freedom Rock to its new home, a bald eagle flew overhead north of the Legion Veterans Memorial.
The small crowd of Solon Area Community Foundation and Solon American Legion members in attendance took that as a good sign.
The boulder, donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families, was relocated from a ditch near 140th Street off Polk Avenue to the Legion ballpark Thursday morning, Aug. 21.
The rock was tipped up its end and placed on a gravel base adjacent to the veterans memorial.

Feeding a community

NORTH LIBERTY– Turns out, there is such a thing as a free lunch.
And North Liberty served more than 3,700 of them over the summer.
North Liberty’s free Summer Lunch and Fun program celebrated its final weekday lunch on Friday, Aug. 14, with volunteer recognitions, cake and Dilly Bars for dessert and additional activities for kids, completing the program’s second successful year.

The secret to long life: “Just say, yes dear”

2015 honoree went from WW2 battlefields to Solon State Bank

SOLON– Don Erusha has been a part of the Solon community since taking on duties at the Solon State Bank in 1963, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2000, and has had a hand in several key endeavors since. For his contributions to Solon, Erusha was named one of two 2015 Seniors of the Year.
The 92-year old acknowledged his busy past. “I was (busy), but not anymore. I’m not doing very much around here anymore,” he said.
Erusha continues as a member of the Solon Area Community Foundation (SACF), an organization he helped start.