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Solon Economist

DOT to overhaul Hwy. 1 sidewalks

State program helps smaller towns with ADA compliance

SOLON– Long stretches of sidewalk along Highway 1 in Solon will be replaced next year as part of a state program to address accessibility issues.
About three-quarters of a mile of sidewalk will be reconstructed as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) project, which will be let in December for the 2017 construction season.
The new sidewalks will come at no cost to property owners, thanks to the state’s plan to deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

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Football food

Solon United Methodist Church celebrates six decades of serving up

SOLON– For many Solonites, the University of Iowa’s football season is kicked off by a local tradition that predates tailgating in campus parking lots.
For over 60 years, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been holding “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular season calendar.

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Bridge Bank hosts “High-Five Your Cop” Aug. 27

SOLON– Bridge Community Bank invites the public to show support for local law enforcement officers on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and Solon bank locations. The “High-Five Your Cop” event will be held in the parking lot of each bank. If it rains, the event will take place in the lobby. Local law enforcement officers from Cedar and Johnson counties, Lisbon, Mechanicsville, Mount Vernon and the Iowa State Patrol will be special guests at these meet and greet events.

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Council wants park back

City decides to dip into park fund for flash flood repairs

SOLON– After a spring flood in 2013, Randall Park sat idle and unused for most of the year as the city worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the park’s fate.
Record water levels engulfed the park again Aug. 11-12, but this time the city isn’t waiting to take action.
At a regular council meeting Aug. 17, council members voted to utilize a park fund to rehabilitate the park as soon as possible.

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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 p.m., 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 with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Robotics Club open houses Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 at middle school

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Club will be hosting two open house meetings for middle and high school students Monday, Aug. 29, from 3-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept 3, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the robotics room behind the middle school auditorium. Contact coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail for more information.

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Facilities Usage Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7 at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school 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.

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Ely News

Lenna See

Robert and Eileen Jacobson spent the week of Aug. 4 through Aug. 11 vacationing in Pelican Rapids, Minn. While there, they helped celebrate the 90th birthday of Robert’s Aunt Lillian Rankin. Another aunt, Mildred Martinson, turned 94. The Jacobson’s son and family, Tony, Kris, Matthew, and Bryce Jacobson of Naperville, Illinois, also attended the birthday celebration.

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Solon team wins EIGA tournament

SOLON– Solon’s Lake Macbride Golf Course hosted the Eastern Iowa Golf Association (EIGA) Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14, and Solon’s team won with a two-day total of 1,465.
Eight teams and 108 golfers participated in the two day tournament, with Dyersville second with a score of 1,504, and Mount Vernon third with 1,511.

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Friday night the lights on

Spartans look to improve on last year’s six-win season

SOLON– The final dress rehearsal was held Friday, Aug. 19, for the Solon Spartans’ 2016 football season with the new high school auditorium, nearing completion, as a back drop. The lights were tested, the football team scrimmaged– their final preparation before the season– and the fall athletes were introduced.
As the scrimmage was taking place, Solon alumni Marshal Koehn, playing for the Miami Dolphins, and James Morris, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, squared off in NFL preseason football.

Big Rain

Flash flood causes damage to Solon homes, facilities

SOLON– It was a pretty helpless feeling for Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level Kleppe had never seen before.
Coupled with a power outage, the flash flooding that followed caused extensive damage to a number of Solon homes and prompted the city to declare a local disaster declaration

New guidelines close SCSD open enrollment

Solon school board approves more space for local growth

SOLON– The Solon school board approved changes which should effectively muzzle open enrollment for at least the upcoming school year.
At a special meeting Aug. 15, board members agreed to new guidelines which lowered the number which triggers the closing of a grade level to open enrollment.
“The takeaway is the new policy would basically close open enrollment for all practical purposes unless we had a very small kindergarten class,” board member Tim Brown said.