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Solon Economist

SCSD board considers tighter open enrollment

With more housing options, directors want parents to invest in Solon

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Two years ago, the Solon school board voted to further restrict the number of students entering the district through open enrollment.
Now, board members are thinking about closing the door.
Ceasing all open enrollment was one of the possible scenarios discussed by board members at a July 11 regular meeting, and although no decisions were made, at least one board member said he was leaning in that direction.

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A habit of volunteerism

SOLON– For Marcy and Larry Olson community service is just the right thing to do – whether it takes the form of Marcy’s food deliveries to seniors in Solon or Larry’s route transporting children with special needs to and from school.
If you ask them why they do it, they’ll reply: just because.
“I don’t really think about it, I guess,” Larry said. “It’s just something I do.”

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Construction to start on Hwy. 1/Main Street signalization project

SOLON– Within a month, the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street will likely be fully signalized.
According to City Engineer Dave Schechinger, construction of the traffic signals was expected to begin after Beef Days and be completed some time in August.
Schechinger reported on the status of the project at a July 6 meeting of the Solon City Council, noting a pre-construction meeting had been held with contractor Advanced Electric Service.
Advanced submitted the lowest of six bids for the project– $98,430– and was awarded the project at a March 2 meeting.

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Solon High School Dance Team can drive Friday, Aug. 5

SOLON– The Solon High School Varsity Dance Team will have its annual can drive on Friday, Aug. 5, in the Solon High School parking lot, from 4-7 p.m. Donations of empty cans, bottles and plastics will be accepted. The team will return them to the Can Shed as a fundraiser for competition fees. Pop tabs will be removed and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. For those unable to drop off your cans, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401 ext. 1116 or mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to arrange a pick up.

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Bluebird house building Aug. 9 at Lake Macbride Main Lodge

SOLON– The public is invited to join Lake Macbride seasonal staff in building bluebird houses. The event on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lake Macbride Park’s Main Lodge, is open to people of all ages.

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Senior Advocates heading to Sally’s on Broadway July 21

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ next Restaurant Road Trip is to Sally’s on Broadway in Springville on Thursday, July 21, leaving from Terrace Lane Glen at 4 p.m. The Advocates will also be celebrating Doris Divoky’s birthday. Call 624-2710 for reservations. Twenty-one seniors dined at the Hale Tap on Wednesday, June 29.

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Solon’s one run holds up in district baseball final

Ira deals two-hit shutout to Mount Vernon

SOLON– They were two Cool Hand Lukes.
But Solon’s Luke Ira got the better of Mount Vernon’s Luke Eldred and the Spartans advanced to a substate baseball final July 20 against Fairfield.
Ira threw a two-hit shutout and a single first-inning run held up as the Spartans upset the Mustangs, 1-0, Monday, July 18, in Solon.

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Beef Days is this weekend!

July 15th & 16th, 2016

Ribeye Steak Dinners Served:
Friday: 5:00pm to 9 pm and
Saturday: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Beer Tent

Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Fat Tire Ale and Mike’s Hard Lemonade
Friday: 4 pm to 12:30 am
Saturday: 11 am to 12:30 am (Sunday)

Carnival on the Midway

Friday night: Unlimited rides with wristband purchase ($20)

Friday July 15th

5:00 pm – Wild Hogs Band
5:00 pm – Freeze Pop Frenzy – North side of Kids Corner
6:00 pm – Solon Dance Team – Kids Corner

Cornerstone Grand Marshals

Mary and Denny Gruber

Mary and Denny Gruber were chosen as this year’s Solon Beef Days Cornerstone Grand Marshals of the 2016 Celebration. The special recognition was awarded to the Grubers for their involvement in community activities that have made a positive impact on the Solon community and surrounding area.

Celebrity Grand Marshal

Marshall Koehn

Marshall Koehn is this year’s Solon Beef Days Celebrity Grand Marshal of the 2016 Celebration. Thank you, Marshall, for bringing hometown pride to the Solon community.
Growing up Solon -
parents, siblings
Parents: Theresa and Jay Koehn, sisters Mattison and Marissa. Enjoyed youth sports and going to watch high school games.
High school highlights: Three state football championship football games, four state baseball tournaments and one state soccer championship game.

Beef Days Parade Grand Marshal:

In Memory of Bob Stinocher

Solon Beef Days has chosen to honor the late founding Beef Days member Bob Stinocher as this year’s Solon Beef Days Grand Marshal of the 2016 Celebration.

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.