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Solon Economist

25th annual firefighters dance Nov. 18

SOLON– The Solon firefighters host their 25th annual Firefighters Dance on Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Solon American Legion.
This year’s featured band is the “Adam Keith Band” and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the night. The grand prize is an overnight stay at Riverside Hotel and Casino.
All proceeds from this year’s dance go to the Solon Firefighters Association. The association funds allow the department to purchase items not budgeted through taxation and to supplement projects, such as the department’s training facility.

Limits to Solon fireworks

Proposed ordinance would eliminate New Year’s displays

SOLON– Residents of Solon will have four days a year to shoot off fireworks.
At a Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting, members of the Solon City Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance limiting private fireworks displays to July 1-4.
State legislation, signed into law in early May, approved the sale, purchase and use of fireworks across the state.

Senior Conversations cancelled

SOLON– The Friday, Nov. 19, Senior Conversations at the Solon Public Library has been cancelled due to speaker scheduling conflicts. The December Conversation will be skipped and Senior Conversations will be scheduled again next year.

Last Methodist football dinner Nov. 18

SOLON– A fixture in the community– Solon United Methodist Church “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular football season– is coming to an end.
The Saturday, Nov. 18, home football Saturday for the Hawkeyes hosting Purdue will be the last, according to Tawnia Kakacek, co-chair of the program.
The church will be serving from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Take out orders are welcome. Call 624-2251.

Soup and Hoops

Winter Sports Kickoff Nov. 17

SOLON– Solon High School hosts its Soup & Hoops Winter Sports Kickoff Friday, Nov. 17, in the Solon High School commons and gymnasium.
Serving soup from 5-8 p.m. $6 per person or $20 per family.
The event will showcase and introduce Solon girls and boys basketball teams and wrestling team. Also at the event will be a silent auction featuring gift baskets just in time for the holiday shopping season, with proceeds funding equipment and team development.

Hoover Trail Milestone

Ely ribbon cutting marks opening of Hoover Trail extension

On Sunday, Oct. 15, representatives from the City of Ely and Linn County gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the recently completed 2-mile section of the bike trail that stretches along Ely Road from the City Hall to Seven Sisters Road.

ELY– Despite brisk wind and cloudy skies, an enthusiastic crowd turned out on Sunday, Oct. 15, to witness a ribbon-cutting to mark the official opening of the recently completed 2-mile section of bike trail that stretches along Ely Road from City Hall to Seven Sisters Road.

Matthew Edels' “Not to Brag” Blacksmith Shop video

SOLON– Great-grandchildren Pat Ikan, from Solon, and her brother Larry Blum, from Marion, introduce the “#Not to Brag: Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop” video recorded on May 20 at the annual meeting of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association at the MEBS historical site in Haverhill.

Spartans’ journey ends

Solon falls to Xavier at UNI-Dome, 35-7

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans struggled little during the regular football season, but met their Goliath, falling 35-7 to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 3A semifinals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Xavier executed at a very high level on offense and had a great plan to attack our defense,” Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller said. “Our offense had to abandon our game plan prematurely due to the Xavier’s early success. We moved the ball but couldn’t finish inside the red zone when we needed to.”

Solon VB players earn WaMaC honors

MOUNT VERNON– Four Lady Spartan volleyball players have received all-conference honors.
The WaMaC Conference released its all-conference selections Oct. 19 for both East and West Division All-WaMaC Volleyball Teams.
Senior Grace Keith and junior Rachael Nelson were named to the Second Team, while juniors Taylor Moore and Abby Smith were named to the Honorable Mention squad.
Solon finished the season with a 3-4 conference record and a 15-20 record overall.
Maggie Willems, of Mount Vernon, was named Coach of the Year for the East Division.

More time, more questions

Mayor gives council until December to decide water request for Gallery Acres

SOLON– They still don’t have answers to all their questions.
Members of the Solon City Council would like to keep looking at a request by rural subdivision Gallery Acres West to extend municipal water, but Mayor Steve Stange wants the issue resolved before the end of the year.
The decision to continue investigating rural water distribution came at a Nov. 1 regular council meeting.

True community space

Morse Community Club embraces life in the village

MORSE– The Morse Community Club, at 2542 Putnam St NE off Iowa Highway 1, is the place to be if you’re looking to kick back and enjoy community fellowship. People there chat about work and crops, and update each other on how the family is doing. It’s a relaxing, family-oriented, community-minded atmosphere, said Brian Tucker, who has been a member of the club for the past five or so years.

Legion free veterans breakfast Nov. 11

SOLON– The Solon American Legion will celebrate Veterans Day by offering a free breakfast to any veteran Saturday, Nov. 11.