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Solon Economist

Longtime attorney to consult with city, maintain private practice

Martinek retires (sort of) from city attorney post

SOLON– Jim Martinek saw his fair share of city council meetings and courtrooms.
He’s ready to let that part go.
Martinek, Solon’s city attorney on-and-off since 1979, is pulling back from some of his obligations as both a public and private lawyer, although it’s not quite retirement.
Maybe semi-retirement.
“After 30-plus years, it’s been a pleasure to remain with the city in a reduced capacity as assistant city attorney, and turn the reins of the legal department over to the new city attorney Kevin Olson,” Martinek said.
Olson started a contract with the city beginning July 1.

Ely News by Lenna See

Shirley Worley celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday, July 16, with a dinner at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Those attending were Roy, Jennie, Dalton, and Paige Rambo and Hazel Rambo, all of Vinton, and Jim Strickell, of Anamosa.
The Ely Town and Country club met on Monday evening, July 17, for supper at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon There were 25 members present. It was the annual Christmas in July Auction fundraiser. Acting auctioneer was Robert Zvacek, assisted by Ernie Rigel. Hosts for the evening were Ernie and Carol Rigel.

Preferred parking for Spartan football

SOLON– Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will be selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 43 spots in the Spartan Stadium lot and 12 of those spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at each home football game for cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game day administration, with the other 24 made available to the community for purchase.

Solon celebrities and calves strut their stuff at county fair

IOWA CITY - Solon 4-H clubs were well represented in the third annual Celebrity Bucket Bottle Calf Costume event held Wednesday, July 26, at the Johnson County 4-H and FFA Fair. This is the third year of the event, a fundraiser for causes selected by the countywide 4-H Youth Council. Club teams recruit a local celebrity to walk with a “borrowed” calf in the show ring as the audience votes for their favorites with donations.

Solon Parks And Recreation

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION

Solon volleyball preview

Coach Ferin hopes to improve team record

SOLON– Even after a lifetime devoted to the sport, it’s taken a year for Sarah Ferin to get her bearings as head coach of the Solon varsity volleyball team.
“I think last year with just coming in and having a large amount of seniors and playing people in different spots, it took the entire season for people to start trusting me,” she shared. “Now it’s night and day from last year already. The girls are having fun.”

Solon Dance Team to host can and bottle drive Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Are your cans and bottles piling up? Help the dance team raise funds.
The Solon Dance Team will hold a can drive Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Solon High School parking lot. Dance team members will be removing pop tabs and donating them to the Ronald McDonald House. Contact Marjorie Lane at 624-3401, ext. 1116 to schedule pick up.

Advocates to tour Villages of Van Buren County Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have scheduled a trip Thursday, Aug. 17, to tour the Villages of Van Buren County. The trip leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 7 a.m., stops for the step-on guide to arrive at Morris Park. The tour begins with a view of an 1800 barn and a feast on homemade cinnamon rolls. Next a visit to Millard’s turtle farm, then on to Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum and the National Historic District.

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

Community Corn Roast at Iowa Grown Market Sunday, Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market for its second annual Community Corn Roast Sunday, Aug. 13, from 3-6 p.m. The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics.
New this year is an open house of The Magic Barn. Here’s your opportunity to check out this one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.

Roundabout detour

Construction of 382/Ely Road intersection to begin Aug. 7

SOLON– Construction is set to begin on a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road, west of Solon.
According to Assistant Johnson County Engineer Ed Bartels, Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) will begin work on the project Monday, Aug. 7, with completion in mid-November. PCI’s winning bid of $982,202.55 was approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a July 13 meeting.
Regular users of Highway 382 can expect several months of construction traffic and a detour of Ely Road.

Dan and Debbie’s Creamery celebrates one-year anniversary

ELY– Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, a small locally owned and operated farm-to-table dairy production facility and creamery store, celebrate their one-year anniversary this month. It’s been a year of firsts for the entire Takes family, of rural Ely, Iowa after taking a leap of faith one-year ago by expanding their 20-year old dairy operation to offer a complete line of farm-to-table dairy products.