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Solon Economist

Hwy. 1 signal should be complete in Sept.

City holds hearing on plans; will award bids March 3

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– More and more traffic flows through Solon every day, and more people are moving to the community.
None too soon for the city’s first honest-to-goodness traffic signal, which will be halting the north- and southbound lanes of Highway 1 at Main Street before the end of the year.
The proposed plans and bidding documents for the project were the subject of a public hearing at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Solon City Council.
The city will accept sealed bids through Thursday, Feb. 25, with the council scheduled to make a decision at a March 2 meeting.

Community rallies around Solon grad Todd Bevans

$25k needed for a new, specially trained service dog

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Todd Bevans has overcome a lot of challenges in his life through hard work, determination and the support of his family. Now Todd faces a new challenge, and he’s getting support from friends and even complete strangers.

2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration seeks T-shirt artwork

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration to be held on July 15-16.

Swisher Legion Lenten Suppers every Friday through March 18

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will be serving Lenten suppers every Friday through March 18 from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will be serving all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through salad bar. Carry-out is also available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will also host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten Suppers. The public is welcome.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends. The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

March activities for Old Gold Diner

The Old Gold Diner wishes to thank Mark Pattison for providing the February meal. It was interesting to learn about Buck Creek Hops.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch, play is for prizes, with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal as the prize.
• Cards every Friday. Warm up before lunch, 11 a.m., and play as long as desired in the afternoon. Euchre and bridge are the games of choice right now. Suggestions for other games are welcome. There is time to play cards on Wednesdays, excluding the first Wednesday of the month.

Solon girls fall one short of district title

A road loss to Mount Vernon ends Lady Spartans’ season

MARION– The lights were burning bright with all their LED fury giving the Marion gymnasium the feel of a big stage on Saturday, Feb. 20, as the Solon Lady Spartans and the Mount Vernon Mustangs took the court.

Spartans face Assumption for district title

Feb. 25

MAQUOKETA– It’s anybody’s game now.
The Solon Spartans have reached the Class 3A District 8 final with a 63-53 win over Central DeWitt Monday night and will face Davenport Assumption Thursday, Feb. 25, in Clinton.
The Spartans broke a nine-game losing streak with the victory over the Sabers in the opening round of the postseason played at Maquoketa.
After Solon played Monday night, Maquoketa saw its playoff hopes dashed by four-win Davenport Assumption, 54-51, setting up the Feb. 25 showdown in Clinton at 7 p.m.

Parks & Rec Department

Parks and Recreation commission

Live in the city limits of Solon and interested in being involved in the policy-making for equipment use, maintenance, and conduct of the parks, playgrounds, and programs sponsored by the city? Become a commission member. Information on how to become a member of the commission is available on the city website, solon-iowa.com, under “council boards commissions,” as well as an application, under “applications and forms.” Contact City Hall at 624-3755 for more information.

Cardo Kickboxing

Solon girls upset Union in semifinal

LAPORTE CITY– The Lady Spartans took to the road to continue their season Wednesday, Feb. 17, as they traveled to LaPorte City to meet the Union Community Knights in Class 3A District Region 5 semifinal play. Solon did what they had to once again, shocking many people, as they defeated the 20-2 Union Knights, 51-45.

Grease on down the road

Fats and oils clogging up in winter weather

SOLON– Have you heard?
Grease is the word.
And the City of Solon would like you to stop putting it down the drain.
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are accumulating in the city’s sewer system, and when they reach the treatment plant during cold spells, it’s causing difficulties.
As a result, Public Works Director Scott Kleppe is hoping to educate the public about alternate disposal methods.