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Solon Economist

Ely Fall Fest 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.

Solon Dance Team collecting coupons for troops

SOLON– The Solon Varsity Dance Team is collecting manufacturer’s coupons for troops overseas. In the past eight years with the community’s help, the team has sent more than $38,000 in manufacturer’s coupons. The first packet went to a naval base in Japan with almost $1,450 value in coupons to be used at the base’s commissary/grocery store. For those wishing to donate, coupons may be dropped off to Marjorie Lane at the high school, or call 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or email mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a pick up.

Highway 965 bridge to close  for construction

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, bridge deck replacement on the Highway 965 bridge over the Iowa River will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Construction should be complete by the end of November 2016. Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, will be the prime contractor. VJ Engineering, of Coralville, will provide construction oversight.

Solon Dance Team to sell gently used uniforms this month

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team is cleaning its closet and is selling gently used uniforms and props. Items would be great for Homecoming Spirit Week, Halloween or even for a kid’s pretend/dress up closet. Lots of colors and sizes are available, reasonably priced. Stop by the table at the Sept. 9 football game or after school Sept. 12-16, from 3:15-4 p.m., in the high school commons. If you have questions regarding the sale, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116 or by email at mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

Water restrictions lifted

An employee of Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin, paints an orange stripe around the Solon water tower Thursday, Sept. 1. The Solon City Council approved an additional $9,800 in cost for the tower painting to add the Solon Community School District Spartan logo to the west side (and add the stripes). The extra money was covered by the Solon Area Commuity Foundation ($5,000), the Solon Beef Days Committee ($4,000) and the Optimist Club of Solon ($1,000).

Spartans take their lumps

34-0 loss to Regina

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”
– Edwin Markham

IOWA CITY– The winless, but still-No. 1 ranked Regina Regals rolled onto their home field on Friday, Sept. 2, to exact some revenge for their week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. When the dust cleared, the Solon Spartans were left in a swirling loess behind the Regals, 34-0.

Girls fourth, boys ninth at Bob Brown Invitational

Nicol, Smith pace Solon cross country teams

IOWA CITY– Mild weather and a mostly flat course made for good meet conditions Sept. 1, and Solon cross country runners responded with better times, and better contact with teammates while on the run, at the Bob Brown Invitational at Kicker’s Soccer Park, in Iowa City.
Solon’s boys finished ninth in their 12 team field. The girls were fourth, with nine full teams fielded.

Sidewalk cafes can serve May to November

City lowers fees for outdoor eateries

SOLON– The Solon City Council significantly reduced the price of hosting outdoor service for Main Street restaurants.
In response to feedback from two downtown eateries, council members voted, at an Aug. 17 meeting, to slash the cost of renting public sidewalk and street space and eliminated a per-day fee. The city also extended the outdoor service season from May 1 to Nov. 1.
The ordinance and its accompanying policy have been in place since June, but none of the qualifying Main Street establishments have taken advantage.

A family affair at the Johnson County Fair

Solon's five Düsters participate in Johnson County Fair

SOLON– Seven ribbons and five days later, the Düster family came to the conclusion of yet another Johnson County Fair.
It’s a busy week for many families in the county. But the Düsters are unique in that they have five children in 4-H– at the same time.
All five kids started 4-H in fifth grade and are still going strong– although the oldest, who just graduated from Solon High School, participated in his last fair this year.

Marching band can drive, Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Marching Spartans will be holding a can drive (can and bottle recycling) on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Solon High School band room. Please save your cans and drop them off on Saturday. The Marching Spartans will also have trucks driving through neighborhoods to collect. Thank you for your support.

St. Mary's hosts Harvest Fest. Sept. 11

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. This year, the top prize of the Harvest Festival Raffle will be season tickets for two to Hawkeye men’s basketball games. Tickets for the raffle are for sale at the church.

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.