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Solon Economist

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.

Antique presenters return Aug. 23 for Senior Conversations roadshow

SOLON– The Solon Public Library is hosting the first Antique Roadshowing Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon for the August Senior Conversations. Dick Taber and Michelle Juehring, expert antique presenters who spoke at the June conversations’ event on various ways to pass on family valuables, will return to perform appraisals for a modest charge.
So much interest in the June event prompted this exciting follow-up. Fifteen-to 20-minute appointments may be made for either antique items or jewelry pieces by calling 624-2710.

Making life sweet for pollinators

“To Bee or Not to Bee”

SOLON– “As market goes, that’s about a premium,” Ron Puettman said as he inspected a frame of comb honey pulled fresh from a hive that currently resides on the North Liberty pumpkin farm of Dean and Katie Colony. “When the bees put honey into a comb and cap it off, it’s at its purest and most perfect form,” Puettmann noted.

Luke Ira unanimous First Team WaMaC baseball pick

Miller, Linderbaum, Harris and Hofsommer 2nd team; Weetman and Bandy Honorable Mention WaMaC East All-Conference 2017

SOLON– WaMaC East All-Confence 2017 Baseball selections were announced and included six Solon Spartans.
Junior infielder Luke Ira captured First Team WaMaC East All-Conference, unanimous selection honors for his performance during the 2017 season. Ira batted .519, recording 54 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 14 stolen bases during his 2017 season.

Old Gold Menu

Thursday, Aug. 3: Glazed brown sugar meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, citrus asparagus, seasonal fresh fruit. Bingo A.M. and P.M.
Friday, Aug. 4: Battered rock fish, mac and cheese, Normandy vegetables, strawberry cake. Cards A.M. and P.M.
Monday, Aug. 7: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, parmesan roasted broccoli, cherry Sunday.
Tuesday, Aug. 8: Paprika pork chop, mini baked potatoes, parslied cauliflower, German chocolate cake. OGD Site Council at 1:30 p.m. City representatives. Bingo A.M. only.

Spartan football Preferred parking available now

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.

Makayla Lindemann crowned Queen at Johnson County Fair

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Fair Board announced Makayla Lindemann, of Solon, was crowned Johnson County Fair Queen 2017 on Monday, July 24, during the final round of the queen pageant. Lindemann is the daughter of David and Brenda Lindemann, a member of the McBride’s Pride 4-H club, and recently graduated from Solon High School. Lindemann will participate in the Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant in August. Creigh Rourke, of Iowa City, daughter of Rich and Mandy Rourke, was crowned Fair Princess.

Spartan Trapshooting Team can drive Saturday, July 29

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team will host a can drive to raise funds to support its 2017-2018 season.
The can drive will be Saturday, July 29, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and noon. Team members will also be driving around town collecting donations during those time. Pickups can be scheduled by calling Kelly at 319-331-7962.

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.

New school facilites on track for 2018

Open house for new middle school Sept. 3

SOLON– It’s been a constant rumble of construction for the Solon Community School District.
But the end is just over a year away, if all goes according to plan.
The school system is in the midst of a substantial facilities upgrade which includes two new buildings and two additions to the high school. School officials provided an update on progress at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
It’s an annual get-together for the two local elected bodies to discuss current projects, anticipated growth and possible areas of cooperation.