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Solon Economist

Ely Road to open from Hwy. 382 to 140th

IOWA CITY– W6E (Ely Road NE) is expected to remain closed to through-traffic from Highway 382 to 140th Street until noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22, based on the latest forecast weather conditions and schedule update from the prime contractor, according to the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department. Through-traffic should continue to follow the marked detour from Hwy. 382 to Hwy. 1 to 140th Street and vice-versa.

Council chuckles at UPS golf cart delivery

Shipper sought use of city property for holiday delivery

SOLON– When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a UPS worker at the wheel of a golf cart laden with holiday packages, pulling into my driveway.
It sounded strange, but they talked about it anyway at the Wednesday, Nov. 15, Solon City Council meeting.
The sixth and final item under New Business on the agenda was discussion and possible action on a temporary storage site requested by United Parcel Service’s (UPS) Cedar Rapids office.

Buy a Brick to fund palliative care gazebo

SOLON– In the community, the connections to the past and the desire to leave a legacy run deep. Thousands of families have been touched by the Solon Retirement Village/Solon Nursing Care Center since its inception in 1973. Now there is a unique opportunity to honor that history and invest in its future.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservation.

Ely News by Lenna See

The descendants of Katherine and Anton Netolicky met Oct. 28 at the Ely Community Center. Family members attending were Maxine Netolicky Hofer, of Clive; Tom and Lisa Hofer, of Grimes; Sherlee Peterson, Pam Netolicky, Fern and Warren Fackler, of Cedar Rapids; Scott Peterson and Susan Alexander, of Mount Vernon; Terry and Hobert Flory, of Stanwood; Christine Mangerich, of North Liberty; Ray Helmer, Mary and Gene Wissink, of Iowa City; Gary, Stephanie and Lara Netolicky, of Ankeny; Kenny Hofer, of Swisher.

Lady Spartans tip off winter season

Solon girls start with 3 of first 4 games at home

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– “We have had a great preseason. This group really wants to be coached and (is) willing to be all-in during the season in order to be successful!” Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop said of this year’s varsity basketball team.
“They are working hard, having great effort and enthusiasm, and many of them are stepping up as leaders,” she said, citing returning players Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty, Erin Kerkhoff, Abby Smith, Saige Hauer, Jenna LeDage and Taylor Ryan.

Alumni Basketball Tournament, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Solon Basketball Alumni tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.

Donate Trees for Xmas walk

SOLON– The Solon Old Gold Diner Site Council and the United Methodist Women and Men will be teaming up for a third annual Christmas Tree Walk Contest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Solon Methodist Church Family Life Center.
Enter a tree or wreath selecting from the following categories: Originality, Traditional, Theme, Unusual, General.
There are no entry fees and families, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the winter fundraiser, which will direct goodwill donations to community non-profits.

Venture Crew Can Drive Sunday, Nov. 26

SOLON– Are those cans and bottles from Thanksgiving pilling up? Let Solon Venture Crew 52 take care of them. Solon Venture Crew Can Drive is Sunday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot, from noon to 4 p.m. Venture Crew is a group of young adults, ages 14 to 21, who get together for meetings and go on venture filled trips.

Solon community center progressing

Middle School may soon be open for public use.

SOLON– Within a few months, portions of the former Solon Middle School may be open for public use.
Solon city and school officials have been working behind the scenes to investigate a collaboration which may eventually offer residents something they haven’t had before– a community center.
“The public is extremely eager to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Solon City Council member Lauren Whitehead.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) has committed to maintaining ownership of the building, and will continue to utilize the oldest portion for administrative offices.

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.