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Solon Economist

A farm for beer lovers

Buck Creek Hops to sell hops to breweries all over the Midwest

SOLON– The landscape of Solon is changing. With new bars and restaurants popping up in Solon’s downtown area, including Big Grove Brewery, Salt Fork Kitchen, Eastwood’s and Red Vespa, more people are being drawn to visit. One new business, Buck Creek Hops, aims to help maintain Solon’s growth as a culinary and craft beer destination.

Robotics open houses at SMS Aug. 29 and Aug. 31

SOLON– Solon Robotics will host an open house on Aug. 29, from 8-11 a.m., and Aug. 31, from 4-7 p.m. Solon Robotics is open to middle school and high school students in and around the Solon Community School District.
VEX robotic competitions are open to fifth through twelfth grade students. USFIRST/FTC robotic competitions are open to seventh through twelfth grade students. Student teams design, build, program and compete using robots against other schools in and around Iowa.

Spartan football 2015

Solon opens gridiron season at Iowa City Regina Friday

SOLON– It’s just one game.
But it is against Iowa City Regina.
The Solon varsity football team will open its season on the road Friday, Aug. 28, in Iowa City against the Regals, and while Head Football Coach Kevin Miller knows you can’t put too much into one game, a lot of people will be watching the annual non-conference rivalry.
“This is a nine-game schedule. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and focus simply on one game,” Miller said after concluding practice Tuesday.

Hoover Nature Trail meeting to Aug. 26 at Solon City Hall

SOLON– On Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall council chambers, located at 101 N. Iowa St., all interested persons are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.
There will be a short presentation at 6 p.m. Johnson County Conservation Board and consultants on the project, McClure Engineering Company, staff will be present to discuss the proposed trail extension. 

Solon Booster’s Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 15th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District.

Construction underway on middle and high school sites

Foundations could be finished this month

SOLON– Construction for Solon’s new middle school and high school center for the arts are underway, and foundations for both projects could be finished by the end of August, said Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson.
Johnson addressed the Solon Community School District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting to provide an update on the projects’ progress. With the last of the contracts for the project signed by board president Dick Schwab that evening, Johnson said contractors are now ready to purchase materials and dive into the work.

The secret to long life: “Just say, yes dear”

2015 honoree went from WW2 battlefields to Solon State Bank

SOLON– Don Erusha has been a part of the Solon community since taking on duties at the Solon State Bank in 1963, retiring as Executive Vice President in 2000, and has had a hand in several key endeavors since. For his contributions to Solon, Erusha was named one of two 2015 Seniors of the Year.
The 92-year old acknowledged his busy past. “I was (busy), but not anymore. I’m not doing very much around here anymore,” he said.
Erusha continues as a member of the Solon Area Community Foundation (SACF), an organization he helped start.

Solon Methodist 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30

SOLON– Solon United Methodist Church will host a 175th Homecoming Celebration Sunday, Aug. 30, to commemorate the church’s origin, history and accomplishments over the last century and three-quarters.

St. Mary Catholic Church to host Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 20

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20, 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. Tickets are on sale at the church.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Road NE south of Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

Fall Soccer registration

Participants can still register for fall soccer by Aug. 21 without a late fee. Registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website, or can be picked up at city hall. The coaches meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall. Practices start the following week. Matches for pre-K thru third grade will be on Tuesday nights, starting Sept. 8, unless more teams require playing matches on Thursday evenings as well. Matches for fourth through sixth grade will be on Thursday evenings and will start Sept. 10.

Meet school board candidate Shawn Eyestone

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone and his campaign cordially invite the public to attend “meet-and-greet” events. Eyestone is running for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District Board. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with Eyestone about his areas of focus on the future of the school board and what action plans he’d like to set in motion when elected.
The following dates and locations have been set for the meet and greet events:
Sunday, Aug. 23. 10:30 a.m. Panera Bread located at 1646 Sycamore St. in Iowa City.