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Solon Economist

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.

Robotics Club open house Sept. 3

SOLON– The Solon Robotics Club will be hosting an open house meeting for middle and high school students Saturday, Sept 3, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the robotics room behind the middle school auditorium. Contact coach Bill Mattaliano at solonrobotics367@gmail for more information.

Facilities Usage Meeting, Sept. 7, at SMS

SOLON– The Facilities Usage Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school to discuss upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring your schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Solon public library Fall hours

Fall library hours have resumed:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September activities for the Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner wishes to extend a thank you to Sam’s Main Street Market for sponsoring the Aug. 10 meal. Patrons should drop in and be sure to thank Sam and company for their support of the Old Gold Diner.
• Bingo is held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Penny bingo starts at 11 a.m. and following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out winning a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Spartans conquer Mustangs, 26-20

Big first half pushes Solon past No. 1-ranked (2A) Mount Vernon in football opener

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
…We would like it to be known the exhibits that were shown
were exclusively our own,
All our own. All our own…”
– Karn Evil 9 Lyrics by Emerson Lake and Palmer

So the curtains fell away on the Solon Spartans’ first production of the new football season. With an awards presentation before the introductions, the show started as an action adventure with a interlude including fireworks, but finished as a drama.

Solon boys and girls take ninth at soggy Prairie Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– Season opener… and overnight rain had stopped in time for hundreds of runners to stay dry– for the most part. The squish of saturated soil at low points along the rolling course on the College Community campus still guaranteed mud-soaked shoes and ankles at the finish line of the Aug. 27 Prairie Invitational.
The cross country meet featured over 20 schools, in two divisions. Entries came from Waukee and Pella to the west… and as far away as Davenport, Fort Madison and Maquoketa to the east.

DOT to overhaul Hwy. 1 sidewalks

State program helps smaller towns with ADA compliance

SOLON– Long stretches of sidewalk along Highway 1 in Solon will be replaced next year as part of a state program to address accessibility issues.
About three-quarters of a mile of sidewalk will be reconstructed as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) project, which will be let in December for the 2017 construction season.
The new sidewalks will come at no cost to property owners, thanks to the state’s plan to deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Football food

Solon United Methodist Church celebrates six decades of serving up

SOLON– For many Solonites, the University of Iowa’s football season is kicked off by a local tradition that predates tailgating in campus parking lots.
For over 60 years, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been holding “Football Dinners” on every home Saturday of the Hawkeyes’ regular season calendar.