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Solon Economist

Council passes sidewalk/street cafe ordinance

The issue
In March, Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar owners Aziz and Angie Longou asked the city to consider allowing seasonal, outdoor service by leasing a Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
In April, council members agreed and directed city staff to develop guidelines to allow sidewalk and street seating for Main Street eateries.
A draft was presented at a May 4 meeting.

What we knew

Old Gold Diner presents A Red, White and Blue Celebration July 1

SOLON– On Friday, July 1, Old Gold Diner will be having a special meal and entertainment to honor the birth of our nation. Mark your calendars to come enjoy an All-American lunch and great entertainment by Larry Fountain of West Branch. Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors.
Call 319-624-2251 for reservations by 1 p.m. June 30.

July activities for Old Gold Diner

Old Gold Diner wishes to thank Mottinger Real Estate Group for sponsoring the June 8 meal. Thanks to Chris Mottinger and Tom Webber for enlightening diners on the local real estate market and trends.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday. At 11 a.m. is penny bingo and following lunch patrons play for prizes, with black-out for a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the grand prize.

Solon senior advocates • July newsletter

Important notice regarding Senior Advocate trips

Solon clobbers Anamosa

Lady Spartans score 32 runs while allowing none

SOLON– In took only six innings for the Lady Spartans to score 32 runs in a doubleheader sweep over Anamosa June 27.
Solon’s varsity softball squad defeated Anamosa, 12-0 and 20-0.
The Lady Spartan pitchers– McKenna Miller and Kayla West– limited Anamosa to a single hit between the two games.
In the 12-0 win, senior Monika Bevans hit her 12th home run of the season and collected three RBI. Senior Sydney Lawson also homered, her second of the year, and scored three times.

Spartans and Clippers split

Solon rallies back for 7-6 win but CCA takes baseball nightcap, 6-3

TIFFIN– It was a night of rallies earning wins as the Solon Spartans tangled with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in Tiffin Thursday, June 23.
The Spartans gave up a 3-1 lead in the opener as the Clippers put forth a five-run effort in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead. However, one run in the fifth and a three-run rally in the top of the sixth clinched the 7-6 win for Solon.

Accidental farmers

Eat-local enthusiasts in third year of produce business

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

Mary’s Meals supporters host Solon 5K Saturday, June 25

SOLON– Local supporters of Mary’s Meals will be hosting a Be a Hunger Hero! 5K/1-mile run/walk Saturday, June 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Participants are encouraged to dress as super heroes for extra fun. The event is family friendly, with strollers and dogs welcome.
Register online at www.getmeregistered.com/BeAHungerHero or contact Theresa Bonnema at 319-499-8930 for a paper registration form. Registrations will also be accepted the morning of the run beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Old Gold Diner presents A Red, White and Blue Celebration July 1

SOLON– On Friday, July 1, Old Gold Diner will be having a special meal and entertainment to honor the birth of our nation. Mark your calendars to come enjoy an All-American lunch and great entertainment by Larry Fountain of West Branch. Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors.
Call 319-624-2251 for reservations by 1 p.m. June 30.

Operation Dry Water starts June 24

DES MOINES– A group of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies will partner to focus enforcement of Iowa’s boating while intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence.

Some school employees losing cash option

Support staff who decline health insurance will not be able to apply the money toward TSA

The issue
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education held a special meeting May 19 to discuss the benefits structure for employees of the school district. All employees who are opting out of health insurance will see a change.

The way things are now

Council kicks in $500 for splash pad promotion

Fundraising committee to recruit help at June 29 Music on Main

SOLON– City council members agreed to prime the pump.
A splash pad committee is seeking to raise over a half-million dollars for a municipal water playground at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and the city has agreed to contribute $500 to help boost upcoming fundraising efforts.
The decision was made at the city council’s June 15 meeting.
The volunteer effort dates back to a 2012 survey of residents conducted by the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission seeking guidance for possible capital park improvements.