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Solon Economist

Annual fall facilities usage meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, at SMS

SOLON– On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the annual fall facilities usage meeting will be hosted for all youth league teams for the months of October through December. The meeting is open to the public at 6 p.m. in the middle school commons. Those with questions regarding the meeting may contact Kris Wentzien at 319-624-3401, ext. 1349, or by email at kwentzien@solon.k12.ia.us.

Spartans kick off fall sports

SOLON– Although there was a gentle breeze, the winds of change are blowing in Solon.
As the sun began to set and the shadow of the new middle school touched the corner of Spartan Stadium, the Fall Sports Kickoff got underway at Spartan Stadium as the workers shut the gates, after policing equipment and materials, following a day of progress on the new intermediate building.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION:

Registration for third-sixth grades ends Friday, Aug. 18. However, you can still register your child by Aug. 25 without a late fee. You can register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/. More registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or can be picked up at city hall. Matches for all grades will be on Sunday afternoons/evenings, between 3-7 p.m., starting Sept. 17. Coaches meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in Solon City Hall.

Swisher Fun Days

Kali Poe of Swisher takes her turn in the kiddie tractor pull Friday, July 28, in downtown Swisher. The event, sponsored by the Jefferson-Monroe Township Fire Department, was one of many that made up the 2017 Swisher Fun Days.

Antique Roadshowing, Aug. 23

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.

City Water to lake area homes?

Golf course subdivision approaches council for assistance in dealing with arsenic

SOLON– The City of Solon is going to investigate the possibility of becoming a rural water supplier.
Residents of a rural subdivision adjacent to the Lake MacBride Golf Course asked the city to consider extending water service three miles to their 14 homes, and at a July 26 meeting, council members authorized city staff to continue working on the proposal.

Bur Oak seeking volunteers Aug. 19

SOLON– Join the Bur Oak Land Trust on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Iowa City to remove invasive species from its Big Grove property.
Bur Oak, a collection of nine preserved natural areas in Iowa, needs 15 people to help remove honeysuckle, autumn olive and multi-flora rose at 3999 Starry Night Ln. NE in Solon. The volunteers will head to a local event partner for a free Surly beer after the clean-up.

Fall Activities Kickoff Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Activities Department will once again be kicking off the 2017 fall season Thursday, Aug. 17, with a fun event for all families. The evening will start promptly at 5 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. A schedule of events can be found below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the activities department at the high school. Thanks for all of the support, and see you on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Timeline of Events
Introductions of high school participants
• Freshman football: 5:00 p.m.
• Varsity football: 5:10 p.m.
• HS marching band: 5:25 p.m.

Charles City woman killed on Highway 1

SOLON– A Charles City woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident north of Solon on Highway 1 Tuesday evening, Aug. 8.
According to a report filed by the Iowa State Patrol, Tiffany L. Beckles, 35, of Charles City, was southbound on Highway 1 near 120th Street NE at approximately 10:36 p.m. Aug. 8 when the 2006 Mercury Mountaineer she was driving left the roadway and struck an Iowa Department of Transportation sign in the ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.

Kind of like Uber

Phyllis Fiala named one of Solon’s Seniors of the Year

SOLON– Somebody noticed what she’s been doing.
Phyllis Fiala, one of two Seniors of the Year (Jeanne Erhart also was honored) named recently by the Solon Senior Advocates, really couldn’t put her finger on just why she was selected for the annual honor.
“They (Senior Advocates) just decided that we must’ve done something they liked,” she said. “When I do something, I just really don’t like to have my name mentioned. But, somebody knows what you do.”
Indeed they do.
Phyllis said a Senior Advocate came up to her one day at Senior Dining.

Four candidates for three seats

Schwab will not seek re-election

SOLON– Two incumbents and two challengers will face off for three seats on the Solon school board, and for the first time in 17 years, current board president Dick Schwab won’t be one of them.
Schwab, a board member first elected in 1999, is not seeking re-election.
Incumbents Tim Brown and Rick Jedlicka are, however, along with former school board member Dan Coons and newcomer Nicole Pizzini, according to information posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
The deadline for candidates to file was Thursday, Aug. 3.

Wine-tasting at The Secret Cellar Aug. 19

SHUEYVILE– Come in your best lei, hula skirt or sombrero. The theme is “Dress in the Tropics” at The Secret Cellar’s outdoor public wine-tasting bash Saturday, Aug. 19, and there will be a prize for best dressed.
From 6-8 p.m., there will be wine tasting, beer tasting and delicious appetizers. Door prizes will be given away, too.
Help The Secret Cellar support local charities. A suggested donation is $15 advance and $20 day of. Call 319-841-2172 for advance registration.
The Secret Cellar is located at 1205 Curtis Bridge Rd. NE in Shueyville.