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Solon Economist

New Farmers Market opens May 29

SOLON– The Solon Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of Mushroom Park on Tuesdays, from 3-6 p.m., starting May 29. Other days the market will be open are Sunday, May 27 (Solon firefighters breakfast), and Saturday, June 2 (weekend of Solon garage sales). The hours those days are 8-11 a.m. For vendor information, go to the city website, www.solon-iowa.com and open the Solon Farmers Market page.

Solon Legion Memorial Day services

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Family will be hosting Memorial Day Services at Legion Park at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Transportation will be available from the Legion to the Legion Memorial. Plan on being at the Legion by 7:30 a.m. for a ride to the Legion Memorial. Refreshments at the Legion will follow the ceremony.
The Veterans Trail Ceremony will be at the East Overlook Park by the Coralville Dam at 1:30 p.m.
Evening service will be at the Sutliff Bridge at 9 p.m. This service is to honor those that were lost at sea.
Please plan on attending these services.

Donate your old graduation robes

SOLON– Do you have an old graduation robe to donate? Solon High School is collecting black graduation robes for future student use. To donate one, drop it by the high school office during office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those with questions, call 319-624-2381.

St. Bridget’s Annual Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 28

SOLON– The church doors open at 8 a.m. and Mass begins at 9 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Annual Memorial Day Event Monday, May 28.
Bring your lawn chair, family and friends to help celebrate Memorial Day with mass in St. Bridget’s cemetery. Services will be moved indoors if it rains.

Poppy Days in Solon, May 19-28

SOLON– Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary distributes poppies to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women who gave their lives in our country’s wars.
The tradition of the memorial flower honoring the war dead began after WWI when returning soldiers brought memories of the battlefield poppies which were immortalized in Canadian Colonel John McCrae’s poem “In Flander’s Fields” whose opening lines are familiar to millions around the world:
“In Flander’s fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row...”

Solon alum Sydney Lawson batting in the Big Ten

CORALVILLE– Former Solon Lady Spartan Sydney Lawson, daughter of Gene and Christine Lawson from Solon, is swinging the pine in the Big Ten this season.
The Wisconsin Badgers visited the University of Iowa Softball field in Coralville for three games in two days– a doubleheader held on Saturday, April 7, and the final game Sunday, April 8.
Although the Badgers did not fair well against the Hawkeyes, falling 3-0, 4-3 and 5-3 in the three games, attendees got an opportunity to see the Solon High School graduate play in her Big Ten debut on Sunday and get her first Big Ten hit.

Supervisors get an earful at public hearing

Young farmers argue for changing agricultural exemption

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– Young farmers in Johnson County raised their voices loud and clear to the board of supervisors: change or scrap the county’s agricultural exemption policy.
The young guns blazed away during a Thursday, May 10, public hearing on the proposed county comprehensive plan, citing the immense difficulties many budding farmers encounter in trying to purchase 40 acres (the minimum amount of land required to be considered a “farm” in Johnson County).

Solarize Johnson County coming to Solon May 24

Solar panel installation incentive comes to six cities

JOHNSON COUNTY– Local residents have an opportunity to learn more about solar energy and invest in affordable solar through the new Solarize Johnson County program.
The initiative builds on the success of Solarize Cedar Rapids and Linn County, where more than 500 individuals attended free solar education sessions and nearly 100 property owners added solar to their properties in 2017.
Now, Johnson County, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Conservation and six municipalities are teaming up with a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization to launch a similar program.

New Farmers Market opens May 29

SOLON– The Solon Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of Mushroom Park on Tuesdays, from 3-6 p.m., starting May 29. Other days the market will be open are Sunday, May 27 (Solon firefighters breakfast), and Saturday, June 2 (weekend of Solon garage sales). The hours those days are 8-11 a.m. For vendor information, go to the city website, www.solon-iowa.com and open the Solon Farmers Market page.

Johnson County Refuse program

New automated curbside service to begin July 1

SOLON– The City of Solon has officially adopted a new, automated curbside garbage and recycling system proposed by Johnson County Refuse of North Liberty.
Residents will receive two carts, one for recycling and one for garbage, to be used beginning in July. The new carts will eliminate the need for Johnson County Refuse employees to lift bags, limiting workplace injuries for the company.

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration
By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Solon man pleads guilty to cyberstalking female teen

DAVENPORT– A Solon man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty April 30 to a federal charge of cyberstalking a 16-year-old female.
Daniel Lee Stone, 48, of Solon, appeared before Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson, Jr. in U.S. District Court, in Davenport and entered a guilty plea, according to U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
In a plea agreement, Stone admitted to texting a minor female over 170 times from on or about Oct. 31, 2016, through Nov. 3, 2016.