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News

Got Health?

Health and Wellness Fair Sunday, Feb. 2

SOLON– A Solon Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Solon Community Center. The event is free to the public.

Golfletics

Austin Kopp returns home to fuse technology and fitness efficiently

CORALVILLE– Golfletics is a perfect place to discover the game of golf.
The new performance center features two cutting-edge public simulator bays where you can play some of the best courses in the world with no weather issues. In the back is a 600 square-foot gym and an additional instruction and club-fitting bay.
“It’s kind of a marriage of all my experience,” explained Solon native and North Liberty resident Austin Kopp.

Solon Sons of the American Legion host annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 1

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drink. The Legion will serve from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children 5 and under eat free.

Solon Senior Dining celebrates 40 years

Countless volunteers have carried the cause for Old Gold Diner

SOLON– They list off the names.
Rosemary Erenberger, Peg Zaruba, Naomi Steinbrech, Jeanne Erhart, Bev Noska, Irene Steinbrech, Elaine Reynolds, Marie Kroul, Bessie Drahos and Doris Looney, Wayne Croy, Betty Buchmayer, Milt Hunt, Elieen Hageman, Anna McAtee.
It’s not complete by any means– there’s a long list of people who helped keep Solon’s Senior Dining program alive since its creation in 1980.

Getting vets outdoors

Solon-based Iowa Veterans Outdoor Experience growing through giving

SOLON– They’re just taking care of family.
And veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are the biggest family you’ll ever know, Brad Storck explained.
Storck is a co-founder of Iowa Veterans Outdoor Experience (IVOE), a homegrown non-profit which hosts a group of disabled veterans twice a year for an exclusive hunt on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ground at Coralville Lake.
The group has been around for seven years, staffed by volunteers from the Solon American Legion and supported with contributions from area businesses and organizations.

Senior Advocates seek nominations for the “2020 Solon Senior of the Year”

SOLON– Each year the Solon Senior Advocates Board honors the “Solon Senior of the Year.” Again this year of 2020, a nominating committee of past Seniors of the Year aid the board in the selection, based upon the following criteria:
1) Age 65;
2) Nominee has made contributions to the Solon community outside of their job/occupation in their senior years;
3) And nominee has made contributions to the Solon community even though they may now live outside of the Solon community.

Navigating succession on the modern farm

Great transfer of wealth coming in the next 15 years

OXFORD– Seventy percent of family farms will change hands in one form or another over the next 15 years.
Those landowners are closing in on retirement age, but the majority don’t have a farm succession plan.
That’s a problem for rural Iowa, according to accredited land consultant Mike Downey.
Downey was the featured speaker at a farm transfer workshop, hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), at the Johnson County Conservation Education Center at F.W. Kent Park near Oxford.

Residents “uncomfortable” with airbnb

Council passes second read limiting short-term rentals to commercial zones

SOLON– Neighbors of a short-term rental at 113 E. Elm St. told city council members they felt uneasy.
Adjacent residents spoke in support of restricting the alternate lodging to commercial zones at a Jan. 8 council meeting.
Council members concurred, and passed the second reading of the new ordinance regulating short-term rental properties, commonly referred to as airbnbs, unanimously.
“We have a great neighborhood,” Tom Wilson said during public comments on the ordinance. “We all know each other. We’ve known each other for years. We talk to one another.”

Teaching kids to volunteer

“Kids Can Do it Too " program Monday, Jan. 20

SOLON– Solon area families are invited to participate in a "Kids Can Do it Too " program being held Monday, Jan. 20, from 9-11 a.m., at the Solon United Methodist Church. The Martin Luther King Day program is a "come and go" event. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate with mom or dad's help and supervision.
Participants can bring an optional donation of the following: a food item for the local food bank, unused trial size toiletries for local domestic violence shelters, new or used Dr. Seuss books or a lightly used pair of shoes for the Soles For Souls program.

Records set locally and statewide for First Day Hikes

145 people ply the trail at Lake Macbride

SOLON– At least 4,358 people participated in “First Day Hikes” in Iowa’s State Parks on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported it was the highest attendance since the start of the annual event in 2012, and coincided with kicking off the Iowa State Park Centennial Year (2020).

Growing the Parks and Rec. Dept.

Harder steps in to help develop programs

SOLON– This is exactly what he wants to do.
“I’m really excited to be here,” said new Solon Recreation Director Tom Harder. “This is a job that I’ve been picturing myself in for a long time.”
Harder, 26, started his position Dec. 16, replacing Ben Flaherty, who served in the job from September of 2018 to Nov. 7.
A native of Iowa City, Harder attended West High, and stayed in town to attend the University of Iowa (UI), obtaining both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in sports and recreation management.

Benefit for Norm Ziskovsky Jan. 18 at DanceMor Ballroom

SWISHER– A benefit for Norm Ziskovsky will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, beginning at 4 p.m. at the DanceMor Ballroom in Swisher.
The benefit will feature a silent and live auction, as well as a ribeye ($12) or Maid-Rite ($8) dinner.