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Solon Economist

Council approves townhomes

HPR unveils 2nd downtown development

SOLON– Another new building is going up on Main Street.
At a Feb. 7 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a site plan for four townhouses to occupy the former Brosh Chapel parking lot.
The proposal was put forward by HPR Investments, the same group completing construction of a mixed-use, two-story structure west of Big Grove Brewery, known as 121 on Main.
Mark Pattison, representing HPR Investments, told council members the 1,500-square-foot units would feature slab patios in front and two-car garages in back list priced between $275,000 and $290,000.

Facelift on North Iowa Street

Council considers concept for remodel across from City Hall

SOLON– “There’s a lot going on on Main Street right now,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said, introducing a concept plan to remodel 112 N. Iowa St., the third different downtown development on the agenda for city council members at a Feb. 7 meeting.
Al Wells, representing UpTown Main, LLC, proposed rehabilitating the building, a two-story structure directly east of City Hall, and reopening a ground level commercial space.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 6

SHUEYVILLE– The annual Shueyville UMC Men’s Pancake Supper will be Friday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located in Shueyville but the address is 1195 Steeple Lane NE in Swisher. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links and ham will be provided as part of the all you can eat buffet. The money raised from the event will support local and international missions of the church. The cost of the meal is a free will offering to support mission. Enjoy the food and fellowship at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Alzheimer’s program at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.

Ely News by Lenna See

Janice Heathman of Swisher, Kathy Osborn and Jan Mackey returned home on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, from a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas. They enjoyed time spent in Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turks. In San Juan, they toured a 500-year-old cathedral.

Fidget spinners for cancer awareness

SOLON– Four students from Solon Elementary School decided to make and sell fidget spinners to raise money for cancer awareness.
Cash Meade, Galvin Wisman, Allen Shima and Addy Wilmer were the four students among the group who made the fidget spinners. Wilmer donated the money she raised to an animal shelter.

Eatery embraces history

City council approves site plan, alley lease for revived Monk’s Place

SOLON– “Monk” Meyers is returning to downtown Solon.
The previous owner of a bar at 122 E. Main St., the former Solon Station, will be invoked in the moniker for a new Prohibition-inspired eatery planned for the building.
Details surrounding the new venture were unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the members of the Solon City Council considered a site plan for the building submitted by John Burchert of MAiNGREDIENT.

Lions Club Soup Luncheon March 3

SOLON– Come and enjoy soup, snacks and drinks with the Solon Centennial Lions Club on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lions’ Clubhouse, 301 S. Iowa St. Watch and cheer on the Fat Tire bicyclists as they race around Lake Macbride. The cost is $5 per plate with proceeds benefiting the Lions Club Community Betterment Fund.

Rep. Kaufmann hosts Solon Town Hall

Feb. 17

SOLON– Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann will host a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Palmer House Stable (200 E. Main St.) to give a 2018 legislative update as well as take questions. The event will last from 1-3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Center for the Arts hosts Sara Gazarek Feb. 16

Critically acclaimed jazz singer to perform Friday night; tickets $10

SOLON– Popular jazz singer Sara Gazarek will perform at the Solon Center For the Arts on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
The performance will cap a two-day Solon Vocal Jazz Festival, an annual event for the high school, overseen by vocal music instructor Joel Foreman. 
“Every year, we bring in a visiting artist to work with our groups in what is basically a Jazz Master Class setting,” said Foreman. “This year we brought in Katie Thiroux in the fall. There was a concert for her at the Center for the Arts, as well.”

Solon public library

Dates to remember:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Storytime. Join us each week as we sing songs, read books, play games and make crafts, for children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers. Held weekly. During the month of February the theme is friendship.
Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m.: Your Space (fifth-12th grade). Snacks and space for board games, Wii, and hanging out. Held on school days only.

Old Gold Menu

Thursday, Feb. 15: Cheeseburger, baked beans, potato salad, ice cream.

Friday, Feb. 16: Lemon pepper tilapia. Baked potato, fried cabbage, chef’s choice dessert. Cards AM and PM.

Monday, Feb. 19: Closed for Presidents’ Day. To reserve for Tues. Feb 20, you must do so by 1pm Fri., Feb 16.

Tuesday, Feb. 20: Pork loin baked sweet potatoes, country trio vegetables, raspberry sherbet. Bingo AM and PM.

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Swiss steak with tomato, garlic Parmesan, potatoes, peas, orange mist cake and ice cream. Fourth Graders 4A Ms. Dobney. Cards AM and PM.