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February 24th

2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration seeks T-shirt artwork

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2016 Solon Beef Days Celebration to be held on July 15-16.

Community rallies around Solon grad Todd Bevans

$25k needed for a new, specially trained service dog

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Todd Bevans has overcome a lot of challenges in his life through hard work, determination and the support of his family. Now Todd faces a new challenge, and he’s getting support from friends and even complete strangers.

Connie Mutel to speak at Prairie Preview XXXIII March 10

IOWA CITY– Bur Oak Land Trust’s 33rd annual Prairie Preview will be held Thursday, March 10, at the Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Ln. NE, Iowa City, just off Highway 1 four miles north of Interstate 80. Author Connie Mutel will talk about writing her new book, “A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland,” and how doing so has reshaped her life, just as climate change is reshaping our planet. “A Sugar Creek Chronicle” interweaves the science of climate change with stories about Connie’s life and the oak woodland where she lives with her family.

Hwy. 1 signal should be complete in Sept.

City holds hearing on plans; will award bids March 3

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– More and more traffic flows through Solon every day, and more people are moving to the community.
None too soon for the city’s first honest-to-goodness traffic signal, which will be halting the north- and southbound lanes of Highway 1 at Main Street before the end of the year.
The proposed plans and bidding documents for the project were the subject of a public hearing at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Solon City Council.
The city will accept sealed bids through Thursday, Feb. 25, with the council scheduled to make a decision at a March 2 meeting.

Solon restaurants supporting Post Prom

SOLON– Plan to dine at the following local restaurants on the noted day as each restaurant will be donating a portion of their sales during the designated time to the 2016 Post Prom Fundraiser.
On Wednesday, March 2: Subway (7 a.m.-2 p.m.); Monday, March 21: Frida Kahlo (evening); Wednesday, April 13: Eastwood’s (evening); and on Wednesday, April 27: El Sol (evening).
The Post Prom Committee thanks you, in advance, for your support.

Solon Survivor Saturday, March 5

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 5, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fundraiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 9U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner March 7

SOLON– Mark the calendar for Monday, March 7, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are 4:45-7 p.m. Diners will enjoy the middle school jazz band and solos/ensembles from middle school and high school students.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale, 50/50 bingo and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults; $7 at the door. Kids 5 and under eat free.

Trapshooting can drive March 6

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser Sunday, March 6, from 1-3 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Iowa women still have a chance

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had three games last week.
They entered the week 15-10, 5-8 in the Big Ten and need at least four or five wins to get into the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year.
That could include a win or two in the Big Ten Tournament.
They are the only Big Ten team to have made the last eight NCAA Tournaments.
That was a huge dagger to start the week off with a last-second 78-76 loss at Minnesota.