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Open House for Solon Center for the Arts is Sunday, Jan. 15

SOLON– The wait is finally over. The Solon Fine Arts Department along with Solon Spotlight will host an Open House in the new Center for the Arts. The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. Guided tours will be available throughout the afternoon, as well as light refreshments. Carve out some time in your busy schedules to stop in and say hello.

Application deadline for Women’s Club scholarship is Feb. 1

SOLON– The Iowa General Federation of Women’s Clubs is the proud sponsor of a scholarship program unique to the state of Iowa. Each year, thousands of dollars are awarded to graduating high school seniors who will attend post-secondary schools. Scholarships are awarded based on achievement, volunteerism, and in some cases, financial need or field of study.
Unless specified, both males and females are eligible. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. Scholarships will be given primarily to undergraduates, but are also available for graduate students and for adults returning to school.

Optimist Club of Solon sponsors essay contest for students

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on this year’s theme and determine winners who will receive a medallion and a $300 college scholarship. The winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

Solon Women’s Club to award $400 music camperships to students: deadline Feb. 1

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Women’s Clubs sponsors several music camperships for deserving seventh-12th grade students. These awards can be applied toward tuition, room and board at a summer music camp within Iowa.

Swisher American Legion Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off Feb. 5

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will be hosting its Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the Legion. Entries must be to the Legion by 2 p.m. to be considered for first, second and third place prizes. One entry per person. The entry fee is $5.
After judging is complete, the public is welcome to an all-you-can-eat chili supper for $5.

Panthers and other cool cats

I received a number of Christmas cards from my high school classmates and was reminded the mascot for our athletic teams was a panther. For a long time, I was unaware a panther was really just a black leopard, not a separate species of cat. I’ve been told you can actually see the spots, black on black, on a leopard pelt, but as I’ve never had the opportunity to examine one in person, you may want to check that out for yourself. I assume the spots show up because of a variation in the texture of the hair, or perhaps the coloration of the skin beneath it.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Solon Dance Team receives honors

SOLON– Solon Dance Team received many honors at this year’s Iowa State Dance Team Association’s Team Competition Dec. 1. Solon Varsity and All Male brought home Excellence in Academics for team grade point averages of 3.38. The dance program received Outstanding Community Service honors, awarded to only four teams in Iowa. The teams received Division I ratings in Small School All Male Open, Small School Co-Ed and Class 3 Jazz; first place in Small School All Male Open and fourth place Small School Co-Ed. Judges’ Choice, a special award, was given to Solon’s All Male Open.

Solon Dance Team collecting coupons for overseas troops

SOLON– Keep the coupons coming. Solon Dance Team had a huge response to sending coupons to troops overseas. This year, the dance team has sent over $3,300 in manufacturer’s coupons to a naval base in Japan. This is a new record. Over the past eight years, the Solon Dance Team has mailed over $30,000 in coupons. The team continues to collect coupons until the end of February. Thank you for your help and support.

Winter ice fishing events at F. W. Kent Park

OXFORD– Join Johnson County Conservation for an afternoon of ice fishing on a beautiful lake. The ice fishing program will take place Sunday, Jan. 8, at F.W. Kent Park from 3-5 p.m. The program is free, family-friendly and open to all experience levels. Participants should meet at the parking area on the west side of the dam near the lake.

Milli Gilbaugh wins Iowa Poetry Association’s humorous verse competition

DES MOINES– The Iowa Poetry Association (IPA) is shipping the 71st edition of “Lyrical Iowa,” the annual anthology comprised of poems by Iowa writers of all ages. According to Editor Lucille Morgan Wilson, the present volume contains 351 poems, chosen from 2,150 entries in their contest held earlier this year. Entries came from all but 10 of Iowa’s 99 counties, sent by persons ranging in age from kindergartners to near-centenarians in well over 100 cities and towns.

Solon News by Lenna See

berty, were Scott, Cheryl, Emily and Chloe Leaverton, of Cedar Rapids, Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala.

Ty and Suzie Netolicky entertained with a dinner at their home on Christmas day. Among the guests attending were Brandon and Amanda Netolicky and family, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky; Grant and Wendy Netolicky and family; Stuart Netolicky, of Iowa City; Nicole Netolicky and Jason Hanson and family; Alicia Netolicky and Jesse Larpenter and family; Amber Netolicky and Cale Thornton and family; and Derich Schmelzer and family.