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Solon Economist

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.

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.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 annual soup supper Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features soups of all varieties. Previous years’ soups have included traditional soups such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder.

Lady Spartan Softball homemade lasagna orders due Jan. 25

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball Team is holding a fundraiser just in time for the Big Game, once again selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and garlic bread to eliminate the need to cook on game day.
The 9x13 pans of lasagna, along with garlic bread, sell for $20.
Please email solonsoftball@southslope.net to place an order. Orders are due by Jan. 25 and lasagnas will be assembled on Jan. 29. The Solon Lady Spartan Softball Team appreciates the fundraising support.

Solon Women’s Club to award $400 music camperships: 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.

Ely News by Lenna See

The descendants of Katharine and Anton Netolicky met Oct. 29 at the Ely Community Center for their fall reunion. Family members attending were Maxine Netolicky Hofer, of Clive; Sherlee Peterson, Pam Netolicky, Fern and Warren Fackler, of Cedar Rapids; Allan Netolicky, of Ely; Kay Netolicky Foster and Lloyd Foster, of Cantril; Kenny Hofer, Mary and Gene Wissink, of Iowa City; Christine and Tom Mangrich, of North Liberty; Tom and Lisa Hofer-Grimes, Terry and Hobert Flory, of Stanwood; Clark Fackler and guest, Anne Jewell, of Marion.

Solon News by Lenna See

Mary Brannaman entertained with a dinner at her home on Christmas Day. Guests attending were Mark and Julie Brannaman and Melissa Canning, of Lisbon, Kristie Canning, of New York; Allison Canning, of Des Moines; Dottie Haeg; Sara Brannaman and friend, Tony; Jim Stahle; Mike Brannaman; Nick and Amber Jedlicka and Isabella, Gabby, Jack and Sophie.

David and Malinda Poduska and Ambrose, of Lowden, and George Bortz were among a group that spent Christmas Day in Williamsburg at the home of Robert and Nancy Welsh.

Josie Durr scores 27 to help Solon defeat West Delaware, 47-42

SOLON– Solon senior Josie Durr made it happen.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team improved to 4-7 on the year with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory at home against West Delaware Jan. 6.
Solon pulled off a 47-42 win after trailing by seven points at half.
It was Durr who did most of the heavy lifting, putting in 20 of her 27 points in the second half while leading the team in steals with eight.
The Lady Spartans scored 34 points in the second half after scoring only 13 in the first.

Solon Wrestlers on a roll

Spartans first at Marshalltown tournament

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
MARSHALLTOWN– After a two-week hiatus from competition, the Solon varsity wrestlers are back to pinning.
And pinning. And pinning some more.
The Spartans have racked up 179 pins so far this season, 33 of them at the Allie Morrison Dual Tournament in Marshalltown last Saturday, Jan. 7.

West Delaware breaks Solon five-game win streak

First quarter proves to be difference

MANCHESTER– The Solon varsity boys broke a five-game winning streak with a 73-59 loss to undefeated West Delaware Jan. 6 in Manchester.
“West Delaware is a very tough venue to compete,” noted Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing.
Pershing said starting junior guard Luke Ira took an elbow to the eye 14 seconds into the game and remained out until the beginning of the second quarter.
“Losing Luke for the whole first quarter was pivotal,” he said.

Fundraising efforts underway at Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop

Solon’s Pat Ikan helping family match funds up to $10,000 by Dec. 20

Marshalltown Times-Republican
Reprinted with permission
HAVERHILL– The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop, located at 214 1st St. in Haverhill, is a step back in time to the turn of the 20th century, largely preserved the way the blacksmith left the shop after his death in 1940. Today, his great-grandchildren carry on his legacy by launching a fundraising initiative to help catalogue and preserve the shop’s over 4,000 artifacts.