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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.

Iowa Raptor Family Day Feb. 4

SOLON– The Iowa Raptor Project invites the public to another Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. February’s event features the Great Horned Owl, many of which are already nesting in the area.
Make your own owl baby out of cotton balls, pinecones, edible play dough and birdseed. Because they are edible for wildlife, kids can then put them out in the woods for the birds to munch on.
This free event takes place at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, in Solon. The Iowa Raptor Project will have a fire going to help keep visitors warm.

Shueyville, Swisher making safety a priority

Towns working to codify underground water storage for fire department

SHUEYVILLE– A unique attempt to bolster fire protection through underground water tanks in this northwest Johnson County community came a step closer to being codified in city ordinance Monday, Jan. 9.
The Shueyville Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) took up the matter during its regular monthly meeting, however lacking a specific proposal, tabled the matter until the next meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.

Dudes dance, too!

Dance Spectacular 2017 features award-winning coed and all-male teams

SOLON– “Just don’t let me be the only dude out there,” said Logan Yakish when he finally agreed to join Solon’s co-ed dance team last year.
“It’s gucci!” his friends reassured him. (For the uninitiated, “gucci” is high school-ese for “cool.”)

Solon first at Herb Irgens Invitational

Four champs make 107-point dent for Spartans

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
IDA GROVE– In a pool of 26 teams, the Solon varsity wrestlers, again, came out on top.
The Spartans finished the first day of the Herb Irgens Invitational with a 22-1 record, determined to keep the winning streak going. By the end of the day Saturday, Jan. 21, the team had garnered another 40 wins and just 19 losses and an impressive 255.5 total points to take the tournament.

Solon fends off Regina, 67-63

Spartans hand Regals fifth loss of the season

SOLON– For the first time in four years, the Solon Spartans defeated the Iowa City Regina Regals on the hardwood.
Solon held off Regina, 67-63, Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of the traditional girls/boys doubleheader, to hand the Regals their fifth loss of the season.
But it was a battle.
Regina shot 50 percent from behind the 3-point line, and whittled down a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Lady Spartans shine at Central DeWitt, struggle against No. 1 Regina, W. Dubuque

Ranked foes lay 29-point losses on Solon girls

SOLON– In this case, one out of three ain’t bad.
Solon’s Lady Spartan varsity basketball team defeated Central DeWitt on the road Jan. 17, but ran into the ranked buzzsaws of Western Dubuque (No. 8, 4A) and Iowa City Regina (No. 1, 2A) over the weekend for a pair of 29-point losses.
Western Dubuque, 11-1 entering the game, throttled the Lady Spartans in the second and third periods on the way to a 65-36 win Friday, Jan. 20. The Regals, sporting a 14-0 record, cruised to a 71-42 victory Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of a traditional boys/girls doubleheader.

Solon Center for the Arts wows community at open house

SOLON– The verdict is in and it’s unanimous: the Solon Community School District’s Center for the Arts is amazing.
Large numbers of community members, students and their families turned out to celebrate the official opening of the facility at an open house held on Sunday, Jan. 15. The school’s fine arts department and Solon Spotlight Music Boosters, a parent-run organization, collaborated to host the event.

Senior Conversations to address sleeplessness Friday, Jan. 20

SOLON– Elizabeth Hickman, M.D. and Susan Lee, R.N. will join Senior Conversations, Friday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., at the Solon Public Library, to discuss sleeplessness. Many seniors have difficulty falling to sleep or are unable to get back to sleep after waking. Dr. Hickman will suggest ways to counter some of these issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Plan to join the discussion– no reservation is needed.

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.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann to host Town Hall Listening Post Jan. 21

SOLON– A Town Hall Listening Post for Rep. Bobby Kaufmann will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21, in the Palmer House Stable, 200 E. Main St.
Come hear an update from the capitol and ask questions on any issues you would like.

Sons of the American Legion Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 4

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will hosting its annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. 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 under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veteran’s projects.