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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.

Ely News by Lenna See

Dave, Tina, Mason, and Eliza Kearns, of Shellsburg; Roy, Jennie, Dalton and Paige Rambo, of Vinton; and Shirley and Chris Worley enjoyed supper on Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, at the Red Robin Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. The occasion was to celebrate Mason’s fifth birthday.

Christmas eve supper guests of Don and Gail Nederhiser were Bruce, Donna, Haley, Macy and Logan Griebel; Dennis, Jill, McKayla, McKenzie and Amelia Hartl; and Paul, Tricia, Natalie and Nathan Nederhiser. A gift exchange was held.

4-H New Member Night Monday, Jan. 23

IOWA CITY– Ever wonder what 4-H is really about? You don’t have to live on a farm to enjoy 4-H. There is something for everyone, whether it be robotics to sewing, shooting sports to pets. Come join others interested in 4-H on Monday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office to learn and get started with Johnson County 4-H. 

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1 through Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

Main Street moving west

Council approves concept plan for new downtown project

SOLON– Main Street may be growing.
Solon City Council members gave an informal thumbs up for a plan to replace three residences on the downtown area’s west end with a two-story mixed-use building.
At a Dec. 21 council meeting, local developers Jim Hauer, Mark Pattison and Brad Randall, doing business as HPR Investments, presented their proposal for lower level commercial space with upper level residential condos on the south side of Main Street, west of Big Grove Brewery.

Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics is collecting cans and bottles on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Please drop off donations behind the middle school, where the buses park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Students on the teams will be going around town collecting cans and bottles that have 5-cent deposits.
If you need your donation picked up before Jan. 7, please contact coach Bill Mattaliano at 319-541-6855 or email Bill.mattaliano@gmail.com.

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

Work on applications over break

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.