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Solon Economist

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.

The shape of things to come

Big projects prioritized ahead of budget work

SOLON– Stinocher Street needs rebuilding, it’s time to construct the North Trunk sewer line, and that traffic signal at Highway 1 and Main Street has worked so well another one at 5th Street would be really nice.
At a special work session Dec. 14, Solon City Council members overhauled their Capital Improvements List (CIP) in advance of January budget sessions. The ranked list of pending projects for the city is reviewed annually, but given a comprehensive rewriting every five years, with the last major update in 2011.

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.

Solon Archery Team hosts 2nd annual tournament Jan. 7

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting its second annual archery tournament on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Solon High School. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. Close to 500 archers are expected to compete from across the state.

Iowa Raptor Project family day Jan. 7 at Macbride nature area

SOLON– This month, the Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area will be featuring the American bald eagle. The IRP is hosting its monthly family day Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.
Bald eagles are plentiful in Iowa right now, especially near open water. Visit Spirit the bald eagle at the Raptor Center and learn all about their keen eyesight and scavenging skills. There will be a scavenger hunt and an “Eagle Eye” notebook craft for recording observations.

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.