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Archive - 2017

January 6th

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January 4th

No more through-traffic for snowmobilers in Tiffin

Pit stops to The Depot, Throttle Down still allowed

TIFFIN– Despite early snow activity, Tiffin residents could be seeing fewer snowmobilers downtown this year.
Due to the widening of Highway 6 as part of the Ireland Avenue updates, no sufficient right-of-way exists for snowmobiles between Grant Street and The Depot.
“Really we’ve created this kind of bottleneck and choked them out a little bit,” said City Administrator Doug Boldt. “They can’t get through there anymore.”
Derrick Parker, secretary of the Iowa Snowdrifters, brought the group’s concerns to the Tiffin City Council members’ attention at a Dec. 6 meeting.

Archery home tournament Jan. 6

SOLON– On Jan. 6, The Solon Spartan Archery Team hosts its home tournament at the Solon High School Gym. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tournament anticipates close to 500 archers attending comprising teams from the surrounding area.
The team will also hold a raffle to award two lucky people a new hunting bow. The bows retail for $1000. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Contact Mike Brinegar at 319-361-4891 to purchase tickets and information on the bows awarded as prizes. Solon Archery Team members will also be selling tickets.