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Solon Economist

Fruit and vegetable producer meet-ups in Solon and Donnellson

SOLON– Two fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern Iowa will host producer meet-ups to discuss the upcoming season, challenges and opportunities for fruit and vegetable growers, and to meet and network with other farmers over a cup of coffee. These meet-ups are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

Ely News by Lenna See

Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, Jennie Rambo, of Vinton, and Shirley and Chris Worley spent Thursday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 19, visiting Melody Fawl in Olathe, Kansas. Melody is the sister-in-law of Shirley and the aunty of Tina, Jennie and Chris.

The Ely Town and Country Club met at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, for dinner and a meeting at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon. Veron and Kay Erenberger were the hosts.

On top of his game

Solon’s Sterling McIlravy wins Junior PGA honors, looks forward to 2017 golf season

SOLON– You could say 2016 was a “sterling” year for Sterling McIlravy.
The homeschooled student athlete, who competes with Solon High School in golf and basketball, was named the 2016 Iowa Junior PGA Player of the Year (Boys 16-18) this past summer.

Josie Durr unanimous All-WaMaC First Team pick

Three Lady Spartans earn All-Division honors

Solon Economist
SOLON– Senior Josie Durr was a unanimous First Team selection on the 2017 WaMaC All-Conference Teams in the East Division.
Three varsity girls basketball players from Solon earned spots on the division’s honor list.
Joining Durr were junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty, both Honorable Mention selections.
Durr scored 17.3 points per game to lead the Lady Spartans in the 2016-17 season. She shot 36.9 percent from the field, 69.1 percent from the free throw line and had 36 assists. She also led the team defensively with 164 steals and 11 blocks.

County comp plan meeting draws crowd

Area residents provide input for Johnson County’s future

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SOLON– A steady flow of people walked around the Solon High School media center Feb. 22, adding their comments to what will eventually become a blueprint for Johnson County’s future.
They were taking part in one of five public input sessions for the county’s first comprehensive plan– “JoCo 2.0—Sustaining Success Through 2028.”

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 4

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 4, at 8 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Shueyville United Methodist Pancake Supper March 31

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper is Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Come enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The pancake supper is an all-you-can eat supper which includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. The supper is used to support mission activities, both at home and around the world.
The church mailing address is 1195 Steeple Ln. NE, in Swisher, but is located in Shueyville, just 3/4 mile east of Interstate 380 on Exit 10.
Cost for adults is $6, ages 3-12 is $3, and those under 3 are free.

Solon Spotlight can drive March 25

SOLON– Solon Spotlight will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Solon students and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can be also dropped off at the Solon High School band room that same morning. Donations will be used to support arts, drama, music and speech programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

Spotlight Spaghetti Supper March 23

SOLON– Bring the family and enjoy a spaghetti dinner, provided by Zio Johno’s, with musical entertainment by Solon students. The dinner will be served in the Solon High School commons from 4:30-7 p.m., just prior to the All-School concert. Proceeds from the event will go to the Solon Spotlight organization. Solon Spotlight purchases musical instruments, pays for competition fees, supports arts activities and all of the district’s fine arts programs.

Artwork sought for 2017 Solon Beef Days

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting T-shirt designs to mark the 2017 Solon Beef Days celebration to be held on July 21-22.
Original artwork is being accepted for the T-shirt design. Each artist may submit more than one design.

“Just try it”

encourages Solon schools’ Nutrition Director Becky West

SOLON– It’s 11 a.m. on a Thursday morning at Solon High School.
A lunch server is out sick, so district Nutrition Director Becky West will throw on an apron and join the crew on the serving line, feeding hungry students.
It’s all in a day’s work.
West is a new face in the Solon schools, starting last summer after seven years working as nutrition director in the Highland Community School District.

Solon senior advocates newsletter

2017 proposed Advocate trips

All trips originate at Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
• Thursday, March 16: West Branch Hoover Museum, Route 66 Tour. $10.
• Wednesday, April 19: Rock Island, Circa 21; “Music Man.” TBA. Sign up now – reservations are needed soon.
• Thursday, May 18: Kalona; Salina Bontrager, bakery, Stringtown, Country Store, Perry Bender greenhouse. $50.
• Thursday, June 22: Prairie City, Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge. $20.
• Thursday, July 20: Waterloo, John Deere Museum. $25.