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Solon Economist

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.

Solon News by Lenna See

Allen Shima, son of Kevin and Sherri Shima, was honored on his ninth birthday on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, with dinner at the Huhot Mongolian Grill in Coralville. Those attending were his grandparents, Leo and Elaine Shima, of Solon; Jerry and Lou Adair, of Oxford; and Nathan, Missy, Logan and Leigha Pacha, of Oxford.

Kevin and Sherri Shima entertained with a party in honor of their son, Allen, for his ninth birthday on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center. About 25 classmates, friends and relatives attended.

Solon fencer Maggie Snider medals at Junior Olympic National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Maggie Snider, of Solon, competed in the USA Fencing (USAF) Junior Olympics, taking seventh place in the Junior Women’s Epee event. Junior Olympics is the USAF National Championship tournament for college age fencers.
The event included 208 athletes representing Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Temple and several other NCAA Division I squads.

March Old Gold Diner

Editor’s Note: The wrong copy for the Old Gold Diner’s March activities was published in the March 2 edition of the Economist. The following is the correct version.

City to contract for Main Street concept

wrestlers on top

SOLON– Main Street will be the focus of a new concept plan authorized by the Solon City Council Feb. 1.
Council members voted to approve a contract with MSA Professional Services to oversee a downtown visioning project for just over $7,000.
It’s not the Downtown Master Plan which council members have called for in the last year, but it’s another step closer.

Solon Methodist men hosting annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Men will be hosting their annual soup supper Friday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 12, and includes oyster stew, chili, and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs and dessert. Live entertainment will be provided by Leo Shima. Donations of new or used children’s books will be collected for the “Change a Child” campaign.

Solon KCs hosting Euchre card party Feb. 25 at St. Mary Church

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Euchre card party Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The public is invited. Snacks will be provided.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 4, at St. Mary

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.

Great horned owl released after rehab

Raptor group responds to call from Twin View

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– It was January. A curious Labrador came within five feet of the scrawny, young owl. The terrified bird perched on a low branch, west of Solon, on public land. It didn’t move. The outlook was bleak.
Fast-forward six weeks. A small crowd walks through the trees to the same spot, near the Coralville Reservoir. With heavy duty gloves, Lacey Slutts reaches into the cardboard pet carrier she totes. From inside, drumming wingbeats indicate the occupant is more than ready to exit.