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Community

City budgeting for 3% COLA

Public Works seeks to add position

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– After some lean years, the City of Solon is going to try and make up some lost ground for its employees.
At a Jan. 4 meeting, council members directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen to include a 3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for city staff in the upcoming fiscal year budget.
In addition, council members and Mayor Steve Stange spoke in favor of an added full-time position requested by Public Works Director Scott Kleppe for his department, and began planning for a future city hall staffer.

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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.

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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.

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Senior Conversations to address sleeplessness Friday, Jan. 20

SOLON– Elizabeth Hickman, M.D. and Susan Lee, R.N. will join Senior Conversations, Friday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., at the Solon Public Library, to discuss sleeplessness. Many seniors have difficulty falling to sleep or are unable to get back to sleep after waking. Dr. Hickman will suggest ways to counter some of these issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Plan to join the discussion– no reservation is needed.

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Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 annual soup supper Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features soups of all varieties. Previous years’ soups have included traditional soups such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder.

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Lady Spartan Softball homemade lasagna orders due Jan. 25

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball Team is holding a fundraiser just in time for the Big Game, once again selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and garlic bread to eliminate the need to cook on game day.
The 9x13 pans of lasagna, along with garlic bread, sell for $20.
Please email solonsoftball@southslope.net to place an order. Orders are due by Jan. 25 and lasagnas will be assembled on Jan. 29. The Solon Lady Spartan Softball Team appreciates the fundraising support.

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Solon Women’s Club to award $400 music camperships: 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.

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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.

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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.

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Ely News by Lenna See

The descendants of Katharine and Anton Netolicky met Oct. 29 at the Ely Community Center for their fall reunion. Family members attending were Maxine Netolicky Hofer, of Clive; Sherlee Peterson, Pam Netolicky, Fern and Warren Fackler, of Cedar Rapids; Allan Netolicky, of Ely; Kay Netolicky Foster and Lloyd Foster, of Cantril; Kenny Hofer, Mary and Gene Wissink, of Iowa City; Christine and Tom Mangrich, of North Liberty; Tom and Lisa Hofer-Grimes, Terry and Hobert Flory, of Stanwood; Clark Fackler and guest, Anne Jewell, of Marion.

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Solon News by Lenna See

Mary Brannaman entertained with a dinner at her home on Christmas Day. Guests attending were Mark and Julie Brannaman and Melissa Canning, of Lisbon, Kristie Canning, of New York; Allison Canning, of Des Moines; Dottie Haeg; Sara Brannaman and friend, Tony; Jim Stahle; Mike Brannaman; Nick and Amber Jedlicka and Isabella, Gabby, Jack and Sophie.

David and Malinda Poduska and Ambrose, of Lowden, and George Bortz were among a group that spent Christmas Day in Williamsburg at the home of Robert and Nancy Welsh.

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The Depot Express coming to Liberty High area

Site plan approved for new convenience store

NORTH LIBERTY– Commuters visiting and returning from the southeast side of North Liberty will soon have another option for filling up the gas tank, and their stomachs.
At a meeting Dec. 13, members of the North Liberty City Council unanimously approved the site plan for The Depot Express, a 5,700-square-foot gas station and convenience store to be located at the northwest corner of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, directly west of Liberty High School.

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