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Community

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.

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.

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.

CCA Mini Dance Marathon Friday, March 3

TIFFIN– This year, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is hosting the 4th annual Mini Dance Marathon, in conjunction with the University of Iowa (UI) Dance Marathon, on Friday, March 3, from 7-10 p.m. at the high school. One hundred percent of funds raised will go to children at the UI hospital battling cancer, and their families. All ages are welcome to attend, and admission is $5 at the door.

NL Optimists’ pancake breakfast March 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 44th annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.” In 2015, the North Liberty Optimists donated about $25,000 to support about 20 North Liberty youth activities, including the free summer lunch program for kids at the North Liberty Recreation Center’s egg hunt.

Register for NLYBS through Friday, March 3

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball’s (NLYBS) 25th anniversary season is open. Sign up your child or children at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by March 3.
Leagues are available for boys and girls age 4 through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. Scholarships are available.
New this year is First Grade Baseball, and Third Grade Rookie players will have the opportunity to pitch. Umpires will also be needed, but must be at least 14 years old. Training is provided.

Bill Riley Talent Show March 4 in Tiffin

TIFFIN– The Bill Riley Talent Search will make a stop in Tiffin at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Performing Arts Center on March 4 beginning at 4 p.m. The show is free open to the public.
Local actor and CCA drama coach Tom Milligan will be the master of ceremonies with approximately 30 different acts participating from ages 2-21. There will be a panel of judges who will place the top acts in each division with the winner of each division advancing to the Iowa State Fair in August.

Highway 6 signalization pushed back

Miscommunication leads to increased estimated cost

TIFFIN– It’s an unfortunate chain of events.
That’s how Ben Carhoff, of Hart-Frederick Consultants, described the situation regarding the installation of traffic lights on Highway 6 in a recent letter to the Tiffin City Council.
“I was told they were sized for traffic light poles when they’re not. They’re standard bases for street lights that were installed,” Carhoff told council members at a Feb. 7 regular meeting.