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Community

Fundraising efforts underway at Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop

Solon’s Pat Ikan helping family match funds up to $10,000 by Dec. 20

Marshalltown Times-Republican
Reprinted with permission
HAVERHILL– The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop, located at 214 1st St. in Haverhill, is a step back in time to the turn of the 20th century, largely preserved the way the blacksmith left the shop after his death in 1940. Today, his great-grandchildren carry on his legacy by launching a fundraising initiative to help catalogue and preserve the shop’s over 4,000 artifacts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Solon Dance Team receives honors

SOLON– Solon Dance Team received many honors at this year’s Iowa State Dance Team Association’s Team Competition Dec. 1. Solon Varsity and All Male brought home Excellence in Academics for team grade point averages of 3.38. The dance program received Outstanding Community Service honors, awarded to only four teams in Iowa. The teams received Division I ratings in Small School All Male Open, Small School Co-Ed and Class 3 Jazz; first place in Small School All Male Open and fourth place Small School Co-Ed. Judges’ Choice, a special award, was given to Solon’s All Male Open.

Solon Dance Team collecting coupons for overseas troops

SOLON– Keep the coupons coming. Solon Dance Team had a huge response to sending coupons to troops overseas. This year, the dance team has sent over $3,300 in manufacturer’s coupons to a naval base in Japan. This is a new record. Over the past eight years, the Solon Dance Team has mailed over $30,000 in coupons. The team continues to collect coupons until the end of February. Thank you for your help and support.

Milli Gilbaugh wins Iowa Poetry Association’s humorous verse competition

DES MOINES– The Iowa Poetry Association (IPA) is shipping the 71st edition of “Lyrical Iowa,” the annual anthology comprised of poems by Iowa writers of all ages. According to Editor Lucille Morgan Wilson, the present volume contains 351 poems, chosen from 2,150 entries in their contest held earlier this year. Entries came from all but 10 of Iowa’s 99 counties, sent by persons ranging in age from kindergartners to near-centenarians in well over 100 cities and towns.

Solon News by Lenna See

berty, were Scott, Cheryl, Emily and Chloe Leaverton, of Cedar Rapids, Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala.

Ty and Suzie Netolicky entertained with a dinner at their home on Christmas day. Among the guests attending were Brandon and Amanda Netolicky and family, of Des Moines; James and Carly Netolicky; Grant and Wendy Netolicky and family; Stuart Netolicky, of Iowa City; Nicole Netolicky and Jason Hanson and family; Alicia Netolicky and Jesse Larpenter and family; Amber Netolicky and Cale Thornton and family; and Derich Schmelzer and family.

Ely News by Lenna See

Dave, Tina, Mason, and Eliza Kearns, of Shellsburg; Roy, Jennie, Dalton and Paige Rambo, of Vinton; and Shirley and Chris Worley enjoyed supper on Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, at the Red Robin Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. The occasion was to celebrate Mason’s fifth birthday.

Christmas eve supper guests of Don and Gail Nederhiser were Bruce, Donna, Haley, Macy and Logan Griebel; Dennis, Jill, McKayla, McKenzie and Amelia Hartl; and Paul, Tricia, Natalie and Nathan Nederhiser. A gift exchange was held.