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A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.

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Seven marathons seven days seven continents

Running across the world, for a cause

North Liberty dentist to run seven marathons in seven days in seven continents for charity

NORTH LIBERTY– Many of us like to devote some time and energy to a charity or cause near to our hearts. Others, well, they go the extra mile.
Deb Carneol D.D.S. of North Liberty Dental is doing just that. In January, she and a group of 15 other participants will take a charter plane across the globe for an epic endeavor known as the 777 World Marathon Challenge. In it, her team will represent a cause of their choice while completing seven marathons in seven continents in just seven days.

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Sts. Peter & Paul Nativity scene restored

Mt. Vernon couple refurbish Sts. Peter & Paul holiday display

SOLON– After what many guess is over 100 years of use, it didn’t surprise anyone that the characters in the Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel nativity scene needed repair.
The harder part for Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation president Jean Litts was the project itself and finding the best person for the job. 
Or, in this case, the best two people. Bill Faoro and Leona Smith of Mount Vernon were selected by Litts, and the husband and wife duo assessed the project they were being handed. 

A bigger and better Beat the Bitter

Registration is open for the winter event

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It started as a conversation between a few residents in fall 2015.
“They started talking about how Iowans are bad at doing winter,” recalled North Liberty Community Engagement Coordinator Jillian Miller. “And that people in Minnesota actually enjoy the season and go out and play winter sports, and take advantage of the snow.”

Gingerbread

Kaeden Hopp builds a frosting lane for she and her brother Zane’s gingerbread house.

New season, new tempo

Solon gallops past Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-33

SOLON– The Lady Spartans took to the court to start a new season with a different appearance, a different pace, fast transitions and an exciting win over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Solon High School.
The Lady Spartans’ season opener commenced the 2017-18 season for both Solon and the Vikettes and a new, faster-paced, transition-oriented, full-court game by the Lady Spartans resulted in an eight-point lead at the half and a 51-33 triumph over the Vikettes. The win moved the Spartan ladies to 1-0 for the season.

Thanksgiving food and fellowship

Volunteers host Thanksgiving dinner in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– On a day when most folks set out to gorge on a large meal with family before an afternoon snooze in the recliner, a handful of community members set aside part of their holiday to provide food and fellowship.
Amanda Engstrom managed the free community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23, in what has become a staple of North Liberty.

Being of Service

Solon graduate Eric Munson veterans day featured speaker

SOLON– “The most important things that you will do in your life will come from being of service,” Eric Munson told the students.
Munson, a 2004 graduate of Solon High School, was the featured speaker at a Nov. 14 Veterans Day program at the Solon Center for the Arts, and he was passing on the greatest single lesson he learned from his military service.

Mistakes doom Trojans

West High falls to Dowling again

CEDAR FALLS– History repeated itself, and was made Friday, Nov. 17, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls as the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School Maroons defeated the Iowa City West High Trojans in the Class 4A state football championship game for the second year in a row, and picked up its fifth-consecutive title in the process.
Dowling defeated the Trojans 23-10 last year and won 35-21 in the rematch.
The Maroons entered the contest with an 11-1 record, losing 22-19 to Ankeny Centennial, while the Trojans were undefeated at 12-0.

Hoover Trail Milestone

Ely ribbon cutting marks opening of Hoover Trail extension

On Sunday, Oct. 15, representatives from the City of Ely and Linn County gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the recently completed 2-mile section of the bike trail that stretches along Ely Road from the City Hall to Seven Sisters Road.

ELY– Despite brisk wind and cloudy skies, an enthusiastic crowd turned out on Sunday, Oct. 15, to witness a ribbon-cutting to mark the official opening of the recently completed 2-mile section of bike trail that stretches along Ely Road from City Hall to Seven Sisters Road.

Spartans’ journey ends

Solon falls to Xavier at UNI-Dome, 35-7

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans struggled little during the regular football season, but met their Goliath, falling 35-7 to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 3A semifinals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Xavier executed at a very high level on offense and had a great plan to attack our defense,” Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller said. “Our offense had to abandon our game plan prematurely due to the Xavier’s early success. We moved the ball but couldn’t finish inside the red zone when we needed to.”

The freedom they secured

Heritage Christian School holds annual Veterans Day Celebration

NORTH LIBERTY — Veterans Day was recognized Friday, Nov. 10 at the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty with their annual Veterans Day Celebration. School Head Michael Annis said the special event has two purposes. “The first is to honor those who have served in the United States military. The second is to provide an intentional experience for our students to recognize that the cost of freedom was purchased by individuals.”