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Community

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.

Minor injured in Johnson County hunting incident

JOHNSON COUNTY– An 11-year-old boy was injured in a hunting incident on Sunday, Dec. 10, on private property near the intersection of 320th Street NE and Prairie Du Chen Road NE in Johnson County north of Iowa City.

Saturday Soup Ministry Ends Dec. 16

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church sadly announced it will end Saturday Soup Ministry after the Dec. 16 soup delivery. For the past 13 years, the church delivered soup to those who requested it in the Solon and Ely area. Each delivered soup provided one person enough soup for two meals. Over those 13 years, the church provided 25,990 servings of soup. It has been Our Lord’s Church’s pleasure to have provided the service to the wonderful individuals they had the pleasure of meeting and serving.
Note: Our Lord’s Church continues to provide the free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Iowa needs workers with skills in industrial arts

State senators Kinney and Mathis talk jobs at North Liberty meeting

NORTH LIBERTY— The overarching theme of the evening was jobs. But a lively discussion among legislators and about a dozen constituents ranged widely, from the role of career preparation in K-12 education, to the need for a public transit system, to the challenges of getting broadband connectivity to rural and smaller communities, and even the potential of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Iowa.

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.

Fareway comes to Tiffin

Plans for store announced at city council meeting

TIFFIN– About four years ago, the City of Tiffin conducted a survey asking for residents’ feedback. Among the top of their requests? A grocery store.
It appears residents of Tiffin have finally had their wish come true, this holiday season, as plans for a Fareway grocery store have been announced in their own backyard.
“We have property under contract in the Prairie Village Commercial Development for approximately three acres on the northwest corner—contemplated to construct a store in middle of 2018,” announced Garrett Piklapp, Vice President, General Counsel at Fareway Stores Inc.

Montessori infant and toddler school opens

NORTH LIBERTY– The Montessori infant and toddler school is open in North Liberty. An Open House Event is scheduled for Dec. 29 from 4-7 p.m. All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be provided. The school is currently accepting new students and will begin classes on Jan. 3, 2018. The Montessori Children’s Nursery will be located at 70 Circle Dr., Ste. A, in North Liberty. The Montessori Children’s Nursery occupies the space next to the Montessori Children’s Garden which has provided authentic Montessori education to children in the community for 15 years.

Become an aquatics instructor

NORTH LIBERTY­—The North Liberty Aquatic Center is looking for a high energy, enthusiastic aqua instructor. The classes are Mondays from 8-8:45 a.m. and 9-9:45 a.m. with the flexibility to teach occasionally on Wednesdays and Fridays. Class instruction takes place in the deep end and shallow end of the pool. An instructor should have knowledge of equipment such as noodles, water weights and aqua belts and should know how to incorporate them into class.

Holiday Tree sale to support splash pad

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Public Library to view the 16 trees entered in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. The trees are for sale now until Dec. 16 and the profit from the sale of the trees goes to the Solon Splash Pad.
Consider purchasing a tree for a friend, for a daughter or son in college or her/his office at work, for a grandson or granddaughter for his/her room, for the children’s teacher, for a relative in the nursing home, for yourself or for your husband. Add some holiday lights, color and cheer to someone’s life.

Sacred Relics of the Saints at St. Mary

SOLON– A teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics is coming to St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be present to teach about over 150 holy objects, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.

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. 

Ely News by Lenna See

Gail Nederhiser was a Thanksgiving dinner guest of Bruce and Donna Griebel, Logan Haley and Macy.

Anthony and Keri Van Sant and Archer, of Batavia, Ill.; Kala Bontrager, Jadasen, Ariana and Kiych, of Cedar Rapids, and Jean Zach were Thanksgiving Day dinner guests of Don and Ruth Bontrager in Cedar Rapids.