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'A little secret hideaway': Sunset Christmas Tree Farm a place to make holiday memories

MANSFIELD — Sunset Christmas Tree Farm is easily Mansfield's best-kept holiday secret. It all began 14 years ago when owners Justin Lamb and Kevin Dyer of Mahomet were looking for a place to start a landscaping business.

They opened Sunset Landscaping and Trees after deciding to branch out on their own. They had previously worked together for a different landscaper.


Helping in the healing: Comfort Dogs assist Lincoln Trail students cope with loss of classmate

Mahomet is mourning the loss of Joel Roberts, an 11-year-old Lincoln Trail student who passed away during a flag football game at Barber Park on Saturday. Parents David Roberts and Carrie Livesay Roberts told WCIA on Tuesday their son had a rare heart defect that went undiscovered until his autopsy.


Those who served: Mahomet veteran Gary Reid 'proud' of 22-year military career

Heroes are ordinary people who do the extraordinary. The definition is one Denise Reid of Mahomet feels best suits husband Gary Reid, who served more than 22 years in the military.

But the Navy, Army Reserves and Army National Guard veteran rejects the title.

"I'm just an average guy," Gary Reid said. "I'm no different than anybody else."


'It's like kid heaven': Grace Church's Harvest Party puts family fun on display

Families with children of all ages gathered at Grace Church last Friday for the church's annual Harvest Party.

Activities included trick-or-treating, bounce houses, a magic show, a photo booth, raffle and guessing games, a cupcake walk and carnival games.

Mike Case, Grace Church's family life pastor, emphasized the event was free and open to everyone in the community.


Amy Cunningham finds her rhythm as leader of drumming exercise class

As a college student, Amy Cunningham had no desire to exercise regularly. She always enjoyed public speaking, but she never pictured herself doing so as a fitness instructor.

Now Cunningham leads Mahomet Parks and Recreation's Pound, a group fitness class that uses drumsticks to exercise to the tune of upbeat pop music.


Melinda Edwards creates lasting memories with photography business

Melinda Edwards never got to meet her sister, Nicole Dean, who passed away at the age of 3 before Edwards was born. But with family photos, Edwards was able to form a connection with the girl she never met.


The Hennesys are Mahomet's 'Griswolds of Halloween' for fall home, yard display

The holidays are just around the corner, and decorations will soon appear on just about every home. But there is one house in Mahomet that goes all out for a different holiday — Halloween.

Meet Michael and Meghan Hennesy, who consider themselves the "Griswolds of Halloween."

The couple deck out their West Lake Drive home with the help of sons Brogan and Kelton Hennesy.


Mahomet's Kathleen El Koury eager to help people reach personal goals at Insight Therapy

Kathleen El Koury originally wanted to be a dental hygienist as a teen, but after being introduced to therapy, she suddenly changed career tracks.

"I started going to Barnes & Noble and reading all kinds of psychology books and learning about different topics and disorders," she said. "I just fell in love with it."


Big Apple dreams: Oak Street Salon stylists take part in New York Fashion Week

Allison Yeager always had New York Fashion Week on her bucket list, but she had no idea she'd check it off this year.


Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer studio continues building character, providing fun

Madison Ade joined Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer's studio shortly after it opened, and now, 10 years later, she's not looking back.

The 13-year-old is enrolled in a Jazz 3 class and also enjoys dancing along to hip-hop music as well as performing musical theater.

"I really just enjoy dancing in general," Ade said. "It's relaxing and fun."

The hardest part?


 
 
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