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Following retirement, North resident finds passion in making bracelets

Marvin Soles of North, has always been a hard working man. After retiring from his own business, E. M. Soles Hauling, he got a job as a security guard at the Yorktown oil refinery and worked there another 27 years. He was always at work an hour early, and he only took time off for major medical problems, such as when he had colon surgery and when an aortic aneurysm ruptured (earning him the name "Marvin the Miracle Man"). He finally stopped working when the refinery closed in 2010. He was 91 years old.

Soles’s daughter Rochelle Bartlett and her best friend, Carmen Hart, whom Soles considers his adopted daughter, soon realized that mowing the grass and keeping house didn’t give him enough to do during the day. So Hart, who lives in Indiana, sent Soles a kit for making bracelets out of beads. Something about the craft caught Soles’s imagination, and he’s been making bracelets ever since.

On a work surface fashioned out of a card table and a puzzle ...

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