Eight years ago, summer vacation meant watching the stars by a campfire, riding bike to the lake, and ice cream sandwiches melting down sticky fingers. It meant sunny, 90-degree weather resulting in blistering sunburns after a day at the beach. Summer vacation eight years ago meant just that - vacation. But summer has changed. There is rarely a sunny day in which to sit outside and sweaters are still in fashion, even though it's July.
Eleven million, seven hundred thousand people were affected with cancer in 2007, and the number continues to rise. But growing support, care and remembrance unites those affected by cancer. The American Cancer Society's 27th annual Relay for Life will be taking place on July 8 and 9 at Citizens Field in Alexandria. The fundraising event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and run until 6 a.m. on Saturday. The honorees for this year's event are Dennis Stark, Dale Erickson and Anne Riggs - all residents of Douglas County.
In May 1776, a few months before the Declaration of Independence was signed, Betsy Ross was sought out to sew the first American flag. In Betsy Ross's lifetime she would sew countless other U.S. flags and take pride in helping her country through the Revolutionary War. Betsy Ross has not been the only person in American history to use her independence and patriotism as a muse for sewing, however. Ruth Gess of Alexandria, a former quilt shop owner, has been sewing ever since she can remember.
For Marie Nemec, 67, Charlotte Reich, 75, and Gary Heiman, 72, age is not a factor when helping the fight against Huntington's disease (HD). These bikers have overcome flat tires, bad weather, and hilly terrain for their cause. They rolled into Alexandria on June 20, spent the night at Lake Community Church and hit the road again the following day. ABOUT THE RIDE "Plains to Lakes" is a 700-mile bike ride to raise awareness and funds for Huntington's disease, an inherited degenerative brain disease that affects one in every 10,000 Americans. Presently there is no cure.