Alexandria woman undergoes 10 surgeries in two year "I loved being a stay at home mom and always being there for my son and daughter - but I can't anymore," said 28-year-old Marisa Ostendorf of Alexandria. Women dream about starting their own families and being a mother, but for Marisa, this dream came to a jarring halt. In 2005, while pregnant with her son, Dylan, Marisa had hyperemesis - excessive pregnancy-related nausea or vomiting that prevents adequate food and fluid intake.
"Tell your boys, thank you." Darlene Lewis-Lucas of Alexandria has heard that a lot and never tires of hearing it. She also won't hesitate to talk about her three Marine sons and three Marine grandsons. At age 77, Darlene has a lot to be proud of and having six Marines in her family is one of them. She has seven children and three of her boys served in the Marines.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects 3 million Americans - 300,000 of which are children younger than age 15. Hannah Poshek, a 7-year-old from Glenwood, was diagnosed with epilepsy in May 2005. The disorder causes abnormal activity in brain cells resulting in seizures (see related sidebar). At the time of diagnosis, she was having anywhere from 50 to 100 seizures a day. Her father, Chris Poshek, and his two sisters, Melissa Poshek and Barb Poshek, also have epilepsy. During the past six years, Hannah has seen two neurologists and has been through many medication changes.
A while back, I asked my friends on Facebook a question. It read: "You know how smells can bring you to a memory in your past (even childhood). Name a smell and the memory it brings you back to." The answers I received included fresh cut alfalfa hay, homemade bread, lake water, pork chops and my mom's accordion case. The memories that accompanied those smells were endearing and made me think of things I had forgotten.
Andrew Rustad's 6th grade class at St. Mary's School in Alexandria found a different way to give during the holiday season. A parent of one of Rustad's students brought a World Vision magazine to him. The teacher discussed with the class how helping World Vision could be incorporated into the Advent season of giving. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that works with children, families and their communities in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The rocking horse with a name. Woman finds a vintage toy inscribed with her grandfather's name The inscription had a missing letter, but there was no doubt E.Z. Clay made the rocking horse displayed in the gallery window. And Kathleen Kuseske from Villard is happy she stopped to check. She was doing some shopping one day in mid December when she happened by the recently opened Past and Present Home Gallery in Alexandria. She spotted a whimsical horse in the window. The toy was white with a red mane and red rockers and a black seat.
Area youth meet at 'Skyline' - New youth outreach program begins at Andes Tower Hills. Area youth can now find more than just some good snow and lots of snowboarding and skiing action at Andes Tower Hills near Alexandria. When taking a break from the outdoor fun, they can now head into the chalet for some ministry and music as well. Andes Tower Hills, in collaboration with Heartland Master's Commission, is hosting a new youth outreach program called Skyline once a month. The event is segmented into two pieces. First, there is entertainment, which includes live music, stomp and games.
Beautiful Bolonkas - rare dog raised in Brandon wins triple championship. Debby Buse of Brandon was bored one day and decided to search the Internet for rare dog breeds. She didn't know she was about to embark, pun intended, on an award-winning dog adventure. Buse is an animal lover with experience in raising and breeding border collies along with owning award-winning quarter horses. "Ever since I can remember, I have loved animals, especially baby animals," she shared.
As predicted, and at a time when many tax levies are increasing, Alexandria School District 206 levy showed a decrease prior to the passage of the new high school referendum. At the regular school board meeting held on December 19, the District 206 school board certified the final 2011 (payable 2012) tax levy after holding a public hearing.
'Twas a few nights before Christmas, and all through their yard...this poem would rhyme better if they lived in Villard. For at least 15 years, Jim and Carol Steidl of Carlos have been stringing Christmas lights throughout their large corner lot on Victoria Avenue. It is quite a dazzling display - complete with a lighted nativity scene, a lighted tractor, Christmas trees, snowflakes, stars and candles.