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.
Alexandria Area Newcomers group offers variety of special interest group opportunities. Since 2000, more than 3,000 people have joined the Alexandria community. But even with a wide variety of events and opportunities, it can still be difficult to find a niche. This is where the Alexandria Area Newcomers Group comes in. Alexandria Area Newcomers is an organization for women who are new or "newish" to Alexandria.
Abby Koopman of Alexandria wanted a Barbie for Christmas, but more than that, she wanted her dad home for the holidays. Abby's dad, Joe Koopman, is a sergeant in the National Guard stationed in Kuwait. On Friday, the 5-year-old sat on her teacher's lap at Community Preschool at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Could racism be affecting the pet population? It may be hard to believe, but Black Dog Syndrome (BDS), although not proven, appears to exist. BDS is a phenomenon that is well known and observed across the nation by those who work in pet placement. Black dogs and black cats are often the last to find homes and the first in line to be euthanized. Even pet stores shy away from taking in black pets. Patti Zinke of the Pet Center and Patti's Grooming in Alexandria agreed in reference to cats. "Very true," Zinke replied.
The Small Mall event was developed last year by Pastor Mick Murphy from Calvary Covenant Church in Evansville and Sara Evanson, youth pastor for the Evansville churches. It was designed to teach children the importance of giving to others. The gifts that the community donated last year were so abundant that Sharon Henneman of Evansville offered to bring the Small Mall to Alexandria with the surplus of gifts. Parents were invited to bring their children, ages 3 through 6th grade to the 6th Avenue Community Center in Alexandria on Monday and Tuesday, December 12 and 13.
Realize a talent and believe...woman pursues art despite feelings of self doubt. It is amazing what people can do when they realize their own talents. After years of doubt in her abilities, Tracy Anderson of Alexandria realized her talent and pursued it. Anderson's uncle is an artist and retired art professor. She remembered, as an enthused young girl, watching him draw and asking, "Can you draw me a horse?" That exposure to art may have been her inspiration. Later, with her parents' permission, Anderson drew a life-size horse on her bedroom wall.