'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wondering what tasty concoction might be a hit at your holiday party?
What will they think of next? Family's unique photo Christmas cards generate lots of laughs. If a list titled "Favorite Cards to Grace Our Mailbox" was created, the Eckhoffs of Alexandria would surely top that list. At least if the more than 80 recipients they send cards to had anything to say about it. As the days grow closer to Christmas, many mailboxes start filling up with Christmas cards.
"I read one time in an American Red Cross newsletter that some of the blood that the Gray Ladies collected went to a mother and her twin daughters who were born premature," noted Ruth Steidl, an Alexandria resident and member of the Alexandria Area Gray Ladies. "Without the blood they wouldn't have grown to be the beautiful, healthy girls they are today." It is powerful stories such as this that caused many individuals to join Gray Ladies groups through the years. The Gray Ladies of the American Red Cross was founded in 1918 in Washington, D.C.