"I write because I love to write - not because I have to," Alexandria's Becky Cox, author of Tommy the Timid Turtle, said. "When my kids are 14 and 16, I want them to be able to say, 'My mom is a writer'." A few years ago, Cox's husband, Eric, put a small wooden cube with a turtle painted on it in their bathroom.
Family history is often forgotten - becoming unimportant to children and lost before it can be passed on. But history repeats itself, sometimes in the most tragic ways. In 2006, Jason Bohlsen's father was diagnosed with brain cancer. Five years later, during the same week, Jason's 2-year-old son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For the first two years of his life, Jonathan Bohlsen was an average boy. He liked to watch Toy Story 20 times a week and decorate with stickers.
Steve Klarich has come a long way since he started a business in his laundry room in Andover in 1992. First he had to expand into his garage. Then in 1999, Rig Rite, his company that manufactures boat accessories, moved to a 5,000-square-foot building in Miltona, where it still is today. A wholesale company that relies on shipping, Rig Rite could have been located anywhere. Klarich chose Miltona because he grew up in the Alexandria area and wanted to raise his daughters in a small town.
The inability to prevent that would-be terrorist from boarding a jet plane recently does not surprise me at all. Why are so many people acting surprised? Isn't it obvious that security lapse is just another example of a widespread systemic breakdown in competence throughout this country? It seems, more and more, in recent years that incompetence has the upper hand. If you recall, the September 11 terrorist attacks might have been prevented if the F.B.I., the C.I.A. and local law-enforcement agencies had shared information with one another.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO January 1910 Don't put Christ away until next Christmas 'Twas the week after Christmas and all through the town, the people are taking their Christmas lights down. They will pack them away to keep them in boxes and there they will stay. "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" is packed away, too. The shepherds and wise men, no longer in view. The city is darkened and filled with gloom. The only light shining is the light of the moon.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO December 1909 State geologist Professor N.H. Winchell of the Minnesota Historical Society has declared the Elbow Lake "runestone" to be a fossil sponge of the order "lachaditis," which lived millions of years ago in the Lower Silurian geologic age. The inscription consists of two concentric circles, the larger being about nine inches in diameter with a number of radial marks between them, arranged like figures on a clock.
It's hard to host a dinner these days. Too many people have become too fussy, like those kids at suppertime who turn their little noses up at anything but junk food. If you're planning a meal, you'd better call your prospective guests first and read off a check list of what you plan to serve, as well as the ingredients in each recipe.
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO December 1909 A full page "100 Years Ago" column will be highlighted in the Life section of the Christmas Day edition of the Echo Press. You won't want to miss it! 50 YEARS AGO December 1959 Thieves entered Central High School and escaped with $70.27 plus small amounts from several rooms. The break-in of the safe had the earmark of professionals and the help of local perpetrators... W.
Senator Joe "Spoiler" Lieberman of Connecticut should go jump off a bridge - or just fade away. Here is a turncoat traitor who dares to call himself a "Democrat," but who has been acting like a dyed-in-the-wool conservative for too many years. He would look best in a suit of tar and feathers. Acting like an arrogant jerk, he has consistently threatened to filibuster any effort at health-care reform that would include a public option.
Many people who did not grow up in Catholic communities, as I did, have no idea who St. Nicholas is. For Catholics especially, a visit from St. Nicholas was a sure thing on the night of December 5, the Eve of St. Nicholas Day. The kids would put their shoes by the door. Then St. Nicholas would come knocking. Bearded like Santa, he was dressed like an ancient bishop in a shiny red robe with a bishop's hat on his head and sometimes carrying a bishop's staff and a sack on his back. He would ask the children (some of the youngest ones utterly terrified) if they had been naughty or nice.