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I hate it when bad things happen. There I am, minding my own business, with all my plans for how life should be, and then — WHAM — something unexpected intrudes into my life and throws me off track. As annoying as this can be, I've come to realize something: These intrusions are a part of life, they are not abnormal, and I really should learn to expect them.
Although it looked more like winter than spring, several area golfers found a way to beat Mother Nature and get a head start on spring at the Scott Dirck Golf Academy in Alexandria Friday afternoon. “It’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Brandon Strouth of Alexandria, who was practicing hitting balls from a heated bay out into a snow covered driving range.
Although a fresh snowfall made Tuesday look more like winter than the first day of spring, inside local greenhouses it was warm and humid — with green, growing plants everywhere. "It's nice to be in the greenhouse, especially when the sun comes out," said Bryce Brickweg, greenhouse manager at Colorful Seasons Garden Center in Alexandria. "It's great to be in your T-shirt and get your hands dirty."
Participants in the Polar Plunge jump into the icy waters of Lake Darling at Arrowwood Resort near Alexandria Sunday to raise money for the Special Olympics. Last year, 317 jumpers raised about $82,000 for the Special Olympics. Watch for more information about the event in the Wednesday issue of the Echo Press. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Imagine the frustration of trying to build a machine when every time you install a new piece, a different one falls off or breaks. That's how I feel sometimes. I have a half-century old machine that I'm trying to keep running. Just a couple of weeks ago, another piece broke down.
To honor the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Lynn Strandskov and several other teachers at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria dressed up as Olympic athletes and paraded through the gym as students in groups representing different countries watched Friday.
Justin Stallman of Donnely Fire strikes a pose for the audience during the third annual Firefighter Runway and Comedy Show at the Forada Supper Club Saturday night. Proceeds from the event go to the Lakes Area Crisis Response Team, a self-funded organization that offers stress mitigation and debriefing services to area emergency response agencies. The team serves 11 fire departments in Douglas County, as well as agencies in Pope, Todd and Grant counties. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
"Wow, this is amazing! You've got to check this out!" New technology often seems so awesome and magical. But almost anything can be abused and misused. Most new technologies end up being a mixture of both good and bad.
The annual Christmas Service at Spruce Hill Church near Miltona was held on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. In addition to a reading of the Christmas story, favorite Christmas carols were also sung. Refreshments and fellowship followed the service.
The Holiday Train made its annual stop in Alexandria Tuesday to entertain people with live music and raise money for the local food shelf. Musical performers included Kelly Prescott, who also performed on the train last year, Terri Clark and Dallas Smith. Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash/check donations for the food shelf.