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Special Olympics athlete Julie Schmidt (left) lifts a medicine ball as part of a circuit training workout at Crossfit Allectus in Alexandria Saturday morning. The event included Special Olympics athletes and their unified partners, as well as members of Crossfit Allectus. A flag football scrimmage against Crossfit Allectus, followed by a car wash fundraiser for Special Olympics, was originally planned but was cancelled due to rain. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
This is what the eclipse looked like around 1:05 p.m. when viewed through thick clouds.
The Civil War was a sad, dark time for all Americans. It was a time when we fought against each other and tested the resolve of the country to stay one group of united states. The war cost us the lives of 620,000 Americans. However, in the end, our resolve was strengthened and we remained one country.
I used to enjoy a good thunderstorm. Watching the falling rain and flashing lightning from safe inside our home or under the cover of a porch was an exciting display of the power of nature. Even though our home for much of my latter childhood was a trailer house with no basement, I don't really remember feeling threatened or vulnerable. But it seems so different now.
Children scramble to catch flying discs and candy during the annual Millerville Butter Days Festival Saturday afternoon. Other events throughout the day included pig races, a butter carving contest, pork chop feed and coloring contest. The weekend's activities conclude with a church bazaar, dinner and games on Sunday at Our Lady of Seven Dolors church. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
For the fourth year in a row, Alexandria is barricading Broadway Friday night for its annual "Party in the Street." Begun as a way to celebrate the end of downtown construction, the party has taken on a life of its own. The Pioneer Power Club bringing tractors is new this year, as is karaoke from 4-7 p.m. in front of Raapers. A family zone from 4-8 p.m. will include bouncy houses, an inflatable hockey goal and a taekwondo board-breaking demonstration.
Shane Christen, portraying 3rd Sergeant Steele, talks about some of the firearms and ammunition that were used during the Civil War at History Live at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria Friday. The event will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
Never underestimate the power one choice can have on the direction of your life. About 12 years ago, my wife and I made one of those decisions when we decided to homeschool our son. At the time, we weren't really sure what to do, other than that we knew we wanted to avoid the public schools. We knew some other families who taught their children and we also considered a private school option. But we finally just took the plunge and decided to homeschool.
Krista Rehm models a dress from the 1950s during the Styles Through the Decades vintage fashion show Friday at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria. Ecumen Bethany Community is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend. On Saturday afternoon there will be carnival games and face painting, a bouncy house and cotton candy, a petting zoo, a pulled pork lunch, a classic car show, and live music by Chapter VIII and the Red Letter Band. On Sunday, the Knudtson Family will provide a concert following a special worship service in the chapel.
The Alexandria graduation ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at the Alexandria Area High School. Watch for more information and photos in Wednesday's Echo Press .