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I've always been a word person. I suppose this could be a result of my early developed identity of being an avid bookworm and a long time lover of english class. Even at an early age, I can recall viewing words differently than those around me. Now that I think about it, I have always viewed words less as a collection of letters and more a force of nature — things that can be used by a craftsman with a pen and paper to move people. To stir something in their soul. To get them thinking. And even at an early age, I was hooked.
It's earlier than usual this year but it is Homecoming time for Alexandria Area High School. This year's annual event will come with a few changes aimed at making it a more communitywide affair. Coronation will take place in the evening rather than the school day to encourage community attendance. This year's Homecoming is also getting an early start this year and will take place the second week of school for students. Registration deadline to participate in the parade is noon, Monday, Sept. 11. The schedule for the week is as follows.
Technology is taking over our world - and our school buses. When school starts Tuesday, Alexandria Public Schools will unveil its newest district-wide study tool - Internet access on school and activity buses. The project, which was piloted last year with sports and activities buses, aims to provide students with a little more study time.
The only grocery store in Evansville will bring its legacy — and its doors — to a close this week, leaving many residents to rethink their shopping routine. Nelson's Store will have its last day of business on Thursday, Aug. 31, ending a 71-year run. For 62 of those years, the family owned business has been in its current home on a prominent corner of Evansville's downtown. Before Evansville, it operated in Melby for nine years.
The 1930s may seem worlds away, but on Aug. 29, the decade will be as close as the Andria Theatre in Alexandria. The theater will be putting on the free musical and theatrical performance, "Stormy Weather - Songs and Stories of the 1930s," Tuesday night in conjunction with Alexandria's annual Community Read program. Each year, Douglas County bookworms of all ages read a book that is then brought to life through various group activities. This summer's Community Read was "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics."
Alexandria fairgoers are accustomed to the sounds of the demolition derby echoing through the fairgrounds each year, but Thursday night the engines roaring in the distance were a bit smaller. Dozens of competitors came out for the Douglas County Fair's very first lawn mower demolition derby. Decorating the track were hand painted machines, each lined up nose-to-nose before the starting flag was waved. The competition was concluded like any other demo derby- when the last machine was moving.
Knute Nelson Home Care and Hospice in Alexandria will celebrate National Senior Citizens Day. This holiday of appreciation was created in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan as a means to honor seniors and recognize their achievements that enrich our communities every year.
For students and educators, the annual three-month stretch of warm weather is commonly coined "summer vacation," but for the custodial staff of Alexandria Public Schools the summer months are anything but. "It's kind of thought that we are nine months out of the year schooling, but that is definitely not the case," said Trevor Peterson, business services director of Alexandria Public Schools. "There are other things going on in our facilities. Summer proves to be our chance to get a lot of deferred maintenance and large projects done."
A legacy was torn down last week, but for some area residents it will never be forgotten. The tattered remains of Lund's Bait Shop on North Nokomis Street between Lake L'Homme Dieu and Lake Darling came down last Thursday afternoon. There was a growing safety concern that the building might cave in.
It turns out memory lane is just about 36 miles long. The Pioneer Power Club, a vintage tractor club based in Douglas County, will celebrate its 25th birthday on Saturday, July 15, with a 36-mile tractor ride for the public and tractor lovers alike. Officially created in 1992 by fewer than a dozen close buddies and some tractors as old as the early thirties, the club has grown from its humble beginning into a state-recognized non-profit organization with about 75 members that serves several neighboring counties.