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Alexandria Joy Holmes of Bloomington and Chase Gard- ner Cosner of Ashland were united in marriage Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Springfield by Pastor Joshua Traxel. Parents of the bride are Kevin and Tammy Holmes of Bloomington. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Joyce Maxheimer, and the late Kenny and Reva Holmes, all of Mt. Pulaski. Parents of the groom are Jeff and Beth Cosner of Ashland. He is the grandson of John and Eleanor Cosner, and Bill and Mary Gardner, all of Ashland. Maids of Honor were both Samantha and Cecilia Holmes, sisters of the bride. Bridesmaids were, Katie Holm, Melissa Quaiver, and Sarah Parkinson, all friends of the bride. Best Man was Curtis Comer, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were, Jordan Evans, Brock Thompson, Ross Hager, and Travis Herman, friends of the groom. Ushers were Justin and Joel Milner, cousins of the bride. Flower girl was Ella Turner and ring bearer Calvin Cosner, niece and nephew of the groom. Serving as pro- gram attendants were Jes- sica Maxheimer and Brayden Rivest, both cousins of the bride. Vocalist was Maria Castillo, friend of the bride. A dinner-dance reception was held at the Northfield Center ballroom in Spring- field following the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Aruba in early December .... 2014 and currently resides in Edwardsville. Chase is a high school graduate of AC Central in Ashland, and SIUE Edwardsville, with a business degree. Alex graduated from Normal West High School and SIUE Edwardsville where she received her undergraduate and master's degrees in Exercise Physiology. Chase is currently a Seed Treatment Specialist for Independent Inputs. Alex is employed by the City of Des Peres, Missouri as a fitness specialist. This spring the couple will be relocating to the Springfield area, as Alex will be employed by the University of Illinois Springfield as the Assistant Director of Fitness, Wellness, and Intramurals. A 104-year-old woman in Texas says thekey to her longevity is drinking three Dr. Peppers every day. David Copperfield's Manhattan rooftop swimming pool burst,sending water cascading down 30 floors. Samantha, Holmes is pic- tured with the President of Tanzania, Africa, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete at the State House in Dares Salaam. Samantha is the daughter of Kevin and Tammy Holmes of Bloomington, IL. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Joyce Maxheimer, and the late Kenny and Reva Holmes, all of Mt. Pulaski. Samantha had a wonderful life changing opportunity in the summer of 2014 to study abroad through Western Ken- tucky University where she will graduate this May. While in Tanzania, Africa, Samantha did most of her work with the children at the Chakuwama Orphanage teach- ing the children basic English, problem solving, and showing the children how to work as a team. With the majority of the children speaking Swahili, the national language in Tanzania, communication with the chil- dren was sometimes limited and challenging. She was able to learn different Swahili words throughout her time there and communicate with the children in both verbal and non-verbal ways. She was also able to spend time at different private and public hospitals learning the different ways that third world countries practice medicine and the techniques they use. She also assisted at an HIV/ AIDS clinic and gained a better understanding of the challenges people face with this disease. Samantha was able to take in some other experiences while in Africa including a safari, snor- keling in the Indian Ocean, and a boat trip to the island of Zan- zibar. Samantha had a life changing experience while in Africa and would do it all again given the opportunity. The selfless people with happy hearts changed her life forever and she hopes that when people think of Africa they can know what a beauti- ful continent it is and let those people whom have different cul- tures change their outlook on life just like it did for her. Humane Society of Logan County Humane Society breakfast is 8am - 1 lam, Sunday, April 12 at American Legion Post 263, Lincoln. Donation: Adults $8, Grade School $5, Pre-School, free. There is also a large pie sale. The FDA has approved genetically modified apples and potatoes for con, sumption. 2O