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Alexandria's Mayor Goes the 'Extra Mile'

Mayor Bill Euille has joined many other U.S. mayors in supporting Nov. 1 as "Extra Mile Day."

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille has joined more than 350 other U.S. mayors in declaring Nov. 1 “Extra Mile Day.”

It’s a day “recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile in life,” according to the organizers of nonprofit Extra Mile America.

Extra Mile America started in 2009 with Shaun Anderson’s 4,000 mile solo bike ride across the United States, when he interviewed 200 people identified as “going the extra mile” by accomplishing something unique or overcoming major tragedy.

“Going the extra mile is doing more than the normal...more than expected. Going the extra mile is getting back up after we've been knocked down…despite whatever has happened,” Anderson said. “Going the extra mile is where change starts.”

Katy Cannady October 18, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The Mayor is selective about which miles he will travel. On Oct. 10, the Old Town Civic Assn. had its candidates's forum including an invitation to the Mayor and Mr. Mcdonald to appear together. The Mayor told the president of the association that he had a meeting to chair at city hall that night. That meeting, dealing with the Potomac Yard Metro, started at 6:30 p.m. and ended shortly after 8 p.m. That time period is easily verified because a video of the meeting is posted on the city's web site. Old Town arranged its forum in hopes the Mayor would come. The Council candidates were asked to go first. That segment of the forum ended at 8:30 p.m. The organizers held a long intermission until 9:05 p.m. hoping the Mayor would travel the short distance between city hall and the Lyles Crouch School in time to sit down with Andrew Macdonald and answer just four questions. He never came. I did not think the four questions were in any way unfair. The last one was "If elected to serve during the next three years, what accomplishment do you want to be known for at the end of those three years?" I would have liked to know the answer to that. Too bad the Mayor could not travel those few blocks for a meeting with Old Town citizens.
John October 19, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I salute the Mayor for being a man intent on making a difference. Thank you for "going the extra mile," Mr. Mayor!

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