The Joy Lutheran Church parking lot was packed Monday, Nov. 25 as families trudged through slush to pick up holiday fixings. Inside, volunteers bustled about, calling out names and directing children towards the cookie platter. The Food Bank of Alaska’s Thanksgiving Blessing was in full swing.
This year’s 21st Annual Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland events are bigger than ever. A record 62 businesses are participating in the Munch on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, said Merry Braham, special events coordinator for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
Andraya LaFleur learned how to quilt in a unique place — prison. When LaFleur came to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center last year, another inmate introduced her to the hobby craft program. Until her recent release, LaFleur worked as a hobby craft monitor, teaching the skills she learned to other inmates.
Area residents received a Municipal-wide update from Mayor Dan Sullivan when he addressed the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Eagle River Ale House.
Matanuska Electric Association announced a slight rate reduction starting the first quarter of 2014. Base rates will decrease by 1.13 percent, according to a Nov. 14 press release. The average MEA member — which uses just under 800 kilowatt hours of electricity each month — will see a monthly decrease of 98 cents, MEA spokesman Kevin Brown said in the release.
Cindy Lee learned a good lesson last week — life is expensive. The Chugiak High senior was one of about 50 upperclassmen who participated in the school’s Financial Reality Fair on Thursday, Nov. 21. As soon as students entered room 208, they turned 24-years-old. After they chose a profession, students were given a salary and some had spouses and/or children.
For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particular, was a driving force during the push for statehood, and more than a century before that, the commercial fishing industry was a major proponent of the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1857.
Kastle Sorensen recently became a veteran — well in the baking world. In June, the 2003 Chugiak High grad competed in “Cupcake Wars,” a competition cooking show on the Food Network that pits four bakers against each other. Sorensen’s episode will be aired Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Alaska.
When Aaron Kallas isn’t teaching at Chugiak High, he spends his time training other educators in the field of biotechnology. And he’s doing award-winning work. Kallas earned the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award. The National Association of Biology Teachers will present the award to Kallas on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Atlanta.
A woman died after she re-entered a burning house in Chugiak on Monday, Nov. 18, according to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. The woman, who was not identified Monday, exited the home at 15813 South Birchwood Loop with two other occupants then re-entered, CVFD Chief Virginia McMichael said.