As we begin the new year, I have a heartwarming story of how Lions saved the sight of a young child in Ecuador. Lions across Alaska are very generous with their donations to Lions International for cure to blindness not only here but across the world.
WOW! The communities of Eagle River and Chugiak have done it again. You are truly amazing. You are the reason I could not leave after retiring from a career in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2008. Please accept my most heartfelt and compassionate thank you.
Red Ribbon Week is a United States education and prevention initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. During the official Red Ribbon Week — celebrated from Oct. 23-31 of every year — the initiative encourages students nationwide to make a pledge to live drug and alcohol free.
It is the last day of the first semester and the day before Christmas break. After a long day at school, we are picked up by our advisors at the two high schools to head to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center for “Senior Power Hour.”
The season of giving is upon us. The local Lions organizations provide food and gifts for the Chugiak-Eagle River area each year. Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions bring a little bit of happiness to families in need each year.
In parts of the world, Santa arrives by sleigh, slides down chimneys or walks through front doors. But for people living in small island communities in the Aleutians, access to the mainland is limited — and children rarely have the chance to visit Santa.
The passing of Thanksgiving always marks the commencement of the holiday season. The mall offers extended hours, your job begins preparing for the annual Christmas party, and you go over your monthly budget for December trying to figure out just how you are going to afford this holiday season.
As the frosty, crisp air has begun to tingle our noses, the children rush through the park filled with anticipation for a bright Christmas. The bright lights that encircle the large pine tree in Town Square are turned on indicating it is the time of year to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River.
We have all been moved by the devastation in our own state, country — and now in the Philippines. Many here in Alaska have family members that are waiting for news of their safety. It will be many years before most of the people affected by recent tragedies will find life again as they knew it.
Time seems to fly by faster each year. It seems like yesterday we were playing baseball and football, hosting a rodeo, having family picnics and getting together to celebrate our independence at the Eagle River Lions Park.