Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River and Peters Creek have an opportunity to make history on Tuesday, April 7. Amy Demboski and Elisa Snelling are both local residents who are on the ballot. Amy graduated from Chugiak High School and UAA. Locally, she has served as the president of the Chugiak Community Council, and volunteered with the Sleeping Lady Lions. But her experience goes much further. Amy has chaired the Municipal Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the Parks and Rec board and the Judicial Conduct Commission.
Social media has become a major source of communication in our society. Human interaction has dramatically changed since the birth of sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and numerous others. We have gone from actual friendships and speaking, to gaining friends or “likes” so it can appear as if we have a great social life. This breeds drama and devolves our interaction with each other into “likes”. In coffee shops, you will sometimes see two friends spending time together, but they both spend half the time with their attention fixed on the screens of their devices to check tweets, status updates, or snapchats. The impact social media is having on our society is far too great to ignore. It is destroying our youth’s ability to participate in a conversation without the shield of technology.
Did you know that the Chugiak Fire Department put in over 45,000 volunteer hours of service to our community last year? They responded to 958 calls for help, an increase of about 8 percent over the number of calls they had in 2013.
As I read the Star the last couple of months, it is obvious that this is a special community. From all of the volunteers at the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry, we would like to thank the community for the large out pouring of kindness in helping us feed those who need a little extra.
The family of Linda Anne-Martz Bower would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to us during the sudden loss of our precious daughter.
“Building your trust one handshake at a time!” Pat Chesbro, candidate for Senate Seat F, believes this is what is missing between the current legislature and those they represent.
Wow! Thank you, MEA, for your donation to Love INC of Eagle River so that we can serve our local ‘neighbors in need’— whether it be the 308 low-income families that we provided with Thanksgiving meals, the 310 children provided school supplies in our ‘Backpack Giveaway,’ the homeless people for whom we help find housing or the families needing help with rent and other crises.