Walking through the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center’s plant sale last week was like walking through a dream. The sun shined and everyone smiled and all around were vibrant flowers in every imaginable color: Reds and whites, blues and violets, dark reds and shy, blushing pinks. And then there were the smells: Deep and succulent, with a lingering hint of sweetness.
Attention! Stand up tall and straight, Chugiak-Eagle River, and give a proper salute. William “Top” Dill, the longtime naval sciences instructor at Chugiak High School, is retiring from the classroom after 22 years of teaching.
There were balloons. And confetti. A little bit of dancing, and a whole lot of laughter. And, of course, tears: Joyful, happy, proud, ecstatic tears. The Chugiak and Eagle River Class of 2014 graduations took place at the Sullivan Arena on a sunny Thursday.
Oh, my! Things were rocking in the Gruening Middle School multipurpose room when Cierra Mickens made a surprise visit to the school’s talent show last week. Yes, Cierra Mickens! In the flesh!
It was an impressive evening, filled with calculus puns, military humor and a lot of hardworking individuals ready to embark on a new chapter of their lives. The Eagle River 2014 Senior Awards Ceremony honored students with medals, scholarships and college intent letters.
For Eagle River hair dresser Joan Weinberger, Mother’s Day this year isn’t marked with the traditional trappings: A box of sampler candy, the chocolate covered strawberries, a bountiful bouquet of flowers and the afternoon yummy buffet. Hers is more aligned with life’s nitty gritty. It is a celebration of milestones and victories that at times only she can see as she battles to keep her 23-year-old son from further legal troubles and on the healing path from a traumatic brain injury. It is an acceptance of things she never dreamed when she first held him. It is taking steps at his side that she never thought she’d have to take.
The fashion scene hits Eagle River Saturday night as the creativity of local designers and the strutting of local models hits the catwalk erected inside Community Covenant Church at 7 p.m.
It was a warm and sunny spring day, and the Eagle River Ale House was bustling with luncheon goers, most of them there to hear Senator Lisa Murkowski speak. Murkowski, in a tweed-colored sweater and slacks, made her way around the room, shaking hands and calling people by name.
It’s been 40 years since Eagle River’s Sam Cotten first won a seat in the Alaska state Legislature. Back in 1974, he’d decided to run for the House of Representatives on the spur of the moment, after the filing deadline for legislative candidates was extended from June to July.