Svaja Vansauskas Worthington was just 18 months old when her family fled Lithuania to escape the devastation caused by World War II. Between the forced evacuation of the Jewish quarter in the Vilnius ghetto, and the change from a pre-war Russian-occupied Lithuania to a wartime German occupation and then a re-occupation by the Russians again, Lithuania’s future looked grim. Her family moved to the displaced persons camp in the American quarter in Berlin, Germany, and her father worked several years to relocate his family to the United States.
Gone is the long wait outside the classroom for middle school students while their parents or guardians talk with teachers during parent conferences. Instead, the Anchorage School District is moving to a student-led model.
Starting June 1, bus service to Peters Creek will be reduced or nixed altogether. On Feb. 12, the Public Transit Advisory Board gave recommendations to People Mover on its final plan for making changes to bus service this year. The original plan called for cutting service off to Peters Creek, with the 102 route terminating at the North Birchwood Park and Ride.
When fifth-grader Hunter Fleischhacker heard the word “sesame” announced as the one he’d need to spell correctly to win the Birchwood ABC Elementary School spelling bee, he thought of the popular preschool television show.
Firefighters worked to douse the flames of an Eagle River house fire on the corner of Easy and Lazy Streets Saturday, marshalling 12 fire units from Anchorage, Eagle River and Chugiak. The home is a local landmark, well known for the annual Christmas light show set to music put on in years past by owner David Mikowski.
Chugiak High School hosted the 2015 ASAA 4A Alaska State Wrestling Championships Feb. 6 and 7. The Chugiak Mustangs placed sixth overall, thanks to three points by 190-pound champion senior Jesse Nelson. His win provided separation from East Anchorage in team scoring during the two-day championships.
Much of the crowd was still buzzing over the 145-pound Regional championship match between Eagle River’s Marcus Amico and top-seeded Rami Pellumbi, of South Anchorage, even more than an hour after Saturday’s evening’s last title match at Chugiak High.
Chugiak ProStart students competed in the Alaska ProStart Culinary Invitational Competition on Jan. 31. For the fourth year in a row the Chugiak Management Team earned a first-place award and the opportunity to represent Alaska at the National ProStart Invitational Competition being held in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Each team member earned over $30,000 in scholarships. The team designed and presented a business plan for a new restaurant they call “Wrap It Up.”
Mary Lochner has been named editor of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. “I’m thrilled to be my hometown newspaper’s new editor,” Lochner said. “Chugiak-Eagle River is a great community, and I look forward to working with writers, photographers and local people to help tell its stories.”