Brendon Mezzetti’s violin is the Eagle River teen’s ticket around the world. Mezzetti, 18, recently returned home from a world tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a collection of 120 of the nation’s top young classical musicians assembled by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institue in New York.
Sometimes making donuts means making a difference. At this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life, the fundraising team of Stevie Larson, Belicia Norris, Cindy Henie and Teresa Pitt dished donuts as their way of fighting cancer.
No one was injured in a Chugiak house fire Tuesday, Aug. 6 that caused at least $300,000 in damages, according to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. A combined 10 units from the CVFD and the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the blaze, said incident commander Clifton Dalton with the CVFD. The fire, which was called in by a neighbor at around 7:30 a.m., was under control within about 15 minutes, he said.
Police spokeswoman Dani Myren said the accident occurred at around 4 p.m. on the Old Glenn Highway near Loretta French Park. Myren said the northbound Fusion, driven by Michael Trudeau, 25, of Wasilla, crossed the center line and struck the southbound truck nearly head-on. Both Trudeau and a passenger, 23-year-old Kayla Ponte, of Anchorage, were taken to local hospitals with what Myren said appeared to be non life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, 37-year-old Melvin Johnson, of Chugiak, was uninjured.
The mere mention of Paris stimulates the senses and conjures up many images: The smell of freshly-baked baguettes, the sound of old accordion tunes resonating through the streets, the feel of cobblestone beneath your feet as you walk along to explore museums, historical sites such as the Eiffel tower and castles. It’s no wonder so many artists are drawn to this charming city. This was a city on my ‘bucket list’ to visit some day. So it seemed appropriate to say “yes” to the opportunity to co-teach a paper collage class in Paris with artist Bonnie Fitzgerald of internationally known company Maverick Mosaics. I’ve always loved doing paper collages since I was a child. Making a collage is another art form I use to express my creativity. Of course I wanted to teach this art class with as much knowledge about it as I could. Some interesting facts I found out and conveyed to the class: Collage is a French word, from coller, meaning to glue. This art form has been done for hundreds of years but it was cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso who coined the term “collage” in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. The creative process for this class began when Bonnie and I selected multi colored papers, maps of Paris, and cut out words and pictures from magazines for the students to choose from as they collaged the front and back covers of journal books they would use to document their trip to Paris.
Tucked away on the backside of a small lake at the edge of the Chugach Mountains, Camp Carlquist Cub Scout Camp is young boy’s paradise. There’s Edmonds Lake to swim in, hiking trails to explore and plenty of fresh air to breathe while running and playing in the Alaska summer sun. It’s a place where stories are made, songs are learned and lifetime friendships forged. And for Ian and Grady, it’s where two uncertain futures began to come into focus.
A small cabin in Eagle River recently suffered some big time vandalism. When caretaker Tom Staudenmaire went to check on the cabin at the end of Domain Lane near St. Andrew Catholic Church, he found nearly all of its contents thrown outside. Boxes of paperwork littered the front yard. The stove and file cabinets were tossed down a nearby hill.
The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department broke ground Wednesday, July 24 at the site of its new Station 35 on the Old Glenn Highway near Fire Lake in Eagle River. The 10,000-square-foot facility will house five fire fighting and response vehicles, offices, a classroom and serve as the department’s administrative station, said CVFD Chief Virginia McMichael.
While some might not think twice about the demands they put on their cars — what we do to our bodies doesn’t compare, said massage therapist L.A. Simpson. “Most people would never treat their vehicles the way they treat their bodies,” he said.