The library at Eagle River High School was packed with students and not only the obligatory presence of parents a week ago as the school’s 10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition was held. Forget the stereotype of poets as people who page through dusty books, are eccentric societal outsiders continually in deep, reflective thought and oddly always wearing a beret.
After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again. The reopening of the Harry J. McDonald Center was made official with a ribbon-cutting and everything including free skate rental and ice, along with cookies, hotdogs and door prizes.
Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.
After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.
When it came time for Ben Talotta to select his Eagle Scout project, the former Eagle Academy Charter School student thought of his elementary alma mater.
Monsters, action figures, princesses and pirates were out in full force at Fire Lake Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 24. The parking lot was packed and it was almost impossible to make it down the hallway without getting jabbed by someone’s elbow or hat or, in the case of one man’s costume choice, a very large nose.
Students at Homestead Elementary learned a lesson in holiday giving when they collected and packaged items to donate to the Bean’s Café Beanie Boxes. Dana Johnson’s second grade students, along with help from fourth and fifth grade classes, collected donations and essential items such as toothpaste, shampoo, combs, soap, gloves and other necessities.
The “uglier” the better. That is, at least when it comes to holiday sweaters. While the cliche is that Alaskans tend to lag behind on styles, the ugly sweater trend is fully embraced on the Last Frontier this season. After all, these sweaters are warm and Alaskans do know a thing or two about piling on warm clothing.
Ho, ho, ho. It’s almost time for Santa to squeeze himself down the chimneys of area homes and leave presents for all of the good little boys and girls. To get into the spirit of the holidays, Mrs. Vanagel’s kindergarten/first grade combined classmates over at Homestead Elementary School wrote letters to Santa to let him know what they hope to find under the tree. Enjoy.
Local students, along with nearly 60 Anchorage School District students, took part in the 42nd annual Lager Nordlicht (Camp Northern Lights) at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak, Nov. 7-8. The camp was started 42 years ago by the venerable Jo Sanders, longtime Bartlett German Teacher and now curriculum director of the Rilke Schule German Charter School.