My father fought in the Korean War. Growing up, my sisters and I would sometimes play with his medals, encased in a small box lined in blue velvet. We were forbidden to play with these and so we treated them with reverence. We were too young to understand their solemn importance, we only knew that they were heavier than they looked, and that when we held them in our hands the medal warmed to the touch.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center was rocking out the holiday cheer last Saturday during its annual Holiday Bazaar. The parking lot was packed, and inside the center folks browsed from vendor to vendor, enjoying everything from handmade jewelry to scarves to candles to hair accessories and wood art and hats and books and, well, just about anything one might want to purchase as holiday gifts.
A new refrigerator might not seem like something to get excited about. Couple it with a new microwave, new counters and, well, a brand spanking new kitchen, and people begin cheering. At least, the kids at the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club.
The moniker “brake light hill” should begin fading from the vernacular of Glenn Highway travelers in about a year. That’s the goal of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ Eagle River bridge project.
Should marijuana be legalized in Alaska? It’s a thorny issue. And the complications and emotions attributed to both sides were evident when opponents and supporters of Ballot Measure 2 presented their views at the Chugiak-Eagle River luncheon Oct. 1.
Saving the best for last, more than one division of the Eagle River Panthers Association Pop Warner football program avenged earlier season losses to claim a state title.
Autumn seems to rush past us like a gust of wind, and try as we might, it’s difficult if not impossible to prolong it so we can savor the brilliant colors, brisk mornings and snow-dusted mountain tops.
Amy Demboski sits at a backroom table in Jitters wearing a maroon jacket and lacey black top, her blond hair falling around her shoulders. She looks friendly yet serious. She takes off her glasses, makes herself comfortable.