“Summertime fun in Old Chugiak”
There was no shortage of fun activities in Chugiak in “the old days,” as is related in the weekly Knik Arm Courier newspaper. Here is a sampling:
May 27, 1970
Peters Creek — A lifeguard will be on duty at Mirror Lake weekends starting Saturday, May 30, and through the month of June.
Charles Dickey, who acted in the capacity of lifeguard at the popular swimming area last year, will once again act in this capacity.
Dickey is employed by the Chugiak Ladies Club, and paid by funds raised from contributions from many Chugiak area organizations.
The State Legislature has not as yet acted upon the budget of the Department of Parks and Recreation, which includes a request for funds to pay a full-time lifeguard at Mirror Lake. Even if these funds are approved, they would not become available until July 1.
June 13, 1962
Chugiak — An old-fashioned box social and country dance will kick off the campaign of Louise Long, local candidate to the State House of Representatives.
The affair will be held on Saturday, June 23, at the Chugiak Carnival Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.
Live music will be provided for dancing, and admission will be one dollar to those who ust plan to attend the dance, but FREE to any gentleman accompanying a lady with a box supper.
July 20, 1966
Birchwood — The Chugiak High School Gym Recreation program is getting more support all the time according to Andy Kirk, recreation director.
In the beginning, Kirk said, only boys participated, but now many girls are enjoying the program. Basketball is still the most popular sport, and a game is usuallyin progress in half of the gym. In the rest of the gym ping-pong, volleyball and badminton are currently being played. Some girls are presently setting up a record player for dancing.
“Come on to the gym and have some fun,” Kirk invites.
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