When it’s hot it’s hot!



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Wow. You’ve gotta have a long memory to think back to an early summer that’s been as hot as this one. When you’re running low on sunscreen by summer solstice, you know it’s been a sunny spring. And when local stores can’t keep bug dope on the shelves, you know Alaskans have been getting out and enjoying the rays.

Of course, any of us who have lived in Alaska long know things could change in an instant. What seems like an endless summer could turn into gloom and doom in a day’s time. But we’re going to hold out hope that this June’s unprecedented run of sunshine will last through our area’s busiest time of year.

In the next couple weeks, Chugiak-Eagle River’s summer gets sizzling when the area will play host to several huge community celebrations. The string of events begins this weekend with the Alaska Scottish Highland Games, which we preview on page 10 of this week’s edition.

Then on Wednesday, July 3, Eagle River Lions Park will turn into a fireworks tailgate party for thousands as the local Lions clubs host the July 3rd Extravaganza. The next day, the annual Chugiak Fourth of July Parade will be held on the Old Glenn between Latimer Hall and the senior center.

And in less than two weeks, the biggest summer event of them all kicks off with the Bear Paw Festival (July 10-14), a five-day fun fest that’s become Eagle River’s own miniature state fair. You can find the official guide to this year’s festival, including event descriptions, maps and more, inserted into this week’s edition of the Star. We hope you’ll enjoy it and use it as your roadmap to negotiate the biggest happening on the Chugiak-Eagle River calendar.

Last summer, some of these annual events were touched with rainfall, so we think it’s fair to ask Mother Nature to hold off on the waterworks for the next couple weeks. Ma’am, if you’re listening, please just get us through Bear Paw and we’ll be happy campers.

Oh, and if you could maybe do something about the mosquitos, too…

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