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A Chugiak legend

She wore a yellow scarf. Ella, slender, beautiful brown-haired Ella, riding a bicycle through Chugiak’s main street with two friends, riding all the way from Canada because ever since she was a school girl in Sweden, she had wanted to go to Alaska.
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‘This is our Anchorage’

Ethan Berkowitz won out over Amy Demboski at the polls May 5, with 59 percent of voters lofting him into the mayor’s seat. Demboski received 41 percent of the vote. On election night, polls stayed open until 8 p.m., and at Demboski’s campaign headquarters, Cinco de Mayo decorations and snacks awaited supporters who started streaming in at 7 p.m.
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April showers bring May flowers

Tradition dictates that May is the month of flowers. European spring festivals that featured a Maypole dance and baskets of flowers have survived in some American traditions, with children bringing handmade baskets of flowers to hang on neighbors’ doors in celebration of the season. On May 10, families will celebrate Mothers Day, with a bouquet a favorite gift for mom. On Memorial Day, May 25, military families will honor their loved ones who have passed on with flowers carefully placed at their cemeteries.
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Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.
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Living in a neurotypical world

Melodie Radcliffe spent the past week updating the Individual Education Plans for her special education students, writing meticulous notes for this fall’s incoming teacher, documenting the idiosyncrasies of each of her students.

A Chugiak legend

She wore a yellow scarf. Ella, slender, beautiful brown-haired Ella, riding a bicycle through Chugiak’s main street with two friends, riding all the way from Canada because ever since she was a school girl in Sweden, she had wanted to go to Alaska.

‘This is our Anchorage’

Ethan Berkowitz won out over Amy Demboski at the polls May 5, with 59 percent of voters lofting him into the mayor’s seat. Demboski received 41 percent of the vote. On election night, polls stayed open until 8 p.m., and at Demboski’s campaign headquarters, Cinco de Mayo decorations and snacks awaited supporters who started streaming in at 7 p.m.

April showers bring May flowers

Tradition dictates that May is the month of flowers. European spring festivals that featured a Maypole dance and baskets of flowers have survived in some American traditions, with children bringing handmade baskets of flowers to hang on neighbors’ doors in celebration of the season. On May 10, families will celebrate Mothers Day, with a bouquet a favorite gift for mom. On Memorial Day, May 25, military families will honor their loved ones who have passed on with flowers carefully placed at their cemeteries.

State taking public comments on competing ER plans

On May 1, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services posted certificate of need applications from two local hospitals outlaying why each hospital’s plan for buildout of an additional 14 emergency room beds should be approved by the state. The plan submitted by Providence Medical Center calls for an expansion of its emergency department, while the Alaska Regional plan calls for freestanding emergency departments in Eagle River and South Anchorage.
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Living the (charmed) Army life

Every so often, someone asks my husband, “What did your wife say when you joined the Army?” The presumption is that wives are apprehensive about the military. Many assume the guy is gung-ho about the idea, but the woman has to be talked into it. Not so with us.

Electroshock is no therapy, hurts Alaskans

Alaskans for Disability Rights is asking Governor Bill Walker for a emancipation proclamation and an administrative order totally banning involuntary electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery / lobotomy. We ask the governor to please state publicly that he plans to introduce legislation amending AS 47.30.825 (f) and (g), which will additionally ban electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery/lobotomy, in statute, especially court ordered and guardian ordered electroconvulsive therapy/electroshock and psychosurgery/lobotomy.

Gruening Middle School students speak out on issues of concern

This year, we received several form letters from Gruening Middle School eighth-grade students about what topics they had chosen for a Project Citizen assignment in their social studies class. Each started with a similar-sounding introduction, before going on to discuss what each student chose and why the topic is important.

EDITORIAL: Advice to graduates: know yourself

Before the first Russian missionary, St. Juvenaly, arrived to the Knik area in 1796, the Dena’ina Athabascan people lived, loved and learned about their world and themselves in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for millennia, making observations and developing a unique culture and set of life philosophies.

Local church ‘recycles for a reason’

On a recent Friday morning, shoppers browsed overflowing tables loaded with used items. Women studied clothes, children dug through stacks of toys, and people inspected everything from furniture and kitchen items to books and holiday decorations, all in the gym at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak. On the surface, this event looked like a giant garage sale. But it was much more.
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Photo coverage shows bias against Gruening

We, the Gruening Middle School track team, noticed in the April 16 issue of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, that there were no photos of Gruening athletes. Although Gruening Middle School lost to Mirror Lake, we are still half the middle school population of Eagle River and Chugiak. Of the four photos you included in your newspaper, none of them are of us. Even the front page showed a Mirror Lake hurdler who placed second to one of our faster hurdlers! We worked just as hard as our across-town rival. We deserve to be noticed too.

Demboski will keep streets ‘clean’ of homeless people

As a transplant born in Anchorage, I first moved to Eagle River in 1974. We have worked hard to keep the homeless inebriates and other riff-raff off our streets and back in the big city where they belong; we have reason to be proud of our efforts. I support Amy (Demboski) for mayor, for if we get a liberal mayor the population we have worked so hard to keep off our streets could come flooding back in and ruin all our hard work.

Vote for Demboski, Snelling on April 7

Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River and Peters Creek have an opportunity to make history on Tuesday, April 7. Amy Demboski and Elisa Snelling are both local residents who are on the ballot. Amy graduated from Chugiak High School and UAA. Locally, she has served as the president of the Chugiak Community Council, and volunteered with the Sleeping Lady Lions. But her experience goes much further. Amy has chaired the Municipal Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the Parks and Rec board and the Judicial Conduct Commission.

Social media root of anti-social behaviors

Social media has become a major source of communication in our society. Human interaction has dramatically changed since the birth of sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and numerous others. We have gone from actual friendships and speaking, to gaining friends or “likes” so it can appear as if we have a great social life. This breeds drama and devolves our interaction with each other into “likes”. In coffee shops, you will sometimes see two friends spending time together, but they both spend half the time with their attention fixed on the screens of their devices to check tweets, status updates, or snapchats. The impact social media is having on our society is far too great to ignore. It is destroying our youth’s ability to participate in a conversation without the shield of technology.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Did you know that the Chugiak Fire Department put in over 45,000 volunteer hours of service to our community last year? They responded to 958 calls for help, an increase of about 8 percent over the number of calls they had in 2013.
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