The spirit of our community

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 20:00

It was an average fall day; like so many others I had a list of errands to run, being pulled in every direction and behind schedule to boot. Obeying the speed limit, but just barely, I rounded the street corner and in an instant a scene grabbed my attention. There were cars, trucks and SUVs on both sides of the road and filling up the driveway and yard of an unassuming house that I have driven by for the past twenty years.

I had always taken notice of the older couple that had lived there. Many times I had driven by and smiled as I saw them out doing yard work together. But this day was different. I didn’t see them, but I did see an army of volunteer firefighters with tools, shovels, and other equipment that indicated to me some serious work was about to begin.

Over the next week, it became a routine scene to see a barrage of vehicles and volunteer fire fighters adorning the lawn. As the week progressed, it became clear this house I had driven by so many times, was never to be the same. On the outside, these volunteers had built an incredible handicap accessible deck. But I am sure, on the inside, they had given so much more.

The men and women of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department are infinitely more than just volunteer firemen; they are the spirit of our community, they have demonstrated what service and loving your neighbor is about. Inspiration is easy to find, if we just open our eyes. There are so many opportunities to get involved in our community, there are people we can lend a hand to, and there are organizations we can donate to. I feel so lucky, and honored, to be part of a community that still looks out for one another and helps each other when we need a hand. This week, on behalf of the Lions, we want to say thank you to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you for your service, thank you for your inspiration, and thank you for reminding all of us just how lucky we are to live in this amazing community.


Sarah Matthew fundraiser planned

The Eagle River Elks, Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions will hold a fundraising benefit on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Eagle River Elks Lodge for Sarah Matthew, a 2011 Chugiak High graduate who is undergoing treatment for cancer. The event begins at 6 p.m. will include a dinner of beef brisket or pork butt, a silent auction and live music until midnight. All proceeds go toward Sarah’s treatment both in and outside of Alaska. For more information or to donate items for the silent auction, call Bruce Morinitti at 350-1573 or Steve Grohol at 317-3780.

For information on Lions visit or call Amy at 301-9179.


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