16 years ago this week
Spirit moves parishioners to rebuild
Parishioners at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church vowed to rebuild in the wake of a fire that destroyed their church.
“Everybody is positive that the church is not the building, it’s the people,” said senior warden Kim DuFour.
The fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damages at the church, which also housed the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry. In a front-page photo from Nov. 26, 1996, Rev. William Greene, food pantry director, held a charred can of food in front of the burned-out church.
Rev. Greg Kimura said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support his congregation received in aftermath of the fire.
“My faith has really been strengthened seeing how people have come together in a tragedy,” he said.
French fields sought
The Chugiak Community Council was urging the municipal Parks and Recreation board to come up with a master plan for Loretta French Park that would speed the development of baseball fields there.
The development of the fields had been stymied when the board previously decided not to fund the project. However, the discovery of gravel at the site meant that the board was looking into trading gravel for the development of baseball fields.
But without a master plan, council members said no plan could move forward, and said the board should come up with one as soon as possible.