Eagle Academy Charter School third-grader Addison Strzempka looks skyward during a balloon release at the school timed to coincide with Red Ribbon Week, which was Oct. 22-30. Students at the school wrote pledges to stay free of drugs, then released the pledges inside red balloons.
Both Chugiak and Eagle River will enter today’s first-round Cook Inlet Conference Tournament matches at Service High coming off convincing victories in their season finales. Chugiak defeated West 3-1 on Oct. 29, while the Wolves took out Bartlett 3-0 that same night.
Eagle River finished 7-7 in the CIC this season, while Chugiak posted a 10-4 conference mark.
Fourth-seeded Eagle River’s tourney begins at 4 p.m. today with a battle against No. 5 East (6-8), a team that swept the Wolves during he regular season.
A total of 16 Chugiak High and two Eagle River High swimmers qualified for state. Chugiak’s Kaitlin Friedli was the lone local diver to qualify for state. With a score of 354.30 in the Cook Inlet Conference meet, Friedli enters state as the top diver.
Bartlett will host the state meet. Swimming preliminaries begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Girls diving preliminaries start at 3:30 p.m. followed by boys diving.
Girls diving semifinals start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 followed by the boys. Swimming and diving finals start at 1 p.m.
It appears we have made it through another fall season. The kids have conquered the benchmark first quarter of school, and the parents have survived another round of parent teacher conferences; though some kids would argue they were the ones that survived those same conferences. Many Alaskans have their PFDs tucked safely away in their bank accounts, and even more have embraced their duty to stimulate the economy. Regardless of the benchmark one uses to leave one season behind and welcome another, there is no doubt the holiday season is quickly approaching.
A male victim told Anchorage police on Oct. 23 that he was assaulted by three white male adults near Peters Creek Community Park. The victim said he didn’t know his assailants. He told police the trio punched him on his face and upper chest, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The victim, who declined medical attention, had visible injuries on his face, neck and upper chest, Parker said. No suspects could be located. No reason for the assault was reported, Parker said.
Eagle River’s Holly Darbous and Shane White were engaged on July 2, 2011 in Eklutna. Their wedding will be held July 7, 2012 in Moose Pass.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lee and DJ Darbous of Eagle River. She is a 2006 graduate of Chugiak High School and works at Cook Inlet Housing Authority. She enjoys reading, hiking, going to the cabin and spending time with Shane and their two dogs, Bentley and Bruin.
This piece has appeared in the Star before, but I think it merits an encore in that it’s relevant to our physical and mental health. If you adopt a calendar that I’ve been using for years, you’ll learn that winter is really only three months long.
So at the risk of sounding delusional, which is not a rarity for Alaskans wearily resigned to winter’s dark cocoon, here is how I apportion the 12 months—a guaranteed sanity preserver— provided you are ready and able to do one thing: go outdoors.