Exponential is a word easy enough to define, but quantifying it is an entirely different matter. Simply put, it means rapid growth. Bringing “rapid” into understandable terms, though, is something else again.

The word immediately popped into my head on Aug. 10 when I was guided to a page on Facebook, the social networking phenomenon that everyone but me seems to know about.

Kelly Cobb seems to be adjusting nicely to college life.

The Duke University freshman has exploded onto the scene for the Blue Devils, racking up a pair of game-winning goals, including a left-footed rocket that lifted Duke to a 2-1 lead in their eventual 3-1 win over No. 1 Notre Dame on Aug. 28.

“It feels amazing. I cannot even explain it.” Cobb said in a Duke press release sent after the match in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Baffling circumstances

A Birchwood youth and his adult companion were found dead down a slope from the Glenn Highway in the Sheep Mountain area, according to a front page story in the Sept. 2, 1971 edition of the Star.

According to police, Lorance Zimmerman, 44, of Spenard, and Paul Hair, 11, of Birchwood were last seen leaving Hair’s home on an errand to Gunsight Mountain. Police would not say how the pair died, but said vehicle they’d been riding in was not found.

1. Place a salmon fillet skin side down on a piece of foil.

2. Season liberally with margarine and Lowery’s seasoned salt.

3. Sprinkle 2 handfuls of brown sugar over the top of the fish.

4. Seal in foil and bake at 350 degrees or on a charcoal grill.

1. Place a 1 ½ pound fillet of salmon, salt and peppered, in a baking dish.

2. Mix 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon prepared mustard.

3. Boil. Thicken with flour and pour over fish.

4. Bake 40 min. at 350 degrees.

Optional — Mix 1 tablespoon butter and 1 cup bread crumbs and sprinkle over fish before baking.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society appreciates this opportunity to share some of the stories gleaned from its archives, which are located in the old Chugiak Elementary School. The society has been existence since 1993 and has accumulated a vast collection of photos, newspapers, documents, books, letters and other material of interest to this area. Volunteers meet Friday mornings to organize and see tht these items are stored in archival safe containers. They are also helping to select articles for this column.

Size shouldn’t matter when it comes to scary creatures. After all, plenty of people are terrified of rats and spiders.

Yet savage and ugly as the tiny monsters are in “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” they’re not as frightening as the filmmakers would have you believe. These wee beasties are not all that interesting, either, and frankly, neither is the movie.

Anchorage Public Library is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Z.J. Loussac Public Library with special cultural events, an author’s lecture series and a community picnic over the next couple months. Since it opened Sept. 14, 1986, Loussac has become the most visited public building in the city with millions walking through its doors in the last two-and-a-half decades — 785,625 last year alone. I wager a high percentage of those visitors have no idea who Z.J. Loussac was and why the library is named for him.

An Alaska Baseball League team has a new home — now it just needs a new name.

Athletes in Action, which was an Alaska Baseball League team without a town this summer, will call Peters Creek’s Loretta French Park home for the 2012 season.

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce president Pete Mulcahy made the announcement at the group’s luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

“Athletes in Action are relocating to our hometown,” Mulcahy said.

Chugiak High junior Sam McCall enjoyed cutting class last week.

“Perfect way to end a Friday,” McCall said.

As he spoke, McCall used a small saw to prune a dead branch from an amur maple tree in an arboretum on the school grounds. Overgrown and overlooked, the tree garden had become a bit of a mess in recent years, said teacher George Campnell.

“I don’t think it’s ever been pruned,” Campnell said.

Sam Hartke is just fine.

Chugiak High’s swimming and diving team swept West High on Friday, Aug. 25 to kick off the 2011 campaign. The boys notched an 88-66 victory while the girls edged the Eagles 98-84.

Danica Barto was the Wolves’ lone representative at Chugiak for the first gymnastics meet of the season Friday, Aug. 25. But the junior gymnast didn’t compete. Instead, Barto watched the Mustangs defeat East High 181.90 to 130.35 from the stands.

Eagle River erased two winless flag football seasons with a last-second touchdown to give it a 12-6 victory over rival Chugiak High to open the season Aug. 23.

“I’ve never been involved in a game like that,” Wolves head coach Matt Turner said. “It was exciting.”

Chugiak took a 6-0 lead after scoring on its first drive.

“We just held them the rest of the game,” Turner said. “For the girls to not lose their composure was just great.”

With just 15 swimmers, Eagle River’s team might be lacking in numbers, but that’s not dampening the spirits of senior Brenna Wheeler.

“It’s more intimate because it’s so small,” Wheeler said of this year’s squad.

Eagle River has maintained a positive attitude through its first two losses of the season — the same was true in Week 3.

Cook Inlet Conference foe Bartlett defeated the Wolves 48-21 on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. But Eagle River’s season is far from over, sophomore quarterback Peter Kott said.

Blood squirted from Travis Craig’s nose like water escaping a pinhole leak in a water balloon.

He got off easy.

Craig’s broken nose forced him out of Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference bloodbath at Anchorage Football Stadium in the first quarter, leaving him safe from further punishment as Service handed the Mustangs a 42-6 loss that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.

With easy Internet access almost anywhere these days, we often forget that everything depends on sensitive electronics and in many cases on fiber-optic and other cables underground or even under the ocean. Many things can disrupt those connections, from earthquakes to mudslides and fires. When that happens, there’s an outage — usually repaired quickly. But in the case of a big event, like a major hurricane, there may be days of isolation.

Last week, I shared with you about the ministry of Love INC of Eagle River. Today I will explain our development process, and list the people who have worked together to accomplish this great outreach ministry, in the name of Christ. We started our development in 2004, with three of us meeting to pray about the concept of churches working together to help our neighbors. We had heard of Love INC’s ministry in the Valley, and we went up there to check it out.


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