Chugiak-Eagle River Star, Issue 48, Volume 45, December 1,2011, Alaska

Heading into hostile territory is nothing new for Brian Flanagan, a member of the Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, who is about to ship out on his fourth tour of duty overseas. But this time around, leaving home will be especially tough.

"Every one has its own challenges," Flanagan said shortly before a deployment ceremony for the 3,500-member brigade at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

This time around, Flanagan will be leaving not just the safety of home, but a newborn son, 3-month-old Colin.

A public deployment ceremony for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be held at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

Kelly Cobb is making another big run.

The Duke University freshman striker and 2011 Chugiak High graduate helped her team earn a spot in the women's soccer national semifinals — also known as the College Cup — with a 2-0 win over Long Beach State on Friday, Nov. 25.

Cobb didn't score in the match, though she did lead the team in shots — including one that bounced off the crossbar.

So far this year, Cobb leads her team in goals (11), points (30), shots (89), shots on goal (40) and game-winning goals (6). 

Three Mat-Su residents arrested in a September disturbance involving Anchorage police at the Homestead Lounge are fighting the charges against them.

Police came to the Eagle River bar on Regency Drive the night of Sept. 11. Reports at the time described the situation as an alcohol-fueled melee involving a bar full of people who turned on officers making a routine bar check.

Police said they tackled one patron after he slapped an officer’s arm. They pepper-sprayed another. The three men spent the night in jail.

Dan Graeber manages the Homestead Lounge and Eagle River Bowl.

But there’s more to his story than that.

Graeber spent several years on the national bowling circuit and says he still carries a 210 average, a score that puts him among the top half-dozen senior bowlers in the state. He served on the city council of Cheyenne, Wyo. and ran for mayor.

Graeber came to Alaska in the mid-1980s. He operated the Pines Club, once known as Anchorage’s biggest and most popular country-western nightclub. A rodeo was associated with the club.

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Saturday sevening the Chugiak Players held the second showing of their premier production, “The City Slicker and Our Nell,” an old fashioned melodrama which was pronounced a success by all who attended the three performances.

The case was made up almost entirely of residents of the Chugika-Birchwood-Eagle River and Peters Creek area, and the group hold future plans for more such productions.

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.

“Laughable” probably isn’t the word the makers of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” were aiming for, but there it is; laughter, at all the wrong places.

The fourth movie in the freakishly popular girl-vamp-wolf love triangle series is so self-serious, it’s hard not to cackle at it. The dialogue is, of course, ridiculous and the acting ranges from stiff to mopey. But moments that should be pulsating with tension are usually hilarious because the special effects are still just so distractingly cheesy.

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team rebounded after being outscored 18-4 in three straight losses to Fairbanks with a 6-4 win over Mat-Su on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the McDonald Center.

Rachel Russell and Holly Linder scored two goals apiece for CER.

After falling behind 2-0, CER tickled the twine three times in less than a minute to hold a one-goal lead after the first period.

The flurry of offensive gave CER a boost of energy, Linder said.

“It got our team going,” she said.

Eagle River’s Andrew K. Tooyak III and Ryan Lavey recently won first-place medals at the ISKF USA National Karate Touranment in Denver Colo. on Nov. 5-6.

Tooyak won the Collegiate Men’s championship in Black Belt Kata (forms), while Lavey won the Boys 16-17 Black Belt Kumite (sparring) title.

The duo traveled to Colorado as part of the 12-member Alaska Region ISKF team under the guidance of head coach Charles Holness and overseer Anthony Nakazawa.

In today’s ultra-competitive society, many parents push their children into sports with dreams of college scholarships and pro careers dancing in their heads.

Not Joe and Mary Lammers, who got their kids into skiing as a way to get them out of the house.

“It’s something we picked up to stay busy as a family,” said Joe Lammers.

What began as a fun way to enjoy winter in Alaska paid off handsomely last week, when Isaac, a senior at Chugiak High, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Nordic ski team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Eagle River has a new head coach, lots of new faces and plenty of optimism heading into the 2011-12 wrestling campaign.

“It’s not about quantity, it’s quality,” said senior standout Dominic Taus.

First-year coach Daren Williams took over the head job after Lance Bodeen stepped aside to spend more time with his family. Williams, a longtime Eagle River assistant, said he’s enjoying the role — most of it, at least.

“There’s a lot of paperwork,” he joked.



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