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Folks who aren’t quite as energetic as some of the event’s stars are still welcome at this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Walk for Seniors.

“It’s a walk to benefit seniors, but it’s for everyone to participate,” said Linda Miller, the center’s fundraising coordinator.

The walk will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4 starting at Town Square Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

“Scouting teaches boys responsibility and basic skills on adulthood, it gives them a head start to growing up to be independent young men who can be self reliant and self responsible” said Boy Scout Troop 190 Scoutmaster Wes Raley.

JBER Boy Scout Troop 190 and Troop 504 traveled to Gorsuch Boy Scout Summer Camp July 15 for a weeklong trip in the woods to help Scouts become, as Raley says, “independent young men.” While the scouts won’t be completely independent by the end of the week, they will be a little closer to reaching that goal.

Nobody ever joined the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department to get rich.

“The department didn’t offer you nothing but the camaraderie of the membership,” recalled Greg Weaver, one of four former CVFD chiefs who gathered to swap stories from a bygone era of frontier firefighting last week in honor of the department’s 60th anniversary.

With a quarter of a million people attending Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Arctic Thunder open house and air show Saturday and Sunday July 28-29, 2012 was a “huge success” for the biennial event, said JBER spokesman Luke Waack.

Too huge, in fact.

On Saturday, traffic backed up for hours at JBER’s gates. Some people never even made it on base.

“[Saturday] was a huge day,” Waack said. “We reached parking capacity. We just filled up.”

Waack attributed the massive crowds to an impressive lineup and sunny weather.

Eagle River beat Fairbanks Post 11 9-8 on Sunday, July 29 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Wolves' win sets up a showdown Wednesday against Chugiak with an automatic berth in the state championship on the line. The two squads are the only undeafeated teams remaining in the tournament, and each is guaranteed to finish no worse than third overall.

Eagle River shortstop Wesley Bennice turned an unassisted double play to end the game with Fairbanks threatening in the ninth.

Chugiak and Eagle River will play at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Mulcahy.

Sixth-seeded Chugiak Post 33 cruised past No. 2 South by a 12-3 margin Sunday at Mulcahy Stadium to remain unbeaten and earn a spot in the American Legion AA State Tournament semifinal. 

The Mustangs will play eighth-seeded Eagle River on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with a championship berth on the line. The Wolves upset No. 5 Fairbanks 9-8 on Sunday to earn a spot in the semifinal. 

Chugiak and Eagle River are the only undefeated teams left in the tournament. 

Anchorage police have identified the Eagle River man who died when his vehicle rolled over on Hiland Road on Thursday as James Finn, 60. 

Finn was driving a white Ford Ranger pickup when it rolled at Mile 3.7 of Hiland Road around 11 a.m., said APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

Police still do not know what caused the truck to roll over, ADP spokesperson Marlene Lammers said Friday. 

No other vehicles were involved, Parker said.

Police closed Hiland Road for a few hours after the rollover. 

A fundraiser will be held for George Gardner, owner of Hilltop Recycling in Chugiak, on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Mug-Shot Saloon in Wasilla.

Gardner, who co-owns the family business with his siblings, was diagnosed with colon cancer in January, just four months after his mother died of lung cancer, said his daughter Amber Gardner.

He has emergency insurance that covers 80 percent of his chemotherapy, but the plan costs one-third of his monthly income, she said.

Recently, Mary Meacham’s son, Ty, had been complaining of frequent headaches.

But when the 14-year-old incoming Eagle River High freshman suddenly lost his balance and collapsed, his mother knew something was seriously wrong.

About a month ago, Ty was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri — a disorder that causes increased pressure within the skull, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The disorder can mimic a tumor, the CDC said, and symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

There’s still plenty of time to head into winter with a freezer full of fish.

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