PEOPLE WE KNOW: Minor honored as Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 09:48
  • Scott Minor (Star file photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Photo courtesy Special Olympics Alaska

Eagle River’s Scott Minor was named Volunteer of the Year by Special Olympics Alaska during the group’s Breakfast With Champions event on Sept. 18 at the Jim Balamaci Training Center in Anchorage.

Minor and his wife, Alicia, own Fitzgerald Photography in Eagle River, and Minor frequently captures images for Special Olympics events. He first started working with the group in 2001 when the late Balamaci hired him to take photos during the Special Olympics World Games in Anchorage. In a speech shared by his wife on Facebook, Minor said he was humbled by the experience.

“I look forward to continuing this experience and journey,” he wrote. “I believe that if we allow anyone to attempt to do their best, great things will happen.”

Heavener matriculates at UK

Eagle River’s Mara Heavener is among 5,396 incoming freshmen at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Heavener is enrolled in the school’s College of Arts and Sciences and majoring in Exploratory Studies in Arts and Sciences.

Local LDS stake has new leader

Eagle River’s Kevin Parks has been named president of the Eagle River Alaska Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As president, Parks will officiate over eight local congregations as well as congregations in Nome, Bethel and Kotzebue, according to a statement issued by the church. Parks was born and raised in Anchorage and is an East High School grad who graduated from Southern Virginia University before receiving his doctorate in Dental Surgery from the Baltimore School of Dentistry.

Estes receives Coast Guard scholarship

Eagle River’s Joshua Estes has been awarded a scholarship by the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation. Estes is a freshman at Washington State University and the son of USCG Senior Chief Jeffery Estes.

Celebration of life planned for longtime resident Van Ornum

Longtime Eagle River resident Carole D. Van Ornum died on Sept. 17, 2019. She was 81.

A celebration of life was held on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 33 in Peters Creek.

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