It happened six months ago with hardly any warning at all.

Joshua Brooks, a sixth-grader at Mirror Lake Middle School, complained of a slight headache in the morning, his family said. By the middle of the day, doctors were poring over the results of his CAT scan and rushing him into surgery. By 3:15 p.m., he was gone. A fatal aneurysm, doctors said. He was 11 years old.

Now his sister, a sophomore at Chugiak High School, is organizing a blood drive in his memory.

Josh Saylor is an excellent student at Mirror Lake Middle School — but that doesn’t mean he’s not just a regular kid. When asked his favorite part about participating in the 2017 Alaska State Spelling Bee, Saylor had an answer any sixth-grader could relate to.

“One thing I like is I get to miss school for an entire day,” Saylor said during an interview at the school earlier this week.

An Eagle River 12-year-old is the latest inductee into the Odor-Eaters’ Hall of Fumes.

Connor Slocombe claimed first prize in the company’s national 2017 Rotten Sneaker Contest, outstinking a half-dozen other elementary school students at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square on Tuesday, according to statement sent on behalf of the New York tourist attraction.

Three young Chugiak-Eagle River musicians will take the stage at the Sydney Laurence Theatre Saturday night, guest soloists performing with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra.

Winners of the orchestra’s most recent concerto competition, the high school musicians are part of a quartet playing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor – a popular selection the young violinists catapulted to a new level of performance.

“I don’t think it’s ever been done by kids that age here in Anchorage before,” said orchestra director Philip Munger, a prolific Alaskan composer and maestro.

Chugiak-Eagle River businesswomen are finding strength in numbers.

On the evening of International Women’s Day, a group of them gathered in a sunny Chugiak salon to network and socialize. The women work in construction, skincare and finance, for companies large and small, but they share a common affiliation – membership in Chugiak-Eagle River Women in Business (CERWIB).

A tight-knit part of the local business community, the group represents a cross-section of female entrepreneurs from around Chugiak-Eagle River.

As the frosty crisp air has begun to tingle our noses, the children rush through the park filled with anticipation for a bright Christmas.

The bright lights that encircle the large pine tree in Town Square are turned on indicating it is the time to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River.

Families and friends gathered together in Town Square for the annual Winter Wonderland Walk. The celebration began with young carolers from our elementary schools singing those Christmas classics.

Imagine you bring your child to a routine eye appointment and the doctor turns to you and says there is a problem with your child’s eyesight. Not just any problem; she is blind in one eye, known as “lazy eye.”

This is a personal experience for myself and daughter. I was devastated. Being uninformed, I was worried how my child would be able to function, how would she be able to learn and function in school.

Hence, the development of my passion for being of Lion and screening as many children as possible throughout the year.

People considering joining their local Lions Club often ask, “Why should I become a Lion?” Here are just a handful of reasons:

1. Serve the community.

Lions are committed to partnering with local leaders and organizations, identifying the unique needs of their communities and surrounding areas, and planning service projects that address those needs. From community cleanup projects to food drives to fundraisers, Lions help people in need who are close to home. We serve!

2. Make a difference in the world.

BOZEMAN – Noelle Coniglio of Eagle River and Grant Klug of Anchorage are among 12 National Merit Scholars who have enrolled at Montana State University for the fall semester.

Coniglio is majoring in exercise science and Klug in chemical engineering.

The students had scores that were in the top 1 percent of all initial entrants in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Last week Leos and Lions had the pleasure of meeting Leo Othmar from Austria, who is an Omega Leo. In the United States was have Alpha Leos. The difference is their ages: Alpha Leos are 13-18 and Omega Leos are 19-30. There are a few Omega Leo clubs in America but the standard is Alpha Leos who are under a Lions club that sponsor them.

Omega Lions stand on their own and have their own projects and bank accounts. They are not governed by a Lions Club. He is traveling to 50 countries and documenting what Leo are doing around the world.