Parker Whaley, physics, math, and computer science student at University of Alaska-Fairbanks, received the Outstanding Graduating Physicist Award from UAF in May 2016.

Parker graduated from Chugiak High School in 2012.

He is the son of Stephanie Whaley of Chugiak and Al Whaley of Anchorage.

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If you attended the Bear Paw Parade, you probably saw the Lions’ Vision and Eye Screening Trailer go by you, with Lions and Leos marching alongside, handing out candy to the kids and having a blast along the way.

Now, those same Lions and Lions clubs from around the state are organizing together to provide free eye screening at the Alaska State Fair.

Put the Lions on your “must-see” list of free things to do at the fair this year.

The rich, full, melodic sounds of pipe organ music are set to be featured Sunday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chugiak as Pipe Dreams 2016 is presented on what promoters say is the “the most northernmost mechanical action (tracker-style) organ in the western hemisphere.”

I have recently returned from Fukuoka, Japan, where I was inducted as the Centennial District Governor for 49A. It was an amazing experience where 30,000+ Lions met for training and fellowship.

I spent almost one week in training and one week in inspirational speeches by our International President Bob Corlew and many others. His theme is “New Mountains to Climb.” Mine is “Time to Inspire — Lets Climb.”

For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world.

A parent does not bury a child in the natural order of life.

Yet, for one Eagle River father, that order was reversed on July 7 as his son was one of five Dallas police officers shot and killed while on duty monitoring the activity of a Black Lives Matter protest march against the death of two African-American men — one in Louisiana; the other in Minnesota — at the hands of police officers.

The event has polarized and shocked the nation.

With grass skirts tied at the waist, coconut bras clasped over t-shirts and inflatable palm tree waved in the wind, all to the cheers of the crowd. It was the annual Bear Paw Festival Parade, this year’s theme was “Bear Paw in Paradise.”

More than half of the entries embraced a tropical island theme including music, such as Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s familiar rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and steel drum melodies, piped through vehicle speakers.

The shoulders of Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak were lined with children armed with sacks, bags, buckets and backpacks ready to catch candy from each of the parade entrants.

 The 46th annual Fourth of July Parade this year was sponsored by the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Dept., the Chugiak Area Business Association and the Chugiak Lions Club.

Packing up 54 years of belongings and memories is a daunting task.That is unless you are Lee and Barbara Jordan.

Then your kids do it for you.

“Our kids pretty much insisted,” Lee said via a phone call from the couple’s new residence in East Anchorage. “They wanted us closer to them now that we have to make frequent trips in to visit the doctors to make sure that they agree that we are still getting along just fine.”

That quote represents Jordan’s famous humor and his ability to put a favorable spin on life’s circumstances, including aging.

Outgoing Alaska Fine Arts Academy Executive Director Holly Lindsay took an emotional curtain call on Saturday night after the last performance of “Guys and Dolls, Jr.”

After a reprise of “A Bushel and A Peck,” by the cast, Lindsay thanked everyone for their hard work and handed out gifts.

The small cast spent three weeks in dancing, singing and acting classes, followed by learning scenes from the play and building sets.

Ten-year-old Joe Baker is angry. He is being forced to leave home in Duluth, Minnesota, on short notice.  There’s not even time to see his baseball teammate and best friend, Tom, so Joe has to say goodbye in an email.

            “You were at camp,” he writes Tom. “Dad tried to call but we couldn’t find you. We are moving to Alaska.”

            So begins Joe’s adventure in the juvenile fiction book, Moose, Baseball and a Friend Named Dutch, by Janet Wykes Moore, published in April by Outskirts Press.