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The guest of honor was resplendent in a bright red dress and a pair black flats she picked out several days before the party.

As she sat surrounded by piles of birthday cards sent from around the world — and fresh off a phone call from U.S. congressman — the smile on Charlotte Schwid’s face Wednesday was matched in brightness only by the glints of sunlight pouring in through the windows of the Eagle River VFW and bouncing off the “Birthday Girl” tiara she wore atop her flowing locks of silver hair.

A pilot. A businessman. A scientist. A soldier.

The 2019 class of more than 500 Chugiak-Eagle River area high school graduates includes many young people on the brink of extraordinary adulthoods, and this year’s crop of valedictorians exemplifies that promise.

After the stomping ended, all Taylor Caldwell could think about was finding his dog, Memphis.

“I started yelling out his name,” Caldwell said Monday from Providence Hospital, where he’s recovering from injuries suffered in a Friday afternoon moose attack. Then he realized that was a mistake. A cow moose was again sizing up the 67-year-old piano player as he laid on the ground, broken and bleeding from wounds to his hand, ribs, leg and rear end.

Eagle River’s Charlotte Schwid has seen more than most during her century of life, but she still loves a good parade.

“She just wants to get up and go and go places, she loves fairs and festivals,” said Schwid’s daughter, Sharon White.

The Grand Parade during the annual midsummer celebration in her adopted hometown is a favorite for Schwid, who will celebrate her 100th birthday Wednesday during a party at the Eagle River VFW.

“Bear Paw we go all three days every year,” she said.

Tony Petito didn’t believe it at first. He pulled his vehicle up to a man who was lying in the grass and yelling for help in Eagle River Friday afternoon.

“I said, ‘You need a cell phone? What’s going on, man? What happened?’ And he said, “I’ve been stomped by a moose,’” Petito said. “I was like, ‘This guy’s jerking my chain. Are you kidding me?’”

Then the man rolled over. His hands and arms were covered in blood.

Petito said he called 911.

Locals grimacing over a lack of fast food options in Eagle River will have to McWait until the end of the year to address their earthquake-induced Mac attacks — but happier meals are ahead.

“The bottom line is the store’s going to be rebuilt,” said Mike Davidson, who owns 21 McDonald’s franchises in Southcentral Alaska, including the shuttered store along Eagle River’s main drag.

The role of pH in growing a healthy garden should not be overlooked.

In Alaska we generally have very acidic soils. The role pH plays in gardening is not talked about that much and is one of the most overlooked discussions in gardening. For the home gardener, pH is the key that can unlock the door to your garden success. This discussion will attempt to take a good look at why this is true.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Graduation ceremonies were held for Eagle River and Chugiak High Schools on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Anchorage.

The back-to-back commencement ceremonies saw 185 graduates (and four exchange students) from Eagle River High School honored at Sullivan Arena Wednesday afternoon, followed by a class of 212 and five foreign exchange students recognized from Chugiak.

Eagle River High’s valedictorian was Collin Dyches and salutatorian was Ashton Love.

William “Billy” Smith was Chugiak’s valedictorian, with Miles Dennis named the school’s salutatorian.

Ken McCarty has high hopes for what are unquestionably some of the worst tennis courts in Alaska.

“Trees are growing in it, the whole bit,” McCarty said during a recent interview about the four-court enclosure at Eagle River Lions Park. “It’s pretty trashed.”

An avid tennis player, McCarty said that up until about a decade ago the courts were still widely used.

“It was an active place,” said McCarty, who took on the project on behalf of the local Lions Club, which owns the property.

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