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Wasilla Rotary meeting on September 25th.

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Wasilla Rotary will host the 3rd annual fundraiser for Solace, a nonprofit that supports international fair trade and cottage industry projects and efforts to educate children internationally.  Solace started by building schools for girls in Afghanistan.

For Syrian Refugee School in Lebanon September 27 & 28

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A grassroots international aid group with Alaskan roots will be in the valley in September to raise funds for their Syrian Refugee School in Lebanon. The event will feature fair trade handcrafted gemstone jewelry, textiles and crafts. Solace International’s Executive Director, Nate York, is a former Alaskan who now travels the globe building schools and working to create sustainable projects. Each year, York comes to Alaska to meet with Solace’s Alaskan-based board of directors and show jewelry and crafts at local fundraisers.  York will be in the valley to share his inspirational stories at the

With projects in Lebanon, Nepal, Guatemala, Colombia, Liberia and more, Solace focuses on building schools and setting up micro-businesses as well as providing access to education and the resources necessary for people to help themselves and their communities succeed.

> Valley residents can shop

for a cause at the event hosted by Wasilla Rotary on Friday, September 27 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 am to 5:00pm at Town Square Art Gallery in the Carrs Mall. Call 376-0123 for details. The following are two stories from Solace Executive Director, Nate York, from his recent journey to Lebanon where he met with Syrian refugees while establishing a school: “Our initial action when we hit the ground in Rachaya, Lebanon

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Above: Syrian refugee mother of 8 eight fights hunger and strives to send her children to Solace’s refugee school in Lebanon. was to interview refugee families to determine their needs. We asked them a series of questions including would they like to send their kids to school. One particular family that we visited was a mother with eight children. Her husband was in Syria and she had not heard from him in days.”

area two weeks later, five of her older children attended class.” “I met this really wonderful family-a middle class family with three children, one with Downs Syndrome. The father was a jeweler with a good business before he became a refugee. He told me the story of their escape from Damascus, Syria. They lived in an area controlled by rebels. A friend in the army told them that they should leave because the military was going to launch airstrikes against the rebels in the area near their home.”

“Our translator noticed they had no food in the house except for crusts of bread. At a local market, we bargained with shopkeepers and got boxes of staples and a bunch of free produce. Her youngest son, who was around three, was so happy he shoved an apple in his mouth then grabbed two more. When we opened CONTINUES our English school in the



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Life-Saving Volunteers

At The State Fair

The paramedics arrived soon after and transported the patient to MatSu Regional Hospital. By the time the patient arrived at the hospital, the individual was sitting up and talking coherently. A paramedic returned to the fairgrounds later to thank the Fair team for their great work.

There are as many as 37 a day working at the fairgrounds, with approximately six people there 24 hours a day. To date, APV volunteers have put in more than 3,000 hours of volunteer service at the 2013 Fair. “They are unsung heroes, and we are so thankful for them,” said Dean Phipps, Fair marketing director.

> For more information

on Alaska Professional Volunteers, visit

> For more information on the Fair, visit, or, or call 907.745.4827.


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This is just one example of many. Each year, between 400 and 500 patients are treated at the Fair by a team of volunteers organized by

According to APV President Roy Sursa, approximately 125 doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics, all level of EMTs, certified medical assistants, students and other medical professionals volunteer to serve at the 2013 Fair, coming from as far away as Valdez, Tok and Fairbanks.

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On Saturday, the Fair’s Emergency Services team received a call that a person was having a seizure near the Red Gate. A team of three immediately responded to the patient, who was unconscious and not breathing. They examined the patient and began working on the individual’s oxygen and pulse. After obtaining a patient history, the team also gave the patient an injection of anti-seizure medication. Within a few minutes, they began to see positive signs.

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For most people, the Alaska State Fair is about having the time of their life. For the volunteer medical professionals at the Fair, it’s often about saving a life – like they did Saturday.

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Mighty Matanuska

Brewfest at Fairgrounds October 18 and 19

Tickets Now Available The Alaska State Fair will host the Mighty Matanuska Brewfest 2013 on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19 from 6 – 10 p.m. in Raven Hall on the fairgrounds. Tickets are now available on the Fair website, There will be more than 70 different brews, as well as wine, available for tasting from local and Outside brewers like: > Alaska Brewing Company > Denali Brewing Company > Deschutes Brewery > Glacier Brewhouse

> Kassik’s Kenai Brew Shop

> Midnight Sun Brewing Company > Pyramid Breweries

> Samuel Adams Brewery > Silver Gulch Brewery

> Sleeping Lady Brewing Company > 49th State Brewing Company

> Last Frontier Brewing Company

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> Arkose Brewery

> King Street Brewing Company

> Kenai River Brewing Company

Brewfest patrons are encouraged to vote for their favorite beer, and the brewer of the People’s Choice award winner will be named brewer of the 2014 official Alaska State Fair beer. The 2013 official Fair beer was the Twister Creek IPA by Denali Brewing Co., which won the People’s Choice award at both the 2011 and 2012 Brewfests. There will also be plenty of beerfriendly food available for purchase and live music throughout the night. Providing the soundtrack

for Friday night’s event is Voodoo and Nervis Rex. Element 47 and Against The Grain take the stage Saturday night. Tickets, available now at, are $30 each and include 20 3-ounce samples. Designated driver tickets are $10 a piece. Convenience fees apply. The Magic Bus is offering roundtrip transportation to the Brewfest for $29 (does not include Brewfest admission). Buses depart at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. both nights from the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot at 1068 W. Fireweed in Anchorage. Buses return to Koot’s at 11 p.m.

> For more information,

contact Sheri Musgrave, Fair beverage manager, at or 907.746.7173

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Wasilla Rotary’s

Premier Event to Benefit Homeless Youth:

Rotary Uncorked

Last year, Wasilla Rotary committed to MY House as a community partner

The Wasilla Rotary premier wine fundraiser is called Rotary Uncorked, Reds, Whites & Brews Festival. This year’s wine tasting event will be larger than ever, featuring tapas from eight local chefs paired with premier wines and beers. First and second

support work in ongoing projects which support peace, good will, and understanding: Recycling, the educational Shaken Baby Project, Holiday Student Events, Highway Clean Up, Rotary Youth Exchange, Polio Eradication, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, and the Rotary Foundation.

Wasilla Rotary’s commitment to MY House is a year round endeavor that includes financial, vocational and volunteer support. Rotarian Holly Gittlein serves on the MY House board of directors. With a Rotary District grant, the club equipped MY House’s outreach van in January. This summer, they joined with fellow valley Rotary clubs for appliance grants for the Gathering Place. The club also created holiday break survival kits in 2011 and 2012.

Wasilla Rotary meets weekly at the Grand View Inn on Wednesdays at noon and Palmer Rotary meets at the Eagle Hotel on Thursdays at noon.

The other 50% of the events net proceeds allow Wasilla Rotary to

> Wine event details are at

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“Every year hundreds of our valley youth find themselves without a home to provide them with a safe roof over their heads, warmth, food and people who can care for them,” reads the MY House website. When Wasilla Rotary learned more about the valley youth homeless crisis from MY House, Rotarians decided to leap into action.

“Rotary Uncorked has grown to become the valley’s premier wine event since it’s inception in 2009. We are particularly proud of this event because of how it benefits local groups like MY House,” noted Wasilla Rotary President, Daryl Lowe.

prize raffle ticket winners receive 100 bottles of wine or 100 bottles of beer from around the globe. The club’s members donate the wine and beer for the raffle and transform the event space with loaned decorations in order to minimize expenses and send as much money as possible to nonprofits.

On Saturday, October 12th, at the Menard Sports Center, Wasilla Rotary will host the wine tasting festival, Rotary Uncorked, to benefit the homeless youth nonprofit, MY House.

and sponsor. The 38-member club restructured their annual premier wine tasting fundraiser, sending 50% of net proceeds to MY House to assist the valley youth homeless population and the start of MY House’s Gathering Place and Gathering Grounds. With a helping hand from the Palmer Rotary club, the 2012 fundraiser raised over $11,000 for MY House.


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Pets & Animals respective medium, then will graciously allow their artwork to be auctioned off at the event. Our celebrity auctioneer will be Martin James, emcee of many large events around Alaska, for KAKM Alaska Public Media and the March of Dimes. The evening’s fare will be hearty appetizers by locally acclaimed caterer, Marian Romano.

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By Randi Perlman Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center’s Open House on Saturday, September 7 at our new rehab facility. The turnout was fabulous, the enthusiasm and support was contagious, and it didn’t rain! Our appreciation goes out to everyone who donated goods and services to make the event possible, especially Three Bears Meadow Lakes & KGB stores and Eddie Ezelle from the Wasilla Food Pantry, as well as all our volunteer ‘chefs’ and ‘grillers’. Now it’s time for us to turn our attention towards our largest fundraiser of the year, the 6th annual Fall Migration. The theme of this year’s Migration is “Celebrate our New Nest”, and the event will indeed be a celebration. In addition to appearances by some of our popular education birds, festivities will include a Live Auction with an Ice Road Trucker Trip among many exciting items to bid on; Silent Auction tables laden with art, food, clothing & other gift certificates (and no, they are NOT all bird-related…); Wine Tasting by Big Lake Moonshine Shop as well as Craft Beer Tasting by Last Frontier Brewery of Wasilla; and new this year, Quick Draw Artists! These talented Valley artists, Cartoonist Chad Carpenter of Wasilla, Chain Saw Carver Scott Thompson of Willow, and Painter Chip Brock of Wasilla, will each have one hour to create a work of art in their

> Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the

door. They can be purchased at Madd Matters and Nonessentials in downtown Palmer, at Steve’s Toyo Stove Repair on Knik Goose Bay Road in Wasilla, and via PayPal at

> Call us at 892-2927 for more information.

We have been blessed by many members of our community who have come forward to help us help the birds. We would like to give thanks to Spenard Builders Supply, the Pumpkin Hill Foundation, Mary Dolmatoff and Jim Brooks, Mat-Su Sertoma, and to Mary Hall, our senior volunteer at 96 years young, for all their incredible contributions to AWBRC. We could not do it without all of you, and your assistance is deeply appreciated. We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Migration…

Pets & Animals


Pet Guardians Beware Angie Lewis,

ADPR Vice President Our homes contain many items that can present a danger to our pets, often unnoticed by the people who love their animals. Take a look around your house and make note of dangers that lurk within your four walls. > Doors – many doors are heavy and tend to shut quickly. Tails and paws can easily be broken by a door. A small animal such as a ferret or rat can be crushed by a door shutting. Another issue with doors is that they lead to the outside world, which in itself can be quite dangerous for a pet – getting lost, hit by a car, or attacked by another animal. So, be mindful as you open or shut your door.

Recliners – animals like to hide under recliners, allowing for them to get crushed. Check under your recliner before sitting or reclining.


Trash Cans – these can contain many dangers such as dental floss, bones, ribbons or string. The best thing to do is to have a trash can that has a lid or is stashed in a closed cabinet.


> Potpourri – liquid potpourri is very caustic, particularly to cats. These can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus and can be deadly if left untreated. > Paper

Shredders – cats will walk on anything and can get their foot or fur caught in the blades. Dogs have gotten their tongues caught in the shredder. Unplug your shredder when not in use.

Bones – bones can get caught in dogs’ mouths and can also cause constipation. Some bones, like turkey or chicken, splinter easily and can cause perforations in intestines. Throw bones away, but be careful that your dog or cat doesn’t try to find them.


> Human Food – chocolate, nicotine,

fatty foods, grapes, etc can be toxic to your pet. Find a comprehensive list of such foods and post it in your kitchen for everyone to see.

Medicine Cabinets – medicines that may be safe for humans are not necessarily safe for pets. Discuss medication use with your veterinarian. Some medications that can be very dangerous for animals are aspirins, allergy medications, and other pain medications. Do not leave medications on counters or tables, as animals can chew open the containers. >

Laundry Items – keep your laundry items secure and inaccessible to your pet. Things like socks, underwear, and pantyhose can be especially dangerous when eaten. >

Hanging and Choking Risks – dog and cat collars can easily become tangled , so choosing a “break-away” collar is a wise solution. Dogs playing too rough with one another can choke when the collar gets caught on the other dog’s teeth. >

Also, be mindful of the cords for blinds or shades. These cords can become wrapped around your pet’s neck, thereby choking your animal.

> You don’t have to be afraid

to leave your house or worry yourself endlessly about the potential risks to your pet, but it would be wise to conduct a monthly evaluation of the dangers that may lurk in your home and prevent an accident to your beloved pet.

Meet Roscoe

Contributed by Angie Lewis Roscoe is a 1.5 year old Chihuahua searching for the right home. He has been through quite a bit in the past few months and barely survived an attack by another dog. He was left with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a leg injury. Understandably, Roscoe is not very comfortable around other dogs. He would prefer a home that does not include young children. Despite Roscoe’s injuries he is very active and is learning to remain in his kennel for part of the day, until he is fully healed. Roscoe’s foster mom wants to visit potential adopter’s homes, so that she can find the perfect fit for this sweet little guy.

> If you feel you can give Roscoe what he needs, please e-mail Ria at: or call 745-7030

Toys - any toys that can be swallowed by your pet should be thrown away, particularly if the toy has become unraveled or worn. This includes children’s toys. >

> Electrical Wires – be sure to keep all electrical wires out of your pets’ reach. Both dogs and cats like to chew on dangling wires and run the risk of getting electrocuted.

Glues and Cleaners – many cleaners are caustic and can cause oral and esophageal burns. The newer glues, such as Gorilla Glue, can cause severe obstructions by expanding in the stomach.


“He has been through quite a bit in the past few months... He was left with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a leg injury.”

8 Visit Sept. 2013

The Warriors’ Notebook

Presented by Alaska’s Healing Hearts about taking my life. I am a Christian and that is honestly something I would never fathom doing but I was in such the depths of despair I did not know what to do with myself. This is another important point that everyone should know, you never know when you are going to touch someone’s heart in just the right the way at the exact moment they need it. Twenty-two veterans take their lives every day and this is something that can be prevented by reaching out to someone you see struggling. We are ALL worth it.

> Through AHH I have had the

Alaska Healing Hearts:

The Warriors’ Notebook

I joined the U.S. Navy when I was 18. I wanted to sail around the world on a ship and see everything. My first duty station was NS Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico. I was a young Air Traffic Controller and very naïve. I am a victim of what is called Military Sexual Trauma (MST) meaning I was raped at my first duty station. I did not report it for fear of retaliation; I did not want to be “that” girl. Roosevelt Roads consisted of primarily male sailors and marines, so it was very hard for me to say anything. I know now how stupid and naïve that decision was. I had no idea what I had in store for me in years to come. The last few years of the Navy were brutal for me. I lost a lot of friends to plane crashes and car wrecks, I suffered from depression, I withdrew, and I just pretty much checked out of life. At first

I wanted to serve for 20 years but by the sixth year I was burnt out because of depression, I could no longer be the sailor that my country deserved. I want women to know that it is important to report any form of MST. Early intervention and counseling can literally save your life! I moved up to Alaska in 2007 and have never looked back, I absolutely love it here. I finally went in to the Vet Center in Anchorage to see what was wrong with me, why am I feeling this depressed in such a majestic place? I was then officially diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the VA. I had been struggling undiagnosed for years, numbing the pain with alcohol. The Vet Center introduced me to an organization called Alaska’s Healing Hearts. I went to their Bear Camp in 2012 and was scared at first because I did not know anyone but they warmed up very quickly. I am still jumpy to this day as to where I sleep but I am slowly growing. Alaska’s Healing Hearts saved my life. They did not know it until later but before Bear Camp 2012 I was seriously thinking

amazing opportunities to get out of my house and finally do things in the outdoors. I’ve been fishing, helping out with the bear hunts, watching the start of the Iron Dog, going to rodeos and the list goes on and on. I have made great friends and have a true Alaskan family. The Bear Camp this year taught me a lot about myself through late night talks with specific people. I need to love myself to heal, which is the most important thing. I am currently working on my inner strength. I am a 3 time cancer survivor, and a college graduate. I graduated Magna Cum Laude after going through chemo therapy and radiation. I have a favorite bible verse that is driving my inner strength right now, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“The Warriors’ Notebook” article was brought to you in part by Bear Paw Archery in Wasilla

Making Those Dollars Stretch

Contributed by Sandy May There I was, just a kid watching my mom at the kitchen table pouring over the various grocery store ads in the Houston Chronicle newspaper. Scissors laying close and ready to trim more than just coupons from those ads, but in the process, cutting waste from her grocery budget. The more savings from those precious pieces of paper, the more she would tuck away into her ‘just in case’ sugar bowl.

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745-2349 or 746-2349 CHECK US OUT ONLINE: If you aren’t familiar with this way to save, give it a try. The Valley’s thrift stores are the best in our opinions!In Wasilla alone we have Turn A Leaf Thrift Store, Wally World Thrift Store, Happy Dawn’s Thrift Store, Nellie’s Eagles Nest Thrift Store, Adams Family Valuables, Great Alaskan Surplus Store, Nifty Thrifty Five and Dime, and the ‘big’ guys which are Salvation Army and Value Village. I prefer the locally owned stores, just my personal preference. Their stores are each different with a special atmosphere of their own.Head towards Palmer on the PWH and you will find Thrifters Rock Thrift Store, Bishops Attic, the Red Barn, and Family First Treasures. Each one of these can be located with Google and most have a Facebook Page.Coupon clipping, conservative decisions, living within your means,

pay bills as soon as they come in, cut out the ‘don’t needs’ which are splurges that eat the paycheck, make things last, and shop smart...include thrift stores.

> These are wonderful, tried and true ways to make your dollars stretch!

“I was raised in the 50s and for our family of five, things financially were pretty tight. We didn’t even have the extra burden of credit cards, cellphones, internet, cable, or two cars to deal with.”

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If someone came up to me and asked me, “What is your most favorite way to save money now?” Easy! Thrift stores! I kid you not. You never know what you will find and you need but couldn’t afford! My buddies and I have have special days from time to time and do the Valley thrift store day. It is a blast and many times we buy nothing, but other times we are loaded with things that saved us so much money.

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From my own personal experience, the number one way I have dealt with my money issues is to begin by talking to God about it all and seeking His direction and wisdom.

Making do and being happy on the inside was the focus. My brother and sister and I never felt deprived as our parents practiced these things while we were growing up in a 1100 square foot home that had one bathroom & three bedrooms. My sis and I shared a bedroom and it established a relationship between us that I would not trade for anything.

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I was raised in the 50s and for our family of five things financially were pretty tight. We didn’t even have the extra burden of credit cards, cellphones, internet, cable, two cars [as well as their double insurance and gas] to deal with. Mom was like all the other mothers that I knew. They were fortunate enough to stay home and take care of their family and keep the house a home for them. This is such a difficult position to have today. One parent family or it takes both to make enough money to keep the bills paid. We need our cupboards full of those sugar bowls of ‘just in case’! And... there are many ways to keep dropping savings into them.

Those lattes, mochas, tips....add them up, lord have mercy! Some folks can buy a tank of premium gas with what they spend in one month. Another long term saving is to be content with what you have. Make those appliances last by fixing them unless it costs more than finding a newer one on craigslist. The same for vehicles. Invest in their maintenance so they will last for years; this is so much cheaper than a car payment. Bigger and better or newer was not something I grew up with.



My mom was a very wise & frugal lady. I learned well from will find coupons peeping out of my purse as well! Little did I know at that time that I was in training at that very young age. Our actions as adults certainly speak louder than words to children.

He has kept me out of more financial icks!My parents taught me through their actions to get rid of the extras that place a money burden on you. Such as: if I need a cellphone I make do with a no contract-pay-as-you-go instead of that Smart Phone everyone is into [if you can afford those things, they ARE great!], pay your bills first and pay each as soon as they come in so that you won’t spend that money on extra lattes.

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10 Visit Sept. 2013


Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Launches in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Collaboration with DonorsChoose will help generate up to $150,000 for local public school teachers and students Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2013 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (NYSE: CVX) today announced the launch of its Fuel Your School program in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough. This year, the program will expand to 14 U.S. communities from nine communities in 2012, helping to provide educators with the classroom supplies they need to engage and positively impact the lives of students. In 2013, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron stations, up to a total contribution of $150,000 in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough alone. “Chevron is strongly committed to supporting students and teachers in the community and I am proud to be a part of the Fuel Your School program in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough,” said Jeff Mulholland, owner of several Anchorage Chevron stations. “Fuel Your School can help give students and teachers the tools necessary for innovative classroom projects in multiple subjects, including science, technology, engineering and math.” In the U.S., Fuel Your School is an innovative collaboration between

Chevron and, an online organization dedicated to helping students in need. The program was driven by the lack of adequate public school funding, which has left some teachers without basic supplies to help students complete their classroom assignments. “Last year, the average public school teacher spent approximately $485 of their own money on school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom materials needed for student learning,” said Charles Best, CEO of “By using our website, combined with Chevron’s community relationships and retail network, we can expand the Fuel Your School program to support more schools, empower more teachers and improve more students’ education.” All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on, ranging from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons. One of those requests came from Paula Baucom, a teacher at Will Rogers Middle School in Fair Oaks, a suburb in Sacramento County, Calif., who lacked the resources to provide students with fun, hands-on scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received owl pellets, along with a curriculum guide that included bone sorting charts and other resources, allowing her students to take on the role of actual scientists as they probed, classified, sorted, and analyzed the bones inside the owl pellets. “With the state of the California budget, funding for essential handson science experiences has been extremely limited,” Baucom said. “With the generosity that Chevron extended through the Fuel Your School program, my students had the opportunity to make connections about food chains

and ecosystems that wouldn't have been possible otherwise, and developed an increased interest and passion in science.” Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 8,915 classroom projects at 1,924 schools. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations and has reached 899,180 students. Chevron also supports similar marketer cofunded programs in Ector County, Texas and Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), California, as well as similar international programs in Canada, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Johor and Kedah, Malaysia. Public school teachers and other educators in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough are invited to post eligible project requests at beginning Sept. 1, 2013 for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program. Consumers can track the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools by visiting Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2013, or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects. Anyone, including consumers and Chevron employees, may also independently fund classroom projects on the website by making separate, individual donations. About Chevron Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy

industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif.

> More information about Chevron is available at About

Founded in 2000, is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used to secure $184 million in books, art supplies, technology and other resources that their students need to learn.

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Apply for a Mat-Su Schools Foundation Teacher Grant The deadline for the 2013-14 Matanuska Susitna Schools Foundation grant program is October 15th The foundation’s mission is to enrich and expand educational opportunities for children beyond those provided by the school district.

To apply, complete the application process online by Oct. 15. Applications can be found on their site:

Projects should impact multiple students; be completed within a year; exclude transportation costs; and should include sustainability, if startup funds are requested.

Special HMS & HHS Grant Offered


Download the application online at E-mail completed applications to prior to Oct. 15.

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Mark your calendars! October 12th, 2013 is the 4th Annual Santa Cop and Hereos Barn Dance

Our mission is to provide gifts, food, and companionship to local Valley seniors on Christmas Day who do

“Sounds of the Silver Screen” Oct. 18th, 7:30PM Teeland Middle School

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Teachers at Houston Middle and Houston High school teachers are invited to apply for the Gorilla Fireworks $1,000 grant for the 201314 school year. Each teacher may submit only one application each year.

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Administrators, certified staff, and students sponsored by certified staff may submit grant applications to serve the needs of Matanuska Susitna Borough School District students.

matsuschoolsfoundat Applicants will receive confirmation of grant awards Oct. 26. Funds will be dispersed to the school for use during the 2013-14 school year.




Wham, Bam!

It’s A Youth Poetry Slam! Contributed by Carmen Summerfield, VAA > Sharpen your pencils and uncap those pens, once again it is time to link-up with friends! The Valley Arts Alliance’s Youth Poetry Slam, has been rescheduled for November. This fastpaced,fun-filled evening is for all audiences levels and budding young poets from ages 12 to 17 years of age. On Saturday, November 2nd, the Valley Arts Alliance is sponsoring this poetry slam at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. Competition will begin at 7pm where young poets are encouraged to present their interpretation of poetry from their favorite poets as well as original pieces of their own creation. Audience admission is free. What is a Poetry Slam? Poetry Slam, Inc. defines it: “A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, a host or other organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets’ content and performance.” Who are the participants? Well, just about any poets or individuals who enjoy poetry. Who are we looking for to participate? For this slam, we are inviting Middle School through High School aged students (12 to 17 years of age), in public, private or home-school programs to join in and show-off their artistic and literary skills.

What are the rules? The rules vary from slam to slam, depending on the venue and the poets. For further information regarding slam rules, go to Poetry Slam, Inc.’s website, The RULES for this slam: * Each poet will present three poems in which a minimum of one will be of their own creation. * Each poet will be allowed three minutes to read one poem (with a ten second grace period). * There will be three rounds in which the poets will read. * Poets are not allowed to use props, costumes or musical instruments. * Poets will be judged on their performance and content. Those poems not authored by the poet, will be judged on the poet’s performance and selection. * Scores will be given by three judges (scoring one to 10, making the highest possible score per round, 30 points). Points will be added together after each round. The poet with the highest score at the end of the third round will be awarded the winner. * Audience members are encouraged to cheer for their favorite poet without disrupting the reading. What else is there to know? There is a $5.00 entry fee for each contestant and we will take the first 25 poets who sign up. Each is responsible for selecting a maximum of two pieces of published poetry and a minimum of one original poem. All three pieces of poetry may be original if so desired. Awards will be given to the top three winners. The overall winner will be recognized and have their original composition published in Make-A-Scene Magazine for the month of December. Where can the poets sign-up? Your local library will have application forms or go to: to download and print a registration/rules form. Complete the form; name, contact information and the titles of the three poems you have chosen to read (these should be in order: 1st, 2nd and 3rd round) and mail it to: The Valley Arts Alliance, P.O Box 2369, Palmer, Ak 99645. Remember to include the $5.00 check, made out to VAA. The Valley Arts Alliance reserves the right to reject applications with poetry inappropriate for this event. The Valley Arts Alliance sponsored its first poetry slam at the Palmer Library in 2011 to an excited gaggle of homeschooled students who pronounced it a smashing success! This year we are looking for new and budding poets to recreate a successful slam with fresh form and enthusiasm. Do you think you have it in you? Come release your inner poet and join the fun on November 2nd. Make sure to bring your family and friends to cheer you on. We look forward to seeing you there! The Valley Arts Alliance 2013 Poetry Slam Rules: The first 25 completed applications received will be accepted and notified of their acceptance. So, get your applications in early! - Each poet will present three poems in which a minimum of one will be of their own creation. - Each poet will be allowed three minutes to read one poem (with a ten second grace period). - There will be three rounds in which the poets will read. - Poets are not allowed to use props, costumes or musical instruments. - Poets will be judged on their performance and content. Those poems not authored by the poet, will be judged on the poet’s performance and selection.

- Scores will be given by three judges (scoring one to 10, making the highest possible score per round, 30 points). Points will be added together after each round. The poet with the highest score at the end of the third round will be awarded the winner. * Audience members are encouraged to cheer for their favorite poet without disrupting the reading. Awards will be given to the top three winners. The overall winner will be recognized and have their original composition published in Make-A-Scene Magazine for the month of May. The Valley Arts Alliance reserves the right to reject applications with poetry inappropriate for this event.

Eva’s Garden By Nan Potts Pinks and purples, Blues and yellows Fall in line Like good fellows, All in Eva’s garden. Plucked and hoed, Sown and doused, She did toil A bed now housed, What is Eva’s garden. Tend and moil, Love and care Will pay off And a smile she’ll wear, Proud of Eva’s garden. Wind and snow, Ice and cold Ends the reign Of her colors bold, What was Eva’s garden. Spring and sun Warmth and rain, Will return Bringing life again, In lovely Eva’s garden.

Comedy Comedian Maria Bamford

to Perform during UAA’s Homecoming Week ANCHORAGE, AK – The UAA Concert Board is proud to present Maria Bamford, Thursday October 10, 7:30 PM at the Williamson Auditorium. “Meek-voiced Maria Bamford makes all other existentially dark comedians look like so many Carrot Tops,” said Rolling Stone Magazine, who also included her in their list of “The 50 Funniest People Now.” Her style is a biting mixture of sarcasm, introspection, and merciless impersonation. Maria’s material often centers on her personal struggle with depression and anxiety in a way that relates to her entire audience. The New Yorker, commenting on her web series “Ask My Mom,” called her, “hilarious and surprising, and also existentially frightening.” Several stars in the world of comedy, including Judd Apatow and Louis C.K., are among her vocal admirers. Maria is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. She starred in the Comedy Central series, The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She has made multiple late-night appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Maria has guest starred on Louie (fX), and The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central) and has recurring roles on the re-booted Arrested Development (Netflix),

Tim & Eric: Awesome Show and Check It Out (both Adult Swim). Maria currently contributes comedic voiceovers for such animations as Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, fX’s Unsupervised, Disney Channel’s Kick Buttowski, Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra and Kung Fu Panda, PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. Tickets are $5 advance/$10 door for UAA students, $20 advance/$25 door for general public, and $18 advance/$23 door for UAA alumni. Tickets become available Friday September 6, 2013 at www.uaatix. com. Only UAA students (3+ credits) can use UAA student tickets. There is a limit of two UAA student tickets at time of purchase. Current UAA student ID must be presented at time of purchase and at the door.

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Sounds of The Silver Screen By Zaz Hollander

Break out the spotlights for the Mat-Su Concert Band’s fall concert, “Sounds of the Silver Screen.” The concert will feature great film music. It is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at Teeland Middle School. Admission is $5; students and seniors get in free. Band concerts are familyfriendly and generally last two hours or less. The fall concert features several numbers in the military vein. The band presents “Aces High” a march by Ron Goodwin that’s the main musical theme from the movie, “The Battle of Britain.” The rousing “March

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from 1941” by John Williams comes from the comedy of the same name. The theme from the movie “Gettysburg” by Randy Edelman is a somber, choralestyle piece. The battle between the Sharks and the Jets underpins music from “West Side Story,” Leonard Bernstein’s Latin-influenced homage to the Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This vibrant arrangement brings out the passionate rhythms of these classic tunes.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt is a symphonic suite of original music written for the movie of the same name. It’s serious music but swashbuckling enough for Captain Jack Sparrow. Dutch composer Johan de Meij wrote an entire symphony devoted to “The Lord of the Rings” and the band is playing the “Hobbit” section, which is alternately pastoral and dark - like the journey Bilbo Baggins made from the Shire to Smaug’s lair.

“Variations on a Shaker Melody” from the movie “He Got Game” is the plainspoken masterpiece by Aaron Copland with echoed wind solos and a lilting folksy melody.

“Disney at the Movies” is a jazzy crowd-pleaser that incorporates “ZipA-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Under the Sea” and “Circle of Life” plus many more familiar family favorites.

Remember the quiet, moving chorale from the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”? That’s J.S. Bach’s “Sleepers, Awake!” and a real showcase for the band’s wind and low brass sections.

And because what’s a band concert without John Philip Sousa, the rousing “Stars and Stripes Forever” rounds out the program. In fitting with the movie theme, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is a biopic about the legendary march composer.

For those of you who haven’t seen one of our episodes, The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! features interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska.

Coming to you October 19 from the historic Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) gallery next to Wasilla International Airport, another episode of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

So mark your calendar! The Valley Arts Alliance will be producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! at 7pm Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla.

MATI is our favorite Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, and The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! is the Valley Arts Alliance rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR.

> Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. A cash bar will be open during the event. > To see exciting scenes of these

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The band got its start in 1984 as the Mat-Su Community Band, formed by Matanuska Music owner Hank Hartman. For three years, the band marched in every parade in the Valley. But one day an 80-year-old trombone player spoke up: his knees just couldn’t take the pounding any more. Members voted unanimously to stick to the stage as a concert band. Since then, directors have included Neil Long and Phil Munger. The band’s current director, Gleo Huyck, is a retired music educator and private instructor. Under Huyck’s baton, the band performs a wideranging selection of challenging music. The band this season numbers more than 60 amateur musicians who assemble every Monday night at Teeland.

> For more information, or to join the band, send an e-mail to or call Gleo Huyck at 746-0628

1st Jazz Week

Day of Performance: General Admission $15, Seniors/Military $10, UAA Students $7

Benefit Concert

By Andrea Lee Miller Come support live Jazz music! Northern Lights Jazz will be performing a wide range of jazz styles. The performers are Rama Ishaya, piano; Joe Craig, guitar; Joe Eunice, bass and Cameron Cartland, drums.  This is the first time they have performed for a UAA Jazz Week Benefit concert.  Please plan to attend and welcome them!
Tickets can be purchased at Ticket Prices: Advance: $10 General, Non-UAA Student/Seniors/Military $5, UAA Students $2

> For more information,

please visit www.uaa.alaska. edu/music and go to our Events section or contact Karen StridChadwick, UAA Professor of Jazz Studies, at 786-1684 or

Yukon Alaska Council of Toastmasters

Kicks Off Speech Contest

Competition draws more than 34 clubs to participate

“Speech contests are an exciting part of the Toastmasters communication and leadership program,“ says John Lau, President of Toastmasters International. “They challenge members to fine-tune their skills in front of a larger audience. In a club, members are evaluated; in a contest, they are judged against their peers.”

To make your reservation, locate a club, observe other local contests, or learn more about Toastmasters membership for individuals or businesses visit

By Carole Milstead “Tai Chi!?” I’ve never heard of Tai Chi--what is it?” answered the person in charge of space rental. I was looking for a place to hold an evening class. “Wow”, I thought, “never heard of Tai Chi? How could someone not have heard of Tai Chi?” Gathering in my surprise, I told him the short answer is Chinese Martial Art. Going on to explain, Tai Chi is sort of the flip side of Kung Fu.

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Kung Fu is famous for its kicks, strikes and so on. Tai Chi uses slow methodical movements, with no strikes or kicks. In China, Tai Chi is considered to be the highest form of Martial Art. David Dorian Ross, four times US Champ, defines Tai Chi as, a workout to meet all your fitness needs; a means of meditation; a system of self defense; a living philosophy; and a beautiful dance. Using focused movements and breathing, it helps to relax the body and mind. Tai Chi is a great stress reliever. It also helps to improve, balance, coordination and strength while increasing energy and stamina. Recent studies are showing Tai Chi brings incredible health benefits to heart patients, those with diabetes, MS patients plus many, many more. When life is in balance, everything works better. When life is out of balance, it all falls apart. Tai Chi helps practioners to have good body-mind connection, keeping things in balance.

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QiGong, Push Hands, and the Forms are the three pillars of Tai Chi. Together, they teach the three pillars of Harmony-Power, Freedom and Flow.

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For the past 75 years, the International Speech Contest has been a dramatic part of the Toastmasters experience, capped off annually by the championship round held at the organization’s International Convention. To be eligible for the competition, participants must be age 18 or older, and present a five-to seven-minute speech in English on any topic with the focus of making the audience of all ages laugh. Judging criteria include speech content, originality, organization, transitions, gestures, style and timing.

Toastmasters International: Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500plus clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others.

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Palmer, Alaska, September 10, 2013—The Yukon Alaska Council of Toastmasters Speech Contest season has begun. Nearly 700 members from 34 clubs across the Yukon and Alaska will be competing for a spot in Alaska’s largest speech competition for adults. Participants practice and give their presentations in local clubs, and they polish their skills as they advance to area, division and district levels. The competition culminates with the Championship of Humorous and Impromptu Speaking, to be held October 19, 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Palmer Toastmasters Club will be represented at the area contest September 21st 2013 by Meschelle Kolb and David Driscoll delivering a Humorous Speeches. Bret Kolb and David Driscoll will compete in the impromptu speech contest known as Table Topics. The area speech contest will be in Palmer Alaska on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm. The contest location is MTA - 480 Commercial Drive, Palmer, AK in the lower level conference area.. This free event is open to the public. Due to limited seating reservations are encouraged. To make your reservation, locate a club, observe other local contests, or learn more about Toastmasters membership for individuals or your entire staff contact Diana Straub by e-mail Diana@StraubStrategies. com or phone (907) 841-7245.




Community NAOI: Winter Safety

Contributed by Debra McGhan For snowmobile riders across the globe, thousands of miles and years of experience will not make you immune to injury. Just ask two-time Iron Dog champions Chris Olds and Tyler Huntington. Both men suffered serious injuries a few months apart this year on training rides. Huntington shattered his pelvis in January while training on the coast near Shaktoolik. He slammed into a pile of driftwood going between 80 and 90 mph. He told Fairbanks Daily News Miner reporter Tim Mowry, “I hit a big, old log and went tumbling. It happened so fast I didn’t even know what was going on.” The end of April, Olds of Wasilla, was on a familiar ride on the Yetna River about five miles from Skwentna, also racing along at speeds in excess of 80 miles an hour, when he hit a hole in the ice and went flying. His machine landed on top of him. He knew he was injured but it wasn’t until he made it home several hours later that he

discovered his back was broken. He spent the next three months in a body brace. “I’ve done that same ride dozens of times,” said Olds. “In fact I knew the hole in the river was there. I just really didn’t think it was a problem. In the past when I’ve had an obstacle like that I was able to adjust and make it over or around. But this time I guess I got complacent and underestimated the hazard,” he said. “Instead of the soft snow I was expecting it was super hard and it just threw me.” Huntington and his riding partner, Evan Booth, expressed similar sentiments to Mowry about his crash. Booth, who passed the driftwood pile just before Huntington hit it, said he didn’t think it would be a problem for his partner at all.

Olds said this was also his first major injury.

“It was just a typical pile of driftwood left behind from a tidal surge, a bunch of logs laid down any old way,” Booth said. “It was just one of those deals.”

While both accidents were tragic and could have been fatal, quick thinking riding partners and physical conditioning saved these men.

But Huntington, blinded by the wind and the wash from Booth’s machine never saw it coming. “I’ve had some serious crashes before,” Huntington told Mowry, “but I never, ever got hurt before.”

In Huntington’s case, he couldn’t move and depended on his partner and help from the village to get him to the emergency care he needed. In Olds case, he had the strength CONTINUES to ride out as long as he was in

Iron Dog champions Chris Olds at the Finish Line


a standing position but agreed, it was riding with others that made all the difference. “I always tell people, don’t ride alone,” said Huntington. “And tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back. Those are the most important lessons and in my case, I would have froze to death out there had I been alone.”


A Review of

Brigadoon Contributed by Stephen Warta Be prepared to dive into a world of Scottish burrs and kilts as you watch Valley Performing Arts’ (VPA) Season 38 Opener, Brigadoon. With a slight twist on the old classic, VPA’s Brigadoon is a humorous romance. Although already good, because the play is a musical, it has classic songs such as “Almost like Being in Love,” which make the play even more enjoyable to a wider range of audiences.

The lead actors perform well. D. J. Rotach performs exceptionally as Jeff Douglas, keeping the play humorous with both his lines and antics. Although she does not have parts designed for humor, Sara Shipp plays her part, Fiona MacLaren, superbly – exhibiting excellent acting and a superb voice that does justice to the musical’s songs. Austin Roach and Chantel Grover are able to keep up with Rotach and Shipp, rounding out the cast and making the play a success. Brigadoon runs through October 6th, playing at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Fred and Sara Machentanz Theatre, 251 W. Swanson Ave., in Wasilla.

> Tickets may be bought online at or by calling 907-373-0195. They cost $19 for adults and $17 for students and seniors.

REGISTER for the 2013 FALL SEMESTER at Alaska Bible College in PALMER!

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The play proceeds smoothly with the right amount of humor thrown in to keep the audience engaged. The scene transitions are fairly smooth and the orchestra creates engaging music, helping bridge the scene changes. Director Olson uses some neat tools in the production, like a fog machine and a scrim. Neither of these is used very often, but they greatly enhance the play and make it even more authentic and interesting, adding to the mood of the play. In addition to the excellent


Experienced Director, Grant Olson, skillfully leads his 28-person cast into the Scottish fantasy of Brigadoon. The play starts in the Scottish Highlands where two friends, Tommy Albright (Austin Roach) and Jeff Douglas (D. J. Rotach), are lost. The men are from modern day America and they happen across the village of Brigadoon, which turns out to be lost in the 1700s and only appears once every one hundred years. The friends wander into the village and meet up with the townsfolk. Fiona MacLaren (Sara Shipp) is immediately attracted to Tommy, and with that the romance begins, along with a humorous side romance between Meg Brockie (Chantel Grover) and an unwilling Jeff.

orchestra, a bagpiper (Jim Walker) graces the play, further sinking the audience into the life and music of a Scottish village. The costumes are well designed and the set is superb. Choreographer Miranda Harris does a good job in synchronizing the performance. The only problem with the play is that some of the songs are hard to understand because of quiet actors and prevalent Scottish burrs; however, this problem is sure to resolve itself as the showing progresses.

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The 3rd Annual


Arts Recycled Garden Art Contest By Elaine Albertson The 3rd annual Recycled Garden Art Contest, sponsored by Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS), was held out-of-doors at the VCRS Education Booth during the Alaska State Fair. This year seven pieces were entered and all entries were displayed throughout the fair. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were selected by a panel of judges on Saturday, August 31st. The People’s Choice was voted on by Fair-goers the first ten days of the fair and those votes were tabulated on the 31st as well. Award ribbons, handmade by VCRS staff of previously used waterproof materials, were displayed on the winning entries for the remainder of the Fair. “Flower Spectacular,” created by Bill Campbell, was the first place winner a colorful assortment of flowers made of used steel cans mounted on an agedwood frame.

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Second place went to Susan McNeil, who created “Tinkers’ Chimes,” a large

metal frame hung with a variety of objects, including a cooking pot, napkin rings and old pipes, which clanged and chimed melodiously. Korey “Curly” Packer made third place winner “Tin Lizzie,” an antique truck, from file cabinets, old wagon wheels, gold pans, mattress frame, metal coffee cups, and various discarded tools. The People’s Choice winner, “Bottle Greenhouse,” was a usable greenhouse made of 2-liter plastic pop bottles, PVC pipes, old window, screen door and used lumber made by Mary and Stewart Gail. Over 2,300 Fair-goers participated in selecting the People’s Choice.

> The panel of judges included VCRS Board Member Randy Robinson, and avid recycling community members Judy Lewis, Jo Weller and Larry McGee.

> Korey “Curly” Packer made third place winner “Tin Lizzie”

> “Flower Spectacular,” created by Bill Campbell, was the first place winner - a colorful assortment of flowers made of used steel cans mounted on an aged-wood frame.

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Chimes,” a large metal frame hung with a variety of objects, including a cooking pot, napkin rings and old pipes, which clanged and chimed melodiously.

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Community Grit, determination and physical training are helping these two veteran riders heal and return to racing.

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Both men are registered for the 2014 Iron Dog race, Olds riding with Mike Morgan and Huntington riding with Todd Palin.

NAOI will be on hand once again with information on training opportunities and seminars on winter safety and cold weather injuries.

“There was not one single moment, even when I was lying on the coast right after my wreck, that I didn’t know I would heal and ride again,” said Huntington. “I just feel really lucky to be back riding.” Olds echoed that sentiment. This fall, before you jump on your machine and head out for adventure, take the time to get prepared. Get your machine mechanically sound, your body physically conditioned and your brain educated by taking time to train for avalanche awareness, snowmobile safety and or wilderness medicine. The Oxygen and Octane Expo, set for October 4-6 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage makes it easy to get started. This annual event attracts thousands of snow sport enthusiasts to downtown Anchorage for a chance to meet professional racers, skiers and boarders, along with a host of other experts. Attend free seminars, check out all the latest gear and technical

Team CC of Wasilla will be hosting a free two-hour seminar for all mountain riders on Saturday October 12, from 10am to 12pm. Attendants will also have the opportunity to register for a full-day workshop to be held in Hatcher Pass later this winter.

> You can learn more about the training programs offered through NAOI by visiting us online at or calling 376-2898

“This fall, before you jump on your machine and head out for adventure, take the time to get prepared. Get your machine mechanically sound, your body physically conditioned and your brain educated...” Chris Olds at the finish line


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Community The Gift of Friendship

Events at Palmer Museum

Contributed by PMHA

The Alaska State Fair may be gone but the Palmer Museum has plenty going on. We have recently installed our newest temporary exhibit, The Gift of Friendship, a history of the Palmer – Saroma sister city relationship which began in 1985, told through the Palmer Saroma Collection, a compilation of gifts given to Palmer from Saroma, Japan. The collection includes art,


instruments, utilitarian objects and much more. Using the objects, the exhibit also explores facets of Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony and the imperial family. This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for valley residents to not only learn more about the sister-city program but also about our Japanese friends. The Gift of Friendship will be on display from September 12th through October 19th. As we approach the beginning of the holiday season, the Palmer Museum is also seeking artists and crafters to participate in this year’s Day of the Dead exhibit Recuerdas, Reinterpreting Ofrendas. The museum hosted this exhibit last year and due to its overwhelming success has decided to invite local artists once again to create their version of an ofrenda, a memorial to someone they have lost. The ofrenda may be comprised of any media, any size. Submissions are also encouraged to embrace the Day of the Dead theme and its images. All artworks may be submitted to the museum beginning this month until Saturday, Oct. 19th.

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Any individuals interested in participating in this exhibit or its November reception may contact Selena or Kyndra by phone at 907-746-7668 or via e-mail at director@ It may be getting colder outside but the Palmer Museum has plenty of activities planned for the coming months and don’t forget, the Palmer Art Walk will still be operating, rain, shine or snow. In October, please join us on Saturday, October 12th as we celebrate art and try to fill our local Palmer Food Pantry. In November, on Saturday, November 9th, the Art Walk will be celebrating fiber art. So be sure to save the dates and we look forward to spending this winter with you!

> About PMHA:

The Palmer Museum of History and Art is a non-profit museum that serves the community of Palmer in preserving and sharing the history and art of the Palmer region. The museum’s collections contain items that best depict region’s art history, exploration, settlement, agriculture, and trade, cultural and social development.

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Picture Yourself in a Different Way By Carmen Summerfield

Did you ever want to see yourself as others see you? For a long time I’ve wanted to make a cast or mask of my face. So when I was designing my next piece of ceramic art, I decided to incorporate my face into the piece. I had mixed emotions about this idea… it would be like presenting myself in public. But first… where to start? Local ceramic artist Sandra Cook offered to make a plaster cast of my face, and explained the process. Even though I was in the hands of an expert, It was a little unnerving, and a little claustrophobic, to have my eyes and mouth completely covered by plaster. For 15 long minutes I had to breath through a straw. To avoid the stern look of a “death mask”, I smiled slightly, which (unfortunately) creates more wrinkles. Once the cast of my face was complete, I made a clay positive and incorporated it into my clay piece. Once the clay piece was dry, it needed to be “fired” to harden the clay and preserve the shape. There are many ways to “fire” the clay, the most common being the standard electric kiln used by so many potters. The benefit of an electric kiln is the way the temperature can be carefully controlled to ensure consistent results. Other firing methods produce different results. Sandra Cook and Karen Lopez, another local ceramic artist, had been talking about “pit firing”. The more I researched “pit firing”, the more I was convinced to try it. “Pit firing” is one of the earliest methods of firing clay, originating thousands of years ago. It is a simple procedure, only requiring a pit, and plenty of firewood.

I placed my dried clay piece (which was considered “greenware” because it had never been fired before) into the pit. Then I surrounded my clay piece with kindling, small pieces of firewood, and finally larger logs. The fire was designed to burn hot, and burn for several hours. The temperature differences in “pit firing” cannot be controlled as well as with the standard electric kiln, so the art piece frequently does not survive the firing intact. So I was apprehensive until the fire burned out and my clay piece cooled. Fortunately, my art made it through the “pit firing” intact. Afterward, I finished it with a coat of wax to bring out the different colors created by the “pit firing” method. If you’re interested in seeing my work, and art by by Sandra Cook and Karen Lopez, stop by and see our display case in the lobby of the Valley Performing Arts’ Machetanz Theatre in Wasilla.

> For more info, go to Thank you Sandra and Karen for inspiring me to experiment!

After the Alaska State Fair and Parade, here’s a HUGE thank you to the hands who worked so hard this summer to keep Palmer “Alaska at its Best!” Our hats are off to these amazing people: City Finance Team …usually only unsung heroes, for all the long hours of fair duty, for processing all the extra paperwork to make it all work, and for their cheerful smiles through everything. City Hall Staff & our Community Parade Volunteers …for the many hearts & hands that made this years’ Alaska State Fair Parade one of the best so far! A special thank-you to BP, to Era Alaska, to the Alaska State Fair, and to MEA for believing in our community and for their generous financial sponsorship! Downtown Merchants …for their “can-do” volunteerism and energetic engagement that brought so many people to town this summer. Alaska State Fair leadership and staff …for being community partners, continuing to support economic development and keeping Palmer on the world-class map. Palmer Public Works Volunteers …for voluntarily working those early parade hours with such great enthusiasm! Palmer Police, Dispatch & Palmer Fire …for doing your tough jobs with extra diligence during these busy times and keeping us all safe. Palmer Chamber of Commerce … for your outstanding and unwavering support through it all!

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Sept. 2013

A Case for

Handbuilt Pottery

Contributed by Sandra Cook Ceramic Artist I have always loved handmade ceramics, its functionality, form and most of all its feel in the hand. I did a little hand-building in my very first ceramic classes, but the seduction of the potter’s wheel won out and I had a long affair with the wheel. It wasn’t until I attended the University of Colorado and took my first formal hand-building class did I leave the wheel behind for a simpler and multifaceted approach to working with clay. The earliest means of forming pottery was directly with our hands without specialized tools. Simple and complex forms were made by making coils and stacking them on top of one another then pushing the clay together to get

rid of the coil rings making a smoothly formed pot. The pinch pot is another method of making vessels. Fingers go into a ball of clay and start uniformly squeezing the clay between the fingers and thumb until the desired form is created. The third and my favorite way of forming clay is by pounding out or rolling out slabs of clay cutting and piecing the clay together into a desired form. Slabs can also be used with slump or hump molds. My work is based on the slab. Slabs provide a lot of flexibility in form, vessels are created using slump or hump molds. Slump molds are anything you can press the clay into—an existing bowl or other shape. As the clay dries in the mold it will take on that shape. Hump molds are anything you can drape clay over. The trick here is to not have any undercuts, so the clay comes off easily without catching on something and to pull the clay off the mold before it shrinks and cracks. Slump or hump molds are just a starting place for

complicated pieces. Two of the same slump or hump molded slabs can be put together to create a vase or add a slab wall to a slump or hump molded bowl to create a completely different type of vessel. Being a carpenter’s daughter, I grew up around construction. To me hand-building has the element of construction. My favorite way to hand build is to cut slabs of clay, and literally build odd shaped vases, teapots, fountains, and boxes. I bevel the edges of the clay for a good clean fit, much like a carpenter. I like the design challenge and construction challenge of juxtaposing a simple curvilinear shape and a shape with straight edges--seeing if I can create continuity or flow between the two contrasting design elements while creating tension within the piece. As I said, I love handmade ceramics, its functionality, form and most of all its feel in the hand and to me this is available in hand-built pottery.

“I have always loved handmade ceramics, its functionality, form and most of all its feel in the hand.”

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The Power Of Drumming

Contributed by Meggie Aube We have all felt it, whether it is in the power of a metal drummer laying down a rapid-fire double bass pattern or a bodhran accompanying an Irish jig. Whether it was attending your favorite concert and dancing along to every song or hanging towards the back, unable to keep your foot from tapping. Rhythm in music has the all-consuming ability to control the listeners’ body and mind. We have all felt the insistent pull of rhythm in music, but how many of us have actively participated in controlling the rhythm and taking part in creating rhythm with others? While all instruments have the ability to create rhythm, no instrument plays the role as time keeper as strongly as the drums. Drums have historically played a very significant role in human-kind’s production of music, coming a close second chronologically in creation of music to the voice. As long as humans have been making music, they have found ways to create rhythm through striking various objects. As stated by drummer Mickey Hart, “In the beginning was noise. And noise begat rhythm. And rhythm begat everything else.” With such a strong tie of humans to drumming, it is a wonder that so few people in our community actively participate in this ancient art form. Drumming has been shown to have numerous positive effects that everyone can benefit from. What are those benefits? Recreational drumming has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and even increased the disease fighting activity of circulating white blood cells. Through participating in community drumming and music making you can eliminate the feeling of burning out

and improve your immune system. If you have been meaning to join a gym to work on your upper body strength, beating a drum on a regular basis can also help you in that arena as it is a very strenuous activity. If you feel that you are physically healthy and don’t need a drum to help you, there are also positive reactions drumming can have on your brain. Drumming as a member of a group offers many mental challenges that are associated with composing and arranging musical elements. This type of creativity has been shown to increase one’s ability for logical thinking and problem solving. Drumming has also been used to help slow the progression of diseases such as altztheimers and dementia. Aside from physical, mental, and emotional improvements in your life, drumming can also create positive social situations and relationships. Rhythm is a universal language and drumming helps bridge gaps between all race, age and social barriers. It is an activity that everyone can participate in no matter their ability, physique, background, or stage in life. Through group drumming you can develop friendships and bonds through music that are difficult to cultivate in most daily situations. As a culture we need to realize the power and potential of the drum and the significance of the instrument to the history of humankind. As Remo Belli, CEO of REMO drums exclaimed, “It’s time to stop thinking of the drum as just a musical instrument. Start thinking of the drum as a recreational tool for every family, a wellness tool for every retiree, and an educational tool for every classroom.” After discovering all of the advantages drumming can bring to your life and our community, the only question that can remain is, how can you not become involved? The goal of this author is to

create a community where everyone participates in music and drumming. Where, similar to the 19th century society of a piano in every household, there is a drum in every home. Where we can join together in music, no matter your politics, religion, gender, or age.

> About the author: Dr. Meggie

Aube is a percussion performer and educator in the Mat-Su Valley, teaching in private and group settings for all ages and abilities. She is a music professor at Mat-Su College, Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Wasilla, and operates her studio, Percussion in the Valley. Dr. Aube will be offering a series of drumming workshops for all ability levels throughout the 2013/14 season. The next will be held September 28- October 19 on four consecutive Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m

> Visit her website: for her full bio and information on upcoming classes.


Mark Your Calendars

The Cost of Living, Revisited The Cost of Living Revisited, a play about surviving breast cancer, with script developed by Catherine Stadem and Lily Nielsen. The one hour play will be performed at the Alaska Club Theatre, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19 at 7 P.M. and Sunday, Oct 20 at 3 P.M. during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Original play was performed at Cyranos in Anchorage in 1992. There is no cost to attend the performances and there is no seat reservations. This is an all-volunteer production with a cast of seven. Anne Benson-Williams is very excited about directing this play, which has such a powerful message concerning the emotions of women dealing with this life threatening health issue. At the request of producer, Suzanne Bach Edwards, the play has been updated in 2013 to include breast cancer survivor stories from members of the Valley support group. This group meets every second Saturday at 11 A.M. at the Mat-Su Regional Hospital meeting room (near the cafeteria) and is supported by the Alaska Cancer Care Alliance (ACCA). Any donations made at the play will go to a special fund through the ACCA for valley breast cancer patients in need of assistance.  Here are the details: Friday, October 18th at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 19th at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 20th at 3 p.m. The Alaska Club Theatre This is free to the public

> For more information contact Suzanne Bach Edwards, 376-5956


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Social Issues TLC Corner Chat By Tiffany Moffitt Rye

THE POWER OF AWARENESS AND RESPONSIBILITY As I write this message of hope and love… I approach it with a humbled heart by the things I am experiencing in my daily walk in this small town of Palmer, Alaska. I sit here alone in our little gift shop, Side Kicks Gifts, TLC & More in downtown Palmer at 10pm on a Monday night and I watch the young people of our town come out of the darkness and into the street lights outside our store. They walk with heads hanging low, backpacks affixed tightly to their backs with ALL of their possessions in them, and a stride that resembles that of a broken and beaten dog left for dead on the side of the road by its owner. I share this to make you aware of the TRUTH that awaits us as we look outside of ourselves and into the lives of those around us. I personally have

always had the passion to look into the lives of others and feel their joys and sorrows and do what I can to help them or lead them to a resource that might. I know not everyone knows this but we have a LARGE community of homeless or nearly homeless youth ages 14-24 who are roaming the streets at night and during the day looking for food, showers, hugs, and just someone who cares. It is a part of most cities in America but this information I share is a responsibility I don’t take lightly because it lives in my hometown.

my heart with others through a filter of experiences in my own life that has left me an open book. After much trauma as a child, adolescent, young adult and mature adult…I find that my way of healing from hurts is to share my emotions through WORDS either in written form or verbally. I trust that my words do not fall on deaf ears as the amount of responses I get on any given day in our store, on my Facebook wall or in person somewhere shows me that people really do care about one another.

I pray that anyone reading this will open your hearts and minds to researching more about the latest efforts of MY HOUSE Mat-Su. You can find info at http://myhousematsu. org or their My House Facebook page or call them at 354-4357. Side Kicks in downtown Palmer has created a TLC Closet which houses food, hygiene products, cold drinks and snacks for anyone ages 14-24 who is in need. We accept donations of any of these items and also serve as a drop off point for My House’s clothing boutique and food pantry. We also have volunteer applications available at our store if you want to join their team of volunteers.

Please know, if you don’t know me personally…and you will, that I share my life testimony only as a means of leading people to Christ. I don’t hide this truth about myself from anyone as I used to. In some areas of our lives it is not acceptable or fashionable to share your faith…but in my world, His world…I will never forsake Him by not sharing the testimony He has given me in my life through many trials and many miraculous and supernatural events He has orchestrated and carried me through.

I speak these words of transparency as I myself have been gifted by my Heavenly Father to be able to share

I hope that this message finds you yearning for more knowledge of the opportunity to serve others as well as open your heart to share your own personal life testimony that no one can take away from you, Amen.

Question for the month: “Are we all doing our part and taking responsibility for the children we have chosen to give birth to and raise into responsible young adulthood? Are we helping those alongside of us to do the same? Do we perhaps need to be led by something supernatural in this process? Contemplation (prayer or meditation) for the month: Take some time this month and think about and then act upon whatever you are inspired to do for even just one teen in your life. You may never know how it may touch their lives in the future. You just might be part of SAVING one. In His Service, Tiffany Moffitt Rye Read something you don’t like? Don’t just whine about it - write about it! And then send it to us at Make A Scene!

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There Is A New Teen Dance Club Opening in the Valley... Contributed by

Mothers Against Club Graffiti Club Graffitti. Is this a good thing? There’s a lot of people that don’t think so, but there are reasons for that. First of all, it is for teenagers ages 13 – 18. That includes kids from about 7th grade all the way up to high school graduates. That’s a pretty big difference in age when you start considering things like size and maturity levels. Second of all, it’s open until 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a curfew in place within city limits and if kids stay until closing they will be breaking it. But the biggest red flag for many parents I have spoken to is the location. Because this “safe” teen dance club is located directly underneath a bar known in the Valley for rowdy behavior and fights. The former Mat-Su resort. A group of concerned parents began asking questions on this clubs facebook page but we weren’t getting any answers. So we set up a meeting with the clubs owner, Don Strickland. He had seemed pretty evasive about our questions on facebook, and we wanted some straight answers regarding whether or not the club and bar would be operating at the same time and just HOW could they possibly keep children safe in that environment. Prior to this meeting I called the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board to see if this club could legally operate on a (liquor) licensed premises. To my knowledge the entire building was covered by the current liquor license. It could not. The ABC Board sent out an individual to investigate, because this was the first they head heard about a club for underage minors to be operating in that location. On Thursday, September 12th, one day away from opening night, the liquor license was altered and the bottom floor de-designated. Now they could legally open. The next thought was security. How are you going to keep our children safe and separate from the bar patrons? Because I confirmed with the operator of the bar that he was still planning on keeping the bar open until 2:30 for the foreseeable future, and was still going to be hosting live bands, such as the hip hop one that is scheduled to perform the same night Club Graffitti opens for the first time. Mr. Strickland assured us he would have multiple security guards

on site. I asked which security company he was using and if they were going to be licensed and bonded. (Alaska law requires security guards to pass certain background checks and training, etc to carry the title.) The answer? No. He had hired his own. These employees are not technically security guards, they are bouncers. And not required to have any training or background checks whatsoever by law. I confirmed this with the Department of Public Safety. I asked for names in order to do my own checks on these people intended to guard my kid. He refused to release names. He did assure us that he was doing his on background checks. I do not know what those “checks” consisted of. The general knowledge of laws regarding minors was also shockingly absent. When asked if security would be handcuffing children for fighting or other infractions, his response was, “Is it legal to handcuff a minor?” When the issue of curfew was raised, we were told by Mr. Strickland “That’s not my problem”. I can quote that because I wrote it down as he said it. Unfortunately Mr. Strickland declined to let any of the parents record our meeting. He also refused access to the KTUU cameraman. Why? That’s what we should all be asking ourselves. The facility itself when we saw it, one day before opening, did not appear to be ready for throngs of teenagers at all. No cameras had been installed, no rules or warnings of any kind were visible, there were loose wires hanging and holes in the walls. And the bathroom was horrific! It’s not even a separate area. It’s two stalls, open at the bottom and the top, in a hallway. In full view of everyone coming in the front door. In the past I have heard of adults trying to take pictures over the top of, or underneath these doors. The parking lot is poorly lit as well. My thinking is this is going to be like shooting fish in a barrel for any predatory adult that happens by. Can you see why parents are worried? What is gonna happen the first time some 8th grade girl finds herself alone and without a ride and a bunch of drunk college guys happen by? Or when some high school athlete mouths off to an angry dad from the opposing team? Are these things guaranteed to happen? No. But they could. And that’s a very scary thought. Drunken adults and underage minors just don’t mix. That’s the bottom line. We parents do not necessarily oppose the idea of a teen club. But we are begging that they move it to a different, safer location. For our children, and for ALL children.

...A Response

to Mothers Against Club Graffiti

From Club Owner Don Strickland My name is Don Strickland. I am one of the owners of Club Graffiti. When I was asked to write a response to this article I did not want to. I do not feel I need to justify my actions or the business. I believe it is a waste of time when I could be helping others. I believe this “hate group” called “Mothers against Club Graffiti” will not last because groups formed on lies and deceit do not last. Their actions will be their own downfall and they will be revealed for who they really are. I would be ashamed of myself as a parent to be involved in a group that could hurt teens by their own actions. At our club on opening night they were driving in and out of the parking area at high speed. They also were lurking around like child molesters hiding in dark places and taking pictures of people. They were on the outside deck asking young girls if they wanted drugs as they entered the club. One woman in particular, was using her own children by sitting in the parking lot with them in her car knowing we have a strict no loitering policy in the parking lot. When she was asked to leave by our security personnel she started cussing and screaming at us in front of her own children. They have been calling over and over and being a nuisance to hard working people like Alaska State Troopers, Alcohol Beverage Control Board, The Mayor of Wasilla, Manager of the Wasilla Resort, and the Teen Resource Center we are involved with. I hope and pray that their actions don’t hurt someone at our location. Last night, by their actions, they are saying and doing opposite of what they say they stand for. I hope no teens get hurt by their actions. If you want to join this group then I warn you please check them out more thoroughly. Enough about them, Now the good part. We started Club Graffiti because we believe the teens need a safe place to go. Yes, there is a bar at the resort, but I firmly believe we have taken all the correct measures to separate the two businesses. This is a beautiful location with a lot of parking and far enough off the road so it wont be a bother to residents of Wasilla. Also we want to use a large part of the income to fund teen organizations, be involved with helping our growing population of homeless teens and by helping them find jobs that will train them to become productive adults. We are about protecting our teens at any cost. I would be glad to sit down and talk to anyone about our business. We are here for the teens. We are trying to make a difference in our community.

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Contributed by Stuart Thompson Truly it is the highest irony to see both the rabid religionist and the rabid philosopher (who mutually insist on the complete degradation of the other), act the same in the defense of their positions. You have the religionist insisting that philosophy pursued independent of God is the source of Evil in the world and is the work of Satan. He will point to such examples as the architects of the Nazi Third Reich who utilized Nietzsche as their guide.

The process of thought and perception organization requires standards or “hooks” onto which all perceptions and thought can be sorted. Once sorted, further organization occurs where relative value and importance

This is the “villain of the piece”. Say an individual has chosen, for an area of reality, a standard or “hook” for the organization of his thinking which lacks comprehensiveness (i.e. has limited space and availability for other new, yet related, thoughts/ perceptions about a reality area). Consequently, he experiences a sense of mental collision when a perception or thought comes to him that does not fit into his thought organization. He is then forced to choose between ignoring / rejecting this new datum, or going into a state of mental chaos from abandoning his former standard or “hook”. This whirling mental chaos will last until he establishes a more comprehensive standard or “hook” for the thoughts/perceptions of that area. As any one knows from personal experience, this feeling can be very uncomfortable. It takes what’s called mental discipline to work through getting rid of it successfully.

Unfortunately, most people go the easier route. They simply ignore or reject the new thought/perception that won’t fit. Consequently, once set on this course, that individual will react with increasing force to ignore or reject that new thought/perception whenever something or someone tries bringing it to his attention for assimilation. This manifestation is commonly called “having a fixed idea” about something, and the motivation for it is far greater than mere fear. It is the avoidance of the extreme discomfort of mental chaos being coupled with the common human compulsion to be right. Now imagine what happens when two people are mutually insisting that each other assimilate thoughts/ perceptions of reality that neither have the capacity in his thought organization for. Oooh wow! The result is the almost unthinking betrayal of self-honesty in the vindictiveness present in discussions of philosophy and religion to which I refer.

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“ is the highest irony to see both the rabid religionist and the rabid philosopher (who mutually insist on the complete degradation of the other), act the same in the defense of their positions.”

You have the philosopher insisting religion is full of superstition and mother of such historical social insanity as The Spanish Inquisition. The philosopher vomits forth his furious opposition of religion being capable of bringing peace while the religionist vomits forth his furious opposition to reason being capable of bringing forth a Golden Age for Man. And each can be very convincing!

Here is a philosophical explanation-- as it’s the simpler frame of reference to use (I am insufficiently conversant with Islam and the Hindu religion to give the religious frame of reference justice): The principle that the mind organizes our perceptions and experience and results in what we understand as knowledge was initiated by Hume and expanded by Kant and others. Review this material as necessary---there is not practical space for recapitulation of their thought

to each thought and perception is assigned. Please note that awareness of unorganized thought/perceptions has a distinct negative effect on a person’s sense of well-being. This negative effect is commonly called feeling confused.


Why is it present in discussions of religion and philosophy?

I suggest that they are both right and both wrong. Part of the proof is in the quality of vindictiveness both sides display with often hysterical and sometimes violent means. Check any philosophical or religious debate where these two opponents square off. You see at least verbal violence in the invalidation and vilification they both descend into. Such conduct is in direct contradiction to many of the very principles they espouse! Why? What motivates this colossal betrayal of self-honesty?


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SENIORS Palmer Senior Citizens Center, Inc.

The priApry mission of the Palmer Senior Citizens Center, Inc. is to assist individuals age sixty or older, individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Disorders, individuals of any age on the Medicaid Waiver program and other eligible individuals in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough remain as independent as possible in the least restrictive environment possible and out of expensive nursing homes for as long as possible. Services include: congregate and home delivered meals, transportation, adult day services, care coordination, senior employment, family caregivers support, information / referral, chore services, senior housing, chore services, Better Choices Better Health classes, HELP program, activities and volunteer opportunities. 745-5454,

Alzheimer’s Resource Agency of Alaska

As Alaska’s resource on Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska (ADRAA) is committed to providing information, education and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) and their caregivers. We have served Alaskans since 1984, and today we help more than 5,000 people annually. As a non-profit statewide organization, we provide family consultations, care coordination, in-home services for frail elders & individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and education programs to family caregivers and health care professionals. We are your resource for information and can refer you to services in Alaska or the contiguous U.S. Sam Meneses, 746-3432,

Valley Charities, Inc; dba Turn-A-Leaf Thrift Store

Provides medical equipment to all income brackets in the Valley; provides clothing and household goods to Valley residents that are economically disadvantaged. John Rozzi , 376-5740

Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. (WASI)

A Health and Wellness Campus for Seniors on the Go! The goal at WASI is to assist and refer services for Seniors 60 and older so they can live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Some of the services provided are: Meals: Family Style Meals Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center. Meals on Wheels home delivered meals. Housing: Independent Housing for low income and Aprket rate individuals. Optional Assisted Living Services Transportation: Partnership with MASCOT Bus $.60 per one way ride. Dr. visits by appointment Other Activities: Cards, Wii, and Painting at the Center Blood Pressure Checks Club50 Fitness Center, Strong Seniors Program ($5/8 weeks) Shopping Trips and other outings Valley Performing Arts Theater Visits And much more… call 376-3104 opt.2 for more information. Dennie Jaques , 376-3104

Mat-Su Area Partnership (MAP)

An organization of non-profit agencies in the MatSu Valley. MAP holds a monthly meeting on a Thursday at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla.

Mid-Valley Seniors Inc

Mid-valley Seniors has 3 senior housing units 18 apartments and serves a congregate meal Mon-Fri at 5.30PM Soup and salad bar main meal served at 6 Pm. Home delivered meals served daily fresh Mon-Fri, weekend meals are frozen. Transportation Department for doctors

appointments in the Valley Wasilla and Palmer area, Mon-Wed-Fri 9.00Am -3Pm. Shopping trips, and pharmacy stops, Tues – Thursday 9Am -1Pm Come up to the Center for activities or dinner,24 hours in advance notice. Lorie Rounds, 892-6114

FAMILIES & CHILDREN Alaska Family Services

Alaska Family Services is a multi-dimensional non-profit that has over 20 programs serving the Mat-Su Valley. Major areas are: domestic violence, behavioral health, WIC, family support, and residential for youth with emotional issues. Donn A. Bennice, Ph.D. 746-4080

LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center.

We provide support and assistance to families with disabilities. LINKS provides support and trainings, parent to parent connections to mentor, information and referral, and access to library materials. These services are provided through one-onone assistance and individualized workshops for small or large groups. Our vision is to ensure that every parent and family who has a child with a special need has access to information, education, outreach, and support in a culturally competent environment and to empower then to be advocates for themselves, their children, and their families. New location on the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy next to North Star Bakery, across the street from MSSCA. Amber Parker, Admin Assisiant. , 373-3632

Family Promise Mat-Su

Provides a shelter for families without housing. We mobilize community resources and local congregations to provide compassionate care through shelter, meals, and case management to families without housing. Guest families are housed in area church buildings at night for a week at a time...moving to new host church on Sundays. Applications are available on our website. 357-6160,

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place child advocacy center is a child-friendly, neutral facility where professionals from many agencies involved in the evaluation, investigation and treatment of child abuse meet to coordinate and bring their services to the child and their family. We provide child forensic interviews, medical exams, linkage to mental health providers, follow-up support and referrals throughout the investigation process. Referrals to The Children’s Place are made through law enforcement and Office of Children’s Services. The Children’s Place, 357-5157, www.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Strengthens our communities by providing mentors to all children who need and want a caring adult role model – special friends who can help them expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures – changing their lives.

Alaska Center for Resource Families

Provides support, training and education for foster, relative and adoptive families caring for children that have been abused and neglected. ACRF also helps support the Mat-Su Grandparents Support Group in collaboration with Links and Volunteers of America. For more information about foster care and adopting children that are in the OCS child protection system visit our website or call 376-4678. 376-4678,

Pillows for Kids Foundation

We provide little pillows of support and little scholarships for local children to participate in brain-training activities such as art, music, gymnastics, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, skating, horseback riding, and Aprtial arts.. Mentors and community members contact us when there is an identified need to keep kids, preschool through college, connected with good activities in our community. We plan to publish a book and CD/DVD of Evan’s “Little Pillow” song

(copyrighted) soon. Currently, we are selling washable, decorator pillows of all shapes, sizes and colors for kids and adults as a way of creating funding for the scholarships. Valerie Koivunen

The Moose Boosters Wrestling Club

A youth development organization that provides aid and funding to low income recreational facilitates and athletes at the high school level. Funding supports athletes who participate in wrestling programs while meeting academic standards. Michelle Heun 355-7099

Set Free Alaska

Brief description about non-profit: Our children, friends, co-workers; there is someone we know who is struggling with addiction and destructive behaviors. It is the goal of Set Free Alaska to provide excellent, individualized services to our clients. Set Free Alaska is a Christian outpatient substance abuse treatment center that uses a mind-body-spirit approach to recovery. Our programs are designed to assist people in gaining freedom from the bondage of addiction and destructive behaviors. Set Free Alaska realizes that cost can be a huge deterrent to people seeking and receiving the help they need as well as a huge relapse trigger. Our assessments are based on a sliding fee scale. It is the goal of Set Free Alaska that no person be denied the services they need due to lack of financial resources. Our offices are open Mon-Fri 10-6 and we are located on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway across from the AT&T Sports Center. Philip Licht, Executive Director 373-4732,

Big Lake Community Clothing Closet Donated by local Alaskans, Big Lake Community Clothing Closet provides quality clothing to people in need, at no charge. Clothing and footwear for people of all ages is available. Also, assorted household items as they are available. This unique program helps people locally. Donations are accepted, to further the program. Any money donated helps pay the rent for our location at 2955 Big Lake Rd., Big Lake, Alaska. Financial donation could also be mailed to the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, PO Box 527069, Big Lake, AK 99652. Hours of operation: Tues. 9 am – 1 pm, Weds. 11 am – 3 pm All donations of quality clothing in good condition can be donated at the above address during regular hours of operation. We are a non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductable. Tax ID available to donors. Check us out on Facebook. Co-Administrators Stephanie O. 892-5450 Christy M. 775-3238

The ARTs Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums, under the leadership of Pipe Major Aja Stewart, are now seeking Pipers and Drummers who would like to play with our Band. We want to increase the size of our awardwinning Drumline, so if you are already familiar with drumming (snare, tenor, or bass,) or if you want to learn to play, we would like to hear from you! We would like to extend a cordial invitation to anyone who would like to learn to play bagpipes or drums, to FREE lessons with our Band. You don’t have to be Scottish, or even have any musical background, to start. We firmly believe that you’re never too old to learn; we have active students and performing members of the Band ranging in age from 7 to 70! We are a grade IV competing, family-oriented Pipe

Band, established in 2005, and we are very active in supporting our community with music at parades, concerts, and special events. Our purpose is to advance the rich cultural heritage of Great Highland Bagpipe music, and to have FUN doing it! ACPD provides free instruction in piping and drumming, with Band practice to follow, every Friday evening at 5:00 and 5:45 pm at Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 12836 Old Glenn Highway, in Eagle River. Phenomenal! Those interested in lessons, or in playing pipes or drums with Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums, please contact the Band by email at craigag@mtaonline. net or by telephone at (907) 688-4196. The band’s website can be found at http://www.alaskaceltic. org , plus, we’re on Facebook! “The Pipes, the Pipes are calling...”

Radio Free Palmer

Radio Free Palmer is community radio serving the Sutton and Palmer communities as KVRF 89.5 FM and online at On air since 2011, KVRF’s mission is to foster community involvement. Currently we produce great local shows on topics from health to mushing - and the list of programs is growing. Online we add important community events such as the Borough Assembly and School Board Meetings. Listen to Radio Free Palmer KVRF 89.5 for more community-centric news, music, sports, music or come volunteer to to help bring great radio programming to the valley. Mike Chmielewski, COO 745-8951, and on Facebook and Twitter

Valley Fine Arts Association

VFAA was formed to teach techniques, and encourage fellowship among visual artists in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. we strive to promote a supportive attitude toward visual arts in our Alaskan community. We welcome beginners, students, part-time and professional artists who focus mainly on twodimensional art mediums and want to connect with other creative people and gain more exposure locally. Throughout the year, we inform our members about opportunities to show their work, participate in group events, view other local artists, and enroll in workshops. During the school year, we organize regular sessions for painting together and host monthly artist demonstrations on the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 4 - 8 p.m.; Room 212 at Mat-Su College. Aprch 7 @ 6:00 p.m., Charles Gause will be the guest speaker. Membership in the Valley Fine Arts Association provides many diverse opportunities for artists. Check our website calendar at www. for upcoming events.

Mat-Su Community Chorus, Inc.

As Musical Ambassadors of The Valley, The MatSu Community Chorus has provided quality vocal music, in its various forms, for the benefit, education and enjoyment of its members and the surrounding communities since 1970. Our membership is open to the public, inviting all who wish to add their voice in song. We offer complimentary performances at public celebrations and deliver formal concerts twice a year. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, currently with twenty-two members and we are looking towards expanding the organization to better serve the community. With the support from individuals, businesses and other civic organizations we are able to grow our group by bringing the community together through music and to continue our standard of excellence. We meet September through Sept. on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm in the Choir Room at Wasilla High School. Nan Potts 745-8788

Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums of Eagle River

Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums of Eagle River, under the leadership of Pipe Major Aja Stewart and Drum Sergeant Bryan Gonzales, are actively recruiting pipers and drummers, as well as those interested in learning Great Highland Bagpipes and Highland Drumming (snare, tenor, bass.) We would like to extend a cordial invitation to anyone who would like to learn to play bagpipes or drums, to FREE lessons with our Band. We are a grade IV competing, family-oriented pipe

band established in 2005, and beginners of any age are welcome. Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums are very active in supporting the community in which we live. Our purpose is to advance the rich cultural heritage of Great Highland Bagpipe music, and to have FUN doing it! ACPD provides free instruction in piping and drumming, with Band practice to follow, every Friday evening at 5:00 and 5:45 pm at Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 12836 Old Glenn Highway, in Eagle River . Those interested in lessons, or in becoming members of ACPD, please contact the Band by email at or by telephone at (907) 376-5060. The band’s website can be found at

Mat-Su Concert Band, Inc.

Our mission is to promote, plan, support and conduct educational and cultural activities and opportunities for the benefit of the citizens and residents of Alaska. We do this by providing an outlet for the many talented musicians in and around our area to perform and a venue for the public to come and enjoy with us our music. Rehearsals are every Mon. from 7 to 9 p.m. at Teeland Middle School. For more information, contact Gleo Huyck at 746-0628.

The Whirling Rainbow Foundation

Grandmother Drum International Peace Project The Whirling Rainbow Foundation is an international spiritual and educational non- profit organization which honors and celebrates the diverse cultural and spiritual paths of the human family. The foundation cultivates the universal teachings of inner peace, loving compassion, wisdom and understanding at the core of every culture and spiritual tradition. We are starting a Global Peace Sanctuary and Sustainable Community in Palmer. The GrandMother Drum International Peace Project travels the world as the international voice of the Whirling Rainbow Foundation. As a symbol of the heartbeat of love that connects all nations and all races, the seven foot, crystal inlaid GrandMother Drum holds local and global events promoting peace and unity through the universal language of music, dance, cultural and healings arts. White Eagle Medicine Woman (Suraj Holzwarth) Executive Director

Valley Performing Arts

We’re celebrating 36 years of Quality Live Theatre! VPA performs seven plays a year from September through Sept.. We welcome actors, volunteers, program advertisers and play sponsors to join in supporting VPA, the Valley’s oldest live theatre. The VPA Summer Theatre Arts Programs take place Sept. through Sept. and are for youth 6-11 and 1217. The VPA Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony is held each Sept. and Annual Fundraiser in October. Purchase your tickets online or from our office. Check out audition dates and show times on our website. VPA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. 373-0195,

Valley Arts Alliance

The Valley Arts Alliance is a group of like-minded individuals who have joined together to encourage, sponsor, facilitate and support artistic expression. We are a place for both new and established artists of all types—painters, sculptors, musicians, and those involved in the performing arts—to network and to experiment with new ideas and media. We work with local libraries, schools, museums, art councils, and music and art groups to create more venues for the arts, and to help promote art related events.

ANIMALS AK Cat Kitty Rescue

is a local small kitty rescue. We specialize in litters of kittens, and our facility is designed that way. We will take in litters from the community, and will assist in getting their mom cat spayed. ALL of our kittens are up to date on vaccines, and have been spayed/ or neutered prior to adoptions. We are a 501c3, so any donations are tax deductible. If you are looking to adopt, or need help placing a litter, please call us! We are currently looking for help with computer type tasks, updating website, or

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue (ADPR)

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit organization formed for the purpose of rescuing homeless dogs and puppies. We have rescued dogs throughout Alaska, including various Bush communities. These rescued dogs are placed in foster homes, where they are socialized, vaccinated, dewormed, and taken to the vet to be microchipped and spayed or neutered. It is our goal to have an animal sanctuary, so that all adoptable dogs are given an opportunity to find their forever homes. We encourage individuals to volunteer for this very worthy cause. 745-7030

Alaska Assistance Dogs (Aad)

Meadow Gates Farm Sanctuary

Meadow Gates Farm Sanctuary has provided shelter and care for unwanted pet rabbits since 2001. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable corporation. Rabbits are taken in when space is available. They are evaluated for behavior and personality, spayed/neutered, then adopted to new pet homes. Bunnies not able to be adopted are maintained permanently at the sanctuary. Responsible adult volunteers are always needed. 907-357-6437,

VARIETY The Sertoma Club - Wasilla

We host the Mat Su Polar Plunge raising funds for non-profits in the Matanuska Susitna Valley,

We have a wonderful club of volunteers! On a weekly basis you’ll find a Mat Su Sertoman at the Food Pantry, Wasilla Senior Campus, Valley Charities, helping Special Olympics and the list goes on and on! Our goal for 2011/2012 year is to raise more than, $25,000 in polar plunge funds. You can pledge or sign up to jump! Just visit our website for more information. Join us every other Thursday at 5:00pm at the Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill. Our next meeting is Sept. 25th. We always have new speakers and a great time. See you there!


Take of Pounds Sensibly Non-Profit Weight Loss Support Group Three (3) Chapters meet weekly in the Valley. Kathy Miller - 376-9571 or write to

Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)

Our mission is to educate and provide opportunities in our community to reduce, reuse, and recycle for the long-term good of all. Our vision is to establish the Mat-Su Borough as a model recycling community for Alaska. We are open for residential recycling Wednesday through Friday 12-6pm and Saturday 11-3pm. Businesses can call ahead for hours. Your permanent community recycling center is located in our new green building at 9465 E. Chanlyut Circle, next to the animal shelter at the Central Landfill. Volunteer opportunities available., 745.5544

Valley Residential Services (VRS)

VRS provides special needs housing to individuals who experience behavioral or developmental disabilities, low-income levels or those who are homeless. VRS currently has 168 properties in the Mat-Su Valley with special programs to assist with

rental assistance and we can assist with linking individuals to social service agencies who can assist with life skills programs. (907) 357-0256 ,

Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates (AABA)

Educates and supports foster, adoptive, kinship care, step, grand and guardianship parents and professionals who care for children with emotional mental health issues, such as Attachment Disorder. AABA provides workshops, e-mail/telephone support, resource/referral information, selfadvocacy, AABA web-site www.akattachment. org, RAVEN Respite, newsletters, brochures, lending library, and Mom2Mom/Dad2Dad parent support group. For more information: Laura Wagner 907-376-0366

Food Pantry of Wasilla

The mission of the Food Pantry of Wasilla is: “To provide persons who reside in the Matanuska Susitna Valley with needed supplemental food supplies. Food Pantry of Wasilla distributes goods to its clients in a manner which gives dignity to all.” All distributions made by the Food Pantry of Wasilla shall be made notwithstanding any person’s race, color, sex, age, handicap, religious affiliation, or national origin. Our hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We offer two food programs to residents of the Mat-Su Valley. We operate a community-supplied food pantry, accepting cash and food donations from individuals and groups and supply clients with food for nutritionally-balanced meals to help people get back on their feet. We also administer distribution of TEFAP government commodities. TEFAP is (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). This is a needs-based program, which Sept. be accessed monthly by any client who meets the governmentestablished-qualifications. Food distributed is based on availability and instructions from USDA. In case of emergencies such as fire or earthquake in the valley, the Food Pantry of Wasilla also cooperates with other organizations and government agencies to render assistance. Eddie Ezelle, 907-357-3769 Main 501 E.Bogard Rd., Wasilla


North America Outdoor Institute

The North America Outdoor Institute (NAOI) is a not-for-profit community outreach organization providing outdoor safety and environmental awareness education programs for the general public in an effort to save lives from preventable outdoor injuries and deaths. Debra McGhan, 376-2898 ,

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural resources of Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through public awareness, recreation, education and enhancement projects. Healthy, outdoor recreation in a safe, beautiful setting is what APH helps provide to all users. 357-8712,

Alaska Frontier Trappers Association

The Alaska Frontier Trappers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ethical and lawful practice of trapping Alaska’s fur bearers. We work to educate fellow trappers, children and the public in general about trapping as a necessary wildlife management and research tool. Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker and/or a demonstration and fur handling information. Meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Palmer Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CONSERVATION The Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center (AWBRC)

The Center is operated by dedicated volunteers helping to feed the birds, administer medical treatment, clean cages, and do whatever it takes to help these wild birds survive and gain strength for their eventual release or participation in our education program. Volunteers also plan and conduct fundraising events to keep the birds fed and warm. It’s all “for the birds.” AWBRC has recently signed a long-term lease for 25 acres in the City of Houston, and is looking forward to the beginning phases of a permanent facility there. To volunteer, donate or for further information, contact AWBRC at 907.892.1670, 907.230.7049, or visit

Wasilla Soil & Water Conservation District (WSWCD)

The WSWCD is a non-profit formed in 1948 to assist landowners & land managers with conservation & development on land through technical assistance, projects & education programs & services. WSWCD is an active, yearround community-based organization; a nonregulatory agency; a strong partner with various government & non-profit agencies/groups; a credible, knowledgeable advocate for conserving soil & water resources supported by the time & energy of neighbors & volunteers dedicated to making a positive difference in their communities. Our priorities are: Salmon enhancement & restoration; Soil, forage crops & manure testing; Stream & lake bank stabilization; Water quality & instream flows; Arbor Day activities & tree planting; Invasive weed assessments – land & water; Trail use & salmon stream crossings; Cooperator & community conservation needs; Public information, involvement & education. Chuck Kaucic, District Manager 357-4563 X 103

The Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center (AWBRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that offers bird rescue and rehabilitation services for the growing Mat-Su Valley community. Our mission is to rescue and care for injured, orphaned and sick wild birds with the goal of returning healthy birds back to their native habitats, and to educate the public about Alaska’s wild birds through live wild bird programs.

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CALL 373-2669

AAD provides service dogs to Alaskans with special needs (physical, physiological & mental health), and incorporates therapeutic programs into service dog training. AAD works with special education students at school, provides teen mentoring in community training venues, offers domestic violence/PTSD support groups, FASD/ Autism programs, and provides service dogs and support groups for veterans with PTSD and their families. Therapist on staff, and all trainers are certified by the founder of the service dog concept, Dr. Bonnie Bergin. Carole J. Shay, Lpc.

Alaska. February 2011 we saw 85 jumpers raise almost $20,000 which was then given to the Food Pantry of Wasilla and Turn A Leaf Thrift Stores. The Food Pantry provides emergency food supplies to families in need. Turn A Leaf has a medical lending equipment program which is now organized with software purchased with funds received. Both were grant recipients from the Mat Su Sertoma Club. Grant applications for the 2012 Mat Su Polar Plunge are located on our website: www.


updating our adoptions and monthly expences. AK CAT 907-232-4444



Sept. 2013

CALENDAR SUBMISSION 10th of month by 5PM Email information to: AK Tuesday Night Fights Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Complex 1001 S. Mack Dr Wasilla, Ak Doors open 6:45pm Show starts 7:45pm Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov 5, 12, 19 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 GA (Dry-All Ages) $18.00 GA (Wet-21+) $18.00 Floor Table Seat(21+) $25.00 / RingSide Table Seat(21+) $35.00/ VIP @ The Ring (21+) $65.00 All wet areas: Must be 21+ or ccompanied by legal guardian Tickets available @ A1 Pawn (231 Main St Wasilla) or at the door. (cash only – ATM available on site) For seat reservations & or season passes call 907-232-3727 AK Entertainment, LLC Want to fight? Call 907-947-3464 Want to advertise business at fights? Call 907-232-3727 aktuesdaynightfights

Soup and Pie Havest Lunch In Fri, October 11, 2013 12pm-2pm Primrose Retirement Community 889 North Elkhorn Dr. Free to Seniors. Under age 55 is $10.00 Just show up Allisha and Maria 907-373-5500 907-373-5500 Mat Su Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Saturday, October 12, 2013 8 am to 10 AM Mat-Su Family Restaurant $10.00 per individual - responsible for own breakfast Just purchase at the door Edna DeVries and those concerned about our country 907-745-3388 Gateway to Darkness: Haunted Attraction October 4th - November 2nd Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7:00PM Zombiefist 6 Sat, Oct 26th, 7:00PM 36 Crazyfists & More! Egan Center, Anchorage

Veterans Seminar: VA Benefits Do you qualify? 889 N. Elkhorn Drive Wasilla, AK 99654 in Dining area Friday, September 20th, 2:00-3pm This seminar is free to the community. Primrose Retirement Communities Allisha or MaLane at 907-373-5500

Family Fun Days at the Reindeer Farm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 Monday Oct 31 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

MatSu Democrats Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Day Trunk Road, first mile beginning at the light, Palmer-Wasilla Hwy Saturday, September 28, 10am Free! Except for your time! MatSu Democrats Gwen Heynen, Chair, 745-7949

Toastmasters International, Palmer Chapter, Speech Contest MTA Conference Center, Palmer Saturday September 21st 2:00-5:00 pm Free with reservations, space is limited Toastmasters Area Governor Diana L. Straub Diana L. Straub 841-7245

Anchorage Symphony Opening Night - Fantastique! Sat, Steptember 28, 2013, 8pm 621 W 6th Ave $20-42, 907-274-8668 Palmer Historical Society Monthly Membership Meeting On September 18th, 2013, the Palmer Historical Society’s guest speakers are Lorie Kirker and Lynette Lehn, owners of the “ Alaskana Book Store” in Palmer. Intro to AHFC’s New 6-Star Energy Rating Workshop Saturday, Sept. 28 1pm-5pm Mat-Su College 8925 College Drive, Palmer $30 AK Center for Appropriate Technology 907-229-1982 Yes 907-229-1982 Arts and Crafts Bazaar Sat, October 12 - Sun, October 13 10am-5pm Menards Sports Center 1001 S Mack Dr Wasilla Ak free Valley Artists’ Guild 907-315-2840

Sleepy Hollow : A Musical Tale Friday, Oct 18 7:00p to 8:30p Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Eat Healthy / Be Active Workshop Fri, October 4 - Fri, November 8 (Friday’s only) 12 pm - 1 pm UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Family Nutrition Program 809 S Chugach St., Ste #2, Palmer, AK 99645 // $10 Winona Benson 907-745-3423 Play “Cost of Living Revisited” Fri, Oct 11, Sat, Oct 12, Sun, Oct 13; Fri, Oct 18, Sat, Oct 19, Sun, Oct 20 Fri, and Sat, 7pm-8pm; Sun, 3pm-4pm Play about breast cancer awareness Alaska Club Theatre Free Eileen Ivers Sat, October 26, 2013, 8pm Alaska Center for the Performing Arts 621 W 6th Ave $27-44, 907-274-8668 A Halloween Performance of Pusscart Players Little Red Riding Hood and other Stories with a Trick-or-Treat Party after the show. Atwood Concert Halll, ACPA Thursday, October 31st, 6:30 PM $11-$27 Alaska Junior Theater Palmer Toastmaster Club Every Tuesday

5:45pm-6:45pm MTA Building Commercial Drive, Palmer, Alaska Free Jan Thurlow, 907-376-4552 Live at Five Summer Concert Series Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend (May 24th - Aug 30th) Every Friday from 5-7pm Free Artisans Open Air Market - ALL SUMMER LONG Every Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am-6pm May 18th - Sept 16th Outside of the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. The Swingin’ Ravens perform Lake Lucille Inn Saturday, Sept 28, 6PM to 9PM. Featuring the music of Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain. John McKimmey Clarinet, Tenor Sax and Vocals; Hank Hartman Trombone, Joe Hartman Bass, Christa Mayfield Drums. Modern New Orleans Swing! This Gala Event benefits Stride Alaska. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online. Google: COWGIRL AFFAIR 2013 A Halloween Performance of Pusscart Players Little Red Riding Hood and other Stories with a Trick-or-Treat Party after the show. Atwood Concert Halll, ACPA Thursday, October 31st, 6:30 PM $11-$27 Alaska Junior Theater or 263-ARTS The Wasilla Marketplace on the scenic Wasilla Lake local vendors Local musicians Thursdays and Saturdays from June 23rd to August 31st 10am-6pm RECURRING Mat-Su Toastmasters 889 N. Elkhorn Drive Wasilla, AK 99654 Located upstairs in the Pub Every Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:30am N/A Mat-Su Toastmasters For more information call 907.841.9818 or 907.355.3039 Free Community Concerts Palmer Salvation Army Every Sat Night, 8:30 pm $5 suggested donation StrongWomen - Palmer Mon - Wed - Fri, 11am - 12 pm Mat-Su Cooperative Extension Service 809 S Chugach St.., Ste #2, Palmer, $5 for a two month session Julie Cascio 907-745-3360 hhfd/strongwomen/ Palmer Public Library’s Events Every Tues at 10am: Baby Lap Sit Every Tues at 11am: 2 year old Story Time Every Wed at 2pm: Open Room for Preschoolers Every Thurs at 10:30am: 3-5 year old Story Time Fri, February 8th: 7pm. Foreign Film, Hospitalite (see library website www. cityofpalmer/library for synopsis) Mon, February 18th: 7-8pm. Friends of

the Palmer Library Meeting Sewing Circle Meets the first and third Wed of the month 1-3pm, Free Mat-Su Senior Services 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer 745-5454 Caregivers Connection Last Mon of each month 1-3pm Free Mat-Su Senior Services 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer, AK 99645 745-5454 sueann.smithatmat-suseniorservices. com NuKreationZ Art & Creativity Center Tues-Sat Noon-6pm Art gallery, classes and workshops Make your own pottery Palmer Museum New Hours Wed-Fri 10am-5pm Sat, 10-2pm Free Admission Art Exhibits & More Mat-Su Community Chorus Rehearsal Thurss @ 7pm Wasilla High School All vocal ranges welcome No auditions necessary, unless 18 years of age or younger Mat-Su Concert Band Rehearsal Musicians Welcome Rehearsals are every Mon. 7 to 9 pm Teeland Middle School. For more info, contact Gleo Huyck at 746-0628 Learn to Skate 60 minute class for ages 3- Teens Curtis D Menard Memorial Center Class schedule and registration forms are available online: Wasilla Strong Women Strength Training Mon * Wed * Fri 10-11 am * Year Round Program * Call Sharon 376-4434 Tues * Thurs 4:00 pm. Call Peggy 7156338 Lower Level of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 501 E. Bogard Rd. Improve balance, strength, stamina and fight osteoporosis. $5.00 per 8 week session. Women, Wine & Wed Third Wed every month Presented by Lakeshore Studio East Lake Mall, Big Lake 6:30pm $25 RSVP 230-0935 Free Hearing Screening provided by MatSu Sertoma Club First Sat Every Month 10am-1pm Wasilla Physical Therapy Deana Moore 761-5229 Whatever! Teen Lounge Featuring Wii gaming at Palmer Library T-Th, 2-4pm 746-4700 Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums Free piping and drumming Instruction Every Fri Evening, 5-5:45 pm Eagle River Presbyterian Church 12836 Old Glen Hwy, Eagle River Wasilla Meta-Rose Library: Toddler Storytime Wed at 10:30am and 1:30pm

Preschool Storytime Thurs at 10:30am and 1:30pm Baby Lapsit Storytime Fri at 10:30am Discussion Junction Family Book Club First Tues of each month Wasilla Meta-Rose Library Reading Rendezvous Last Sat of every month. Wasilla Meta-Rose Library Palmer Public Library: Baby Lap Sit Every Tues at 10am 2 year old Story Time Every Tues at 11am Baby Lap Sit Every Wed at 2pm 3-5 year old Story Time Every Thurs at 10:30am Foreign Film Every Second Fri at 7pm Schwabenhof Live Music Every Fri & Sat 9pm until… Sun Blues Open Mic Jam 9pm Tues Dart Night Fairview Inn Music Talkeetna Every Thur at 9:30pm Open Mic. Every Fri at 8pm and Sat at 10pm Live Music. Sahara Storm Studio and Circus Arts Clinics 982-4955 Valley Arts Alliance Meeting Thurs at 11:00am Sophia’s Cafe Neo, Palmer Wasilla Hwy Tammy’s Turf for Tots! For children 6 & under $5 per child Mon - Fri 10am-1pm Tues & Thurs FREE! Menard Memorial Sports Center: 3579100 BABY STEPS Walking Program for New & Expectant Moms & Dads Mon & Wed 8AM-Noon Menard Memorial Sports Center 357-9100 Business Networking International Every Tues 9am Menard Memorial Sports Center 357-9100 Wasilla Bible Church Sun- Menard Memorial Sports Center 357-9100 NAOI Outdoor Safety Classes Full schedule of classes online 376-2898. The Crystal Mandala Classes A variety of creative classes Every Sat 2-5pm Palmer Museum of History and Art Open Everyday 9am-6pm Free Admission and light refreshments 725 S Valley Way, Palmer 746-7668 Museum of Alaska Transportation Open Everyday10am-5pm 3800 W Museum Drive, Wasilla 376-1211 Mat-Su Central School Enrolling K-12 Homeschool Support & Distance Delivery Education Wasilla 352-7450 Mat-Su College Apply for scholarships now New dance and music classes available spring semester Current employment opportunities Wasilla Wasilla Shotokan Karate Club Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 to 8:00 pm Wasilla Alaska Club Instructor Dr. Jeffrey L. Sponsler Age 7 and up. Fee is $10 per month for members $15 for non-members. 907 376 7733 for more information Free Community Concerts Palmer Salvation Army Every Sat Night, 8:30 pm $5 suggested donation

Community I Must Have Done Somethin' Right.

Contributed by Dave Norman I SAID TO MYSELF, as I read the text from my younger daughter, Tessah. It read as follows: "Hey! We just bought you a house. We need you down here by the beginning of October. We will pay for you to get down here..but you need to be able to bring your motorcycle for transportation. CALL ME ASAP! Love you!" End of text. As I read and re-read the text the screen became wavy and unclear, the tears spilling and falling over my cheeks. I musta' done somethin right! I was Born in Alaska on Elmendorf AFB, while still in the womb my mother shot a man breaking into our small cabin at 7th and Dst in Anchorage , while my Dad pulled a graveyard shift at the Pt. Woronzof radio shack, as a cryptogopher for the U.S. Air Force. Maybe that's why I always been quick to defend myself either verbally or physically. Oh I've been beat up lotsa" times, but it never stopped me from letting someone know if I felt they were outta' line. When I was born the medical facilities on Elmendorf were Quonset huts. I always wondered who the Quonsets were and why they left huts all over the state of Alaska.. I grew up actually on the West Coast as my parents divorced when I was five. Tacoma, Washington where my mother parents lived,was where I went to kindergarten. Southern California, San Fernando Valley for grade school, and Eugene, Oregon,for Junior High and Silverton, OR for High School. I came back to Alaska as soon as I graduated High School, longing foolishly for the "land of my birth" and all splendor I imagined I had missed. And I was right. I didn't leave Alaska for 19 years! I started playing guitar in the bars on Spenard Road and 4th Ave in Anchorage. Worked at construction, drove taxi-cabs, washed dishes in restaurants, worked at countless

places never really giving much thought to career choses, as I just wanted to play the guitar. I got married in 1980, Divorced in "84, and raised my daughters on Pittman Rd, on land I won in the lottery program from State of Alaska. Built a cabin, delivered Tessah Paige at home . We hauled water, chopped and split wood for heat and used an outhouse for the first 8 years of her life. When she was 6, she gave a man from Germany a salmon she caught on her first cast of the day at the mouth of Willow Creek. He had been there 3 days, with no fish caught . He had two tackle boxes and 4 rods and reels, new waders, all totaled more than the old pickup we drove. We had second hand poles and she had a Zebco 202 reel with Snoopy on it. Evidently her compassion and generousity was seated from an early age. I have probably done 2000 gigs in Alaska, some paid well but many were freebies for whatever people thought was important when they called. I can't count the musicians I've gigged with. Some are still alive and some are not. Some quit playing and got real jobs. I never will. And thanks to my awesome daughter and son-in-law Max, now I'm gonna' reside winters in the Northwest. Guitars packed? Check! Harley crated? Check! Portland, Santa Barbra, Santa Cruz, San Deigo, Austin Texas, Nashville Tenn, Raleigh N.C., look out....I'm definantly on the road. Seeya' next Spring!!


Halloween & Autumn

COMMUNITY EVENTS Gateway to Darkness: Haunted Attraction October 4th - November 2nd Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7:00PM

Zombiefist 6 Sat, Oct 26th, 7:00PM 36 Crazyfists & More! Egan Center, Anchorage

Family Fun Days at the Reindeer Farm Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 Monday Oct 31 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m.

Sleepy Hollow : A Musical Tale Friday, Oct 18 7:00p to 8:30p Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Solace Fair Trade Jewelry Sale: for Syrian Refugee School in Lebanon Sept 27-28â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Town Square Art Gallery



Sept. 2013

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces back when he hits bottom." ~ General George S. Patton


Campaign Update By Vic Kohring

I pledge to work hard on your behalf and serve you to the best of my ability as your representative on the Wasilla City Council.

Thank you for your support,

Paid for by Vic Kohring for the Wasilla City Council - 161 Flag Circle, Wasilla, AK 99654

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Running for Wasilla City Council My campaign for the Wasilla City Council kicked off July 26th when I filed my candidacy papers with the city clerk. The next day I began going door-to-door to personally meet you and hear your ideas and concerns. There was no time to waste as a campaign for city council only lasts about nine weeks. What better way than to meet you face-to-face at your doorstep, which is designed as a frugal, low budget, grass roots effort intended to meet as many people as possible in person rather than reaching them through expensive advertising. With the exception of one day when it rained heavily, I haven’t missed a single evening knocking on doors as I’ve traveled by mountain bike through persistent rain showers. The weather hasn’t exactly cooperated, but it’s been worth meeting you even though I often get soaked. There are about 3000 residences within the city limits, all of which I’ll have reached by late September. It’s been a real learning experience and I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of my neighbors. Not to mention the great exercise from literally hundreds of miles of biking around town! With the exception of an occasional hostile dog or an individual with a strong difference of opinion, my campaign travels have been going smoothly and productively. I’m hearing concerns on a wide range of issues such as the need for road improvements and expanded police protection, which I carefully document to make sure they are properly addressed should I get elected and represent you as your councilman. Roads are the biggest concern and the topic most talked about. More specifically, the need to pave additional streets, keep gravel

roads graded more frequently and fix drainage problems. The City of Wasilla’s Public Works Department has been doing an excellent job, are responsive and do the best they can with limited personnel and resources. But they still need to know from the public where improvements are needed as you are their eyes and ears in the community. Public safety concerns include illicit drug use, burglaries and reckless drivers on subdivision streets including speeders and stop sign violators. Our fine police department also needs to hear from you so they can better respond to your concerns. Other issues are the proposed electrical transmission line, improving our airport to maximize its use and the need to further develop infrastructure to keep up with a growing Wasilla.           With my door knocking winding down, I’m spending more time on the highway in the morning greeting commuters along the Parks Highway on their way to work in Anchorage with my sign and flood light. Despite the early morning hours and fatigue (I start around 4:50 am), it’s well worth it as the enthusiasm has been great with lots of honks and waves. It’s reminiscent of my legislative days when I also campaigned along the highway. I wish to thank you for receiving me so warmly at your home and for sharing your thoughts and concerns this campaign. It’s been a great opportunity to get reacquainted with the many wonderful folks I formerly represented while in the legislature and hope to represent on the council. Like old times! I look forward to continue hearing from you as your input is crucial and will help me better serve you. I can be reached at 352-3582 or via email at

> Thank you for your support and I’ll see you on the highway and at the polls October 1st.


Looking To The Future By Brandon Wall

Running for Wasilla City Council My sixteen-year-old son Westen and I recently drove from Wasilla to Delta Junction for his Dall Sheep hunt. As we drove by the many lakes and rivers, across the valleys and in the shadow of mountains colored in fall colors of green, red and gold, Westen looked at me more than once and said, “I love this place!” I love this place too. I’m running for re-election to the Wasilla City Council to keep our area a great place for my children and my children’s children.   I’m very proud of my record since joining the council in March of 2012. I’ve accomplished a lot as a freshman council member and there is a lot that I still want to do.  Wasilla is a town we can be proud of. Our citizens work hard and they like to play even harder. It’s a safe place to raise our children, where a parent’s biggest concern as they send the kids out the door to school is if there’s a moose on the way to the bus stop. We need to make sure that we pass on this safe and financially secure community to our kids.  I’m a guy that likes to get stuff done.  I’m not content with just bringing up good idea after good idea and seeing them die at the council table.  I have collaborated with fellow council members so that those good ideas could become great ideas and so that something could actually get accomplished.  

I believe that government should be limited and it should be run run as efficiently as possible. The city council holds the purse strings for government and I took the responsibility of managing my neighbors hard earned tax dollars very seriously. I voted to cut more from the fiscal year 2014 budget than any other council member.  I also voted against every single proposal to permanently raise Wasilla’s sales tax. Looking to the future, I believe that continued economic development in Wasilla is key.  The city needs to be supportive and responsive to our existing businesses.  I would not be supportive of my opponent’s plan to offer a tax break to new businesses.   Let’s make sure we keep the businesses that we have. We need to continue to work with existing community and business groups to foster a good relationship between the city and business community.  I also believe it’s important that we begin implementing the Downtown Area Plan recently adopted by the Planning Commission and City Council.   This plan has the potential to jumpstart growth and development in Wasilla’s core area by making it easier for certain development to occur and creating a great place for commerce to happen.

> I will continue to look for efficiencies in our city budget and I always welcome input on items that people think the city could be doing better.

Mat Su Mayor’s

Prayer Breakfast By Edna DeVries Of course, there are those who would say – why do we need to do a political prayer breakfast? For me, I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and should be read literally. So, the basis for this event is taken from I Timothy 2:1 –2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For me, I don’t think that in this present world where we are living is either quiet or peaceable. So, that tells me is that we need to increase our prayers for our leaders. As far as I know, this is the first event in our valley. Annually there is a Governor’s prayer breakfast in Anchorage but we need one for our local officials. Local municipal government is the closest to the people.

Special speaker for this event will be Timothy Barton of Wallbuilders Organization in Texas. Taken from Timothy’s bio –‘Timothy is a speaker for WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our religious, moral, and constitutional heritage. WallBuilders has been recognized from coast-to-coast for its work in education, history, law, and public policy, integrating the elements of Biblical faith and morality throughout all aspects of American life and culture. Tim excels in his various presentations on worldview, education, the truth of America’s Godly heritage, and a variety of other topics. Pastors, seminars, churches, schools (both public and private), and youth conferences have been challenged and inspired by the information he presents.’

> Timothy will be speaking on

Saturday, October 12, at 8 am until 10 am at Mat Su Family Restaurant – admission is $10 per person with each person paying for their own breakfast. He will also be speaking at various churches and homeschool organizations.


I am honored that I have had the opportunity of serving my neighbors and I respectfully ask for your vote on October 1st.

CALL 373-2669


Social Issues

Smoking Of The Future… If allowed.

Sept. 2013


Contributed by Glacier Vapors There is a trend sweeping through the cigarette smoking community. In droves people are dropping the nasty, stinky habit of cigarettes and picking up futuristic looking devices, known as APV’s, PV’s or as most people know them, electronic cigarettes. These are not the Blu’s or Njoys that you can buy at gas stations (although they are in the same classifications) These are devices where you can choose your battery type, your nicotine delivery system such as tanks, drip attys, clearomizers, cartomizers and glassomizers, your e-liquids (aka juice which consist of 4 ingredientsPropylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, food grade flavorings and nicotine), what milligram of nicotine you want, what flavor you want and last but not least, you can decide what kind of mouth piece you want (driptip). The people who pick up these futuristic devices choose to get their nicotine fix, by vaping. To those that vape, it’s about choices. They can choose what milligram of nicotine they want to use. It ranges from 0 mg nicotine to 36mg. Most people choose to stop smoking once they get into vaping. Most people start vaping to quit smoking! Can this be touted as a smoking cessation device? No. Absolutely not. Is that what it’s used for? Absolutely. Does it work? Absolutely! So much so that the vaping industry is suppose to top 1 Billion dollars in 2013. Many studies have shown that it’s far healthier than smoking real cigarettes, there is no harm in the second hand vapor and yet, the art of vaping is under scrutiny. It is possible that this will become illegal. It’s unlikely that it will be, but there’s still the possibility. The technology behind these devices

started in 2000 by a pharmacist in China and in 2004 they were introduced to the Chinese domestic market before going global in 20052006. Although the sales and popularity of these devices have continued to grow, as well as the designs and introduction of new systems continue to change sometimes weekly, it has left many countries, citizens and governments confused as to how to handle these devices. Some countries have done nothing. Some countries have regulated the nicotine juices and hardware. Some countries have taxed the nicotine juices to the point that the cost is the same as smoking. Some countries have made it a crime to even possess the devices and if caught would be fined as much as $100,000 and up to 2 years in jail. Now, it’s time for the USA to decide what it’s going to do about an industry that is unregulated and costing big tobacco and pharmaceuticals money. The passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (FSPTCA) gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to “protect public health.” The FSPTCA defines the term “tobacco product,” in part, as any product “made or derived from tobacco” that is not a “drug,” “device,” or combination product. Between 2008 and 2010 the FDA tried to stop electronic cigarettes from entering the US by stating that they were an unapproved drug/device combo. The companies which were trying to import the electronic cigarettes sued the FDA and they won. The US Court Of Appeals for the D.C Circuit, in Sottera. Inc VS Food & Drug Administration issued a decision with regard to e-cigarettes and other products “made or derived from tobacco” and the jurisdiction line that should be made between tobacco, drugs and devices.

They stated that electronic cigarettes and other products made or derived from tobacco can be regulated as tobacco products and are not drugs/ devices, UNLESS they are marketed as therapeutic devices. Rather than appeal the ruling, the FDA sent letters to stakeholders stating that they intend to propose a regulation that extend the FDA’s “tobacco product”. In the letter, the FDA specified Electronic Cigarettes and “other tobacco products” as products it intends to regulate. Unless the FDA chooses to do otherwise they will consider electronic cigarettes, and other new products not already specified in the FSPTCA, to also be “tobacco products”. This could subject electronic cigarettes to the same regulations as other tobacco products already covered. So, the bottom line is this. Is vaping healthy? It’s healthier than smoking a cigarette. In a perfect world, we would only inhale pristine clean air, people wouldn’t be addicted to nicotine and people could cuddle baby polar bears and not get mauled. We don’t live in a perfect world. We do live in America, where we are suppose to have rights. We should have the right to vape. It’s not about WHERE to vape. We, as vapers, don’t want the right to vape in public places where smoking is not allowed. We want the right to throw big tobacco and pharmaceutical companies the middle finger and say, “ We don’t NEED you! We don’t need your drugs that come with all the horrible side affects and big price tags! We don’t NEED to smoke one of your chemical laden cigarettes! We have CHOSEN to receive our nicotine in a healthier way”! If the FDA takes away this right, then it will be a clear sign that this has nothing to do with being healthy. This has to do with money. Since we have quit smoking and started vaping (after 35 years of smoking cigarettes) the improvements to our health is

astounding. We can walk a flight of stairs without becoming winded. We can run a mile and not feel like we are fixing to have a heart attack, blood pressure is lower, illnesses, like colds, only last a quarter of the time as they did when we were smoking. And then there’s the extra added bonuses. We have a sense of taste, we can smell things, and even our dental issues have faded away. All in all, we can truthfully say that vaping saved us from an early grave. No doubt about it. We believe in it so much that we cashed out our retirement and opened a vape shop. What happens to all the people across America who has done the same thing? Will we receive all the money and time that we’ve invested back from the FDA if they deem that this needs to be regulated out of existence (read only for big tobacco)? Nope. Yes, it was a gamble that I chose to take. It’s a gamble to stick a cigarette in our mouth and light it every single time too. My gamble was a healthier one. I am sure, if you have read this far, then you have to be somewhat intelligent... Do your own research. Look at ALL the studies. Not just one done by the FDA in 2009. Studies are coming out daily on the benefits of vaping VS cigarettes.

“The next time you see someone vaping, congratulate them on their achievement: they kicked the nasty cigarette habit.”


The Corner Link

Did you know that it doesn’t matter how old you are to fall in love? Photos by Ira Goldberg

At that time, I had no idea what he was talking about so given the right time I asked my Dad about the woman. He told me how he met her and that they had made a date to see each other at her home. The next time I visited with my Dad he mumbled something like “you might be getting a new step mom.” I of course just blew that statement totally off since it had only been a few weeks.

My Dad is a retired, stern military man and has never been a “touchy feely” kind of guy. So when he came to my shop last week about needing witnesses, he actually put his hand on my shoulder, played with a strand of my hair and asked me to be one of his witnesses. I got a little bit teary eyed

I couldn’t be happier for these two people and that found each other later in life. Some people have asked me my opinion about the marriage. First of all, I learned a long time ago you don’t tell my Dad what to do especially with his personal life. Besides it isn’t like they have time for a fifteen year courtship! They are happy. That makes me happy. So being a Turner, Daddy saw what he wanted and he got her. Amazing. Talked to her for two weeks on the phone, moved her in on the third week and married her on the fourth week! Way to go Daddy!

The ceremony was performed in the hallway just outside of the Clerk’s Office. People were walking past them with thumbs up. As my tough guy Dad said his vows to Joy his chin quivered. Tears came to my eyes. As she said her vows, her voice and hands shook. My Dad and his new wife are so happy and so sweet to each other. I am happy because my Dad is happier than I have seen him in years. On Sunday, September 1st, I held a reception for them. I made their wedding cake. The cake was displayed on the cake plate that my great

“I haven’t done anything yet, but tomorrow I am getting married!”

Sept. 2013

My Dad is 76 years old and he still goes and gets what he wants! Last week my Dad came by my shop to say hello. I asked him what was going on and indicated that he needed two witnesses for court the next day. Of course I was surprised and concerned. I asked him what he had done, who did he hit and or what property did he destroy. He promptly told me “I haven’t done anything yet but tomorrow I am getting married!”

The next day at 3:15 P.M. the ceremony was scheduled. Ira and I arrived at three o’clock. The happy couple is late. They eventually showed up wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes and matching four prong canes. Joy had a white cap on with her hair back in a pony tail and Daddy was wearing his leather jacket. They completed all the necessary paperwork. I pinned his boutonniere on his shirt and handed her the bouquet. (Flowers were provided by my great friend, Barb Moore as a wedding gift).

grandparents (my Dad’s grandparents) used on their wedding day 100 plus years ago. The plate is made of blue bubble crystal and is referred to as “The Turner Cake Plate”. During the evening, I told everyone their story gave the toast to the happy couple and welcomed Joy to the Turner Family.

One of the many “Turner” traits I have learned from my Dad, Don Turner, is that when we see something we want… we go get it.

Three weeks later Dad takes Joy to a local restaurant for dinner. I could keep my eye on him on that date since I was working that night. They had a nice dinner and left. When I returned home that evening my son called again to tell me that there was a woman staying the night at Dad’s house! (I think my kid was completely grossed out) She hasn’t ever gone home since.

and could only say “So I get to be your Best Man? Cool!” Then he asked me about the guy that always waited on us at the restaurant. “You know the one with the ponytail. Do you think he would be my witness?” If you knew my Dad “the one with the ponytail” would be the last person you’d think Daddy would select. My Dad will be the first to tell you to get a haircut! So I called Ira.


Contributed by Donna Turner

This short courtship started about a month ago when Trena, Mike and two friends of theirs stopped by to visit my Dad. My Dad made them all lunch and had a great afternoon. One of the guests, Joy Bass, exchanged telephone numbers with my Dad. My son, Jess, called me several times wanting to know what was going on “with Grandpa?” He told me that Grandpa had been on the telephone for hours talking to some woman.

38 Visit Sept. 2013

> SOLACE JEWELRY SALE CONTINUED “They heeded their friend’s advice, packed up their car and left. Ten minutes after their departure, as they drove toward Lebanon, they witnessed the explosions as their neighborhood was destroyed. At the border, rebels stopped them and stole their car. At the final checkpoint before Lebanon, another group of rebels stole all of the jewelry the family had hidden away in the mother’s purse.” “The family finally made it to Rachaya, Lebanon. When I asked about school for the children, the father became very animated. Both his son and daughter were at the top of their class, he said. They love school and everyday they say that they miss it, he told me. When I told them they could come to our new school the kids and father started hugging and crying. It was tough to not get choked up with this family.”

Above: Pictured in pink. Young Syrian refugee, top of her class, was bombed and robbed on her escape out of Syria. She hugged her father and cried when she learned she could attend Solace’s refugee school in Lebanon.

Solace International’s Executive Director, Nate York, is a former Alaskan who now travels the globe building schools and working to create sustainable projects.



Skiing Film at Bear Tooth Theater

Showing Thursday, September 19 $5 General / $7 Reserved ELEVATION Before resorts, lift tickets and overpriced pizza, there was adventure in skiing. Before the mountains were harnessed with lifts, bound with ropes and scarred with designated runs, they were wild. Actions with consequences were chosen and the individual was held responsible. No liability forms or waivers. The lifts came and made the mountains small, tame and in time, boring. We were sold that THIS is skiing. And we obeyed.

A revolution is taking place. With this resurgence into the backcountry we look for real adventure beyond the tightly wound, firmly stretched orange and black ropes that "protect" us from knowing freedom. The backcountry is the imagination unleashed and you get out what you put in. There are real boundaries and limitations though; avalanches, exposure to the elements, conditions and fatigue all challenge one to grow in knowledge, patience and fitness. The joy comes in discovering these limitations, moving through fear and exploring beyond. Putting in the perspiration and inspiration leads to ELEVATION. This movie is part ski porn, part documentary and a full on propaganda piece promoting the joys and wonder of exploring on skis and split-board. What we lack in flashy graphics, hi-tech camera gear and helicopter budgets, we make up for with try-hard. Capturing wild mountains and those willing to put in the time, education, respect and energy that they demand is our pleasure. Enjoy!

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Make A Scene September 2013  
Make A Scene September 2013