It is rare that you, my dear reader, will find me pointing to things outside of the Chugiak-Eagle River area in this column. That is unless I decide to let my rant on national events loose. That might take far more ink than we have. Anyway, there is within the Jan. 18, 2017, edition of the ECHO News something from outside our close-knit community that bears more than just acknowledgment.
It is the obituary of Mrs. Edna Martone, the wife of Frank Martone, the founder of AT Publishing – the ECHO News parent company. Mrs. Martone, a longtime South Anchorage resident, died on Jan. 6. While she did not reside in our local area, her life is of importance to those of us working to produce the ECHO News each week and to our readership engaging in our efforts from a reading standpoint.
I did not have the privilege of meeting her, but as I listened to the stories of her life earlier this week, I quickly came to realize she would have fit right in here in the Chugiak-Eagle River area. She was many things that we are here: Devoted to her family, engaged in her own interests that most often included supporting community needs and a darn hard worker dedicated to helping her spouse make the family business work. We at the ECHO News stand today on groundwork she and Frank Martone laid for AT Publishing to be the successful company it is and able to launch a rather bold endeavor: a community newspaper.
Thanks to Mrs. Edna Martone and peace to her family as they recover from the loss of her earthly life.
Our front page this week features a story that some might overlook, but most certainly should not.
It is about the Aurora Borealis Road – an adorable stretch of country lane that combines charm with quaintness in a way that almost screams the Waltons from TV fame to me. When my youngest was a toddler fighting his nap and my family lived in the Peters Creek area, I often strapped him in the car seat and drove around those “back roads” including Aurora Borealis to quiet the boy. I’ve had an affection for Starner Bridge ever since the Armstrongs became local residents. Aurora Borealis Road seemed to me like a bit of the past preserved.
Unfortunately, current times have caught up with this road. Concerns regarding litigation – America’s favorite pastime – combined with other legal issues of access across private property are threatening this peaceful traverse.
I hope an answer can be crafted to keep the feel of that road while protecting those who property borders it.
Do enjoy this week’s edition of the ECHO News. It is chock full of what is happening in our community and your community only. This includes the good from a senior citizens writing group to a group of spinners at the local library and cold weather gear advice from Frank Baker – a man whose outdoor and mountaineering knowledge far surpasses nearly anyone else but whose humility is an example for all to follow. We also have some of the bad in our Busted section. I will admit it: some of that section makes me laugh. For instance, read the cases for 3:30 p.m. and 3:33 p.m. on Jan. 8. That’s all I can say without getting myself into trouble and why all know how easily trouble seems to attach itself to me. Lol.
Thanks again for your support of this hyper-local endeavor.
Enjoy the read.