It is with some amusement that this morning’s (Thurs., Jan 26) Facebook post by Travis Harrington, Mirror Lake Middle School’s incredibly talented band teacher, caught my attention. Harrington mused that it is 67 degrees warmer here in the Chugiak-Eagle River area than it was last week. Maybe he meant his place. Either way, my typical “heat wave” retort was supplanted by, “pass the tanning lotion.”
Considering the fact that I wanted to start this Thursday’s “Said Amy” with a nod to Frank Baker’s humor piece on driveway clearing that is in the ECHO News print edition and online, Mother Nature certainly did a number this morning on the timeliness of my intent to highlight this epic battle against snow. Overnight, she did her own rather impressive job of taking down that massive accumulation our local area received last weekend.
I suspect Baker’s column will apply again sometime in the near future. If you have survived even just one winter of clearing your driveway, you will find plenty to chuckle about even now that your driveway most likely looks more like a skating rink instead of a ski chalet entrance.
I for one found myself giggling at my dear friend as I read and edited his column for the paper. I love that Baker can laugh at himself; I love his honesty in admitting that yes indeed he does not want anyone to drive over the fresh pristine snow on his driveway. I am sure most of you can relate. It’s akin to other Alaska no-nos: You don’t ask someone where they pick their blueberries; you don’t ask them for their favorite fishing hole and for pity sake’s, if their driveway isn’t yet plowed, you don’t drive on their snow. Lol.
Only one thing I slightly disagree with Baker about: going all the way to the black of the driveway. To me, that just creates an even slicker environment for me to fall on my behind. My Handsome Scotsman aka my husband agrees with Baker. In fact, it has been suggested to me that today I see how much of what is left on our driveway can be removed to expose more of the black of our driveway. Lol. He is so adorable.
Ah, speaking of adorable … well, at least heart-warming: The ECHO News has the story of four sets of brothers all getting to play hockey together. For their moms, it was most likely adorable. For the players, it was a cool bonding moment. To me, it represented another moment that makes this town the place it is: A place where we celebrate the presence of siblings on the local high school hockey team – a place where we collectively cheer for each other. Thank-you to the Eagle River High School Wolves hockey team for sharing their story with our readers.
Our front page shows something you might not expect to see here: aerial movement. Over the years of knowing Miss Stephany Jeffers, I have come to expect the unexpected from this joyful, gracious and talented woman. She is a pure delight to hang out with – she even spent a day with me about a month ago delivering newspapers, shaking hands and saying hi to the community. So, when she said I was going to try aerial, despite my best efforts to delay, Miss Jeffers convinced me to give it a whirl. Yep, only basic movement at only a foot off the floor was my comfort level, but that was okay. It was a new experience for me. And I think it is going to be a new experience for many in the local area. Do give it a try – even just once. It certainly is one way to break up cabin fever.
Gretchen Wehmhoff brought our readers an update on the Carol Creek development. This planned – yet not approved by the Anchorage Assembly – housing development slated for the property between Fred Meyer and the Harry J. McDonald Center will change the local area.
Even if only half of the density levels suggested are approved, Chugiak-Eagle River needs to come to grips with the fact that many, many new people will be attracted to make that proposed development their home. If the density levels currently on the proposal are approved, then the powers-that-be might need to re-think eliminating People Mover Route 102. The reality is that the density levels currently being proposed will attract people with lower incomes that need mass transit to get to their jobs. I welcome them to our area. It is a wonderful place to raise children. Yet, while I support Mayor Ethan Berkowitz in his assertion that Anchorage needs more affordable housing, it would be irresponsible of the Municipality to approve a massive housing development in Eagle River if the only mass transit service is eliminated. Of course, that isn’t Berkowitz decision alone; the Assembly needs to see this one through as well. If our local area is going to throw out the welcome mat for this development, we better have the appropriate support services in place.
What do you think?
I look forward to hearing from you on this topic and anything else you want to discuss that pertains to Chugiak-Eagle River. It’s no secret I am an ardent fan of the land between two rivers. Talk to me about it.
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