While we, like the rest of Alaska, face uncertain economic times, yet we also have this wonderful glimmer of hope to remind us why our community just rocks.
Yep, I am talking about boys high school hockey.
Both of our high schools are in the semi-finals tonight. We have much to rally over. We have much to celebrate. We have much to be thankful for. The determination with which the guys on each team skate gives all of us – whether we are Mustangs or Wolves are a combination of both – something to cherish. It is fantastic to watch this community come together to support both teams. Wouldn’t it just be absolutely too cool if they meet again on the ice at the Harry J. McDonald Center in the state hockey tournament?
Keara Chaperon, a CHS student and hockey player herself, has done a terrific job of covering the local hockey scene. Yes, her story as it was printed in today’s edition did contain an error. But that wasn’t her fault. That one is all on me. Perhaps someday Owen Crumley will make a terrific hockey coach. For now, he remains a player. My apology to Mr. Crumley for misidentifying him. And my thanks to Janine Walters for quickly alerting me to the error. My gratitude to Keara for covering this sport.
Keara will be at Friday night’s girls and boys varsity basketball games at Eagle River High School featuring ERHS vs Chugiak High School. This game is a big one. Be sure to give her a quote or two about what the game means to you. Dan Shepard will be there taking photos of the action on the court and the zany antics in the crowd. So, get wild and Shepard will notice.
Look for the ECHO News team’s table in the commons at ERHS Friday night. We will have the current edition with us and will be taking orders for your Valentine’s Day grams to your sweetie or perhaps someone else you love just as much – like your kids, your kids teacher, that nice clerk at the grocery store. Romance is no requirement for a valentine to tell someone you care. We will publish these online on Feb. 14; they are scheduled to appear in the Feb. 16 print edition as well.
We also are taking orders for home delivery subscription. It’s $4 a month for Eagle River and $5 a month for Chugiak, Anchorage, other parts of Alaska and Outside. What a great way to keep up with the happenings here. Hopefully someone will place an order for Susie (former chamber of commerce executive director) and Jim Gorski. Hint, hint. Anyway, the best part about this deal is that the ECHO News has committed to returning 25 percent of the subscription sales to the community in form of donations to local charities.
So, stop by and see us. Give us the low down on your neck of the local woods. We can’t wait to see you.
Until then … don’t forget to pick up your copy of the ECHO News at our 78 different locations throughout the local area. And …enjoy the read!