Commitment to Community: Feeding the hungry

Would you consider a job where the work never ends? Week in and week out the demands are consistent without rest or reprieve. When that consistency wavers, it is because demand has increased. There are no checkpoints; there is no sense of completion. And get this: there Such is the life of Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry director Lynn Kile. For the past three years, Kile has overseen the distribution of 20,000 pounds of food per month to local families in need, adding up to 245,000 pounds so far in 2017 alone.  

Share
Merry Merchant Munch & Winter Wonderland 2017

As is annual tradition, the holiday season officially kicked off in Eagle River this past weekend with activities for the whole family. The two-day event began Friday afternoon across town, resumed Saturday morning and concluded Saturday afternoon. Festivities included contests, shows, local business open houses and lots and lots of treats.

Share
Not Your Grandma’s Jam

Imagine receiving a set of jams as a gift. Do you visualize a set of sweet jars topped with gingham fabric and little bows? If you do, you are not alone. However, two Anchorage entrepreneurs are out to change jam’s reputation in the world. Their handcrafted items are definitely “not your Grandma’s” jam. “But we do love our Grandmas!” say Noelle Hardt and Kim Kovol, the owners of Anchorage-based VooDoo Jams. The two women - who are “best friends first” - started their new company in early 2016. So what sets their product apart from other jams and jellies produced in the local area? Bold flavors, daring combinations …and a generous dose of liquor.

Share
Maddy’s Run Participants Share in Joy as Fundraiser Continues to Help Alaska’s Kids

Brisk air and frosty trails greeted runners on Saturday, November 4th as they gathered for the 3rd annual Maddy’s Run at Eagle River High School. Athletes chose either a timed 5k run or 2.5k untimed run/walk in honor of Maddy “Strong” Brandl, an Eagle River fifth grader who lost her fight with cancer in April 2016.

Share
Fun For All at the Fall Festival

Unseasonably warm and pleasant weather greeted the many visitors to the inaugural ECHO News Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28th at Lion’s Park in Eagle River. The temperatures in the high 30’s and absent precipitation were not the only surprises in store for guests - contests, games, live music and plenty of tricks and treats were also on the menu.

Share
Safe & Sound: Gun Safety

Firearms are a highly controversial subject, especially within the context of current events. One thing everyone should be able to agree on is that they are indeed in our community and will continue to be so for some time. With that fact in mind, it is essential for individuals and families to take steps towards creating safer communities. One strategy for accomplishing a higher level of security is through firearm safety education. Many programs exist, but all have the same aim of educating the public on proper firearm handling and use.

Share
Safe & Sound: Awareness

Do you feel safe? You do not need to carry a weapon or know Kung Fu to take charge of your personal safety. There are some simple behaviors you can adopt that will increase how safe you actually are. Justin Saucier of Denali Security recommends being constantly aware of your surroundings while you are walking to and from your car as one such opportunity to improve your personal safety. This type of awareness is particularly important in Alaska where we have so many dark hours.

Share
Safe & Sound: The Common Clicker

In many homes, garages have become more of a bonus room than a place to store vehicles. Cars are then parked in the driveway or street posing a particular hazard to the security of your home. The hazard? The common clicker.

Share
Back to School for Teachers Too!

The school dreams started weeks ago. They always do, around mid-July. When they first come back, I usually wake with a start, but then, groggily, remember it’s only July. July is much too early, and I’m usually able to keep them from returning for a little while. Now, in early August, the dreams are back, but this time they are accompanied by conscious daytime thoughts and musings. How should I arrange the desks? Do I like where I left the bookshelf? Should I use the same programs as last year or different ones, or just add a new component? Is it time for a couch?

Share
Safe & Sound: Business Security

For business owners with storefronts, appropriate security measures can make the difference between uninterrupted safety and chaos or danger for employees and customers alike. Installation of security systems and implementation of emergency plans are important for all businesses, regardless of size. Even small businesses may be at risk for break ins and burglaries, or the repercussions of irate and hostile customers.  

Share