Robotics: Team Builds Success on Collaboration, Hard Work, and Complex Coding

Some high schoolers enjoy sports. Some enjoy creative pastimes like sketching, writing, or photography. Others are passionate about designing and building robots that can solve world problems. The students of Eagle River High School’s (ERHS) robotics program fall into the latter category, and they love what they do. Since the program’s start in 2011, ERHS’s robotics teams have won 11 tournaments, 20 team awards, and qualified for the Worlds Championships multiple times in Tech Challenge. In 2013, a team from ERHS won the Inspire Team Award, an award recognizing a team exemplifying the program’s values.

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Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center: Answering the needs of beating hearts

Around 175 people mingled Saturday evening at Jitters, sampling wines, noshing hors d'oeuvres and bidding generously to benefit Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center. The third annual Fruit of the Vine charitable event raised about $16,000 based on preliminary numbers, said Heart to Heart Executive Director Alycia Thomas. The proceeds bring the nonprofit pregnancy center within reach of a longtime goal to purchase a sonogram machine and offer ultrasounds to mothers in need.

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The Veteran’s History Project

Saving Private Ryan inspired Brad Schmitz to plant a tree to honor veterans in 2001. However, after visiting a gravesite in Holland for 8000 U.S. servicemen who gave their lives in World War Two, he wanted to do more. One particular grave from his home state of Idaho, Private Herbert Ronk, stood out to Schmitz. Research and inquiries provided no further information about Ronk. “I’ve asked myself over the years of who I would call my hero,” Schmitz said. “One is Captain Miller [played by Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan]. Everyone loves Captain Miller. But it’s Herbert Ronk, it’s this private who died thirty years before I was born, who’s the real hero. He’s a man I never knew, but he’s this legend in my mind and in my heart because of what he stood for.”

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A Life of Tenacious Service

Col (ret) Suellyn Novak has always been known for her tenacity. It will be a trait that is sorely missed as she steps down, for a good reason, from her position on December 31 as the president and executive director of the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM). Under her leadership, AVM won numerous awards like the Seymour Award (2014) for best community organization and the Dena’ina Award (2015) for the best non-profit team organization in Anchorage. AVM has also been featured in five magazine articles and contributed to the recent “Deadliest Catch: A Hillstrand 4th of July” holiday special on the Discovery Channel.

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A.T. Publishing & Printing Pressing Forward

One of Alaska’s largest printing businesses did not emerge in Anchorage by accident, nor was it serendipity that allowed it to grow and prosper for more than half a century—despite economic downturns. It was the dogged determination of the company’s founder, Frank Martone, and the dedication of his family that helped keep the enterprise on course as it navigates —and continues to find its way— through challenging times.

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$1574.00

$1574.00. That is the amount printed on the giant check a thankful Bishop Bobby Jones received on behalf of the Food Pantry at Harvest Christian Fellowship on August 15, 2017.Cody Morey and Josh Zullo of Keller Williams Alaska Group were looking for ways to be involved with Bear Paw this year.“We got to talking with the guys from Garcia’s, and they agreed to let us volunteer in their beer tent so we could donate our tips. They even agreed to match what we made.” Morey says.

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Spotlight on: Gruening Middle School

Gruening Middle School stands out.Good news abounds for Gruening Middle School (GMS) students and their families. On their last “report card” GMS boasted an attendance record and Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI) higher than the district average, as well as a four-star rating.Bobby Jefts is justifiably proud of his school as he launches into his 11th year as Gruening Principal.

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Safe Families for Children – Protecting The Future of Families in Crisis

Safe Families for Children, a non-profit allowing parents in crisis a “time-out” before their children are neglected or forced into foster care.

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Nike Site Reflections

Visible from Anchorage, below the Nike Hercules Missile installation, is a lighted star installed by the military in 1960.

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Eagle River Tattoo

The tattooists at Eagle River Tattoo are all skilled artists. They notice they have far more parent - and even grandparent - customers than young customers.

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