Dreams, Determination and Coming Home

Four-year-old Sarah Devereaux had big dreams when she walked through the doors of the Harry J. McDonald Center. As she laced up her skates for the first time, she had no idea that she would still be lacing her boots on the same benches 32 years later. Sarah’s family like many others was brought to Alaska by the oil business. They settled in Eagle River, and in looking for things to do, Sarah’s mother found the Mac Center’s Learn To Skate program. Sarah’s love, commitment, and ability to skate was immediately apparent. She started competing just a year later at age five.

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Safe & Sound: Don’t become another holiday statistic

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but without a few safety precautions, they can turn into the most tragic time. The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that during the holiday season of 2010, 13,000 Americans visited the emergency room for injuries related to holiday decorations. Preventable falls, burns, property loss, permanent disability and even death can be the end result of neglecting to keep an eye on safety when celebrating the season.

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Resolve: A lesson in following your passion

Finding a professional who is passionate about the field of dentistry may not be your primary concern when looking for a dentist, but if it is, be sure to look up Kelly Allen in a few years. Allen is a senior at UAA with a pre-dental focus, but she was once an engineering major - despite having a long-time interest in dentistry. She grew up in Valdez, where there was no permanent dentist. A traveling dentist would visit, but her family chose to go to Dr. Lerner in Anchorage. Allen always looked forward to her dental visits and expressed interested in the profession. When Dr. Lerner heard this, he took her under his wing. He would explain procedures and tools and allowed her to shadow in the office during high school.

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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.

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Three Certainties Define the Good Life

I have long imagined what the perfect world would look like and have concluded that it would contain three certainties until the end of time. The first two are easy enough to understand: comradery and comfort.

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Voicing the Need for Preserving Veteran Oral Histories

Nearly 100 people attended a workshop hosted by the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM) and led by the Veterans History Project (VHP) and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian. Attendees learned techniques for collecting oral histories from Alaska’s veterans and how to submit them to VHP, within the Library of Congress, to ensure the stories are preserved for future generations. Col. (ret) Suellyn Novak serves as the president and director for AVM, which is headquartered in Anchorage. AVM’s mission is to educate, honor and inspire by preserving artifacts and stories from Alaskan veterans. AVM has spearheaded numerous oral history efforts for this reason. The workshop fine-tuned those efforts and provided a clear avenue for those stories to be preserved at the Library of Congress.  

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The Man Who Lived the National Anthem

Right about now, it would serve Americans well to remember the story of the attorney, Francis Scott Key, who wrote the poem, “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” that quickly became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” By knowing its origin, we may better handle our present-day ruckus. The words of our national anthem describe real-life events that were observed that fateful night in September of 1814 when the British were trying to bomb Fort McHenry off the map.

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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.

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Thanks are in Order: ECHO Fall Festival a Huge Success!

Wow. What an amazing day! The ECHO News would like to thank a few people for their support of the First Ever ECHO Fall Festival. These folks are community do-gooders, and it seems there is really nothing that will stop them. Some of them belong to organizations that are known for this doing-good thing, but some of them are just people who like to help in their community. There is no particular order, but there is kind of a story.

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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.

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