We thrive on neglect

Kenzie Ellerbe, owner of Green Thumb Succulents, has a saying, ‘We thrive on neglect.’ It might not make sense to everyone, but to Ellerbe and her succulents, a little neglect has made for a thriving business. Succulents take a minimal amount of time, energy, and space. These hardy little plants are very easy to take care of and keep alive. In fact, if you happen to forget to water one, you may be doing it a favor.

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Good People Doing Great Things

Alaska Massage Clinic and the ECHO News are teaming up during the months of December, January, and February to give back to some good people doing great things. We need your help, dear readers, to help us find people that could use a little recognition and a little extra thanks for all they do. Our December winner is Traci Glidden. Traci Glidden is a good person who does great things. When I met her, she had just received a check for $500.00, and while she wasn’t sure what she had done to deserve it, I’m pretty sure she was already thinking about how to spend it.

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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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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.

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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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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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Recycle With A Reason Fills A Need

Some might call it a phenomenon; a need was identified and now many groups benefit from the resulting organized effort of Recycle with a Reason.

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Calling All Volunteers!

Volunteers make our community go. The Chugiak-Eagle River Library, the Food Pantry, the Food Truck, Boys & Girls Club and the Eagle River Nature Center.

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Opportunities for Everyone: The Dip Ship Offers Wheelchair Accessible Dip-Netting on the Kenai

Alaska residents with limited mobility are able to dip-net the Kenai River. A specially designed boat, The Dip Ship allows wheelchair access on the water.

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Eagle River Boys & Girls Club

Community members and organizations help support the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club which offers many opportunities to area kids.

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