FLOT Presents Les Miserables

Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre

LES MISÉRABLES is the winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, LES MISÉRABLES sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. This classic musical is based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. The 1862 novel is considered by many to be one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.

SALISBURY THEATER
311 Tanana Drive, Fine Arts Complex Fairbanks AK 99775-5700
(on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus)

SHOW DATES
Friday October 3, 2014 7:00PM
Saturday October 4, 2014 7:00PM
Sunday October 5, 2014 4:00PM
Thursday October 9, 2014 7:00PM (Canned Food Night 4 cans = $10 admission)
Friday October 10, 2014 7:00PM
Saturday October 11, 2014 7:00PM
Sunday October 12, 2014 4:00PM

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Photo of the day September 30

The evening of our first snowfall in Delta brought clear skies and a gorgeous sunset at Coal Mine #5 Lake. Photo was taken September 22. Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

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Community Choir Looking for Singers

It’s that time of year again, and the Delta Community Choir is looking for singers. All members of the Delta-Greely community who like to sing are welcome to join us to practice for the annual Christmas Concert (to be held at the Fort Greely Chapel on December 16th).

We will meet Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Delta High School Music Room. Our first practice is Tuesday, September 30th.

We will be directed by Dean Shannon and Angie Barnard, and accompanied by Ivey Palmer and Kina Michie.

It is not required that you know how to read music, however, it is required that you enjoy making music together.

If you have questions, contact me, Ellen Clark, at 895-5155 evenings. I have been out of town so if you have tried to reach me, please try again.

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Registration is now open for the 2014-15 Master Gardener Class!

Class begins Oct. 7 with instructor Steven Seefeldt, meeting Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., through Feb. 3 at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service Tanana District office, 724 27th Ave., Ste. 2.   We also offer this class to Delta residents via videoconference.

Class details and registration information are listed below or visit the website

Space fills up quickly, so we encourage you to register soon if you are interested. Register online at bit.ly/ces-workshops or download the attached registration form to pay with check via mail or in person.

Registration is accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. (Sorry, we cannot reserve your spot in class until we receive payment in full.)

We hope you can join us this year!

Description: Alaska Master Gardeners are volunteers for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service located in communities throughout the state. To become a Master Gardener, you must complete 40 hours of horticultural training and, in return, volunteer 40 hours of time to your community. A certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete the class; an honorary badge is presented to those who fulfill the volunteer commitment.

Prerequisites: The prerequisites for becoming a Master Gardener include a familiarity with Alaska gardening conditions and a commitment to 40 hours of volunteer service time.

Topics: Class will cover the following topics (order may vary; subject to change). Students are encouraged to attend all classes so they don’t fall behind. If a class is missed, please ask a classmate for copies of handouts and notes that you missed.

• Introduction
• Volunteer Service
• Basic Horticulture
• Plant Classification
• Botany: Plant Structures and Functions
• Soil Structure, Function and Management
• Houseplants: Requirements and Care, Plant Propagation, Pruning
• Vegetable Gardening
• Fruit and Berry Crops
• Composting and Water Quality
• Greenhouse Gardening
• Plant Disease: Principles, Causes and Care
• Lawn Establishment and Maintenance
• Insect and Mammal Pests: Identification and Control
• Flowers and Bulbs (perennials and annuals)
• Home Landscaping
• Woody Ornamentals
• Open book/take home exam

Schedule: The 2014-15 Master Gardener Class will meet Tuesdays, Oct. 7–Feb. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. Please note there will be no class on the following dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

Location: Classes meet at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service Tanana District Classroom, 724 27th Ave., Ste. 2, which is located in the southwest corner of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building. Occasionally, students will meet at other locations around town for field trips.

Parking: Since classes take place after business hours, students are welcome to park in front of the building in the FNSB Career Education Center’s parking lot. However, if you need to plug in your vehicle during extreme temperatures, please park in our reserved lot at 27th Avenue and Rickert Street (just a quick hop across the street). Electricity is available at 20 degrees and colder and cycles at 30-minute intervals. No UAF parking decal, permit or quarters required! (Speaking of extreme temperatures — our
cold weather cutoff is 30 below.)

Fee: Registration fee is $300 with a 40-hour volunteer commitment. The fee covers class supplies and includes the Sustainable Gardening: The Alaska Master Gardener Manual, available for pickup at first class.

Registration: Return the attached registration form with your fee payment, or register online with your credit card at bit.ly/ces-workshops. Class size is limited to 30 students, and registration is accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. (Sorry, we cannot reserve your spot in class until we receive payment in full.)

Mail List: If you are unable to attend class this year but would like to remain on our mailing list for notification of a future class, please indicate this at the bottom of the registration form and return it.

Questions? Contact the instructor, Steven Seefeldt, at 907-474-2423 or ssseefeldt@alaska.edu.

Click here to download your registration form

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Photo of the day September 29

The cranes have really been moving through the Delta area in large numbers the last two days, some right over the house, and others, like in this photo taken from our deck, are passing through with the mountains of the Alaska Range as a backdrop. I know some will not return but they have been doing this for thousands of years and I know most of them will be back. Can’t wait.  Photo by Steve DuBois

 

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The Lodge at Black Rapids Presents Oktoberfest

October 11 at 7pm

German Beer
Traditional German Food prepared by Keiko & Anya Meister

Call (907)388-8391
Reservations $30 per person

Location:  227.4 Richardson Highway
www.lodgeatblackrapids.com

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PACAF warms up for Operation DEEP FREEZE

9/25/2014 – JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – The U.S. military will kick off the 2014-2015 season of Operation DEEP FREEZE, the Department of Defense’s support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation, with operations commencing on Sept. 29, 2014.

This support is provided by the Joint Task Force-Support Forces Antarctica, led by Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. JTF-SFA coordinates strategic inter-theater airlift, tactical deep field support, aeromedical evacuation support, search and rescue response.

Active duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard work together as part of JTF-SFA. This team proudly continues the tradition of U.S. military support to the USAP and demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a stable Pacific region.

Airlift for Operation DEEP FREEZE involves active duty and Reserve C-17 Globemaster III support from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa., LC-130 Hercules support from the New York Air National Guard, sealift support from the U.S. Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command, engineering and aviation services from U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and cargo handling from the U.S. Navy.

Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, is the staging point for deployments to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, a key research and operations facility for the USAP.

Operation DEEP FREEZE is unlike any other U.S. military operation. It is one of the military’s most difficult peacetime missions due to the harsh Antarctic environment. The U.S. military is uniquely equipped and trained to operate in such an austere environment and has therefore provided support to the USAP since 1955.

For more information, contact the PACAF Public Affairs office at 808-448-3291.
Media Engagement, Operations Division
Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

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Photo of the Day September 26

One of the things I love about Delta Junction is the ability to take a short ride on Sunday afternoon and 20 minutes later take pictures like this (while Kenna waits patiently in the car).  (Photo by Steve DuBois)

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Soldiers Evaluated for Possible Carbon Monoxide Exposure

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – A group of 21 Soldiers are being evaluated at the Bassett Army Community Hospital (BACH) and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for carbon monoxide exposure they suffered during a field training exercise today.

The soldiers, paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, were taking part in a field training exercise at the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base when they began to show symptoms related to carbon monoxide exposure.

The soldiers were evacuated by ground to BACH, where four soldiers have been admitted.  One soldier was sent to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for additional tests.  Seven soldiers have already been released from the BACH emergency room and the remaining soldiers are still being evaluated as of the time of this release.

The soldiers’ medical condition is not currently available. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Public Affairs Office
United States Army Alaska

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Photo of the day September 25

Most of the fall foliage has gone for this year, with the exception of some yellow leaves on Coal Mine Road earlier this week.  Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud

 

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Kids Super Saturday

2:00 pm
Saturday, September 27th
Living Waters Assembly of God Church

Games, Fun and Food
bring your friends……

 

 

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Photo of the day September 24

“Powder on the Tundra” on a recent Coal Mine Road expedition.
Photo Courtesy Whit Aillaud

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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Used with Permission Fort Greely Interceptor

By: US Army Garrison Fort Greely, Alaska Directorate of Emergency Services

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago? If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they’re often taken for granted, and aren’t tested and maintained as they should be.

However, working smoke alarms are a critical fire safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half. Meanwhile, NFPA data shows that and estimated 2,785 civilians died as a result of home fires in 2013; proper smoke alarm protection can be vital in lowering the number of deaths caused from house fires.

Members of the fire service have seen the devastating effects of fire first-hand; burn injuries, the loss of homes and the loss of possessions are distressing and can even be devastating. What’s even worse is witnessing a family’s anguish after a loved one has been killed in a fire. It’s heartbreaking.

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, 2014, NFPA is promoting “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” to better educate the public about the immeasurable value of working smoke alarms. In support of these efforts, your Fort Greely Fire Department will be hosting local campaign activities throughout the week of October 5-11, 2014.

Our sincere hope is that all Fort Greely and Delta Junction residents participate in one or more of our Fire Prevention Week activities, and make sure there are working smoke alarms installed throughout their homes. These simple steps can help make a life-saving difference, and prevent the potentially life-threatening impact of fire.

Here are additional smoke alarm tips to follow:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
• Test alarms each month by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound the smoke alarm makes and understands what to do when they hear the smoke alarm.

To learn more about the “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” campaign, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.

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Photo of the day September 23

Caribou out for an afternoon stroll.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Tax Credit for College Students

Did you return to college this fall? Or maybe one of your children is in college? If you or a family member is in school, there are some tax breaks that you’ll want to take advantage of.

There are two major educational tax credit programs: the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit can be up to $2,500 annually for an eligible student for a total of $10,000 over the first four years of higher education. The good thing about this credit is that you can get up to $1,000 even if you owe no taxes.

The Lifetime Learning Credit has a tax credit of $2,000 on your federal tax return. There is no limit on the number of years you can claim this credit.

There is only one credit allowed per student. If you have several dependents attending, you can claim the credit they are eligible for — even if it results in more than one of the American Opportunity or the Lifetime Learning credits.

Both of these credits include qualified expenses, which are more than just the cost of tuition and fees. You will receive a 1098-T form from the school that includes all qualified expenses that you pay the school. In addition, both credits include textbooks, materials, supplies and equipment. So keep all receipts for expenses related to attending school.

These tax credits are dependent upon income, so you may not be eligible if your income is higher. Be sure to check at www.IRS.gov for specific information.

If you are an employee and need classes, you may be able to take a deduction for educational expenses. If you have certifications required for your job or have to take occasional classes to maintain this certification, your educational expenses may be deductible. In this case, you have to itemize deductions and this expense along with other job-related expenses must exceed 2 percent of your income to be deducted on your return.

The classes or certification must be needed for you to keep your job, salary, or status. In other words, you can’t deduct what improves your skills, only those that are currently needed to maintain your job. If you are qualifying yourself for a new job, that is your responsibility and is not deductible.

If you are finished with your education and are paying back those loans, is there any tax credit available? When you pay consumer interest, it is, in general, not deductible. The big exception is interest on your home. Another exception is the interest paid on a student loan under certain circumstances. If your modified adjusted gross income is less than $75,000, you may be able to deduct the interest paid on a student loan. The student loan interest deduction is an adjustment to income, so itemized deductions is not required.

Be sure to check the Internal Revenue Service website for specific information on each of these credits.

Education is always a bargain and an investment in the future for you and your family. However, don’t pass up any of these deductions or credits that may improve your financial condition in the short term.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at rrdinstel@alaska.edu or by calling 907-474-7201.

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Unlikely Paths Cross and Conquer ~ MeatEater Finale

Unlikely Paths Cross and Conquer in Part Two of Sportsman Channel’s “MeatEater” Finale Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (September 23, 2014) – The hunt for Alaskan black bear continues as Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver joins Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater, in the Alaskan range. The men chose vastly different career paths, but through hunting and writing they are brought together in hopes of discovering a bruin worth harvesting. The two-part MeatEater finale concludes Thursday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Rinella and Denver’s differences span from their career choices to how they hold a rifle, a fact more evident than ever after the men spend a week on the hunt for an Alaskan black bear. Denver, a tactically-trained Navy SEAL and Rinella, a skilled hunter, though vastly different, connect through an incredible hunting experience.  Brought together by the outdoors, it isn’t long before the men have a sense of camaraderie. The only thing missing is the one aspect of the hunt the men are still pining for most – a black bear.

“While hunting with Rorke, I couldn’t help but consider the wildly different paths people can take,” said Rinella. “Rorke chose the path of a war hero, one that he knew would absolutely lead him to dark and dangerous places from which he might not return. I chose something different, safer, more fun, and with more freedom. But it’s not as rewarding and damn sure not as selfless.”

Tune in to the conclusion of the two-part MeatEater finale Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sportsman Channel.

Learn about MeatEater on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StevenRinellaMeatEater and Twitter https://twitter.com/@MeatEaterTV

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

About Steven Rinella: Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman, writer, and television personality best known for his ability to translate the hunting lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences. He is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, the award-winning American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, and most recently, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter.  He’s a correspondent for Outside magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, O the Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, and more traditional hunting and fishing publications like Field and Stream and Petersen’s Hunting.

About Zero Point Zero: Zero Point Zero Production is an award-winning production company located in Manhattan. Founded by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia in 2003, with Partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Zero Point Zero has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 80 countries around the world, including the two Emmy Award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. Zero Point Zero has produced television series and specials for CNN, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, Sportsman Channel, The Weather Channel, and Bravo.   Visit www.zeropointzero.com for additional information.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. The leader in outdoor television, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that embraces outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and reveals it through unique, surprising and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of  “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. The network also is dedicated to promoting our nation’s military heroes and veterans, as well as providing a voice for conservation throughout the United States. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at www.thesportsmanchannel.com; Facebook, (facebook.com/sportsmanchannel); Twitter (twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl and twitter.com/SportsmanPR) and YouTube (youtube.com/TheSportsmanChannel).

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Fort Greely ~ New Hours at the CAC

Buffalo Bowl:
Monday – Thursday 1130-2000
Friday-Saturday 1130-2200
Sunday 1200-1700

Chinook Grill:
- Monday 1130-1600 Pizza and Grab & Go
1600-2000 Full Grill
- Tuesday-Thursday 1130-2000 Full Grill
- Friday 1130-2130 Full Grill
- Saturday 1130-1600 Pizza and Grab & Go
1600-2130 Full Grill
- Sunday 1200-1700 Whole Pizza’s Only and Grab & Go

For more information, please contact the CAC Front Desk at 873-4782

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DSA Dinner Gala and Auction Meeting ~ Sept 29

Monday September 29, Dinner Gala & Auction meeting for Delta Skating Association 6 pm at the rink.

Dinner Gala & Auction November 8th at 5 pm at Alaskan Steak House.

Tickets go on sale soon for November 8th, Dinner Gala & Auction for Delta Skating Association, tickets are $28 each.

Prime rib dinner and lots of fun and excitement!!

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Photo of the day September 22

Scenes along the Alaska Highway, taken before the winds came along and stripped the foliage. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Fundraiser Meeting ~ Sep 22

Delta Skating Association dinner Gala & auction fundraising meeting Monday September 22, 6:00 pm at the rink.

Delta Skating Association Dinner Gala & Auction Saturday, November 8th
5-6 pm greetings , 6-7     Dinner, 7-9 pm auction. Place TBA

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Photo of the day September 19

“Autumn Galaxy”
The family and I went to Little Bear Cub Lake along the Tok Cutoff Highway in hopes to capture the fall colors and the aurora. Well the aurora never showed up and the clouds dominated most of the night, but I did manage to get this shot of the Milky Way through the clouds.  Sebastian Saarloos

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Pinching Pennies ~ Entertainment May Break Your Budget

Entertainment is one way many of us break our budget. Though the cost of entertainment is still a relatively minor part of our budget, it has increased over the years. Americans spend 9 percent of their income on entertainment and recreation, which is double the rate of 1980. Entertainment is a great place to save money, and small changes can make a big difference.

Taking your family to the movies can easily add up to a budget-breaking amount. So let’s think about ways to cut costs and still go to the theater and consider other options that may save even more money.

If you really love movies, opt for a showing earlier in the day. I checked the schedule this week and found that I could save $2.50 per ticket by going to an earlier showing. You can shave off another $1 by buying tickets in bulk. You might want to get together with some of your friends, however, because the minimum bulk purchase is 50 tickets. For regular movie goers, that many tickets may go fast, but it is an expensive up-front purchase.

Sign up for the loyalty program at the local cinema. You get a point for every dollar you spend in tickets and at the concession stand. It takes 150 points for a free ticket, but you’ll get there fast. If you sign up for the loyalty program, make sure you put in your email address so that you can be notified of special offers and promotions.

Consider buying a gift card. Cardcash.com buys gift cards that other people don’t want and puts them on the market. This week I saw discounted cards available for a local movie theater at a 13.1 percent discount. A $100 gift card could be purchased for $87.

The concession stand can easily cost you a pretty penny. Though it is tempting to take your own candy and snacks, it is against the rules, so make sure everyone eats before you head out. If you’ve just eaten, the hot dogs and popcorn won’t tempt you so much.

The Blue Loon in Ester also shows movies, with two showings most nights. The movies are just a little older, but it’s still a great opportunity to enjoy current flicks at just a little lower admission price. Check the website for the schedule.

If you’d rather stay home and enjoy a movie, subscription services are a bargain. Most plans have a flat rate for a month of movies, which is about the same price as one ticket at the theater.

You can also opt for video on demand through your cable service. Again, the price is right at about $5 for a movie for 24 hours. The movies are sometimes newer than those available from subscription services.

Noel Wien library has a broad selection of movies that are available for check out. If you have a library card, the price is definitely right — free. The movies may not be the latest ones, but you can choose a classic that your family will enjoy.

Movies that will be watched several times can be purchased, either new or used. If you buy a movie used, make sure it works correctly before purchasing. Consider the cost per viewing when purchasing a movie. A new release may cost up to $30 while older classics may only cost about $5. If you plan to view the movie multiple times, the cost per viewing goes way down.

The real bargain about staying at home is the savings on snacks. Microwave popcorn and sodas are much less expensive than the snack bar at the theater.

Movies can be a great way to while away an afternoon or a night. Make sure you save a few dollars when you do.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at rrdinstel@alaska.edu or by calling 907-474-7201.

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Pinching Pennies ~ Kids Take Over the Kitchen

You can start kids early learning many skills in addition to cooking while in the kitchen. Invite kids to help with different stages of preparation according to their skills. Even toddlers love to be a part of the action. Granted, it does take a lot of patience from mom and dad but the results are worth taking a deep breath and letting your kids participate.

Self-worth and self-confidence are two big important values that can be learned in the kitchen. In the early stages of development, this takes a lot of guidance and some planning from parents. When letting younger kids help in the kitchen, make sure the kitchen is safe — safe stools to stand on, pan handles turned away from the edge of the stove or counter, knives in a safe place, etc. Being there to guide is important, and it is also important to not take over the project. If you want to teach your child self-confidence, there will be a bit of spilling in the process. Teaching them how to clean as you go is another valuable skill. Look at it as a process, not a mistake.

Other valuable concepts that can be learned in a kitchen are teamwork and taking turns, especially if you have more than one child. The more kids are exposed to situations where they can share and work together, the more they develop the skills to do so.  Let the kids be a part of the decision-making process, even little decisions such as whether to add blueberries or cranberries to the pancakes or muffins, what to add to a salad or what to make for a meal. If you have a finicky eater, it may be that letting them help will encourage them to eat better.

Planning meals can save money at the grocery store. Find a time each week to sit down with the family and plan a menu. Assign the kids a day to “cook” and let them suggest what they want to cook for that meal with your help. As they get older, they will need less help and will be well on their way to being self-sufficient. Allowing kids to experiment with a bit of guidance, for a positive outcome, goes a long way to building many skills that can last a lifetime. Parents can help with reading and math skills as the kids learn to use recipes.

Kids can be quite capable if given a chance. Give them age-appropriate jobs. The following is a general guideline of what different ages can work on. This is only a guideline and all kids are different in their abilities. You’ll never know unless you let them try. And remember that developing skills takes time and practice. If the parent always steps in to “rescue” the situation, it thwarts the learning curve of the kid.

• Two-year-olds: peel eggs; spread with a butter knife; and cut (soft fruits, toast, etc.) with a butter knife

•  Three-year-olds: spread, sprinkle, shake, crack eggs (into a separate bowl), stir and pour

• Four-year-olds: measure, sift, roll dough, grease pans, shake and mix

• Five-year-olds: pat, measure, mix, tear, cut, toss, stir, roll and knead

• Six-year-olds: pour, stir, cut, whip cream, sauté, grate cheese, sift, measure and beat

• Seven-year-olds: read simple recipes, peel, wash, cut, wrap, stir and mix

• Eight-year-olds: shape dough, cut fat into ingredients, fold

• Nine-year-olds: drain, roll, use pastry blender, fill muffin cups, brown meat, read recipes, and cook most things with a little supervision.

The bottom line is to have fun with the kids. Experiment with new recipes. Explore new foods. Think about how foods can be presented differently. Let some of that kid creativity bubble over. Here is a great website to get you started: www.nutrition.gov/life-stages/children/kids-kitchen . There are lots of ideas on the Internet if you have a chance to look.

So make a date with your kid on Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day and let that be the start or the continuation of life skills that will last a lifetim

Marsha Munsell is a health, home and family development program assistant for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact her at 907-474-5414 or mkmunsell@alaska.edu.

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‘Mavens’ Want Out of Julep Subscription Boxes

Consumers Allege Company Ignores Cancellation Requests

Anchorage, Alaska — September 18, 2014 — Beauty has a price—especially for subscribers of Seattle-based Julep Beauty Inc, who say once they sign up, it is nearly impossible to get out.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has identified a pattern of complaints from the cosmetic retailer’s consumers, who claim Julep is unresponsive to phone calls, emails and Facebook messages. Consumers also allege after following cancellation instructions, the company continues to charge them.

“The only way to cancel the service is to call someone,” a Seattle consumer reported to BBB. “They say this is for privacy reasons, but they had no problem collecting my credit card information online in order to start the service. Clearly, this is a thinly veiled attempt to make cancelling their service more difficult than it needs to be.”

To date, BBB has received 172 complaints from Julep’s consumers; 113 of those have gone unanswered and 5 remain unresolved, earning the company an F rating.

According to Julep’s website, subscribers called “mavens” will receive a customized package each month containing nail polish and other cosmetics, and they may cancel at any time. But consumers allege the company makes it difficult to terminate a subscription.

Another Seattle consumer reported calling Julep’s customer service line 27 times before she reached a live person, and still the monthly charges did not stop. “I had to call AMEX to have Julep blocked as a merchant so that they could not continue to charge my card for a subscription that I had already cancelled,” she wrote in her complaint to BBB.

BBB urges consumers to use caution when they consider signing up for a subscription service.

Do a reputation check. First check the company’s online reputation by reading what other consumers have said about their own experiences. BBB publishes the details of complaints, and now also posts verified Customer Reviews.
Read the fine print. Before submitting payment information, carefully read the terms and conditions of the offer. Understand the billing schedule, product guarantees, return policy and cancellation policy.
Document communications. Keep track of all transactions, phone calls, emails and other communications with the company. This documentation will be useful if it becomes necessary to file a credit card chargeback.

BBB advises consumers to file a complaint at BBB.org if a business is unwilling to work to resolve concerns.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | michelle.tabler@thebbb.org
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations: 206-676-4119

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Non-Profit Organization Looking for Volunteers

Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community  Area Representatives to Join our International Team

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking volunteers to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.

Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity.

ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible!

For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!

Cindy Keeney
ASSE Western Regional Office

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Photo of the day September 18

Gotta love fall in Alaska….all green & gold.
Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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Horizon Eye Care & Optical Coming to Delta

Horizon Optical will be offer eye exams, eyeglasses, and contact lens in Delta Junction at the Community Center on September 22 and 23.

Do you need an eye exam? Call (888)401-4884 for an appointment.

High quality glasses at bargain prices. Best in Alaska.
“Fall” into a new look. New styles, colors and brands. All frames $99.

Most insurances, Tricare, Medicaid, Medicare, & Denali Kid Care are accepted. CODs require $50 deposit.

All major credit cards accepted.

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Photo of the day September 17

Rainbow at Greens Field off of Clearwater Road after a brief sunshower the morning of 16 September. Soon these fields will deep in snow. Photo Courtesy Reginald Salinas

 

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AWANA Time!

The Awana Clubs at the First Baptist Church is starting again Wednesday, September 17!  All children grades K through 6th are invited to come and have fun with us.  We will have Bible stories, games, snacks and more.  Registration starts at 5:30 pm, and opening ceremonies are at 6:00 pm.  For more information call the church at 895-4490.

This is open to the entire community.  You do not need to belong to a church to attend.

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Obituary ~ Lorena Beatrice Riesgaard

Lorena (Renie) Beatrice Riesgaard, the daughter of Emmert and Betty (Walker) Johnston was born August 17, 1960, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, Iowa and died September 8, 2014, at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 54 years and 21 days.

Lorena was baptized at the Exira Christian Church in Exira, Iowa. She attended the Exira Community Schools and the Exira High School and later received her GED.

On June 2, 1978, she was united in marriage to Ronnie Eugene Riesgaard at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Two sons Willie and Jacob were born to this union. They farmed northeast of Exira, Iowa and Renie helped Ronnie farm and was a home maker. In the spring of 1985 they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. Lorena was a home maker but later was hired as a cook at a local restaurant. They moved to Delta Junction, Alaska and Lorena was employed as a cook for the local school district. Lorena initiated a “healthy cooking” program where instead of using the processed food for the meals she would actually use fresh produce and meats. The program developed to the point where she was the head cook for three different school districts. Since she worked for the schools she had the summers free. During this time she worked as a cook on the North Slope on an oil rig. Later she accompanied groups of Professors into the mountains where she cooked for them while they studied the environment. As time passed Lorena became the environment engineer for the school system until she retired. They returned to Exira in 2013.

Lorena was a member of the Exira Christian Church in Exira. She enjoyed gardening, riding their motorcycle, and just being around family.

Lorena was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law Harley Riesgaard.

Survivors include her husband Ronnie E. Riesgaard of Exira, Iowa; her sons Willie and wife Krystal Riesgaard of Chaska, Minnesota and Jacob and his wife Allison Riesgaard of Bonaire, Georgia; her grandchildren Colton, Myles, Lucas, and Mason Riesgaard all of Chaska, Minnesota and Camille and Cody Riesgaard both of Bonaire, Georgia; her brothers and sisters Larry and wife Darlene Johnston of Audubon, Iowa, Gary and wife Kathy Johnston and John and Judy Johnston both of Green Valley, Arizona, Becky and husband John Shaw of Winterset, Iowa, Shirley Jensen of Des Moines, Iowa, Kay and husband Jim Kjergaard of Kimballton, Iowa, Jim and wife Mary Johnston of Silver City, Iowa, and Richard and wife Tracy Johnston of Exira, Iowa; her mother-in-law Madonna Riesgaard of Exira, Iowa, her brothers-in-law Gary and wife Rebecca Riesgaard of Brayton, Iowa, Craig and wife Susan Riesgaard and Jerry and wife Colleen Riesgaard all of Exira, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

 

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Masters of Hawaiian Music ~ Sep 25

Thursday, September 25 at 7pm Delta High School Large Gymnasium

Admission by donation

Sponsored by the Delta Library Association, Delta/Greely School District, Boeing, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Sophie Station Hotel, Northern Alaska Tour Company and Fairbanks Concert Association

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From Combat Training to Alaskan Black Bear Hunting

From Combat Training to Alaskan Black Bear Hunting on
Sportsman Channel’s Two-Part “MeatEater” Season Finale Beginning Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

The hunt continues September 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (September 16, 2014) –  It’s not every day a Navy SEAL Commander asks Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater, to teach him how to hunt. But in this week’s first episode of a two-part season finale, Commander Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL, author and one of the stars of the hit film “Act of Valor,” does just that. The decorated war hero joins Rinella on an Alaskan bear hunt to begin Denver’s transition from trained combat fighter to seasoned hunter.  MeatEater airs Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Denver has invaluable leadership and tactical skills from his time as a Navy SEAL, but years of combat training differs from what it takes to become a successful hunter. Rinella takes the lead as he and Denver head to a remote location in Alaska – an area even Rinella has never traveled before – to embark on a journey for spring black bear. With a little guidance from the locals, the men are ready to roll out into the sweeping mountains. A bear eventually emerges, but when Denver aims, he has second thoughts about pulling the trigger. His slight hesitation could cost him a successful hunt.

“Rorke and I were connected through mutual friends because he wanted to learn to hunt as a way of easing out of 13 years of non-stop training and combat,” said Rinella. “I jumped at the opportunity to share some excitement and beauty with someone who has given so much to his country. It was my goal to give Rorke an experience worthy of his abilities.”

MeatEater airs exclusively on Sportsman Channel, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Learn about MeatEater on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StevenRinellaMeatEater and Twitter https://twitter.com/@MeatEaterTV

To find Sportsman Channel in your area click here.

About Steven Rinella: Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman, writer, and television personality best known for his ability to translate the hunting lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences. He is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, the award-winning American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, and most recently, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter.  He’s a correspondent for Outside magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, O the Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, and more traditional hunting and fishing publications like Field and Stream and Petersen’s Hunting.

About Zero Point Zero: Zero Point Zero Production is an award-winning production company located in Manhattan. Founded by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia in 2003, with Partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Zero Point Zero has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 80 countries around the world, including the two Emmy Award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. Zero Point Zero has produced television series and specials for CNN, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, Sportsman Channel, The Weather Channel, and Bravo.   Visit www.zeropointzero.com for additional information.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. The leader in outdoor television, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that embraces outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and reveals it through unique, surprising and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of  “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. The network also is dedicated to promoting our nation’s military heroes and veterans, as well as providing a voice for conservation throughout the United States. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at www.thesportsmanchannel.com; Facebook, (Twitter(twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl and twitter.com/SportsmanPR) and YouTube (youtube.com/TheSportsmanChannel).

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Photo of the day September 16

A beautiful morning on ClearH20 Lake. These duck hunters were very excited as they left shore.   Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Photo of the day September 15

Creamer’s Field is a favorite gathering spot for birds of all sort as they migrate through in Spring and Fall. There weren’t many birds the day I stopped! Most have already headed south for warmer climates as winter approaches. I can verify that because most of them have been flying over my house in Delta Junction for a couple of weeks now. The hillside is full of color so if you’re in the area, stop by soon – the color won’t last much longer!
Birch Leaf Photography

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Grief Share Program Starts Oct 1

The Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran Church is sponsoring the grief support program “Grief Share — From Mourning to Joy” beginning October 1.

Grief Share is a non-denominational, faith-based program for those who have lost a loved one [spouse, parent, sibling, child, or close friend]. The thirteen-week program will consist of videos followed by group discussions lead by facilitators. There is no cost for this program.

The program will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 1 to 3 pm in the church office annex next to the Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran Church at 1760 Richardson Highway (just south of the Delta Community Center).

The group facilitators are Pastor Richard Mauer, Elder Shirley Beck, and Elder MaryEllen Lucas.

For more information, see the website www.griefshare.org/about or call 895-4322 and leave a message and one of the facilitators will return your call.

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FCA Presents Masters of Hawaiian Music

September 27
8pm

Four-time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr., on slack key guitar and vocals; Ledward Kaapana, legend of slack key guitar, vocals and one of Hawaii’s most prolific songwriters; and Uncle Richard Ho’opi’I—an NEA Folk Heritage Fellow for Hawaiian falsetto singing—on ‘ukulele and vocals combine to bring their audiences an authentic and fun-filled Hawaiian experience. They share music, stories, culture, and joy with audiences from kids to kupuna (elders) and everyone in-between.

“…every performance is the essence of aloha.” —Jamie O’Brien, popmatters.com

Fairbanks Concert Association
794 University Avenue.
Fairbanks, AK

Buy single event tickets!
Pre-purchase tickets online at alaskatix.com, or in-person at Grassroots Guitar. Tickets for some events may also be available for purchase at the door, but we make no promises that the concert you want won’t sell out!

(907)474-8081
info@fairbanksconcert.org

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Letter to the Editor

My husband and I are both signing this letter.  We are currently snowbirds that spend a portion of the year in Alaska at: 24132 Alpenglow in Eagle River, Alaska 99577 and the rest of the year at 48392 Bighorn Drive in La Quinta, CA 92253.  We can be contacted by phone at (907)252-4672.

Thank you for printing our letter.

Sincerely,
Judy Salo, Former State Senator
Robb Salo, Former 8 year member of the Teacher Retirement Board

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Photo of the day September 12

Beautiful Alaskan sunsets taken at our home this week.
Photos Courtesy Scott Skaleski

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AGDC Chair to speak at Chamber Luncheon ~ Sep 18

John Burns, Chairman of the Board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) will be the guest speaker at the September Chamber of Commerce luncheon. AGDC is a corporation creat-ed by the State of Alaska to plan, construct, and fi-nance a natural gas line in Alaska.

He will give the group some insight into the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline, the TransCanada agreement that was recently terminated, and the State’s possible role in a natural gas export line. Take this opportunity to learn how these projects might impact those of us living in and around Delta Junction.

Burns also serves as legal council to GVEA and is a partner in the law firm Burns & Associates. He also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he teaches graduate and undergraduate business law classes and is a former Attorney General for the State of Alaska.

Burns received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a juris doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

The luncheon will be held at the Trophy Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 18. Lunch will begin at noon with the presentation beginning shortly thereafter.

Please RSVP by calling the Delta Chamber office at 895-5068 (please leave a message if no one answers) or by emailing the Chamber at deltacc@deltachamber.org.

Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions of those directly involved in the negotiations of the financial future of our state.

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Stephen Selfe ~ Obituary

Stephen Craig Selfe went to be with the Lord to his heavenly home. He was 58 years of age.  Stephen was born in Jersey Shore, PA on May 28, 1956.

Stephen had a God given gift for music, and was always ready and willing to pull out his harmonica and bring sunshine and joy to everyone around him. He was also a talented artist and woodworker. He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed by every person who knew him.

Steve’s heart was as big as the ocean, and he would give you the coat from off his back if you needed it. He never turned down an opportunity to reach out and help others in the community or to all his family at Delta Christian Center.

Stephen retired from the United States Army as a Sgt 1st Class (SFC). He served over 26 years in the Army and the Army National Guard for his country.

Stephen is survived by his wife Diana Jean Selfe; his dad and mom, David and Shirley Selfe; two sisters Gayla and Sue; and his three daughters Stephanie of Las Vegas, NV, Jeanette of North Pole, AK and Tammy Joe of Fairbanks, AK.

A memorial service was held at Delta Christian Center on August 30 with friends, family and loved ones.

 

 

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