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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Specialty Food Workshop Starts Sep 16

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop for individuals interested in starting and operating a specialty  food business.

 

What are “specialty foods?”
Specialty foods are manufactured in limited quantity with high-quality ingredients. Specialty foods generally command a high price and include products such as handmade chocolates and food truck items.

What will I learn in this workshop?
This course will show you how to develop and manage a successful specialty food business from inception to operation. You’ll learn about:
- business planning and marketing
- financing and accounting
- permitting and feasibility assessment
- promoting and pricing your products
- ways to enter the market, such as farmers markets, food trucks, wholesaling, and supermarkets

All participants:
- join in discussions about individual business ideas
- take home a business plan template
- receive an array of other informational resources

The workshop will meet for five sessions beginning Sept. 16 and will be
offered by videoconference in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Homer, Kodiak and
Juneau. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. through
Sept. 30. The instructors are Extension food research technician Kate
Idzorek and Quentin Fong, a seafood marketing specialist with Alaska Sea
Grant’s Marine Advisory Program.
Sept. 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Idzorek said specialty foods are manufactured in limited quantity with
high-quality ingredients and include products such as handmade chocolates
and food truck items.

This course is intended for
- individuals interested in starting and operating a specialty food business to sell foods direct to consumers under the DEC Cottage Foods Exemption or a temporary DEC permit
- DEC-permitted food production businesses to sell wholesale in Alaska
- DEC-permitted Mobile Food Units (food trucks)
This course is NOT intended for individuals starting or operating a restaurant or starting an interstate or international wholesale food business.

The workshop costs $50. See details or register online at www.uaf.edu/ces.
For more information, contact Idzorek at 907-474-5391 or
kjidzorek@alaska.edu.
(preregistration recommended)

Videoconferencing locations:
- Delta Junction: Career Advancement Center
- Fairbanks: UAF campus, Bunnell Building, Room 235
- Homer: Kenai Peninsula College, Room P103
- Juneau: UAS Juneau, Room 115
- Kodiak: Kodiak Seafood & Marine Science Center, Room 219

 

What about regulations?
Depending on the scale and risk of your food business, you may be subject to certain regulations. Find out about:
- creating nutrition fact panels
- formatting your food label
- making sure your facility meets health and safety guidelines

 

 

 

 

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Gala & Fundraising Meeting ~ Sep 15

September 15th, 6:00pm at the skating rink there will be a Gala and fundraiser meeting for the the Delta Skating Association

This is our main fundraiser for the year. We need everyone’s help to keep our skaters on the ice.

If you would like to join our organization, donate an item for our action, or sponsor a team please let us know.

More information on Facebook @ Delta Junction Skating Association

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Fun Run Planned for Saturday ~ Sep 13

Cross country fun runs are not quite finished in Delta since at least one more race is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th.

The Delta Junction 5K is open to the public and is held after the high school  cross country races are completed, at about 2 pm. The race location is off of Mil-Tan Road, to the west on Remington.

This race is the third of four Interior Alaska Cross Country Series races, brought to you by the Fairbanks Alaska Ski Team, Fairbanks Youth Track and Running Club North.

The fourth race is the Hay Bale and Health 6K at the Dog  Musher’s Hall in Fairbanks on September 28th at 2 pm. Pre-registration  is $15 per race ($20 on race day) and can be obtained by calling Roger Sayre at (907)699-7100 or rwsayre@hotmail.com.

More information is available on the Running Club North website . Come on out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and cool running weather!

 

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Photo of the day September 11

With moose season here, the bulls are trying to hide themselves.  I was able to capture this photo one day while I was driving.  Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips.

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Congressman Young Shares a Message with Alaska on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today shared the following message with Alaskans in remembrance of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

Congressman Young shared a video message with Alaskans on the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks (click here to watch).

“Thirteen years ago, the America we knew changed forever. Today, I recognize the anniversary of the greatest tragedy in this nation – other than Pearl Harbor – the 9/11 attacks on America. I urge all Alaskans and Americans to take a moment to honor the more than 3,000 American lives lost on that day, unite as a grateful nation, and be thankful for the countless men and women who continue to defend our freedoms.

“Today, on the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I stand here in front of the United States Capitol. On the morning of 9/11, I was on my way to the Capitol when I received a call from my staff, saying ‘don’t come in, they have just crashed an airplane into the Pentagon.’

“As I returned, I was able to see the images of two airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center towers. At that time, I didn’t know what was happening. I certainly didn’t know that we had just begun a war.

“Thirteen years later, we continue to fight the longest war we’ve ever become involved – and it’s certainly not over. As the foremost bastion of freedom, terrorist across the globe will continue to attack America.

“As Americans, we work every day to preserve the freedoms of our nation and prevent government from getting in the way. It is the job of Congress to make sure we accept this responsibility.

“I ask Alaskans to remember the people we have lost and remember the many freedoms we have in this nation. Some of us in America, not me, believe we should give up some of our freedoms for the sake of increased security. I say, if this is allowed to happen, the bad guys have won. I want to preserve our freedoms and continue to fight every day to protect them. I encourage all Alaskans to keep that in mind and ask you to respond to acts against freedom.

“God bless you all as we remember the attacks of September 11th, the day that changed America forever

Contact:  Matt Shuckerow  Office: (202) 225-5765
Cell: (202) 412-8533

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Ladies Night Out – Smiling Moose

Thursday evening, September 11, mark your calendar for Ladies Night at the Smiling Moose!

Please join us from 6 to 8pm for special sales and discounts, prize drawings, samples, and free gifts.

Time to start thinking about holiday shopping and decorating. With our great sales, you can treat yourself and also cross a few off your gift list!

Bring a friend and join us for goodies! Hope to see you there!

Thanks so much for being a valued Smiling Moose customer!

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Timeshare Company Accused of Swindling Consumers out of Thousands

BBB Issues Alert against Classic Connections Travel Company Inc

Anchorage, Alaska — September 10, 2014 — Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has received a recent pattern of complaints regarding the sales and advertising practices of Classic Connections Travel Company Inc in Tukwila, Wash. The company’s website appears to provide information on vacation packages, but consumers allege they have been conned out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a complaint to BBB, one consumer says he lost $156,000 to the company. “I want the contract either honored and finalized or my money back,” he said.

Consumers say it starts with a phone call from a CCTC operator saying he represents a buyer who is interested in purchasing the customer’s Mexican timeshare property. The company promises no up-front fees to complete the transaction, consumers report. However, victims allege just before the deal closes, CCTC claims the Mexican government now requires prepayment for taxes and fees.

Complaints filed with BBB reveal the company repeatedly requests consumers to wire thousands of dollars to cover these supposed fees. Victims have paid amounts ranging from $2,350 to $156,000. After paying, they say CCTC no longer responds to their phone calls or emails. Complaints against the business come from consumers all over the country, including Idaho and California.

“We cannot get anyone to call us back or even email us…We are out over $6,000 including wire transfer fees,” another complainant said.

Additionally, BBB has learned CCTC is not licensed for timeshare or real estate transactions in Washington.

BBB urges timeshare owners to be on alert anytime a business claims to have a buyer for them, especially if the property is not listed for sale.

- Gather the facts. Make sure the company is who it claims to be. Check to see if it is properly licensed and consider its BBB Business Review.
- Read reviews. Research the business to see what other people are saying about their own experiences. Look for verified Customer Reviews from BBB.
- Be wary of wire transfers. Businesses who ask for wire transfers or payments via a prepaid debit card should raise red flags. Never wire money to a stranger.
- Avoid upfront fees. Legitimate companies typically take their fees after the sale is done or deduct it from the sale price. Do not pay for a promise.

Better Business Bureau advises consumers to report suspicious business activity. If a business appears to be dishonest and will not work to resolve concerns, file a complaint at BBB.org. And stay connected with the latest consumer alerts and warnings at BBB’s Social Hub.

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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Photo of the day September 10

Fall is fast and fleeting in Alaska – it literally lasts about 2 weeks! We’re headed into it now with frost and cooler temps at night, and those cooler temps bring on the fall colors.  A  train trip my husband and I took from Fairbanks, Alaska to Anchorage, Alaska on the Alaska Railroad. This photo was taken exactly one year ago this weekend, just after we crossed the bridge over the Knik River as the train tracks run along the Glenn Highway, between Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska    Birch Leaf Photography

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“Scholastic School Supply” Scam Hits Classrooms Across the Country

BBB Issues Warning On Phony Invoices

Anchorage, Alaska — September 9, 2014 — Schools nationwide are reporting an increase in a supply scam centered on the company Scholastic School Supply.

Consumers allege the imposter business is sending out fake invoices to schools and districts in the amount of $647.50 for a bulk purchase of text books that was never purchased or received.  The only contact information on the invoices is an email address that consumers say does not respond to messages and a phone number that routes to a series of voicemail boxes.

The invoice lists an address in Las Vegas, but the Better Business Bureau in Nevada has been unable to find any corporation filings, business licensing or other documentation for Scholastic School Supply in that state.

BBB in Nevada has received a total of 51 complaints from consumers in 22 states.  It has also seen more than 2,000 inquiries regarding this scam, with an increase of 15 complaints a day.

Scammers often use names that are similar to well-known businesses to make their cons seem legitimate.  Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges schools and other organizations to be careful before paying any invoice.

- Encourage the school treasurer to watch for invoice scams.
- Make sure the invoice is coming from a valid source.
- Check out the company that is sending the invoice.
- Centralize purchasing and billing so that the person paying the invoices knows what was ordered and who the vendors are.
- Do a basic Internet search to see if other organizations have reported similar problems.

BBB advises consumers to not pay suspicious invoices, and instead contact the Federal Trade Commission. To find out more about scams or to report one, check out BBB Scam Stopper and stay connected to BBB’s Social Hub.

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

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Photo of the day September 9

Bull caribou in Autumn. Taken September 7. Photo Courtesy Steven Miley

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MARKSMEN Gospel Quartet ~ Sept 11

They Raised Their Voices in Song

This is your personal invitation to a unique, remarkable and special experience, to be presented at the Greatland Baptist church on Thursday, September 11th @ 7pm.

Please join us to hear the MARKSMEN Gospel Quartet, a nationally acclaimed instrumental/vocal group appearing here in Delta for only ONE performance.

You will only have a single opportunity to hear this group in person, So, mark your calendar, and tell your family and friends.

The church is located on the west side of the Richardson Hwy @ Mp 270. A sign is prominently displayed next to the highway.

Hope to see ya there!

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Pinching Pennies ~ Banana Day is September 12

What is yellow, sweet and the butt of many a joke? You guessed it — a banana. Banana Day is Sept. 12. This much-underrated fruit is readily available no matter the time of the year. It is inexpensive and versatile. It can be eaten out of hand, added to a smoothie, baked into a luscious dessert or even frozen to use later.

In honor of this humble lunchbox addition, let’s go a little bananas.

Bananas are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium and manganese and a very good source of vitamin B6.

We love bananas here in America. In fact, we eat more bananas each year than apples and grapes combined. Bananas consistently sell for about a $1 a pound in Fairbanks, which means the average banana costs about a quarter. That is a bargain for the good nutrition inside that peel.

The USDA tells us that bananas should be stored at room temperature until eaten. However, one of my readers took me to task on that statement when I wrote about storing fruits last month. He keeps his bananas in the fridge. Here’s the rest of the story. The enzymes that cause a banana to ripen are killed by cold temperatures, so if bananas are underripe, they stay that way in the refrigerator.

Once ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator. However, the skin turns black very quickly. Since we eat with our eyes as well as our taste buds, most of us prefer a yellow banana. That’s why the USDA recommends that they be stored at room temperature. Overripe bananas can also be frozen right in the peel until you are ready to make bread, cake or muffins.

Let’s look at some unusual ways to use bananas to vary your family’s meals.

Use them to make banana bread, cake, pancakes or muffins. Recipes abound on the Internet and everyone has a favorite. Just mash them up and go to town.

Dry them. Banana chips are available from the store, but they are dipped in sugar water and some are even fried to get that nice, crisp surface before they are dried. So dry your own in the oven or the dehydrator. They should be dipped in lemon or orange juice to prevent darkening during the drying process, but other than that, they are simply dried until leathery. They have a great flavor and can be eaten out of hand.

Use them as a sweetener. If you are making a jam, mash up bananas to mix with your other fruits to add natural sugars. You won’t need as much sugar. Call your local Cooperative Extension Service office to get instructions for a no-pectin, banana-sweetened lowbush cranberry jam.

Use as a substitute for fat in baked goods. You can use mashed, overripe bananas the same way that you use applesauce to substitute for butter or shortening. Substitute bananas for up to half the fat in your favorite recipes. Replacing fat with bananas does change the consistency of the product, so start with a smaller proportion and increase gradually.

Now, back to those frozen bananas that you’ve been storing. Peel them and put them in the blender or the food processor. Add a little milk and honey for sweetness and you’ve got a great ice cream substitute that your family will love.

Bananas are economical and are highly nutritious. Be sure to eat some in honor of Banana Day.

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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FCA Presents Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett
September 19
8pm

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Among his many accolades are four Grammy Awards, the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and he was most recently named the Texas State Musician.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. His oeuvre, rich and eclectic, is one of the most beloved of any living artist working today.

“One of America’s most beloved singer/songwriters.” —Garden & Gun

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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Sportsman Channel Host Eats Five Hearts – Including Caribou from Alaska

Sportsman Channel Host Eats Five Hearts in this Week’s Episode of “MeatEater” on Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

NEW BERLIN, WI (September 8, 2014) – There’s an age-old tradition of hunters eating the hearts of the hunting season’s first harvest. Just ask Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater, as he shares ancient hunter/gatherer lore when he prepares five hearts from five different animals – elk, moose, caribou, mule deer and wild boar – on this week’s episode. MeatEater airs exclusively Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sportsman Channel.  Viewers can “eat their hearts out” by taking a look at this week’s episode here.

A heart is at the core of any wild game.  It’s been said that by eating the heart of an animal, humans can take on attributes the animals possess.  It could very well be a myth, but what if those ancestors are right? The tenacity of a wild boar, coupled with the unwavering loyalty of an elk and the fighting spirit of a moose, could make for a man, nothing short of a superhuman – if he knows how to prepare the heart.

“Really, there’s no reason to ever leave a heart laying on the gut pile out in the woods,” said Rinella. “You need to bring those things home, you need to embrace them. If those ancient hunter/gatherer cultures are right, and we really can absorb attributes from the animals whose hearts we eat, then this has been a very constructive day.”

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, (facebook.com/sportsmanchannel); Twitter (twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl and twitter.com/SportsmanPR) and YouTube (youtube.com/TheSportsmanChannel).

Shannon Kolpin | Public Relations Assistant
Sportsman Channel

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Photo of the day September 8

“Hey Baby, what you doin’?”
Photo courtesy Steve DuBois

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BBB Revokes Accreditationi of Local Businesses

Anchorage, Alaska — September 5, 2014 — Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington revoked the accreditation of 8 businesses during the second quarter of 2014 for failing to uphold BBB Standards of Accreditation. BBB’s board of directors took action on the companies between April 1 and June 30.

BBB Accreditation is a privilege and signifies that businesses are accountable, honest, responsive, transparent and ethical. Expulsion from accreditation status is unfortunate, but BBB takes the enforcement of its standards seriously. Accredited companies promise to embody integrity in all business dealings—based on the BBB Code of Business Practices—and many of the accreditation revocations were due to a failure to quickly respond to disputes in good faith.

During the same time period, BBB denied accreditation applications for 10 additional companies for not meeting standards.

Consumers turn to BBB daily for reliable online business reviews; when companies fail to uphold standards, BBB takes action to protect marketplace trust.

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

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Delta Health Fair ~ Oct 11

DELTA HEALTH FAIR ~ October 11, 8:00 to noon

Alaska Health Fair, Inc. is a non-profit organization that started in 1980 as part of the National Health Screening Council; a movement led by Dr. John F. Brensike, to increase health awareness and provide screenings, education, and high-quality, low-cost blood screening tests for early detection of disease and other health issues. AHF blood test fees are approximately 20% of what a physician charges, but are restricted to ages 18 and over. Blood test results are mailed directly to participants approximately two weeks after the fair and an AHF nurse will personally follow up with the participant if a blood test is critically out of range.

The Delta Junction Community Health Fair will be held at the Delta Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, October 11, 8:00am to noon. AHF does not accept health insurance for payment, but will accept cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.

The following blood tests and health screenings will be available:
• Comprehensive Blood Test (CBC, CMP, Lipids) Chemistry/Hematology ($45) is a panel of 27 different tests that screen for diabetes, kidney and liver functions, nutrition, cholesterol, anemia, and more. Fasting is required, so participants should not eat or drink anything except water and prescription medication for 10-12 hours before testing.  Diabetics should not fast.
• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone ($30) – Thyroid gland test
• Prostate Specific Antigen ($25) – Prostate Disease Test
• Vitamin D ($50) – Deficiencies, malabsorption, bone metabolism, or parathyroid functions
• A1c ($25) – Three-month average of glucose
• Blood typing ($20) – Determines blood type and Rh type (Rh+ or Rh-)
• Colorectal Home Screening Kit ($5) – First line of defense in fight against colorectal cancer
• Free screenings – Height/Weight/BMI, Hearing, Vision, etc. courtesy of Alaska Health Fair, Inc.

The North Pole Pharmacy will offer immunizations. They accept Medicare cards as payment, but must be presented before immunizations are administered. Otherwise, they accept cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard.
• Flu Shots ($30)
• High-dose Flu Shots ($57 or Medicare A+B card) – restricted to Medicare recipients
• Pneumovax ($100 or Medicare A+B card)

Thanks to our local sponsors and financial supporters: Delta Building Supply, CampWater Industries, IGA Food Cache, Heritage General Contracting, Delta Powersports, Whitestone Farms, and Delta Lions.

If you are unable to attend the Delta Health Fair on October 11th, please note other health fairs in our area:

• Fairbanks Senior Center Community Health Fair
Friday, October 3, 2014, 7am-11am
NSCoA Senior Center, 1424 Moore St, Fairbanks
• North Pole Community Health Fair
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8am-Noon
North Pole Plaza Mall, 301 N Santa Claus Lane, North Pole
• Credit Union 1 Community Health Fair
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:30-10:30am
1453 University Ave South, Fairbanks

For additional information contact Tanana Valley Program Director Sharon Phillips (907-374-6853), visit the Alaska Health Fair, Inc. website (www.alaskahealthfair.org), or call Delta Health Fair Site Coordinators Pat White (907-687-1422) and Rena Case (907-388-2686). Know your numbers, visit with exhibitors, chat with a nurse, and take charge of your health.

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Rika’s Schedule – Our Final Week

Our last week.  September 8-13
It has been a good summer.  Appreciate all the support from those who come out for a meal.  You not only supported the restaurant but the vendors as well.  THANK YOU!!

Monday, 8th, 12:30-2:30
Tuesday, 9th, 11-2:30
Wednesday, 10th, 11:30-4:15
Saturday, 13th, 11-1:30

Hope to see you.

VENDORS, please call to make an appointment to retrieve your inventory.  Saturday, after 1:30, is fine, if it works for you.

Thanks, again,
Deborah Snyder, Front Manager
(907) 803-3115

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Photo of the day September 5

“Institute Zoom”
I pulled in tight with my 300mm zoom lens to capture the details of Institute Peak while out hiking near Michael Creek one evening. Sebastian Saarloos

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DHS Booster Club Community Calendar Sales

The DHS Booster Club will be taking orders for our 2015 Community Birthday Calendar on Saturday September 13 & Saturday September 20 from 11-2 at IGA.

Calendars will cost $10 each and all proceeds will go to support DHS Booster Club and student activities.

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Sending Cards to Mike and Julie Szidloski

Address to send cards to Mike and Julie Szidloski:

Mike and Julie Szidloski
217 ACCU
Providence Hospital
3200 Providence Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508

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