Smiling Moose – First Friday ~ Sep 5

Save the Date! Friday, September 5 will be our First Friday with goods from Kristen Wood, photographer.

Here is her bio: “My goal for the photos I take is to capture beauty in the aged, worn and broken down. Many of my subjects are items commonly found through out Alaska and often overlooked. I decided to put my photos on canvas out of a desire to create a wall display in my own home without the use of traditional frames. I frame each photo canvas with decorative paper then add a distressed border. I like to have the finished canvas look slightly rough since the nature of many of my subjects are roughened by their surroundings and time. ”

Time: 6-8pm
Refreshments Served
Friday, September 5, 2014 – Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Labor Day, any day, count your blessings

By Glenn Mollette

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.
It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

Some of my dearest friends are in their seventies and still work five days a week and sometimes more. A friend of mine who manages entertainers is 78 and has no current plans to retire. Another is 76 and is out every day working for a large corporation. Both agree that staying busy has been good for their mental and physical health.

On the flip side of this are people in their seventies who have to work. Often they have jobs they don’t really enjoy but without working some they couldn’t survive.

Life would be almost impossible without Social Security and Medicare for America’s senior adults. Most of our elderly would be starving or homeless without these two government programs. These programs along with people working whatever jobs they can find, keep most of America’s seniors off the streets. I only wish that the money collected from people would stay in these programs.

Every American deserves a break on Labor Day weekend, Sunday or someday during the week. A rest from the daily grind helps us to reflect and appreciate life a little more.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans would love the opportunity to work through Labor Day and the rest of the holidays if they could find a paying job. Without an income it’s almost impossible to relax and enjoy any day.
On Labor Day or any day, count your blessings if life is going well for you.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author.

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Rika’s Roadhouse Schedule Sep 1 – 7

September 1-7
Please call to confirm…changes happen.
Thanks, Deborah Snyder, Front Mgr. 803.3115

Monday, 1st, 12:30-2:30
Tuesday, 2nd, 12:30-2:30
Wednesday, 3rd, 10:30-4:30
Friday, 5th, 9am-11:00
Sunday, 8am-9:30

Hope to see you!
Remember, you can call to reserve if you have a party of people.

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Photo of the day August 30

The picture of the lights were taken early this morning, around 1am. It looks like the lights are reflecting on water, they are actually reflecting on clouds!
Photo by Dean Vandall

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Mystery Photo Winner for Aug 25 – 29

The winner of last week’s mystery photo is Debbie Tvenge

We had 14 correct entries this week.

Debbie will receive a gift certificate from the Buffalo Center Drive-In, courtesy of John and Linda Sloan

The mystery photo is taken at the City Park. It is one of the animals the children crawl or can sit on.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.


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This will wrap up our mystery photo for this season.  We will be back next year with the 8th annual Mystery Photo Contest 2015

Again we want to thank John and Linda Sloan from the Buffalo Center Drive and their family and staff  for their sponsorship of the 7th annual Mystery Photo Contest.

REMEMBER:  THE BUFFALO CENTER DRIVE-IN CLOSES AT 9PM ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 FOR THE SEASON!!!!!

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Photo of the day August 30

This rainy summer has produced a lot of mushrooms. Here is an interesting fungus found on an old burned log. Photo Courtesy Ellen Clark

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CES Holiday Closure

Cooperative Extension Servicse (CES) office will be closed Monday, Sept 1st in observance of Labor Day.

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Take Advantage of the Odd Growing Season

It was dark enough on Aug. 14 that I saw a planet. For all of us that means autumn is on its way and it is time to think about harvest. Saving seed is an important part of the harvest; this column will focus on the reasons for saving seed and how to do so in your garden or farm.

This was another unusual summer. In my 11 summers in Fairbanks, has there been one I could claim was normal? Some of our crops are not doing well and some are amazing. All my peas — sugar snap, shelling and snow peas — are amazing. The vines are way over my head and there are bagfuls to harvest every few days. Other crops are miserable; I am only now contemplating harvesting my first zucchini. Usually I cannot give zucchinis away fast enough. I’m sure you could all testify to how some crops are great and others not.

We should take advantage of this unusual season by looking for the few plants that are doing well when all the others of that crop did not. Sadly for me, all my zucchini plants are equally bad, and that goes for the beans, squash and basil, too. But if you do have one bean plant that has been doing great while all the other bean plants are not, consider saving the seeds from that plant.

There may be some genetic difference in that bean plant that resulted in it thriving in the cool, wet summer that we have had, while all the others lagged behind. That genetic difference would be preserved in the seed the plant produces and you should consider saving those seeds and sharing some with other gardeners for planting next year. You should do this every year, not just the exceptionally hot, wet, cold or dry summers. Looking for those individual plants that do better than the others is the historic foundation for developing improved crop varieties. Indeed, selecting seed from your best plants to grow the following year is something that can be found in the Old Testament.

If you want to save some seed, here are some things you need to know. First, let the seed mature on the plant as long as you can and harvest it after the plant has gone dormant. Second, our autumns are usually wet so the seed will likely be wet and moist on the inside; therefore, you must dry the seed. Each seed has its own perfect percent moisture content for storage, but there is a range. Keep the seed on a dry surface in the house or heated garage where the air is dry and there is some air movement. The seed will dry down nicely by itself. Putting seed that is too moist inside a zip-lock bag will result in rotted seeds. Third, after the seed is dry, put it in a container and store in a place close to freezing until spring planting. If you want to know if the seed is alive, plant a few in a pot in the house and see how many sprout.

In addition to the information above there is a program that can help you with seed saving. Look for information about the Growing Ester’s Biodiversity program at www.esterlibrary.org. There is a farmer, Kurt Wold, who sells Alaska grown seed that might be willing to test it and maybe help outstanding selections become a new variety. And you can always call me for advice at the number below.

Remember, we no longer have university, state or federal plant breeders in Alaska. If we want crops that are adapted to Alaska conditions, we have to find them for ourselves. This year and every year, be on the lookout for those outstanding plants that are doing better than all the rest – be it bigger, earlier maturing, free of some disease or insect, or any of a number of characteristics. By saving the seeds of our best producing plants, we can make some lemonade from some of the crops that did not do so well this summer.

Steven Seefeldt is the Tanana District agriculture and horticulture agent for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He can be reached at 907-474-2423 or ssseefeldt@alaska.edu.

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Photo of the day August 28

The gardens at Willowwood Gift Shop and Elaines’ Garden & Nursery were beautiful again this year, but it was a struggle due to the adverse weather.
Photos Courtesy Elaine Shannon

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Rest Haven Cemetery is Being Repaired

Earlier this month Rest Haven Cemetery was vandalized.  It is good to see the community support behind this project and putting it back together

The report from AST said the vehicle broke through the fence at the Rest Haven Cemetery sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Sunday. It kept going, troopers said, destroying a wooden gazebo and driving over three headstones, destroying flower memorials and decorations. The destructive spree caused approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

While the driver has yet to be identified, troopers said the suspect vehicle is believed to be maroon, 1997-2003 Ford F-150 or Expedition. It has “Light Force” auxiliary lights mounted on the bumper and a black bug deflector: Troopers said the lights, bug deflector and front grill of the Ford all sustained damage during the drive through the cemetery.

AST are asking Delta Junction residents to keep an eye out for a vehicle matching that description, and anyone with information can call troopers at 907-895-4800.

Mike Tvenge, city administrator for Delta Junction says volunteers and city staff have replaced the damaged sections of the fence. Members of the community have offered to rebuild the gazebo next week

The repairs being done at the cemetery by BKSS and Morley Electric. Photos are Courtesy of Debbie Joslin

Debbie Joslin:  The gazebo was built in 2008 by our son, Matthew Joslin, as his Eagle Scout project.  He was assisted by members of Troop 56 and their families and the city of Delta Junction and local businesses, including Delta Building Supply, donating the materials.  It was dedicated to Matthew’s little brother, Isaiah, who is buried there.  People have used that gazebo as a place to sit and reflect and even hold funerals.

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Community support is needed for the Szidloski Family

On August 9th, Mike, “Ski,”  Szidloski  was  taking his wife, Julie, out to dinner for her birthday. On their way to a Fairbanks restaurant their motor vehicle was hit twice by another motorist. Mike was seriously injured in that accident and has been left paralyzed from his injuries.  He has also been on a respirator since his hospitalization at Providence  Hospital  for treatment.  His wife, Julie,  has  been  absent from her job to be there with her husband while he goes through the trials of post back surgery and various treatments.

A bank account for donations has been started at Mt. McKinley Bank. You need only to say you want to make a donation to the Szidloski account on your visit to the bank.

Please know that any donation is greatly appreciated.

Their family and friends thank you!

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Water well owners should check water periodically for bacteria, nitrate

Bacteria and nitrate are widespread in the environment, so every household water well owner should regularly test the water to make sure no health risks exist, the National Ground Water Association recommended today.

While most bacteria found in water do not cause disease, disease-causing bacteria called pathogens can exist in well water given the right circumstances, NGWA said. Nitrate is not uncommon to rural areas due to its use in fertilizers and because it’s sometimes linked to animal or human waste.

“We recommend that well owners test their water annually for bacteria and nitrate because of their widespread presence,” said Cliff Treyens, NGWA public awareness director. “Knowing whether or not you have a problem with bacteria or nitrate through valid laboratory testing is key to keeping your water safe.”

Bacteria: Coliforms are bacteria that occur naturally in the environment and may indicate the possibility of pathogens. Fecal coliform and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that water may be contaminated by human or animal waste harmful to human health. Pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and headaches. In the extreme, they can be lethal.

Potential sources of bacteria include:

Runoff from woodlands, pastures, and feedlots
Septic tanks and sewage plants
Animals, both domestic and wild
Potential pathways of bacteria into well water include:

Reduced pressure or suction in water lines that draw soil water at the pipe joints
Faulty sanitary seals in a well system, i.e., a faulty well cap, grout, pitless adapter
If test results indicate the presence of bacteria in your well water, a qualified water well system professional should determine whether there is a cause or source for the bacteria entering the well. Any necessary maintenance should be performed and the well system disinfected by the professional.

Nitrate: The largest source of nitrates are fertilizers used on crops. Animal and human waste contains nitrogen in the form of ammonia. Nitrate also is generated by:

Decomposing plant and animal materials
Sewage
Septic systems
Industrial effluent
Landfills

The greatest health concern from nitrate is “blue baby syndrome” or methemoglobinemia. The syndrome is seen most often in infants exposed to nitrates from drinking water used in baby formula. Infants ages 0 to 3 months are at highest risk. The syndrome affects the ability of the baby’s blood to carry oxygen to body tissues.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a maximum contaminant level for nitrate of 10 parts per million (milligrams per liter) as nitrogen.

The EPA has approved certain methods for removing nitrates including reverse osmosis and ion exchange. Reverse osmosis works best on point-of-use systems, which generally are used in places such as the kitchen sink where water is used mostly for drinking and cooking. Ion exchange, along with a water softening system, can provide a whole-house solution for nitrate contamination.

To learn more about water well and groundwater stewardship visit www.WellOwner.org.

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Photo of the day August 27

Stellar sea lions are always fun to watch in coastal Alaska and the thing about them that these photos do not convey is all the noise they make, snorting and grunting like pigs….or like sea lions. Photo by Steve DuBois

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Late Summer Garden Party, The Sullivan Soup & Bread, at the Roadhouse Museum

Here are a few photos from the annual community lunch presented on August 20th by the Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Sullivan Roadhouse Museum.  Photos Courtesy of Tracey Porreca/Birch Leaf Photography

 

 
Mere words cannot convey the delightful milieu or do justice describing the efforts and results arranged by Mrs. Dufendach, Mrs. Rodin, Ms. Fett and too many others that my ancient and failing memory refuses to divulge –please forgive the many omissions.

Mrs. McNabb was there with ice-cream and her usual fabulous selection of toppings, of course, and it is a wonder that the GVEA grid was able to handle the load demand of myriad crockpots, each containing delectable recipe magic, and the breads and honey butter – scrumptious!

Over 100 people passed through the doors, including some tourists who were In the right place at the right time!

The annual event is not simply a culinary benchmark, it is a social one  as well; each year we joyfully encounter some folks we are delighted to see even if we had just seen them yesterday, and some we have not seen for months!

This is a tradition to anticipate, and an opportunity to thank the gracious volunteers who provide this wonderful luncheon in our community, as well as to reflect upon labor, love and care that is lavished on our community show peace the Sullivan Roadhouse Museum.

Thank you all and forgive my inability to mention each of you by name; you each deserve a personal commendation and a medal!

Article submitted by Ken Farrow

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What a Guy!

You may not be aware that right in our midst is a very special, talented and accomplished man! John Venables is an author, historical researcher, lecturer, veteran, (Major, US Army Reserves), thespian and “Alaska History Storyteller.”

John is the recipient of grants from both the Alaska Humanities forum and the Rasmuson Foundation to assist his “Alaska Living History” programs.

His published book, Journey to Statehood is a delightful read, containing facts, dramatizations and Alaska history that many have never had opportunity to learn.

The community is fortunate to have snagged John, for he is well-known and regarded in Southeast and elsewhere in the state. He has made many presentations at schools, libraries, museums, on television and even on open-air public sidewalks! John became acquainted with Michael Paschall, our own newspaper editor/publisher before settling
in Delta.

However, John also has family here – 3 doting daughters, 2 sons-in-law, grandchildren and many friends. So, lucky are we!

John’s mission and passion has not diminished in keeping Alaska history alive. On August 23rd he arranged a short program to observe Judge James Wickersham’s 158th birthday, one of ten “Alaska days of honor.” The next observance is October 6th, for William Egan,
the first elected Governor in 1959. Soon after of course is Alaska Day on October 18th . These observances keep John busy with his presentations!

Submitted by Judith Farrow

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Photo of the day August 26

“Morning Light”
I woke up at 4:45 am, drove 25 miles, hiked 1/4 mile through a swamp to capture a scene like this. There was a moose in the pond next door stomping around, two swans swirling in the sky and a family of ducks joining me in taking in God’s great creation.
Sebastian Saarloos

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Photo of the day August 25

Great year for wildflowers with all the rain we’ve had!
Photo by Dwight Phillips

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Mystery Photo Winner for Aug 18 – 24

The winner of last week’s mystery photo is Gary Cooper

We had 12 correct entries this week.

Gary will receive a gift certificate from the Buffalo Center Drive-In, courtesy of John and Linda Sloan

The mystery photo is the welcome sign for The Cave Bar and Grill.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.

 

 

http://www.alaska-highway.org/drivein/index.html

Closing hour is 9PM and the Drive-In will be closing September 7.

We have our last mystery photo of the season posted.  Hurry and put your guess in for the week.  Mystery Photo will draw the winner this week on Friday at 10pm, so I have time to get the winner their certificate in time to use it by September 7.

 

 

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DMV Closure for the Labor Day Holiday

The Delta Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 for the Labor Day Holiday.

 

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Rika’s Hours ~ Aug 25 – 31

This week’s schedule

Monday, 12:30-3
Tuesday, 12:30-3
Wednesday, 10:30-4:30
Thursday, 12:30-2-30
Friday, to be announced, please call
Saturday, 12:30-2
Sunday, 11-2

Hours subject to change, please to confirm.
Deborah Snyder, Front Mgr. 803-3115

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Photo of the day August 23

The sun was shining brightly this particular day at our home near Delta Junction, Alaska, as the rain started to pour down. And where there is sun and rain, there are rainbows – a double rainbow to boot! Birch Leaf Photography

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Fire & Flood Disaster Preparedness in Alaska

Thursday, August 28
10 – 11:30 a.m.
at the Cooperative Extension Service Conference Room Jarvis Office Center

Flooding is a serious threat in Alaska, especially in rural areas. When flooding occurs, you need to
know how to:
• decrease evacuation time,
• save essential paperwork and keepsakes, and
• properly inspect and safely re-enter your home.

 

Wildfires are a natural part of the boreal forest, but they can pose a serious threat to humans. Learn how to:
• manage your property to prepare for the next fire season,
• create defensible space around your home,
• plan an escape route, and
• more!
For more information and to register please call 895-4215 or
Email (reg. deadline is 8/26/14)
www.uaf.edu/ces • 1-877-520-5211
UAF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.

 

 

 

 

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Photo of the day August 22

Great year for wildflowers with all the rain we’ve had!
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Acacia Floral Fairy Garden Classes

Acacia Floral will be giving Fairy Garden Classes Classes begin on Wednesday, September 10th from 3:30 to 5:30pm

Then as follows:
Saturday, September 20   -  Time: 12 to 2pm
Saturday, September 27 -  Time: 12 to 2pm
Wednesday, October 1  -  Time: 3:30 – 5:30pm 

The cost for each class will be $100, fees are to be paid prior to class. $50 of your fee will go towards materials for the fairy garden you will be taking home with you. Each class will consist of 6 people, so if you have a large group, be sure to book early.

We will show you how to make your choice of a living, half and half, or all preserved fairy garden.  Let your imagination run wild!  You can create a fairy garden as small as a tea cup to a large indoor size.

Things to consider: if you already have a container or plants you’d like to use, or any other items you would like to incorporate into your project, please feel free to bring those items with you to class. Check pinterest for great ideas.

We have a good variety of fairy garden items to choose from . Stop by and see our selection and our fairy gardens on display to get some ideas before we start classes.  This may also give you an idea of what you may wan to bring with you and also what will be available here at Acacia for you to create your fairy garden with.

This is a 2 hour class so planning ahead will help us to use this time more efficiently.  If you have any questions or want to enroll for the class give us a call at 895-4137 Monday – Friday  9am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm

Lisa will be giving this class

 

 

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Thank you to the Community

We would like to send out a note of thanks for all the help, support and prayers the community of Delta Junction has given us these past 9 months.  So many people have come to help us through all the hardship and stress of Steve’s Stem Cell Transplant, to name everyone by name would take pages and pages. So forgive me for not listing names.

Just know that every bit of help has been appreciated and we are very thankful to live here surrounded by so many great people.  The Stem Cell Transplant has gone well and Steve should be returning to Alaska soon.  The kids and I will be so happy to have him home!

Thank you again for all your help!
Sincerely,
Mathea, Steve, Logan, Jakob and Clara Meurer

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Thank You to Lisa and Acacia Floral

Wow, This sure was a lovely surprise from Lisa yesterday. By her showing her
act of kindness and reminding all of us to be happy, She sure put so many
smiles on so many people’s faces all around Fort Greely and in Delta
Junction. BKSS MDA Lodging would like to pay it forward with a big “THANK
YOU” and hope this will put a smile on her face as she did to all of us.

We are so blessed to be a part of Lisa’s first National “BE HAPPY DAY”.

Thank you!
Amanda Sanders

 

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Photo of the day August 21

Rhubarb plant in Tok, Alaska. This thing was 6 feet tall if it was a foot. Huge blossoms and at least 6 feet in diameter. I had to get a pic with it!
Tracey Mendenhall Porreca/Birch Leaf Photography

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Kudos for Rika’s New Chef!

“This is the best food we have had since our trip began!”  I hear this statement (words may vary at times) over and over again from tourists who stop by to have a bite of food, or are on tour with one of the bus companies.

Inna (“eenah), our new chef, is doing a wonderful job of turning out some very tasty morsels and entrees.  Being the mother of nine children and running her own kitchen at home, has given her the experience and creativity to make the taste buds dance with delight.

Stacey, her assistant, also has the talent of creating hot and cold sandwiches that will satisfy any hunger.  We would love to have you visit and experience what others have experienced this summer.  Drive out to Rika’s Cafe and give yourself as treat.  Hope to see you soon!  ~Deborah Snyder, Front Mgr.

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Photo of the day August 20

Here’s a common shrub to Alaska’s Interior, the shrubby cinquefoil or more commonly known as, a Tundra Rose. Taken a bit after midnight, earlier this summer, this image depicts what it looks like after 21 hours of daylight! Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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Alaska Growers School Begins Sept 24

Hello Farmers, Gardeners, and everyone in between!

I am excited to announce the next Alaska Growers School begins September
24! This training offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative
Extension Service will be offered by webinar and teleconference Wednesdays
at 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 17, across Alaska. The Alaska Growers School is
ideal for Alaskans who wish to start a farm or expand an existing one for
profit or for subsistence.

This training will emphasize farm planning and risk management but will
include the basics of whole farm planning, growing vegetables, berries and
fruit, raising poultry and livestock, and using season extension
techniques. Resources for financial and technical expertise and loan
programs also will be covered. Instructors will include Extension agents
and staff, agriculture professionals and farmers. The fee is $95 however,
tuition waivers are available. For more information, to register*
(available 8/11/14) or apply for a waiver, check out our website:
www.uaf.edu/ces/ags

*Currently Enrollment is only available at:
https://elearning.uaf.edu/students/alaska-growers-school-registration/

Enrollment is open through September 8th, and space is limited, so don’t
delay, sign up today!

Growers.School@alaska.edu
http://www.uaf.edu/ces/gardening/ags/

This project is supported by the Washington State University Western
Extension Risk Management Education Center and the National Institute of
Food and Agriculture.

For more information, call Glenna Gannon, the Alaska Growers School
coordinator, at 452-8251, ext. 3281 or growers.school@alaska.edu

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Photo of the day August 19

“Color River”
The Delta River in the summer can be a colorful place when the weather is good. We have had lots of rain this year, so our nice sunsets have been limited. Sebastian Saarloos

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Better Future, Better Employment

Looking at your future and wondering what is ahead?

Want to climb the ladder in your present employment, or you want to better your employment?

But you do not have a diploma.  We can HELP!

Adult Learning Programs of Alaska’s GED (General Education Development) Office located in the AMC Building in the Jarvis Complex in Delta Junction is equipped to help you meet your goal(s).  For registration and assessment/placement testing, call Deborah Snyder, (907)803-3115 to make an appointment.

 

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4-25 Airborne Brigade to deploy task force to Kosovo

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska –Elements of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division have been identified to deploy to Europe this fall in support of ongoing peacekeeping operations in Kosovo as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), specifically Multinational Battle Group-East (MNBG-E).

A small contingent of paratroopers assigned to the headquarters element of the 4/25th and several hundred paratroopers assigned to 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment will deploy in late September.

The Spartans will first travel to Hohenfels, Germany, where they will spend approximately two weeks at U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center participating in Kosovo-specific training that will prepare them for follow-on peacekeeping operations.

From Germany, the Spartans will travel to Kosovo where the 4/25th headquarters element will assume command and control duties as MNBG-E at Camp Bondsteel, located outside the city of Ferizaj. The element from 1-40th Cavalry will move to Camp Novo Selo, outside the capital city of Pristina, to conduct joint, multinational peacekeeping operations as part of MNBG-E.

KFOR commenced operations in Kosovo on June 12, 1999, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 in order to enforce the peacekeeping aspect of the resolution itself.  As a part of KFOR, MNBG-E conducts peace support operations in accordance with UNSCR 1244 in order to provide a safe and secure environment and to allow freedom of movement throughout Kosovo.  They do so by working in tandem with host nation security forces.

While operating as a part of MNBG-E, Spartan paratroopers will work daily alongside military service personnel from not only Kosovo, but from several partner nations as well, which include Poland, Ukraine, Armenia, Slovenia, Germany, Turkey and Hungary.

The headquarters element from the 4/25th and the element from 1-40th Cavalry will relieve the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, respectively, both of which are home-stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

The upcoming tour of duty in Kosovo is expected to last nine months with the deploying Spartans returning to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in July 2015.

Lt. Col. Alan Brown
U.S. Army Alaska’s Public Affairs Officer

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Photo of the day August 18

Two fox kits sit watching me, take their picture.Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips

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3rd Annual 5K Fun Bun Run

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Mystery Photo Winner for Aug 11 – 17

The winner of last week’s mystery photo is Eunsuk Klein

We had 6 correct entries this week.

Eunsuk will receive a gift certificate from the Buffalo Center Drive-In, courtesy of John and Linda Sloan

 

The mystery photo was  part of the Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheren church sign located on the Richardson Hwy.

Thank you for each one that submitted their guess.

Thank you John and Linda Sloan.

Website

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VETERANS VFW State Service Officer Visit ~ Sep 10

Gerry Glover will be in Delta Junction at Delta Junction Senior Center

September 10, 2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Gerry will be available to answer your questions about VA Entitlements and provide FREE assistance filling out the application forms for VA Entitlements.

Contact Info: Gerry Glover
Office # (907) 257-4801
(888) 353-7574 Ext. 4801
Email: gerry.glover@va.gov

**VFW membership is not a requirement**

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Apply Now for Reimbursement for Farm Expenses (RTCP)

Application Period for Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) Ends September 8!

Farmers and ranchers in Alaska can apply for the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP). Apply by September 8, 2014 for this USDA Farm Service Agency program providing relief from high transportation costs.

Eligible farming expenses include:

Chemicals, Feed, Fertilizers, Lime, Gas, Fuel, Oil, Machinery, Equipment, Vehicle, Seed & Plants, Supplies, Vet. Supplies, Parts, etc.

Easy-to-file application forms, FAQ’s and other information will be available at www.fsa.usda.gov/ak, at FSA offices in Palmer and Delta, or at other USDA offices around the state.

DON’T DELAY, CALL NOW!

Applications close on September 8, 2014.

(Receipts must be submitted by November 3, 2014.)

Danny Consenstein
State Executive Director
USDA
Alaska Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen, Suite 216
Palmer, AK  99645
907.761.7738
907.841.4890 (cell)
Alaska FSA website

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Rika’s Schedule for August 18-24

It is a slow week.

Tuesday, 19th 12:30-2:30
Wednesday, 20th, 10:30-12:30
Sunday, 24th, 8-9:30am

Always subject to change, please call to confirm.

Deb Snyder, mgr. (907) 803.3115

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Photo of the day August 15

“Rainbow Mountain Rainbow”
A storm blew through while I was hiking Rainbow Gap and produced this rainbow that started on top of Rainbow Mountain!   Sebastian Saarloos

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