Daily Archives: December 9, 2010

Stay Warm in Winter

BBB’s Guide on Cold Weather Home Maintenance

Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 9, 2010 – Frigid temperatures can cause indoor heating troubles—and unexpected costs—for unprepared consumers. In October 2010, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook predicted rising heating bill costs this winter for many U.S. consumers. The EIA anticipates greater expenses in households using natural gas, propane and heating oil; increasing by 4, 8 and 12 percent, respectively.

With a variety of heating systems available, Better Business Bureau covers winter-proofing basics to help deflect rising energy costs:

Furnaces: Most homes in the U.S. are heated by furnaces or boilers. Ensure the furnace’s thermostat and pilot light are functioning properly; clean and replace the filter every month or as needed. Older furnaces may be due for replacement after 10 to 15 years. Hire an inspector to make sure it’s in safe working order.

Heating Ducts: Effective duct systems are designed to distribute air properly throughout the home, keeping all rooms at a comfortable temperature. However, design deficiencies, leakage and poor insulation can cause duct systems to lose efficiency and drain energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Simple upgrades—such as sealing leaks, adding insulation to exposed ductwork, inserting new return-air grilles or installing jumper ducts—can make a big difference. Clean ducts at least once every two years. For help, consult a qualified professional.

Chimneys and Fireplaces: Every year—preferably before the coldest season—have a chimney sweep inspect your wood-burning system. Be wary of animals, debris and leaves in outdoor units. On chimneys, close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. Replace old or leaky dampers, which can add hundreds of dollars to yearly heating bills.

Air Leaks: Be wary, most homes leak heat due to worn weather stripping and peeled or cracked caulking. Inspect and repair leaky doors and windows. Consider hanging thermal curtains on windows. If needed, replace worn or missing shingles and seal cracks in the home’s foundation.

Tip: Try using a programmable thermostat to reduce heating costs.

Check out local heating system professionals with BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

For more solutions, check out Energysavers.gov, Homeenergysaver.lbl.gov and the DOE’s Energy Savers Booklet.

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Christmas Holiday Contests Deadlines Approaching

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An Old Fashioned Sullivan Roadhouse Christmas

In May the Sullivan Roadhouse comes alive with visitors from all over the world who briefly step back in time and experience what it must have been like for the Sullivans in the early 1900’s.  Volunteers plant the flower and vegetable gardens and spend the summer lovingly tending them.  Sprinkled throughout are little bird houses and other homemade items that give that special touch to the gardens.  Volunteers also keep the Roadhouse open and invite visitors inside where they can enjoy a guided tour or wander through the rooms on their own.  One volunteer brings treats that add an extra something special to the visitors’ enjoyment.  The quiet, peaceful setting and beautiful gardens make it a favorite place to visit in the community.  When September rolls around the Roadhouse is locked up tight and sits silent and empty, hunkered down against the cold, dark winter wind and snow.   Until…….

A couple of years ago Lou Ann, one of Santa’s Elves who dearly loves Christmas, couldn’t bear the thought of the Roadhouse sitting there dark and neglected during the winter.  She talked to a few other elves about decorating the Roadhouse and gardens for Christmas.  They agreed but went a step further and held a Christmas open house to the delight of the community.  It was such a hit that several more elves joined in this year and together they created an old fashioned Sullivan Roadhouse Christmas setting unlike anything this community has ever seen.   The Roadhouse and the Farmers Market area have been transformed into an old fashioned village complete with a Reindeer Stable, Frosty’s Snowflake Café, Skate Shop, Skate Pond, Nativity Scene, an Inn with “NO Vacancy” sign and much much more!  An open house was held on November 27th with hundreds of community members attending.  The elves spent two months creating this masterpiece especially for their community.  Take a walk through the grounds at dark and the bright glow of the many lights will guide your way and you will fully appreciate what these elves have accomplished.  Tonight the Sullivan Roadhouse radiates a warm glow that is captured in every heart that passes by and brings a smile of pure joy to every face, thanks to all the hard work and dedication of these very special elves.

Submitted by the Chamber of Commerce

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Fort Wainright Gate Hour Changes

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Officials here have changed gate hours at some of the installation’s gates.

Badger Gate hours of operation are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Trainor Gate is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It remains closed on weekends.

The Siku Basin Pedestrian Gate hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Siku Basin Pedestrian Gate is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Closure at the end of the school year will be directed by the Directorate of Emergency Services and publicized as widely as possible. Additional closures can occur under orders from the DES, or under emergency circumstances.

The Main Gate will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Closure occurs only when ordered by the Director of Emergency Services or under emergency circumstances.

All of the gates will be open on holidays and training holidays.

Drivers of vehicles without Department of Defense decals still need to stop for daily passes at the visitors’ center near the main gate. Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration are required to obtain a visitor’s pass.

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A Special Workshop for the Holidays

Holiday Candy Making
December 11, 2010
10am – 4pm
At the Delta High School Culinary Arts Classroom
Learn from Delta’s own Anne Stoneking
This is a class you won’t want to miss!

Walk away with candy ready for giving!  Learn about chocolate – tempering chocolate and making truffles and other chocolate shop type candies.  In the afternoon you will learn about hard candy and its different stages. 

Think homemade caramels, peanut brittle and Almond Roca!

Class size is limited, so register today.

Partners in Progress in Delta is making available a $50 voucher to offset class costs.
Cost $145 for the workshop – $95 with the voucher!

Call Cheryl Helkenn at 895-4605 to register and get more details.

Click here for Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc form

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Family Christmas Photo Opportunity – POSTPONED

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this event has been postponed until further notice.  Photographer had to go to the lower 48 for a family emergency.

Photos will be taken during the December 11th , Alpha Omega Life Care, Inc. Community Childrens Christmas Party.

Have professional photos taken by Carol Watkins with cast member(s) and stage sets from the recent performance of the “Nutcracker”

Photographer will be on site from 3 – 6pm
Price $5 – $15 variable for # of photos and people

Please call 895-4104 for more information.

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Photo of the day December 8

This gang of ravens are seen harassing a immature bald eagle at the bluffs on the Tanana River.
Photo by Steve Thomas

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