Melissa Hickman and her husband are remodeling their house in Fairbanks. They were ripping down some old paneling when they discovered some youthful signatures and names on the wall behind the paneling. The name “Katie Ladner ’79,” was written in cursive with a cute little flower along with the names “Chris” (with the ‘S’ missing) and “Mike G.” Melissa put a picture of the names and flower up on the Facebook page, Fairbanks, Alaska, to see if by chance she could find out who the people were 44 years later. And in less than an hour, social media did its thing and Katie was located living in Kingston, Washington. The two have since spoken and made a connection and the home on Birch Hill for Melissa and her family now has a bit of history and a face to go with what was just a name on the wall from long ago. If you have a story idea for the Allgood News, contact Dave at : AllgoodNews@KTUU.com
Colleen Puch retired last week after driving a school bus for 50 years (8 years in Ohio and 42 in Kenai). The 80-year-old is spry and looking forward to fun and retirement and says she loved her kids and the biggest thing she learned from them was respect is a two-way street. Her Supervisor, Neal DuPerron, of First Student Bus Company, says it's going to be hard to replace such an amazing person. Last week they threw Puch a surprise retirement party. All her friends and a lot of former students were there to send her off into her next adventure. If you have a story idea for the Allgood News, email Dave at AllgoodNews@KTUU.com / Dallgood@KTUU.com.
Camille Conte, Duke Russell and Judith Mack are homeless advocates and ‘actionists,' meaning, they organize, raise money and feed the homeless. They are all about solutions and meeting the basic needs of the homeless community here in Anchorage. And through a serendipitous encounter with artist Walter Share, who has created a beautiful piece of artwork of the ‘Fourth Avenue Theatre' they were recently able to raise $10,000 to help feed and clothe the homeless currently housed at the Sullivan Arena. Mack tracked down the artist at his home in Seattle and Share generously donated 100 signed and numbered prints of the Theatre to the trio and their homeless cause. The timing of the gift couldn’t have been better for the group who say that the winter months for the homeless are the most harrowing. On this night the group was meeting at the Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café in Spenard, accepting blankets in exchange for copies of the prints. You can reach Camille on Facebook.
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Led by music teacher Mrs. Erin Peterson, the Tudor Elementary School choir was scheduled to come sing Christmas carols for the staff back in December, but the weather canceled those plans. But Tuesday, Jan. 17, the 30-member choir not only came to the studios, they got a tour by Alaska's News Source's own historian Mike Valdez and sang some wonderful songs to a captivated crowd. If you have an Allgood News story idea, email Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Shishmaref High School Volleyball players have been chosen to represent Alaska in the Arctic Winter Games to be held in Wood Buffalo, Canada coming up on Jan. 27. Their coach has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the once-in-a-lifetime trip for these to young athletic villagers. Being in a small village of just 600 people can make being a full-time high school athlete tough —balancing hunting, studying, family obligations with practice times. As a English teacher and coach for 8 years, Shaun Milligan has done everything from help prepare neighbors taxes to filling in as a jailer at the local police station. So seeing his students/players get this chance to move beyond the borders of Alaska is exciting and heartwarming — not just for Shaun, but for the entire small community.
GoFundMe : https://www.gofundme.com/f/frank-and-carter-arctic-winter-games-travel
It’s Dry January, an opportunity for people to take the month to abstain from alcohol. The Recover Alaska Dry January Challenge is inviting ‘ sober curious ‘ people to sign up for encouraging texts and free sober goodies. There is also a ‘pop-up’ Sober Lounge at the Historic Anchorage Hotel Bar going on every Thursday in the month of January. The Bar offers up delicious ‘mock-tails’ in an exclusive non-alcoholic menu that features zero-proof cocktails and a trivia night. Several local breweries and beverage makers have teamed up to provide the alcohol alternatives including Beach Tribe Soda Works, 49th State Brewing, Athletic Brewing, Amalga Distillery and Coc-Cola Bottling of Anchorage. With Proceeds benefiting the ‘Recover Alaska Fund’. TEXT ‘DRYANC’ TO 844-726-2669 - for Freebies and Sober motivation! RecoverAlaska.org
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22 year-old Gabriel Monrean has a superpower, it’s called autism. With the help of his grandmother Cynthia, Gabriel has been honing his skills in order the change the world. Gabriel has high hopes for the world and what he can do to help those who can’t help themselves, but the biggest change Gabriel is making is in his world and the people around him. Gabriel started taking boxing lessons with boxing coach Robin Cordova Olivas at the Lake Otis YMCA three months ago. When Gabriel started, he couldn’t jump rope. Now he can jump rope forwards and backwards, and is hitting the punching bag like a champ. But it's Gabriel's smile, his amazing memory for movies and comedies and impersonations that make him a light that attracts everyone around him.
I was at the motor vehicles office the other day when I saw this kid smiling ear to ear. Come to find out he just passed his driver’s permit test. He was so excited, and his smile was ear to ear. He and his mother hugged. It was just such a joyful moment. So, I talked to Byron and his mother Cindy about why they were both excited. I also found out what a nice kid Byron is and why his mom is so proud of him. The single mom and her son reminded me of my mom and the day I got my license. It was pure joy tapping into that forgotten energy, remembering what it was like to finally get the freedom of driving. My mother passed from cancer and never saw me become successful in my industry. This moment really hit home for me. Dave Allgood – The Allgood News Email: AllgoodNews@KTUU.com
Nancy Rudolph lives a very simple life in a trailer park in Anchorage. Due to her health, she doesn’t get out much — but when she does it’s the short trek to the mailbox. One day last year while checking her mailbox she saw a little snowman behind her somebody had made. It just made her day! She's held on to that picture and that moment for over 12 months. Due to her health and all the recent snowfall, laughs and smiles have been a precious commodity for Nancy. So she sent me an email letting me know how much a little snowman made her day and how she was hoping whoever made it last year might do it again. Well, so far no one has come forward to claim they made the little snowman. But we went out to meet her and to find out why that little snowman meant so much to her.
The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage has a new temporary visitor; an orphaned male polar bear, and although he doesn’t have a name and the public can’t see him yet, he’s drawing attention to what might happen when the young cub is released from quarantine. When he was rescued, he was seen eating an arctic fox, which are known to have rabies. So, I visited the zoo to talk to zookeeper Sam Levin about the new addition, and the current edition, 20 year-old polar bear Cran’bear'y. But, like a lot of my stories, the focus turned from the amazing creatures in front of me to the two-legged variety standing beside me, in awe of what they were seeing — polar bears and people at the Alaskan Zoo… they never disappoint. So, we meet Reggie and his two daughters Lonnie and Aleigha. It was a ‘bear’y good interview.
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Travis Lind is a bit of a renaissance man from Wasilla. He works a night job and works on a food truck that he and his mother own. He’s also a photographer and loves making music and music videos. He and his wife, Sierra, are quite creative and to say they’re in love is to say the sky is blue and water is wet. It’s that obvious. So, when I got an email from Travis’s mother Susan about a Christmas video he made called “Wish Upon a Snow Globe," I was intrigued. The video is not only fun, catchy and sweet, it just makes you smile — at least it did me. After watching it a few times, I reached out to find out more about this guy named Travis and this "earworm" music video that I just can’t get out of my head.
To watch the entire "Wish Upon a Snow Globe" video, go to "Alaskan Ace Productions" on YouTube.
The Ukrainian Choir came to the Alaska’s News Source studio last week and sang two Christmas carols; one in their native language and one in English. It was pretty amazing and a bit emotional. The Alaska's News Source staff gathered and many captured video on phones of the choir singing. I posted my video on my Facebook page, and that afternoon I got a call from a friend in Colorado who has a Ukrainian friend with family and friends in the city of Kyiv, which is a war zone. She asked if I could send my video so she could send it to the folks in Kyiv. I did, and four days later, a grandmother and her granddaughter, Natalia and Sofia (no last names or exact locations) sent a video response on how much the choir singing meant to them and how much it meant to know that America supports Ukrainians. The video is emotional and hits home on how, even under the duress of war, a grandmother can send a message wishing "us" here in America “safety and peace.” It is a testament to the power of song and knowing you’re not alone in your struggles.
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Monica Houglum of Anchorage has a bit of a collecting issue. She collects little Christmas villages and pretty much everything else associated with Christmas! But it is neatly displayed at her house, what room is left to display all the thousands of items she has. But as you'll discover with Monica, this is not materialistic at all — it’s about memories. Memories of a simpler time and family and friends. The villages and lights and all the Christmas memorabilia is there to reminder her that life is more than social media and the topic of the day. She's been collecting for over 15 years and the best thing, the mom of military children has a sense of humor about it all and a simple message: if it makes you happy? Do it! The Allgood News with Dave Allgood Email: Dallgood@KTUU.com
Tyra and Chance Bogert told Dave Allgood of the Allgood News that they "were amazed and surprised to see the one-in-a-million occurrence" happen right beyond their doorstep. You see the moose walk into the frame from the left, he shakes like a dog trying to shed water and slightly bends over and — "pop" and "crack" — both his antlers snap off his head. The moose is obviously startled and hops and runs away. The chances of catching something like this on video are pretty rare and to date, the couple says they have almost five million views after posting it on TikTok. The antlers were big, measuring 50 inches across. They say they now have a great story to tell their 3-month-old son Thrasher. They are going to have the antlers mounted. And that story? Well, they have the video to prove it. Dave Allgood talked to the couple about the rare phenomenon caught on video in today's Allgood News. If you have a story idea for Dave, email email@example.com.
A wonderful holiday window display sits right along 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. It’s the brainchild of Sarah Smith and her brother. Sarah, who owns the Lexington Salon and Spa, wanted to create magic in a box to celebrate the holidays and possibly attract more people to downtown. So, she created a wonderful little recreation of the town of Girdwood, complete with a tram and the Alaskan Railroad and even northern lights! She has packed everything from an action skating rink to the tram which moves back and forth. She also had speakers put outside which play traditional Christmas music to complete the magical window moment. Sarah, a native of Alaska says she loves Anchorage and all it has to offer and would love to see more people coming downtown to shop and do business. And her window display? Is just one small way she’s trying to make that happen.
Theron McGrew has worked at Providence Alaska Medical Center for the last twelve years. For the past six years he has decorated the cart he pushes through the halls of the hospital with a festive Christmas theme. The humble and dependable Theron started decorating his cart on a whim and when he saw how much joy it brought to the staff and patients, he just kept doing it. With his lighted necklace and rolling Christmas display, Theron is very popular with all the nurses he delivers supplies to and has become somewhat of a reluctant celebrity, which just adds to his charm. His Allgood News is not just the magic of his lighted cart, but the passion of the man pushing the cart.
Joe Malatesta III always wanted to grow his hair into a mullet, but the timing wasn’t right. But about four years ago he decided it was time and the Kenai resident let his inner mullet fly. How high? Well the State of Alaska employee just made the Top 25 in the 2022 USA Mullet Championships, coming in a respectable 19th place. The husband and father of two mullet-wearing boys says what started out as just a bit of fad for his head has turned into a bit of a lifestyle — and a lot of fun for the family. So what drives a man to the mullet — or better yet, does the mullet call to the man? Joe explains his transformation into the mullet world and why he decided to enter the prestigious pompadour retro hair contest.
Matt Fernandez and David Block love theater, so much so that they've dedicated their lives to local theater, specifically the Anchorage Community Theatre. Community theater is a passion and is usually done not out of pay, but out of love for the art — stretching themselves thin to give local actors an outlet here in Anchorage and to give people the opportunity to catch live theatrical shows. Theater offers the beauty and danger of doing live shows with amateur actors and small stages. Why do they do it? They love it. And do they take themselves seriously? Of course they do, but they have a sense of humor and history about their craft and take great pride in getting shows off the ground and up and running. Theater passion is real and lives inside these two and the actors that choose to perform in local theater.
Anastatiia Heath didn’t plan on moving to Wasilla, but like a lot of things in life, change can happen in an instant, or in this case, love and war. Anastatiia came here along with her daughter as an immigrant almost three years ago from Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. She married Jesse Heath and was settling in nicely, except for one thing — Anastatiia had to leave her best friend behind, in a country and a city currently under siege from the Russians. That friend was her rottweiler, Roxy. Her mother was feeding and watering the dog along with help from the neighbor. After several failed attempts to get Roxy to America, COVID-19 hit and all the travel restrictions that came with it. In that time, Anastatiia's mother was able to come to America as a refugee, leaving Roxy all alone at the mercy of bombings and being fed by a neighbor. So last month, Jesse decided it was time to get his wife’s beloved pet to America. He made lots and lots of phone calls and finally got in contact with a man who hired a pair of paramilitary soldiers to go get Roxy. A 24-hour bus ride to Poland, a two-week stay in Poland, and a long flight to Chicago later, Roxy was in America and on Nov. 4, 2022, Roxy landed in Anchorage and Anastatiia and her best friend were finally reunited.
Hairdresser Teresa Olorunlowo of Anchorage was dying of anemia. She needed a hysterectomy but what was holding her back wasn’t a lack of doctors or surgeons here in Anchorage. It was a lack of money. Even after a 30-year career, she still couldn’t afford health insurance. After a near-death experience while on a camping trip, she was preparing for the worst. The mother and grandmother had resigned herself to the notion that she couldn’t get the care she needed. But, thanks to her primary care doctor, Teresa was put in touch with Anchorage Project Access, a nonprofit that connects people in need of surgeries and dental care with doctors who will provide those services for free. She’s doing great today, thanks to Anchorage Project Access, and says she would not be here today if not for their generosity.
Sheryl and Doug Tollerud have been married for 45 years and have served in the Salvation Army for almost 40 years, together! Most of that time right here in Alaska. The couple has devoted their life to the service of others and to each other. With retirement just about seven months away, here in Alaska, I wanted to meet this wonderfully happy couple and see how it all began. They are both Lt. Colonels in the Salvation Army and in addition to their amazing career, they are parents to three wonderful children and 6 grandchildren.
Todd Rector rescued what he thought was a very sweet cat from animal control. He named the cat 'Mao'. Mao was fine until he met Todd's other cats. Mao would battle the other cats and stalk them and even had Todd’s three dogs on edge. Todd loves animals and tried to do everything to help Mao out, even posting about his troubles on the 'Nextdoor app, trying to find another 'solo' home for mao or possibly the owner. In the meantime, his other five animals were living in fear of a very ‘stalky’ cat! In an odd twist, the owner recognized Mao on Nextdoor as a her cat she had lost months earlier and Mao’s real name? Godzilla! The aptly named feline was returned to its owner and Todd and his menagerie of animals have since tried returning to normal, his remaining cats a bit wounded physically and emotionally. Todd says he’s never in his 50 years seen a cat so sweet and territorially aggressive!
Alaska Seeds of Change is growing food and minds in their innovative hydroponic nursery that offers up life skills and self-worth. Program Manager Cole Murphy guides and directs a youthful program that is sprouting delicious greens for sale and promoting responsibility in young minds. The program, which is just six years old, offers skills, internships and room to grow.
Alaska Aquarian Girl Scout Troop 436 are working toward their 'Bronze Award'. They sold enough lip balm packs to buy items for more than a 100 'Homeless Kits'. Some of the items included gloves, socks, handwarmers and more. The Allgood News asked the 10-member troop if they understood what 'homelessness" is? And the answers were a positive hope for our future and a unique insight to young minds and their view of a complicated world they are inheriting.
Beverly Moore is a 92-year-old former Navy nurse who served during the Korean War. While visiting the Alaska Veterans Museum here in Anchorage, she spotted a nurse’s uniform on display, exactly like the one she used to wear, and the memories of her time in the Navy rushed back to her full wave right there in the museum. She perked up and checked out the uniform as if it was her own. The curator of the museum, Jann Sherrill was blown away. She immediately talked to Moore about her time in the service, and because of that dress she had just put out, she had found another Korean War Veteran living right here in Anchorage. Thanks to Sherrill and that dress, Moore was recently honored with the 'Ambassador for Peace" medal from the Korean Consulate. Along with several dignitaries and military personnel, the governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy was in attendance. And all of this wouldn’t have been possible if not for an earthquake near the storage unit where military memorabilia is kept. The quake shook all the items from their shelves and Sherrill just happened to pick up a garment bag containing the World War II/Korean War Navy nurse's uniform. She had no plans before that to display an item she didn’t even know she had! So a war, a nurse's uniform and an earthquake — and a caring curator — all combined to get Moore recognized, 70 years after the fact, for her service in the Navy as a nurse during the Korean War.
Bob Parsons is a renaissance man. The guitar player and sign artist is an enigma and at age 70, he's just beginning to figure it 'ALL' out. Bob can be seen and heard playing his unique guitar style at the Farmer's Market at Bell's Nursery on Weekends. But there's more to Bob than picking a guitar. He uses his talented hands to produce signs, hand painted signs, which are a rarity these days. You can see Bob in action on YouTube by simply looking up 'Bob Parsons Artist' in your search browser. Talent comes in all forms, the former truck driver discovered his talent when he had to, to provide for his family and then proceeded to pursue a childhood dream of playing the guitar.
Suraj Holzwarth lost her daughter, Sierra Parker, 10 months ago to the disease of alcoholism. Last week at Seeds of Change here in Anchorage, she held a posthumous art exhibit of her daughter’s large body of work, called 'Sierra's Designs', to remember and honor her contribution to life, and to raise money for Seeds of Change, an organization dedicated to helping young adults develop the skills to be successful adults. Nothing can replace the pain of losing a child, but the event was filled with friends and collegues, punctuated with lots of hugs and Suraj's Daugher, Sierra Parker, art work. Suraj says she wants to bring awareness to younger people that alcoholism just isn't the disease of older people.
The Alaska Humane Society’s Adopt-a-Cat Shelter in Anchorage currently has about 100 cats available for adoption. They have had up to almost 500 cats at their peak. The no-kill shelter is a safe and loving place run by volunteers, who clean and do cat adoptions because they simply love animals — felines in general. The Humane Society, started back in 1988, has adopted out thousands of cats since its inception and will keep cats that don’t get adopted for the duration of their life if needed. If you’re interested in adopting a cat, simply go to adopt-a-cat.org for information on hours, adoption rates and how to safely drop off a stray or unwanted cat.
Mike Mosesian founded Bell's Nursery almost 50 years ago here in Anchorage. His path to love, tomatoes and now vineyards all have a theme. Alaska and overcoming the challenges that growing up here offers. Ten years ago, Mike decided to plant grapes in a lot of his greenhouses and now those vineyards are producing, and Mike can now lay claim to the only wine producing vineyard in Alaska. But his labor of love is now without the love of his life, who passed away in 2020. Mike now channels his energy into his new passion, grapes and cultivating his Alaskan wines.
'Read on the Fly' kiosks can be found throughout Ted Stevens International Airport. Erin Kirkland started distributing her son's childhood books back in 2016. Her passion was born there and grew and grew. Erin started collecting books from all over Anchorage and teaming up with book partners. Now she has her own office/library donation center in the airport and every week she heads up to the gates and distributes free books and restocks the kiosks. A labor of love she enlists the help of friends, family and some pretty awesome local sponsors like the United Way and Kaladi Brothers Coffee, it started in Anchorage, but thanks to the folks at the airport here, she has gained support in airports statewide. Erin is a hyper-local Alaskan who loves her state and trying to make it a better place, one book and kid at a time.
Read on the Fly depends on donations to stay in operation, so if people would like to donate books for kids birth to age 18, they can drop them off at a Kaladi Brothers store, or, if they have a large number of books, they can Email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fright Night Haunted House bills itself as one of the top 50 scariest haunted houses in the country. So, the Allgood News suited up and headed over to see for ourselves. Dave and 'intern' Ian took a trip through the haunting maze. And Fright Night did not disappoint, with crawling people, loud, disconcerting screams and moans and creepy clowns! Dave and Ian bonded in their fear. Here's their story.
When it comes to thinking outside the box, Wild Scoops of Alaska is thinking outside the coffin! Their unique, vampire slayer ice cream has vampires heading back to their cozy caskets to avoid the sweet repellant treat! Mixing garlic and cream is just another unique holiday creation is just another innovative and tasty tool in the flavor and holiday toolbox of the local company. Dave Allgood headed over to the ice cream parlor to slay his curiosity and get a few reactions to the garlicky menu item.
A delivery driver for Mad Chad's Pizza in Palmer knew one of his regular customers was having a bad day, so he surprised him and his wife with a free pizza, some beer and a hand-written note inside the pizza box, it read "every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Christopher Bowman and his wife, Megan were so moved by the kindness of Raff, they posted it on Facebook on the 'Palmer Buzz' page and it blew up with almost 300-plus likes. The two, Raff the delivery driver and Christopher met up at Mad Chad’s Pizza to relive the moment and that evening and to thank each other for a wonderful pizza and uplifting note.
David Jensen works at Providence Hospital in Anchorage and loves to ride his bike being with his dogs, so he had to figure out his work/life balance. He commenced to join the things he loved and it has been a head-turning success. It all happened when he built a specially designed bike to carry his dog Salt and purchased some pretty groovy dog goggles. He's been getting his workout and dog-time in, but he's also become known as that guy that pedals around that cool dog in the blue goggles. Dave is fine with playing second fiddle to his beloved retriever. He does say his commute times have become longer because of people wanting to stop and take pictures of Salt and his 'doggles'. They have another dog named Pepper who also wears goggles, but she took this day off. Here is Dave and Salt's Allgood News.
An Anchorage woman was having a bad day, so she sat down on a bench outside her office and looked down and saw one of those painted rocks people leave around as inspiration, on the back of the rock was a bible verse saying… and just for a moment, the woman, Kathy Zahnow was able to take a moment and breathe and realize that the bad day wouldn't last. She told her friend, Shannon Beatty about the rock and her friend posted the story on the Nexdoor app, and because of the rock? The two long-time co-workers found out they have a family history together in Washington state they never knew about, all because of a random rock left at a bench outside a grocery store.
Big Jet TV is a worldwide phenomenon! Creator, presenter and owner, Jerry Dyer, goes to airports all around the world livestreaming planes taking off and landing, and people love it, especially his subscribers. He was here in Anchorage a few weeks ago and photojournalist Mike Nederbrock and Dave Allgood went out and interviewed him while he was treating his audience to colorful commentary of the takeoffs and landings at the Airport. His British accent paired with his infectious enthusiasm for all that is aviation is palpable, and he calls the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport "aviation heaven” because of all the jumbo jets and wide variety of aircraft and planes that use the airport. He started almost six years ago and now it’s become his full-time job and passion.
Brittani Clancey had a dream to open her own thrift store and be an active part of her Anchorage community, the town where she was born and raised. So after getting married at age 18, having four wonderful children, attending college and getting her bachelor's degree in Business Management and getting her last child into kindergarten, she made her move. Her thrift store, FashionPact was finally realized in July 2021 with the goal to give back forty percent of every sale to a charity of your choice. That means exactly what it says: when a customer pays for an item they can instantly pick which charity they want their money to go to. Fast forward 14 months and Brittani and her little store have raised a whopping $100,000 for local charities all in the Anchorage area. Brittani has yet to pay herself or turn a profit, but what motivates her is the community and the prospect of a brighter future. It just goes to show how one person can make a difference by just being persistent, having a plan, a dream and a supportive family.
It started out as an idea, play a little music in the hallway during lunch hour and then it just grew to a forty-minute concert every day. West Anchorage High School Teachers David Souza, Will Kimball, Elliot Stutzer and Mr. Ross hit the hallways last September and have been a hit ever since. They call themselves the ‘Hall Monitors’ and like clockwork, they roll into the hallways at lunch time and play 3-6 songs everyday for their captive audience. They’ve gotten so good that they’re now playing paying gigs on the weekends. Dave Allgood went to one of their ‘concerts’ and has the latest in this edition of the Allgood News
Joseph and Andrea Nassuk decided to go bone hunting after the big storms of last month stirred up the coastline. It’s a good thing they did, because they stumbled upon a bone that is going to change their financial future. The young couple has 4 young kids and a dog, and currently live in a small apartment--but that all soon could change thanks to a ‘mammoth’ find. Dave has the story in this edition of the Allgood News.
Struggling with personal weight ups and downs can be a lonely journey, but it doesn’t have to be. An organization called TOPS or taking off pounds sensibly, has been in the weight support business for more than 70 years. And it’s a Kenai woman who has finally garnered the title of TOPS weight loss queen. After more than fifty years, Frances Kilfoyle is finally atop her goals of losing weight and reaching her goal! The program along with a support from family and members has been key to her success.
A little church in Chugiak is making big waves in the grant department, helping Alaskans across the state. It was just an idea almost 10 years ago: recycle and reuse and raise money for needy causes. Kay Abrams and her United Methodist Church in Chugiak are pioneers in setting up an amazing fundraising machine for their church’s missions. It all started with the idea of raising money for the church, but that idea was trumped for a better one: raising money for worthy causes. Abrams, along with lots of volunteers and support from her pastors, has taken the simple idea of yard selling to the next level, using what would be discarded items and reselling them with no price tag! The idea has been a winner for the church and charity causes across the state.
Mike Jipping started with a dream of just making a tasty ginger beer, a non-alcoholic drink with a kick. That was 5 years ago. Today? Mike has a loyal crew dedicated to his vision of not only a variety of healthy and delicious soda alternatives, but also his popular, locally-sourced juices. The sky's the limit for this former brewer and commercial fisherman who has combined his knowledge and strong work ethic with getting his Jipping Ginger Beer on store shelves and in the bellies of Alaskans thirsty for a beverage with a bold taste.
To say Darcy Moxon is environmentally friendly would be an understatement. The eco-friendly furniture store co-owner in Anchorage, Alaska walks the walk. She gave up her car to be more kind to the atmosphere and when the idea of being thrifty while thrift shopping presented itself, Darcy flew into action organizing bus schedules, a shopping route and brewpubs stops all along the Anchorage bus route. How’s it go? There were steals and deals and beers and cheers, a resounding success. So much so, Darcy is planning another thrift adventure next spring.
Jim Shannon of Anchorage is no stranger to cameras or recording things, he’s made a living as a communications specialist with oil companies and with his own production company. So, when an assortment of wildlife started using his backyard as a playground and fruit buffet, he started doing what he does best, shooting video of the wonderful creatures just being themselves. The reluctant wildlife photographer, Jim is proud of his footage and has even edited some ‘National Geographic – like’ videos for friends and family.
The Alaska Zoo held their annual Big Cat Jubilee this past weekend and the Allgood News was there to capture the sights and sounds of the park. From the amazing tigers to the rare snow leopards, the Zoo features them in their natural habitat for all zoo visitors to observe and enjoy. The event is also a fundraiser and awareness event for small cat awareness and adoption services with Clear Creek Cat Rescue services. The felines and the humans offered up a lot of entertainment in this edition of the Allgood News.
Anchorage deaf awareness week is just that, a time to bring to the forefront the shining abilities and wonderful gifts that are abound within the hard of hearing community. Sharon Miranda is the Coordinator of Deaf Supports at Hope Community Resources in Anchorage and says “the only difference between deaf people and hearing people is that deaf people hear with their eyes, not their ears.”
The pandemic may have made people take time off from gathering, but it didn’t stop quilters from creating their unique crafts. The Great Alaska Quilt Show was back this weekend after 24 months off. And the crowds and the amazing quilt displays was a testament to how ready everyone was to get back out and showcase their stitching and fiber skills. The Allgood News caught up and chatted with the people that create the art and the pageantry of quilting.
Kelly Shrein knew from a young age she wanted to be a teacher. She not only followed in the footsteps of her mother, a career teacher in Anchorage, but with just ten years under her belt Kelly became the 2021 ‘Alaska Teacher of the Year’! It’s been an exciting and enlightening year for the wife and mother of three. For Kelly, teaching is not just a profession, it’s a passion and it’s all about love and kindness. In this edition of the Allgood News, we visited Kelly’s classroom and spoke to her and some of her 3rd graders.
It's not often you can see brown bears, bison, reindeer and black bears all within walking distance of each other and in their natural habitat. But, at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, that's exactly the case. But, as Dave found out, it's just not the animals that are intriguing but the humans who come to watch them. the Allgood News ran into some locals and tourists who were in their natural habitat, being human!