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This past week, I harvested my black and red currants and made them into juice and jelly and syrup to enjoy throughout the winter months. An excellent fruit to grow and relatively trouble free, the currant is a nutritional powerhouse. Currants have a wonderful tart flavor and according to the USDA have more vitamin C, phosphorus and potassium than any other fruit. These berries are only second to elderberries in iron and protein content and lower in fat than any other fruit except nectarines.

Eagle River’s Claire Schimmack, 18, was recently named a “youth hero” by the Alaska Communications Summer of Heroes program, which honors Alaskans for service in their communities.

Schimmack was one of six Alaskans awarded a $1,500 scholarship by ACS and the Boys & Girls Club Alaska, according to a press release about the honors.

It’s only the first day of school, but Alaska’s unpredictable weather has already caused its first cancellations of the year.

Due to heavy smoke from Southcentral wildfires, the Anchorage School District has cancelled all outdoor after-school activities for Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The cancellations impacted tennis matches that were scheduled to be held at West, South and Chugiak High as well as Begich Middle School. The district said activities could be moved indoors if possible and was leaving those decisions to individual schools and programs.

Chugiak High has house­guests — but they’re getting a new front door.

The school is about to settle in for two years as two-schools-in-one while Gruening Middle School co-opts its space while its building undergoes major earthquake repairs.

“It’s kind of like having houseguests that won’t leave,” joked Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell as she described how both school staffs are working to make the best with what they’ve got.

An employee at Moose Run Golf Course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed Sunday in an apparent accident at the course.

According to JBER officials, the man killed was identified as Dunstan Wagner, 39.

The base released few other details about the incident, which said Wagner died at the scene at around 11:59 a.m. Sunday after he was involved in a sport utility accident. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Wagner started at the course in 2016, according to a biography posted on the Moose Run website.

Michelle Murray is swimming in silver.

The Eagle River woman claimed the $10,000 first prize for winning the 64th Annual Seward Silver Slamon Derby, which ended Saturday. Murray caught her 15.99-pound salmon on Aug. 11 while fishing aboard the Joe Legacy. For winning the derby she also took home 15.99 pounds in Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

A speedy and fortuitous response by local volunteer firefighters helped keep a small brush fire from becoming a major blaze Sunday afternoon near Mirror Lake in Chugiak.

“We were fortunate to catch it,” said Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton Sunday afternoon at Camp Gorsuch Boy Scout camp near Mirror Lake, where firefighters extinguished a 100-by-200-foot blaze before it burned any buildings.

No one was injured after a condominum caught fire on Vista Ridge Loop Friday afternoon in downtown Eagle River.

Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann told the Anchorage Daily News the fire was reported at 5:24 p.m. and under control by 5:56 p.m.

Police are looking for a 41-year-old woman who allegedly punched her roommate during an Aug. 4 altercation on Woodland Ave. in Chugiak.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers were called at around 2 a.m. for a report of an assault. Officers said they found an adult woman had confronted Jacqueline M. Nicholi about a possible theft, at which point Nicholi allegedly punched the woman causing “visible injuries.” Police said Nicholi left before officers arrived.

Last week’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon was all about fitness — even if not everyone opted for a salad.

As attendees dined on gyros and fries, guest speaker Ericka Mulder, a nurse practitioner with the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, discussed ways people can combat obesity and live healthier lifestyles. While eating right is important, she said getting active can provide a wealth of health benefits.

“We’re just not engaging in enough physical activity,” said Mulder, who pointed to statistics showing Americans have obesity rates approaching 40 percent.

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