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Who needs a weekend off?

Though the Easter holiday gave all Anchorage School District athletes a rare three days without competition, that didn’t stop dozens of Eagle River High students, parents and coaches from getting plenty of exercise.

Armed with plastic shovels and tarps, boys and girls soccer, track, baseball and football players started chipping away at the snow and ice that has blanketed their track and turf for the past six months.

“It’s a good workout,” boys head soccer coach Max Solodkii quipped. “It’s good for the forearms.”

A 21-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on Tuesday, April 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

According to the Army, Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr., of Catawissa, Mo., died when his unit was attacked in Khowst Province. Five other members of the 4/25th — also known as the Spartan Brigade — were injured.

With all but questioned and absentee ballots counted, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan appeared to be headed to another term after defeating challenger Assemblyman Paul Honeman in what turned out to be a wild April 3 municipal election.

Sullivan got approximately 59 percent of the vote to Honeman’s 38 percent on election night.

Chugiak High’s concert choir won first place at the Heritage Festival at New York’s Riverside Cathedral on March 21-26.

The choir, made up of 40 male and female students, was the top group in the 2A division — schools with fewer than 1,400 students — out of 16 at the festival, said Chugiak choral director Ron Lange.

Chugiak’s men’s and women’s choir each won second place and all three choirs received a gold rating.

Lange said he was “really, really happy” with his students’ performance.

“It was cool,” he said. “We enjoyed it.”

Dozens of Mirror Lake Middle School, Chugiak High and Eagle River High School students experienced the sights, history and culture of foreign countries as they traveled abroad during spring break this year.

Anchorage municipal prosecutors have dropped all charges against a trio of Mat-Su men arrested during a wake at Eagle River’s Homestead Lounge last September.

The men were part of a group of about 30 people who gathered at the bar the evening of Sept. 11 for a post-memorial remembrance of Ross Ripple, the 23-year-old Eagle River High School grad killed Sept. 5 in a high-speed crash in downtown Wasilla.

Planning some interior re-decorating? Now might not be a bad time to spring into action.

For all of April, Private Quarters, a direct-marketing company that sells everything from bath robes to pillow cases, will be making donations to a pair of Anchorage-area domestic violence shelters, according to local Private Quarters sales consultant Jenny Hawkins-Hogrefe.

“This is the third year we’ve been sponsoring and supporting shelters in Alaska,” Hawkins-Hogrefe said.

The massive amount of snowfall in Chugiak-Eagle River this winter has racked up a bill of almost $1 million — and that’s just the cost of plowing.

An armed 21-year-old man forced police to close Eagle River Road for much of the morning on Friday, March 30, while negotiators successfully talked him out of committing suicide.

According to Anchorage Police spokeswoman Anita Shell, the man surrendered to police without incident shortly after noon.

Shell said police were notified at around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning that a man was threatening to harm himself in a vehicle near Mile 8 Eagle River Road.

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sunday, April 8 at Lions Park in Eagle River promptly at 1 p.m. Participants should arrive at 12:30 p.m., said Bonnie Leonhard, secretary of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

“If you get there at [1 p.m.], you’re late,” she said.

The hunt is over in a flash, Leonhard said, as the children typically find every egg within 10 minutes.

The egg hunt will be broken up into four age groups: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.