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The U.S. Senate is asking the American people to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks together as one nation.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution calling for a Moment of Remembrance on Sunday — the 10th anniversary of the attacks — at 9 a.m. ADT.

According to figures available from the U.S. government, the nation’s bank accounts will run at a significant loss in 2011. How significant? $1,645,000,000,000.

With that much money, you could pave the Glenn Highway from Anchorage to Eagle River — both the inbound and outbound lanes — with $100 bills. And you could do it 320 times over.

Nine members of the area business community are seeking four open spots on the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Chamber special events director Merry Braham said two of the candidates are incumbents. Braham said votes will be accepted from chamber members in good standing through the Sept. 9 deadline.

“It has to be in our post office box or in our office by then,” Braham said.

Running for reelection to the board this year are Doug Boyer and Nancy Dahlstrom. Current members Steve Strom and Kaleb Baker are not seeking reelection.

Koreen Burrow doesn’t let having multiple sclerosis slow her down. In fact, the disease she’s dealt with for two decades has pushed her to do more in recent years.

Burrow and her husband, David Fox, are on a quest to ride in a Bike MS event in all 50 states. Bike MS rides raise money for the National MS Society.

With seven states already checked off — Alaska, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Virginia, Minnesota and Colorado — Burrow and Fox plan to add Michigan to the list later this month and Texas in October.

Everyone knows having good plan is essential to a successful visit to the Alaska State Fair.

“You should always eat your dessert first,” said Anchorage’s Karen Eckman, a Chugiak native who started last Sunday, Aug. 28, sharing a Denali Cream Puff with her husband, Eric, and their 18-month-old daughter, Amelia.

Kick-starting a day at the fair with one of the oversized cream-filled pastries seems to be a trend this season. Eagle River’s Ashley Bennett, who sold the Eckman’s their treat, said she also starts every morning she works the booth with a cream puff.

Outdoor painting requires a special set of tools. A portable easel is a must, as is a box for paint and brushes; many artists also use an umbrella, which keeps direct sunlight off their canvas as they work silently to capture the pastoral scenes around them.

It doesn’t hurt to pack some heat, either.

“I carry a big firearm and mace with me all the time,” said Chugiak’s Greg Bombeck, whose travels in search of the perfect landscape often take him into prime Chugach State Park bear country.

Six up, six down.

Chugiak continued its football dominance over Eagle River on Aug. 19, rallying for a 35-14 win at Chugiak.

“We knew we could come back and win it,” said Chugiak running back Justin Schneider, who finished with a game-high 175 rushing yards.

Schneider’s two-yard touchdown run with 4:42 left in the third quarter proved to be the game-winner. The big score came less than a minute after Eagle River grabbed its first second-half lead in the series on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Peter Kott to Kelechi Madubuko that made it 14-13 Wolves.

Halloween is coming early to Chugiak-Eagle River.

Trick or Treat in the Heat, a fundraiser for the Hospice of Anchorage, Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be held in the Eaglewood subdivision of Eagle River on Sunday, Sept. 11. Blue wristbands, which serve as tickets for the event, can be purchased for $10 at House of Bounce, Picture This and The Crave.

All of the proceeds go to one of the three charities, said event creator Sean Robbins.

“We don’t take anything off the top,” he said.

Members of the winning football team walked off their home turf Friday night with sadness. Instead of the usual rush to meet adoring families and girlfriends and pals, the boys shuffled slow and quiet, some pausing in the shadows cast by empty bleachers to wipe their eyes and breathe.

There’s crying in football.

Soon after Kyle Frost was walking, he knew what his life’s passion was — aviation. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Frost took a major step toward turning that passion into a career by earning his private pilot’s license at age 17.

“I’ve known I’ve wanted to fly since before I was four years old,” said the Eagle River High junior. “Now that I’m old enough to do it, I just went out and did it.”

Few people Frost’s age get their pilot’s license, said Patrick O’Hare, who’s been an instructor since 1975.

“He should be proud of what he accomplished,” O’Hare said.