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6 West Lakes Firefighters honored for ice rescue on Big Lake

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Left to right

Michael Solmonson

Jimmie Rogers

Rodney Adams

Wil Halstrom

Jimmy Keel

Missing from photo is Robert Katzenberger.

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Share A Hobby with Gracie Dancer

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Share A Hobby with Gracie Dancer

Friday March 24th from 4:30-5:30 pm. For All Ages.

Hosted by BLT's, (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board)

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Community Have a Happy and Safe Day!

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Army Corps of Engineers offers permit assistance Thursdays in Palmer

Community People planning construction projects this summer may need a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Consultations are available on Thursdays at the Mat-Su Borough Permit Center in Palmer.

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Thank You, Big Lake Bike Path Plower

Community Thank You, Big Lake Bike Path Plower for an excellent job.

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Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight

Community

You're invited to attend the Big Lake Community Council Meeting. March 14th, 7 pm @ The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. Click here for the meeting agenda.

See you there!

The meeting is open to all members of the community of Big Lake and guests. The Community Council serves all of Greater Big Lake, House District 8.

This is an opportunity to meet some of your neighbors, and to learn about issues that impact your community. Announce your group's event.

You can become a member of the Community Council by attending a meeting and paying the annual dues of $10. You are not required to be a member to attend the meetings or to speak. All are welcome. Visit the website at BigLakeCommunityCouncil.com for more information and membership forms.

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New Hours for Big Lake Transfer Site Recycling

Community

Mid Valley Recycling @ The Big Lake Transfer Site has announced New Hours of Operation:

Saturday & Sunday Noon-3.

To volunteer call Jo Walch at 892-2400

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Community Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of seniors at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Others under the age of 60 may also qualify for Commodities.

To be eligible:

seniors, age 60 or older, and income eligible

Click here for income guidelines.

To apply:

Open and print the Alaska CSFP application. Click here for application.

Complete the application with current information

Call the nearest food bank for directions on how to submit your application. You can also sign up in person.

Local Grantees that provide the CSFP in the state of Alaska:

Food Bank of Alaska.

To learn more about CSFP or find recipes using USDA Commodity foods:

National CSFP information

Fact sheets on commodities and recipes

The Big Lake Food Pantry, located behind The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake, provides Commodities near the end of every month. They are in operation every Thursday (except holidays) from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

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Grants available for community orchards and food forest projects

Community The Division of Forestry’s Alaska Community Forestry Program is offering grants to support the testing and demonstration of fruit trees, and possibly nut trees, that can be grown in Alaska. Trees may be planted in an orchard or in public landscapes throughout a community. These projects will help the Community Forestry Program evaluate the success of different fruit trees and community orchard and food forest models, share results and make recommendations.

Grants may fund a traditional orchard or a food forest that mimics a natural forest ecosystem. Food forests include trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to create the layers found in a forest. They produce a variety of foods, improve the soil, attract pollinators, and provide a diversity of habitat.

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Story Fun at The Big Lake Library

Community Story Time is held every Wednesday at 11 am for children 3-5 years old. Story Time includes songs, stories, and crafts.

Afterschool Storybreak is held every Wednesday from 4-5 pm for children in grades K-2. Afterschool Storybreak includes snacks, stories, and crafts.

For more information call 861.7635

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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, located in the bright green building in downtown Big Lake, serves members of our community. Open Wednesday 11-3. Please donate your gently-used items to help those less fortunate.

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Pet Share with Grace @ The Big Lake Library

Community The BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board) will be hosting a "Pet Share with Grace." All ages welcome, 4:30-5:30 pm Friday February 24th.
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Mat-Su Polar Plunge 2017

Community by AWBRC

Freezin’ for a Reason at the 2017 Mat-Su Polar Plunge – the ORIGINAL Valley Dip!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to jump into a lake in Alaska in February? Here's your chance to find out, and help support Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center at the same time. AWBRC is proud to have been selected as the recipient of the Sertoma grant associated with the Mat-Su Polar Plunge, taking place Feb. 25, 2017.

We are looking for a team of jumpers to represent us at the Plunge. If your common sense tells you this is too much, you can sponsor a jumper or a team. For more information visit their web site at http://www.matsuhearing.org/event/2016-polar-plunge/

Update: Join Sarah and Dalton Fiedler, AWBR’s Leaping Loonatics, this Saturday at 12:00, at the Elks Lodge on Finger Lake as they plunge into the frigid waters to raise money for AWBR. Support them by pledging to their team.

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Pick. Click. Give, and help Your Local Library

Community Submitted by a Reader

Please consider donating part of your PFD to The Big Lake Library Advocates. You can make a difference.

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Big Lake Chamber Ice Fishing Derby

Community The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Ice Fishing Derby will be held February 18th and 19th, 2017 beginning at 8 am.

Thousands in cash and prizes. Kids prizes, trophies, and much more. Awards Ceremony Sunday @ 2:30 pm.

Fun for the whole family! Adult tickets $20, Youth tickets $5. Tickets available at Big Lake Chamber (in the Eastlake Mall parking lot), Hilda's Barber Shop (Wasilla and Eagle River), Sportsman's Warehouse, and Arctic Cat (Big Lake and Anchorage).

Related: Big Lake Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information.

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