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Merry Christmas!

Community Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Thank You, Big Lake Bike Path Plower

Community Thank You for an outstanding job of clearing the snow and ice off the Bike/Pedestrian paths. Just after I took this picture a woman was jogging past and a man was walking on the path.

You're truly an asset to the Community.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

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The Big Lake Lions Club Presents: The Annual Holiday Bazaar

Community Two exciting days of fun in the Eastlake Mall. December 3rd 11 am-6 pm and December 4th 11 am-5 pm.

Have some lunch and do all of your holiday shopping in one place!

An amazing selection of arts, candy, jewelry, glasswork, crafts, baked goods, and more.

Pictures with Santa 1-4 pm on Saturday, 2-4 pm on Sunday.

Shoppers find great gifts at the Bazaar. Photo by Dennis Garrett

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Big Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade

Community The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade will take place December 3rd from 4:30-6:30 pm.

At The Big Lake Library and Jordan Lake Park.

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Roundup of News from The Big Lake Community Council

Community Here are a few items from the October 11th 2016 Big Lake Community Council Meeting Minutes. To read the Full Text of the Minutes Click Here. (PDF Format). Three new members were elected to the Board: Margaret Billinger, Cathy Mayfield, and Diane Lada.

Image from the BLCC Website

Much of the discussion centered around the "907 Club" which is being built between the Superstore and the Yamaha shop. Click Here for the 907 Club Conditional Use Permit materials at the Mat-Su Borough.

Other topics included local road issues, schools, and other Community matters. At the time of that meeting the Big Lake Community Council had 127 members. Big Lake has over 3,000 residents, which means that a very small number of people are guiding the future of Big Lake. For those who wish to be involved in the future and growth of Big Lake, Click Here to join the Big Lake Community Council.

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The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan

Community Introduction: Big Lake is facing challenges and opportunities associated with growth in rural Alaska. As in many other parts of the state, many Big Lake residents are concluding that while they don’t welcome the idea of planning, or more meetings, they nonetheless want to have a voice in the growth of their community. In 1996, the Big Lake Community Council developed its first Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the MSB Assembly. A little over a decade later, Big Lake has elected to update that plan to address the challenges and opportunities facing the community today and into the future.

Key components of this plan include a broad, long-term vision for Big Lake’s future; policies to guide land use, growth, and development; priorities to improve public facilities and services; and policies to promote economic development, retain community character and protect the natural environment.

To download and read The Big Lake Comprehensive Plan Click Here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Community Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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Houston Middle School Annual Holiday Dinner

Community The Houston Middle School Annual Holiday Dinner will be held at the Houston Commons on November 19, 2016 at 3-6 pm.

We will be serving a turkey and ham dinner with all the fixings.

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U.S. Marines visit with Youth @ The Big Lake Library

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

The U.S. Marines @ The Big Lake Public Library, Friday November 18th, 4-5 pm.

Ages 11-16 welcome, be on time!

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

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Today is Veterans Day

Community

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.

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Video: Big Lake Resident assists in Dramatic Rescue on Big Lake

Community ANCHORAGE — Dramatic video recorded Saturday shows the rescue of an ice skater who fell through the ice at Big Lake.

In the video, two rescue personnel can be seen helping the man out of a large hole in the ice and carefully bringing him back to shore using a rope. Other emergency personnel waited at the other end of the rope to help the victim and his rescuers off the ice.

Chris Hoskinson, who recorded the rescue, can be heard exclaiming her disbelief — the man was still alive, evidenced by the pained moaning that can be heard on the video.

Hoskinson said she first heard what she thought were kids screaming, but didn’t see anything. She said the sound she heard was “disconcerting,” so she check again, and this time she saw him.

“I kept hearing somebody yelling,” she said in a phone interview. “I was shocked — I looked out on Big Lake and I saw a big hole in the ice, and somebody was flailing in it.”

Video: http://www.ktva.com/dramatic-video-shows-rescue-skater-fell-ice-239/ Source KTVA.

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Bake Sale to Support Cyndi Jernstrom @ Big Lake Three Bears

Community Come and support Cyndi Jernstrom of Big Lake (You've all met her at the Big Lake Three Bears) with a Bake Sale.

November 5th and 6th, 10 am-5 pm.

Contact Diane for info: 357-0548

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Invitation to Bid: Mid Valley Recycling

Community

Mid Valley Recycling is seeking welders and craftsmen interested in a winter project refurbishing Mat-Su Borough 40 yard containers to make them suitable for recycling.

Please bid on single bin or three bin options. For more information and specs email: sammytaylor@live.com or P.O. Box 521187, Big Lake Alaska 99652.

Deadline is 10 December 2016.

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Teen Movie Day @ The Big Lake Library

Community Teen Movie Day at The Big Lake Public Library, Friday November 4th, 4-5:30 pm.

Ages 11-16 welcome, bring your own snacks.

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

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Mid Valley Recycling Annual Meeting

Community Submitted by Sammy Taylor, Mid Valley Recycling

You're invited to attend the Mid Valley Recycling Annual Meeting. November 1, 6:00 pm At the Big Lake Family Restaurant.

Community Councils: please get your representatives to this meeting. The more the merrier!

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