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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

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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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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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Happy Halloween!

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"Trunk or Treat" in Big Lake

Community by Taleen Lundale, Committee Chair Trunk or Treat, Big Lake Elementary PTO

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Halloween Slime Time @ The Big Lake Library

Community Calling all 3rd-5th Graders! Make 3 different kinds of slime with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

When: October 28th Noon-1 pm.

Where: The Big Lake Library

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Sandy's Emergency Medical Expenses by Erica McKibben - GoFundMe

Community Sandy Heikes is known to Big Lake, has been living in Hawaii most recently. Please post.

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Sandy's Emergency Medical Expenses by Erica McKibben - GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/sandys-emergency-medical-expenses-2v292v8

From the GoFundMe Page: Hello, "My name is Erica. I am one of the three children that Sandy stakes claim to. We are asking for any kind of help in this very difficult time for our family. Six weeks ago while our Mother was here in AK for work, (Drummer for over 50 years), she experienced some medical issues. She was admitted to the hospital and told to follow up for what they originally believed to Multiple Sclerosis. My Mother being from Hawaii went back to tie up a few loose ends and come back because she wouldn't be able to get the medical care she needed on the Big Island. She has since returned and had to via emergency once again be admitted to the hospital. They have officially ruled out Multiple Sclerosis and Lymphoma which in its own way was relieving. . . But know we are looking at this. She has a tumor in the center of her brain that is inoperable. This mass has grown six times the original size since the end of August. She is scheduled to have a brain biopsy by the end of this week to determine which type of cancer cells we are about to battle. We are asking for donations to help with medical bills (Her health insurance doesn’t cover out-of-state) and to get the family members that need to be here, here. She is in great spirits but things are moving VERY fast, her memories and vision are fading even faster. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you from my family to yours."

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Tew's Out as Big Lake Road Service Contractor

Community Citing numerous complaints and deficiencies, the Mat-Su Borough terminated its contract with Tews for work in the Big Lake RSA (Road Service Area) effective 22 October 2016. A new contractor will be sought, and in the interim, estimated to be at least 45 days, a temporary contractor will perform local road maintenance.

In a certified letter to Tew's, the Borough noted that Tew’s had been notified of deficient road maintenance work on at least 28 separate occasions since entering into a five-year maintenance agreement on July 1, 2014, and that “…When deficiencies are repeated or serious, or are not corrected within the specified times for correction, a letter of non-compliance (LNC) may be issued. The borough has issued 22 LNC’s to Tew’s,” according to the notice.

The MSB is also alleging that Tew’s has failed to perform RSA work with qualified and competent personnel as required, and improperly filled ditches and left berms in ditches. According to the Letter, Tew’s denied those claims and has offered employee resumes to demonstrate adequate training.

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Fall Back Follies are coming to Big Lake

Community The Big Lake Lions and Susitna Rotary will host an evening of fun, food, and great entertainment with Alaska Home Companion on October 22nd at 6 pm. Advance ticket purchase only.

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