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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

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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Teen Movie Day @ The Big Lake Library

Community Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Teen Movie Day @ The Big Lake Library. Friday October 14th 4-5:30 pm. Ages 11-16 welcome, bring your own snacks. Hosted by The BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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You're invited to the Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight

Community You're invited to attend the next Big Lake Community Council Meeting on Tuesday, October the 11th at 7 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

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. And, at this meeting we will elect 3 new members. You must be a member and have attended at least one meeting before this to vote.

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 for more information and membership forms.

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Reminder: Big Lake RSA Meeting Tonight

Community The Big Lake RSA meeting is tonight at 6:30 pm at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

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You're Invited to The Big Lake Fall Carnival

Community The Big Lake Fall Carnival will be held on October 8th 2-4 pm at The Big Lake Library. Featuring:

Recycle Costume Contest, Treasure Hunt, Cup Cake Walk, Ring Toss, Solo Cup Bowling, Fishing for Marshmallows, Hula Hoops, Corn Hole Toss, Giant Jenga, Football Toss, and Much More!

All Ages Welcome, and this is a great community event for the whole family organized by The Big Lake Teens (BLT's). Bake sale to benefit The Big Lake Teens, Youth Advisory Group for The Big Lake Library. Please show our Community Support for these Teens that are working to make Big Lake a better Community.

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Final Fall Carnival Planning Meeting

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The Big Lake Library Presents: Clean Energy

Community by Roma L. Scougal, Big Lake Public Library

Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 PM, the Big Lake Public Library will host a presentation on Clean Energy by Mark Masteller, Assistant Professor and Director of the Sustainable Energy Program at UAA/Mat-Su College.

“Clean Energy – Saving Money, Improving Security, Embracing the Future”

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Fall Carnival Planning Meeting

Community By Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Attention area Youths and Parents: The Big Lake Teens will be holding a Fall Carnival Planning Meeting this Friday, September 30th, 4:30-5:30 pm. at the Big Lake Library.

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Proposition No. B-4 includes $1,250,000 for Big Lake Area Trail Bridges

Community For your consideration and discussion:

Proposition No. B-4

Parks and Recreational Facilities and Related Capital Improvement Bonds

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough incur debt and issue general obligation bonds, in one or more series, in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed Twenty-Two Million One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($22,160,000), to finance the construction, acquisition, improvement, and equipping of parks and recreational capital facilities and related capital improvements in the Borough, including without limitation the projects described below?

Big Lake Area Trail Bridges $1,250,000

Source and other projects.

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Big Lake Community Revenue Sharing Grant Application

Community by Yvonne Ruth

The Big Lake Community Council has $19,300.00 from the State of Alaska Revenue Sharing Program for the year 2016. The objective of this Grant Program to use the funds to improve the quality of life for Big Lake residents and to enhance Big Lake’s location as an ideal place to raise a family, run a business, recreate and retire.

Grant application and awarding time line is as follows:

October 18, 2016 – Applications due

NO APPLICATIONS will be considered if received after midnight on this date.

If applications are mailed, please ensure enough time for delivery by this date.

November 1, 2016 – Grant committee meets for preliminary review of applications

Applicant(s) will be notified November 2, 2016.

November 3, 2016 – Applicant presentation(s) to Grant Committee if needed for additional clarification.

November 8, 2016 – Grant Committee will present to the BLCC their awardee(s) and the BLCC will vote on distributing grant funds as a whole, not on each grant individually.

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