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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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Happy Autumn!

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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet Bazaar

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet will be holding a bazaar near the Big Lake Three Bears on September 24 2016 from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. They are hosting their own Halloween Bazaar.

There will be Halloween costumes on display, Please contribute with your donations.

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Introduction to CPR and First Aid for Teens

Community by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Becoming a Babysitter or Camp Counselor?

Ever go Hiking or Play Sports?

BLT’s (Big Lake Teens Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board) is hosting an Introduction to CPR and First Aid.

Sign Up at the Library in Advance (Space is Limited).

Friday, September 23rd 4-5:30 PM.

Ages 11-16.

At the Big Lake Library.

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Report on The Big Lake Roundabout Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Community Here are some images and a brief report on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Big Lake Roundabout.

A crowd gathers at the Big Lake Roundabout Photo by Dennis Garrett

The weather was cool, overcast, and mostly dry. A respectable crowd of reporters, political representatives, and people that worked on the project as well as residents attended. Unfortunately, the audio for the event was not operational, so the videos are of no use.

Our Representative Dan Mayfield added to the comments of the previous 2 speakers at the event, and went into some detail about the history of the project and what it means to Big Lake. He noted that we almost had a Wasilla-style highway cutting right through Big Lake, with semi trucks passing either way every 2 minutes. Instead, Big Lake is fast becoming a community with a downtown and is working towards being a safe place for walkers, bicyclists, and others.

Rep. Dan Mayfield speaks about the roundabout. Photo by Dennis Garrett

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The Big Lake Roundabout Grand Opening Celebration

Community Come join the Community in celebrating the completion of our new Roundabout. Wednesday 14 September at 11 am.

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Calling All Area TEENS!

Community by Janet Whitfield

BLT’s (Big Lake Teens)

Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board Is Planning a Fall Carnival.

Calling All TEENS!

We need your help to make it a success. Friday September 16th, 4:30-5:30 pm @ The Big Lake Library. Share with your friends and family.

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Big Lake Community Council Meeting Tonight

Community When: Tuesday, September 13 2016 @ 07:00 PM

Event Type: Meeting

Description: Big Lake Community Council

Where: Big Lake Lions Recreational Center, 2942 S Lions Court

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Big Lake Library Book Club



By / Marilynne Robinson

Join us for breakfast and a lively discussion on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9 am at the Big Lake Family Restaurant

Copies of this month's selection are available at the library.

For more information, please call 861-7635.

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The Big Lake Community Council Board Member Application


BLCC Members,

Here is the board member application. Ask for the attachment.

If you are interested in running please fill out and return to me. Email me, or any board member, if you have any questions.

Please feel free to forward to anyone who you think would be an asset to the Big Lake Community Council Board of Directors.

If they are not a current BLCC member, September 13th is the last day for new members to sign up and be eligible to be a board member or vote.

Thank you,

Yvonne Ruth

BLCC Treasurer

Contact: Yvonne Ruth

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Learn a new form of art: Zentangle

Community Friday, September 9, 4:00 to 5:30 PM: Zentangle, Lesson 2, with visiting artist Mavis. Learn a new form of art with step-by-step instructions. For ages 11 – 16, hosted by the BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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Youth Event: The Coast Guard visits the Big Lake Library

Community The Big Lake Teens (BLT's) will be hosting a visit by the U.S. Coast Guard. For youths ages 11-16. Friday September 2nd from 4:30-5:30 pm @ the Library.

(Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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Grants available for Land and Water Conservation Fund projects

Community The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is accepting applications for grants it administers through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federally-funded program provides up to 50 percent matching grants for acquisition or development of parks and other public outdoor recreation facilities. State, regional and local entities with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public lands are eligible to apply.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. The application package, including blank forms, examples and rating criteria is available online at or by contacting LWCF Grants Administrator Jean Ayers at or 907-269-8694.
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The 2016 Alaska State Fair Begins Today

Community The 2016 Alaska State Fair begins today at Noon.
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Big Lake Community Council Board Members Needed

Community Contributed by Yvonne Ruth

Good morning Big Lakers!

For those of you who were not able to make last month’s meeting, we have made some changes…

The new by-laws were accepted and the annual meeting was changed to October.

This means our election for Board members will be October 11th.

There are 3 seats up for election, If you are interested in serving on the board - let me know right away. The nominating committee will need to present the ballot to the membership at the 9/13 meeting. Nominations can be made from the floor at that meeting as well.

Thank you,

Yvonne Ruth

Big Lake Community Council Membership Page

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