I love old buildings and places of worship. I took the liberty of photographing the Catholic Church in Fairbanks, just as the sun is setting in the cold late November pre-solstice hour. The light in the windows and the bell tower is provided by the sun. Alaska is a special place. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
HEADQUARTERS U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Military skaters will take to the Carlson Center ice Saturday, Jan. 6, to face off in Interior Alaska’s 23rd Annual Army vs Air Force Hockey Game. The two teams consist of Alaska-based Soldiers and Airmen who not only represent their units and service branches, but are also members of the Interior Alaska community.
Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. and the game, which is part of University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Military Appreciation Week, will begin at 2:30 p.m. The game is free, and the public is encouraged to come out and cheer for their favorite team.
Active and retired military and their family members with valid military IDs will receive one free ticket for each purchased ticket to attend the UAF Military Appreciation Game Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. as well.
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Singing for Peace Around the World. The group was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, South Africa. Joseph incorporated the town into the name he would give his group to honor his family history. As well, the word Black is a reference to the black oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo, the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. So began the fifty plus year career of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their early ability won so many awards, at the local South African competitions, that by the end of the 1960’s the group was banned from competing. However they were always invited to attend as entertainers.
The group sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of Peace, Love and Harmony as they travel the world year after year. They bring this message, in song and dance, to every theater they perform in.
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: School Board Conference Room, District Office
The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a
responsible and productive member of society.
Richard Mauer, President
Eileen Herman,, Vice President
Dana Mock, Treasurer
Flower Cole, Clerk
Harrison Kiser, Student Representative
LTC Michael Foote, Military Representative
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. Correspondence to/from Board
E. Discussion Items
1. 2nd Reading Policy 4253 – Public Comment/Discussion
2. Crisis Plan – Public Comment/Discussion
3. Revised School Board Calendar – Public Comment/Discussion
4. Strategic Plan Annual Review – Public Comment/Discussion
F. Future Meetings
1. School Board Business Meeting January 25, 2017
2. School Board Work Session February 1, 2018
G. General Comments from the Public
H. Comments from the Board
2017 – 2018 Board Goals
1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance
2. The board will adopt key indicators of success and implement an annual review of those indicators.
3. The board will facilitate the on-going implementation and review of the strategic plan.
4. The board will continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.
“Bluff Sunrise” – Closeup of the bluff in Big Delta at sunrise after a heavy snowfall.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography