Tina Larkin Music & Art Studio Now Open!

There is a new Music and Art Studio in the Valley, and the only one of its kind in Alaska! Musician and Visual Artist Tina Larkin moved back to the Valley this past November, after 14 years outside. 

The Larkin Music and Art Studio is unique in that it not only gives equal time to both disciplines, but emphasizes the connections between visual art and music. 

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35th Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games

The Alaskan Scottish Club will host the 35th Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games; featuring the World Championship Heavy Events June 25th and 26th at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. The new two-day format will allow the club to still host the Alaska Championship Amateur Competition as well as the featured Professional World Championships without overlapping the events. 

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Participate in National Small Business Week: BBB Encourages Consumers to Support Local Businesses

Better Business Bureau is encouraging everyone to participate in National Small Business Week May 1-7.

This year’s theme, “Dream Big, Start Small,” highlights the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, business owners and small business employees. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports there are more than 28 million small businesses operating in the United States. 

In Alaska, there are 69,251 small businesses and 138,378 workers employed by small business. 

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A Thank You from the Governor

I’d like to thank the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly and the Houston City Council for your resolutions in support of legislative action this year to bring the state’s budget into balance. Thank you for your leadership in these challenging times. 

I also appreciate the dozens of letters and comments I’ve received from Mat-Su residents supporting such action or suggesting constructive alternatives. 

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Leadership Begins Within

Being a visionary, leader and innovator takes extreme guts. I am not talking about people who necessarily are in leadership roles in organizations, following a template created by someone else. 

Some people are born to lead, but being a leader is a practice that starts with a deep and profound relationship with yourself. 

 

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My Great Grandfather

As this publication enters year 10, I consider the work that went into this business to keep it going these last 9 years. I can't help but consider the hard work of a man I never knew, Vaughn Fryfogle, Sr., who passed away on February 13, 1975 - over 40 years ago, before I was born.  

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8th Grade Shoes

If your toes are not stretched out in your shoes, chances are, you need bigger shoes. Often, folks go wider, but usually that is not the right answer. If your foot is "slopping" over the sole of the shoe, longer shoes will work better.  

Remember: Movement = Key Purpose of Feet

I have had hundreds of patients with this same "8th Grade Shoes" Syndrome.  

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Demand Unilever to Disclose Their Fragrance Ingredients

For the last eight years, we have been struggling to keep my son, an otherwise happy and healthy young man, in school and out of hospital emergency rooms due to one harmful word in this product: “Fragrance.”

Join me in writing Unilever to demand full fragrance disclosure of these secret and harmful chemicals so that Brandon, and so many others like him, need not live in fear for their lives.

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Growing in Faith

I believe God’s plan to use me now is to witness unto others who may not know him and others who are falling off of his word and way. I love to share God’s word with people and pray for all people in need.

I believe God’s plan to use me now is to witness unto others who may not know him and others who are falling off of his word and way. I love to share God’s word with people and pray for all people in need.

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