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‘Best Christmas Pageant’ and live Nativity highlight Kodiak Christmas offerings
Colored lights glow all over town, Bing Crosby croons “White Christmas,” the choir rehearses for its big concert and “It’s A Wonderful Life” once again delights television audiences. In case you’re still not convinced the Yuletide season is here, Kodiak churches offer programs and activities that convey the message of Christmas in a variety of ways: Advent services, Nativity scenes, Christmas tree-lighting ceremon...
Dec 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: New Salvation Army leaders focus on public education
Thanksgiving is the time to count blessings and share them, especially with those who don’t have much to be thankful for. The Salvation Army has been sharing since founders William and Catherine Booth broke ties with their Methodist brethren to bring salvation, clothing and food to the poor and destitute of London. Kodiak’s new Salvation Army officers, Majors Mike and Jennifer Bates, are keeping up the tradition b...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: David Sharp gets ‘rush’ out of communication
Communication has come a long way since the days when Kodiak Islanders vociferously paddled their kayaks from village to village to relay an important message. Today cell phones, the Internet and other quick ways of getting the word out are becoming so common that we take them for granted. The Alutiiq couriers felt the urgency of the message in their arms as they rowed, and in their lungs as they caught their brea...
Nov 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Southern Baptist volunteers find golden opportunities to serve
Some feel strongly enough about a cause that they pay (and pray) for the privilege of volunteering for it. Sixteen volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Tecumseh, Okla. paid for their own airline tickets, housing and meals, as well as the curriculum and materials for the USCG Star of the Sea Chapel’s Vacation Bible School in early July. More than 90 kids enrolled in the VBS, said Lt. David Bradley, Protestan...
Nov 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Jim Brighenti was no 'ordinary' guy
If we’ve learned anything in Kodiak, it’s that there is no such thing as an ordinary person. I mistook Jim Brighenti for just an “ordinary guy” when he helped out at Katmai Wilderness Lodge in 1998. I was a cook and I’m not sure what his official position was. What I remembered most about him was that he often reminded me to not slam the door. His advice didn’t do any good, because, as my wife tells me, I still sl...
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: St. Mary’s priest is man of many talents, interests
What does an image of a man riding a donkey say about God? Quite a lot, says Fr. Frank Reitter, St. Mary’s Catholic parish priest. “God is one who carries us; He’s the one who leads us home; He’s the one who bears our burdens,” Reitter explains. Reitter made this theological statement in a short story about a monsignor who hires a man to paint a mural that will depict the face of God. When the monsignor sees a pai...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Gardening instincts kick in for Ginger Duncan at remote retreat
Hoophouses are becoming as common as banyas on Kodiak Island. And they’re just about as hot. Ginger Duncan found that out as she sweated away her summer days in her hoophouses and outdoor gardens at Alderwood Retreat on the shores of Kupreanof Strait. For years, Ginger and her husband, Stan, ran a lodge in the isolated setting of north Kodiak. The economic collapse in 2007 took a toll on their business, so the Dun...
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Summer camp volunteers feel kinship with monk and people of Ouzinkie
Members of an Orthodox Christian Mission Center team that visited Kodiak this summer felt a kinship with the saintly monk who evangelized the island more than two centuries ago. Before the team left, they also felt a bond with the people they came to serve. The Michigan team organized a weeklong church camp in Ouzinkie. In order to gain a spiritual perspective on their work, they first visited the site where the m...
Oct 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Alitak superintendent finds purpose for everything
Woody Knebel, superintendent of Ocean Beauty’s Alitak processing plant, sees beauty in the ordinary. Everything serves an aesthetic purpose — even rusty wrenches that crumble with the slightest torque or an old wooden dory that was used in beach-seining operations at the turn of the century. The dory is the centerpiece of a museum Knebel has been developing for the last four years. “You can see rub marks on the si...
Oct 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Kodiak Island Experience…Alaska is nightmare’s dream come true
Kodiak Island Experience…Alaska is a dream come true for Bud and Cherie Carter who spend summers at remote Kupreanof hosting visiting pastors and their wives who come for a week of rest and relaxation in a refuge from a busy, often hectic life. But this beautiful retreat on Kodiak Island’s west side started out as a nightmare. When he was a child, Bud dreamed that he was being chased by a bear. The dream stuck wit...
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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