Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Students learn about the traditions of Chanukah

Students learn about the traditions of Chanukah

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Teachers often attempt to give their students a little broader understanding, and thus tolerance of other ethnic or racial group’s holiday traditions and cultures. To that end, local schoolteachers often invite Dave Paperman, who was brought up in the Jewish faith, to talk to their classes during the week of Chanukah, which is underway. […]

December 19, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Youth organize on Climate Change

Youth organize on Climate Change

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, (AYEA) spent much of Saturday December 13, 2014 learning more about Climate Change, and discussing how they, as young people might help educate and inspire others to take statewide action in response to it.  The workshop, led by Griffin Plush, a Seward High School senior, was held at Seward […]

December 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
2015 Calendars support local music program

2015 Calendars support local music program

Seward Music Association’s 46th calendar, just in time for the New Year, 2015 is now available for purchase at Cover to Cover Bookstore and at the upstairs desk of the Seward Library Museum. These calendars are especially beautiful this year, thanks to some talented young artists who created all 13 paintings with Seward scenes and/or area wildlife theme. The calendars […]

December 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·
American Red Cross pilots preparedness project

American Red Cross pilots preparedness project

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The American Red Cross of Alaska chapter in Seward has been able to help out three or four local families following emergencies they suffered over the past year with emergency shelter, food and clothing, said Jeanette Hanneman its disaster assistance team captain. It’s rewarding to be able to help friends and neighbors in need […]

December 14, 2014 · 0 comments ·
City acts on potential geothermal heat for city buildings

City acts on potential geothermal heat for city buildings

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council took an important first step toward implementing renewable energy in Seward at the last meeting of the year Monday night. They authorized City Manager Jim Hunt to negotiate a $48,000 contract with Your Clean Energy, LLC, to develop an economic evaluation for heating the Seward Museum Library and City Annex […]

December 12, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Fire departments trained and equipped to save pets

Fire departments trained and equipped to save pets

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  When homes catch fire or cars crash, pets die too. Unlike humans who instinctively run outside during fires, or when they hear loud alarms, pets instinctively look for a hiding place in order to protect themselves, leaving them ultimately more vulnerable to smoke inhalation, fire, or gas leaks. But with the right equipment and […]

December 10, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Holiday Fair Brings Comfort and Joy

Holiday Fair Brings Comfort and Joy

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  People streamed into the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at  Seward’s Alaska Railroad cruise ship depot Friday night and Saturday to peruse and perhaps purchase some of the beautiful handcrafted gifts for presents. They stayed to socialize and sample delicious crepes and cheesecakes from local vendors, to enjoy the musical acts, and have their […]

December 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Candy Cane swim meet in Seward kicks off busy season

Candy Cane swim meet in Seward kicks off busy season

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Tsunami Swim Club, which recently started back up again, with many new young swimmers, will host its big annual meet this weekend in Seward. The Candy Cane Splash will feature about 150 swimmers from teams across the Kenai Peninsula including Homer, Soldotna, Kenai and Seward. There’s a host of competitive swimming events planned […]

December 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Coding takes another step forward

Coding takes another step forward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Elementary schoolteacher Leigh Ray has helped the school secure a $10,000 award from Code.org., an international non-profit organization bent on furthering students computer science education and coding literacy. The award will provide the elementary school with computer hardware and accessories. Each award goes to one school per state, and the school is selected […]

December 2, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department grows under new leadership

Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department grows under new leadership

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Connie (Elde) Bacon, the new fire chief at Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, who replaced longtime fire chief Mark Beals, has been sustained by the excitement of responding to desperate calls for help, and the satisfaction of being trained to do exactly what is needed. Bacon, who was recently appointed to the position by Kenai […]

November 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Spreading Turkey Love Across America

Spreading Turkey Love Across America

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – Jeanie Greene, longtime host and producer of Heartbeat Alaska, whose family roots are in Seward, has been spreading the gift of Thanksgiving turkeys far and wide. She’s done this for 25 years, with help from her husband, Dennis. They  distributed 50 turkeys in Seward  in advance of this Thanksgiving. Some went to a local […]

November 26, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Teacher reopens Rez gym, invites more men to work out

Teacher reopens Rez gym, invites more men to work out

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Marvin Tapsfield learned late in the summer that the Rez Fitness Center in downtown Seward was for sale, and that apparently nobody was going to buy it, and that it would close down once its owner Susan Ernst moved to West Virginia to retire. Having heard members of the community pleading for someone to buy […]

November 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·
New octopus mom cares for eggs

New octopus mom cares for eggs

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Dot, a mature four-year-old giant Pacific octopus collected across from the Fox Island spit more than two years ago, is being an attentive octopus mother. She’s spent the past month and a half in the upper left corner of the Denizens of the Deep exhibit at Alaska SeaLife Center, gently caring for […]

November 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Improving the odds against school shooters

Improving the odds against school shooters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Local law enforcement officers and principals from Seward, Moose Pass, and every other school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will soon begin training their staffs in the ALICE Method, a training method that provides several more creative, more proactive strategies for escaping, diverting, and overpowering armed students or gunmen who are in […]

November 12, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Ice Rink Idea Still in the Picture for Seward

Ice Rink Idea Still in the Picture for Seward

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The idea of developing a permanent ice rink for Seward is persisting since the Seward Recreation Committee began considering it more than a year ago. Admittedly, it’s no further along than it was before. But that’s because the idea has to be taken up by either a private developer, a group of developers or interested […]

November 10, 2014 · 2 comments ·

Firefighters mourn loss of Clif Simons

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Clif Simons, a longtime former Seward Volunteer Department firefighter, its second assistant fire chief, and a Corrections III Officer at Spring Creek Correctional Facility died unexpectedly Saturday morning. Details about his death have not been made public. But Seward’s Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eddie Athey said Simons was one of two assistant chiefs under […]

November 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Spirited Debate Over Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure

Spirited Debate Over Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Larry Kirk, the police chief of Old Monroe, Missouri, with two decades of experience in law enforcement, came to Seward this week to offer a different perspective to the national issue of the legalization of marijuana. His travel and hotel expenses for speaking across Alaska were paid by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a national […]

November 1, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Bold new energy plan urged for City

Bold new energy plan urged for City

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Alternative Energy Group, a group of locals knowledgeable in, or interested in energy matters, and concerned with the high price of energy in Seward, held a Seward City Council work session Monday afternoon, and gave the council much food for thought. Mike Insalaco, an engineer who runs Alaska Efficient Energy Solutions, which […]

October 31, 2014 · 2 comments ·
City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

Heidi Zemach for SCN – All of the same faces were up front again in the Council Chambers at City Hall at Monday night’s Seward City Council Meeting following a brief swearing-in ceremony for the four re-elected incumbents Marianna Keil, Rissie Casagranda, Dale Butts and Iris Darling. Keil was reappointed vice mayor. Most significant was the council unanimously passing a […]

October 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Ballot Measure 2 Marijuana Legalization Forum October 30

Ballot Measure 2 Marijuana Legalization Forum October 30

Come learn more about the pros and cons of marijuana legalization at a special forum this week Thursday Oct 30th, 7-8 pm Seward Community Library Museum   On the pro side: Larry Kirk, Chief of Police from Eastern Missouri: “The idea that we are now a ‘paramilitary’ organization has been detrimental to our profession. We have killed innocent people in […]

October 27, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Unforgettable Alaska story told through youngster’s eyes

Unforgettable Alaska story told through youngster’s eyes

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  My Name Is Not Easy isn’t an easy book to read. Although it is extremely readable, and frequently light-hearted and hopeful, it’s also a vivid reminder of, or introduction to a painful part of Alaska’s not-so-distant past—one that reverberates strongly today. It’s a fascinating book that evokes some key aspects of rural Interior Native Alaska […]

October 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
New Native association created to promote community

New Native association created to promote community

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A  gathering of 18 people held a potluck in the basement of the Seward Lutheran Church one recent Friday evening as leader/facilitator Kenneth Blatchford laid out his vision for Mount Marathon Native Association, the new organization. Blatchford, who most there call “Kenny” dominated the discussion, as others ate, drank coffee, nodded, smiled, raised their […]

October 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Strut your stuff at Anchorage Folk Festival

Hi everyone down in Seward! The Anchorage Folk Festival Performer Application is due November 1st, and we’re trying to reach out to as many communities as possible so their musicians can participate!!! The Folk Festival Takes Place in Anchorage Jan 15-25, 2015 Genres include bluegrass, old-time, Irish/Scottish, ethnic, Cajun, swing, jazz, blues, singer-songwriter, and groups can be as small as one […]

October 23, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Drive-by local history series wins national award

Drive-by local history series wins national award

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – Teachers wishing to enhance their student’s interest in learning about local areas have a wonderful new, award-winning tool. Marc Swanson, a lifelong teacher and national parks interpreter has created a 12-part video series of short segments set in, and giving the more interesting stories about places in our unique national heritage area, including Moose […]

October 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward Highway Improvements studied

Seward Highway Improvements studied

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ open house at the Seward Community Library Museum last week was well-attended. The project is to improve and widen the Seward Highway from Mileposts 17 to 22.5, including two 12-foot lanes and 6.5 foot paved shoulders. The current roadway is 28 feet wide, with two […]

October 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·