Articles by: Heidi Zemach

SHS student wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

SHS student wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Malia Acovak, a Seward High School Senior, has won the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. The award means that her post-high school education, even graduate school will be paid for primarily by the foundation set up by computer giant Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates to encourage talented future leaders. The funding includes room and […]

April 27, 2015 ·
Self portrait of the artist Ray Troll pondering the buzz shark's mysteries. HZ

Summer of Sharks exhibit combines art, science, and one man’s obsession

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – An Alaskan artist’s quest to finally solve the mysteries of an incredible, prehistoric Helicoprion resembling a big shark with whorl teeth has resulted not only in some solid scientific answers, but in an awe-inspiring, rather artsy, fun yet scientific traveling exhibit now on display at the Alaska Sea Life Center. The center held a […]

April 23, 2015 ·
Community and school stages authentic DUI exercise

Community and school stages authentic DUI exercise

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward High students stood out in the rainy parking lot Monday morning watching a grisly scene unfold. Some were giggling or talking uncomfortably, others wiping reddening eyes, a few couples holding one another tightly. They’d come for a staged reenactment of the aftermath of an alcohol-fueled fatal accident staged by student volunteers and local […]

April 22, 2015 ·
Fair sailing to Seward couple who are leaving town after 58 years

Fair sailing to Seward couple who are leaving town after 58 years

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Friends and neighbors said a sad, fond farewell to Monty and Florita Richardson, two longtime Seward residents in their mid-90s who have touched generations of people since moving to Seward 58 years ago. The goodbye reception took place at AVTEC this week, practically on the very spot where the old school he once taught […]

April 19, 2015 ·
SHS’s more proactive approach to school intruder

SHS’s more proactive approach to school intruder

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward High School Principal Trevan Walker’s voice came over the school loudspeaker Tuesday afternoon, announcing that there would be a tabletop training for the unlikely event of an armed intruder in the high school. He asked all students without classes to report to the library. A few minutes later, his voice calmly asked every teacher […]

April 16, 2015 ·
Giving women tools to defend themselves

Giving women tools to defend themselves

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Solomon D’Amico, a longtime Seward man is offering a new women’s self-defense course at the 5th Avenue Fitness gym. With only room for eight students at one time, it’ll be a small effort, but he feels it’s something he can do to help curb the scourge of violence against women in Alaska. D’Amico is […]

April 15, 2015 ·
Pat Williams Park rejected, new park site proposed

Pat Williams Park rejected, new park site proposed

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward City Council unanimously rejected a controversial proposal from a local group asking Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative to donate .7 of an acre in Pat Williams Park near the Seward waterfront, so they could apply for a grant to construct some senior housing there. By Monday night’s April 13th regular Seward City Council meeting, […]

April 15, 2015 ·
Carnival provides fun and practical safety information

Carnival provides fun and practical safety information

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The young people who attended this year’s Carnival at the Alaska Railroad cruise ship terminal April 11th had a good chance to win one of the many free raffle prizes offered that included 10 high-quality bicycles with helmets, some Razor scooters, fishing poles, a soccer net set, zipline tickets, and more. They also got a […]

April 15, 2015 ·
Imagination Library is funded for another year

Imagination Library is funded for another year

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Moose Pass Imagination Library chapter, a nonprofit that mails books and early learning materials to children from birth to age five, will survive intact for another year. The Imagination Library program was recently awarded its grant for the upcoming year, which will enable the nonprofit to provide 12 more books to every […]

April 13, 2015 ·
CHC/Providence Seward hospital expansion considered

CHC/Providence Seward hospital expansion considered

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- A divided Seward City Council held a detailed work session to weigh the risks and benefits of proceeding with a $1 million application for federal funding toward the creation of an $8.5 million expansion of the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center/Seward Community Health Clinic building. A resolution to proceed with the application will be […]

April 8, 2015 ·
Spring Creek lagoon at SMIC being dredged by the city and  subcontractor. Here it's down to about nine feet. Heidi Zemach photo.

Lagoon sludge removal off to a roaring good start

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Merrell Bros, a national biosolids management corporation, recently worked at the City of Seward’s passive wastewater lagoon near the Spring Creek Correctional Center, de-watering, mixing and removing wastewater sludge material. They’re working with the city and Emerald Alaska, a subcontractor to dredge the lagoon six days a week, 24 hours a day, focusing first […]

April 6, 2015 ·
AVTEC dorm gets beautiful new art

AVTEC dorm gets beautiful new art

by Heidi Zemach for SCN – Each of the new AVTEC dormitory’s rather drab hallways, now have interesting tile artwork that give a sense of the natural wild beauty of the outdoors. The building’s latest artwork was funded by the Percent for Art program used for state buildings that contributes one-percent of building costs to commission art work to help […]

April 6, 2015 ·
Sweet Darlings to remain open under local owners

Sweet Darlings to remain open under local owners

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Sweet Darlings opened recently under new local owners, and customers can expect the same delicious homemade gelatos, chocolates, taffy and fudge, specialty coffee and warm nuts. Bruce Vierkantz, who has made the chocolates for Hugh and Iris Darling for the past 18 years, is leasing the store in the historic Brown & Hawkins building, along […]

April 5, 2015 ·
Common Murre Die Off Along Waterfront

Common Murre Die Off Along Waterfront

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – If you’ve walked Seward waterfronts lately, you might have come across the carcasses of common murres or you might have spotted bald eagles feasting on them. There’s been a lot of the carcasses spotted, and people are calling in, said Dr. Carrie Goertz, a staff veterinarian at Alaska SeaLife Center who also helps manage the […]

April 2, 2015 ·
Poetry Slam fever is set in motion

Poetry Slam fever is set in motion

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward middle and high school students have experienced the power of the spoken word through poetry, and personal narrative straight from their hearts. Telling their truths, their poems forcefully addressed serious issues these young people face including suicide, bullying, crushes, failed relationships, social stigma, along with lighter issues such as the team spirit of […]

April 1, 2015 ·
Choose Respect 2015 March heads down 4th Avenue Saturday afternoon, March 30, 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

“Choose Respect” and domestic violence march on

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Participants listened to a speech, bowed their heads in tribute to poem “Remember My Name,” by Kimberly A. Collins, and then marched down the middle of 4th Avenue to draw attention to domestic violence and sexual abuse Saturday afternoon. They included a state trooper, clergy, Spring Creek prison employees and superintendent, SeaView Community Services staff […]

March 31, 2015 ·
Meet the clinic’s two new physicians

Meet the clinic’s two new physicians

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward Community Health Center has finally hired two permanent physicians, and they’ve been on the job for a few weeks seeing patients. With a statewide, and nationwide shortage of primary care physicians, and tens of thousands of openings, Providence Seward Medical & Care Center SCHC executive director Patrick Linton feels “very blessed” to have […]

March 29, 2015 ·
Seward Providence Medical& Care Center and Seward Community Clinic building. Heidi Zemach photo

Council moves forward on hospital extension and senior housing at city park

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council was asked to consider, and be ready to make a quick decision about two major matters on Monday night, neither of which they knew much about. The first is a proposed $8 million dollar extension and remodel of the Providence Seward hospital/Community Health Center building. A federal grant called HRSA, […]

March 26, 2015 ·
Reluctant trash customers face power cutoffs

Reluctant trash customers face power cutoffs

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Council recently discussed some problems that certain residents had buying into the city’s mandatory curbside trash collection program, and other issues that had caused some consternation, during a work-session with representatives of Alaska Waste Inc. That’s the company with whom it contracts to provide curbside trash pickup service within the city. Alaska […]

March 25, 2015 ·
Expensive Medevac flight in store if hurt in Seward

Expensive Medevac flight in store if hurt in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Unlike other more rural, isolated parts of Alaska, Seward has a pretty decent road system heading to cities like Anchorage. But if you’re hurt in Seward, and need to be taken to Anchorage hospitals, or those with a higher level of emergency medical assistance, you’ll probably be flown there at great expense, when simply a […]

March 23, 2015 ·
How early infant learning program cuts may affect children

How early infant learning program cuts may affect children

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Governor and Alaska Legislature has cut, or severely reduced social service programs for infants and toddlers, including cutting $3.2 million for the Alaska Pre-K program, Alaska Parents as Teachers, and Best Beginnings, which administers the Dolly Parton Imagination Library statewide. They’re part of the effort to reduce government spending, and help close a multi- […]

March 19, 2015 ·
Finances at hospital and assisted living center gradually improving

Finances at hospital and assisted living center gradually improving

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Providence Seward Medical & Care Center ended FY 2014 with revenues of $17.8 million, a net income of $2.41 million, but $1.6 million in bad debt due to its charity care cases, said PSMCC’s director Joe Fong.  He presented the annual year-end financial report for the hospital/care center facilities and Seward Mountain Haven, a long-term […]

March 18, 2015 ·
Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns July 6-10th

Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns July 6-10th

Seward Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns this summer, beginning the Monday after the July 4th weekend. It runs July 6-10th at Seward Lutheran Church, and Seward Methodist Church. There are two camps, depending on age, featuring a full week of bluegrass music instruction, plus a little art and dance for kids age 5 who have completed Kindergarten through age 16. […]

March 18, 2015 ·
Race mom wins 2015 Mt. Marathon Logo contest

Race mom wins 2015 Mt. Marathon Logo contest

Look at the 2015 Mount. Marathon Race logo design. What do you see? This imaginative logo, an optical illusion, created by Erin Knotek, the mother of two talented cross-country runners, Miles and Kara, was selected by the Mount. Marathon Race Committee from among 54 anonymous competition entries to be the race logo for 2015. The logo will be displayed on […]

March 17, 2015 ·