Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Seward veterans perform the Three-Gun Salute on Memorial Day 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

Memorial Day marked in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The rain let up by late morning Monday, May 25th at the American Legion Cemetery in Seward as a couple hundred Seward residents sang the national anthem, bowed their heads for prayers, and remembered the sacrifice of veterans who died fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea and WWI and WWII. Gleaming white wooden crosses […]

May 25, 2015 ·
Seward's Class of 2015 stands before the graduation ceremony. Not all shown. Heidi Zemach photo.

Class of 2015 graduates an independent group

By proud mom Heidi Zemach for SCN – I expected to be more emotional. After all, my last child was graduating high school. But instead I felt an overwhelming sense of relief, both for myself and my husband, and for Hannah and her 50 classmates for making it through. The thrill was tinged with dread for what their futures lives […]

May 21, 2015 ·
Sharing a passion for engineering

Sharing a passion for engineering

Beth Jones’ 3rd-grade class at Seward Elementary School visited Stephanie Cronin’s engineering class at Seward High School last week, and the students  shared their mutual enthusiasm for robots, and other cool things they had built and programmed. They included moving programmed ground vehicles, drones that can fly and take pictures, and mechanical recycling-sorters. The younger students, who had learn to […]

May 19, 2015 ·
Extra dose of fruits and veggies lowers students’ cholesterol

Extra dose of fruits and veggies lowers students’ cholesterol

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Forty Seward Middle School students have been making themselves healthy smoothies at school every day for the past three months. They’re chock-filled with fresh fruits and vegetables that the students choose to include such as bananas, pears, strawberries, kiwis, pineapples, pears, walnuts, seeds, chia, hemp, spinach, kale, mixed with coconut water and silk or […]

May 18, 2015 ·
Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Planners with the Chugach National Forest spoke with the largest crowd to date in its Community Open House and Forest Plan Revision meeting Wednesday May 13, with nine residents in attendance in Seward, and seven attending in Moose Pass. The groups were larger than similar meetings that had taken place earlier in Girdwood and […]

May 16, 2015 ·
Matthew Morris, All State Honors for Alaska State Wrestling Team recieves city proclamation from Seward City Mayor Jean Bardarson. Heidi Zemach photo

Teen wrestlers recognized

The Seward City Council recognized the achievements of two local wrestlers at Monday night’s meeting. Matthew Morris received a proclamation for receiving All State Honors for the Alaska State Wrestling Team. Eddy Olesiuk was honored as First Place finisher at the 2015 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Wrestling Championship. Team members and coaches showed up to honor the two teenagers, […]

May 14, 2015 ·
Council approves another public crane study

Council approves another public crane study

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- After a great deal of debate, and two rejections of amended versions, the Seward City Council members Monday night approved an engineering contract with Moffat & Nichol to further study the feasibility of one or two public use cranes in the Small Boat Harbor, and appropriating $9,800 for the study. The locations for study listed […]

May 13, 2015 ·
City Public Works workr vacuuming beach. Heidi Zemach photo.

DEC investigator finds beach and lagoon cleaned

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Darren Steward, a compliance case officer with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Clean Water division arrived in Seward Thursday May 7th to investigate last week’s unexpected trash release at the City of Seward’s wastewater lagoon at Spring Creek, and the Spring Creek beach near the lagoon’s outflow pipe.  He arrived two days after […]

May 11, 2015 ·
Spunky young high school senior earns select military scholarship

Spunky young high school senior earns select military scholarship

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Masha Hart vaguely remembers her early life in a Russian orphanage, sleeping, eating, and sharing toys and clothes with 45 other little girls. Masha, a nickname for Maria (born Nicklovna Bludneva), remembers the youngsters hoarding the scarce food they got, the single bedroom they all shared, and the large bathroom with 10 sinks but only […]

May 10, 2015 ·
Board of Education’s Seward meeting includes local concerns

Board of Education’s Seward meeting includes local concerns

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education met in Seward May 4th for the first and only time this school year and its last session before school ends and graduations take place. The meeting was marked by some heartfelt appreciation for longtime teachers who are leaving the district, and those who have helped make things […]

May 8, 2015 ·
Beach and lagoon trash cleanup underway at SMIC

Beach and lagoon trash cleanup underway at SMIC

Heidi Zemach for SCN – A lot of tiny, non-biodegradable garbage wound up scattered on the beach, north of the North Dock facility at Seward Marine Industrial Center and extending down to the old sawmill site. The same type of material was seen all along the perimeter of the Seward City lagoon which services the Spring Creek Correctional Center, and […]

May 7, 2015 ·
Isaac Osborn with the helmet he created that shows him what the GoPro, mounted on his drone is seeing---in this case himself. Heidi Zemach photo.

Seward student’s cool invention will help predict floods

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Isaac Osborn was the type of kid who’d scrounge up old television sets from the dump, pair them up with old VCRs he’d find, bring them home, repair and make them function together. As a junior in high school, he’s still that guy. But the things he’s making now are cutting-edge, with super practical […]

May 4, 2015 ·
Jujiro Wada musical preview and cultural event graces Seward stage

Jujiro Wada musical preview and cultural event graces Seward stage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – More than 50 Japanese performers of all ages from the Mikan Ichiza Playgroup Musical filled the stage of Seward Auditorium for a school performance Wednesday afternoon, sponsored by the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center. The performance highlighted an upcoming performance of the Japanese musical Chasing the Aurora: The Samurai Musher- The tale of Jujiro Wada from […]

May 1, 2015 ·
Council reconsiders, approves harbor fee increases

Council reconsiders, approves harbor fee increases

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council approved certain increases to the harbor fee structure at its Monday April 27th meeting that will help the city harbor department pay for new services and boat cleaning infrastructure at Seward Municipal Industrial Center, SMIC. The 5-2 council vote came upon written reconsideration filed by Councilwoman Marianna Keil, […]

April 29, 2015 ·
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 28, 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 ·