Welcome to Bits of History! Lee has already taught us about the mountains on the western side of side of Seward. Now he takes us on a journey to the mountains east of Seward. Special thanks goes out to Harold Faust for assisting in the research of this “Bits” segment.
Our award-winning series is back for 2013! Learn about the All-Alaska Sweepstakes and how it became an inspiration for...
We took the following video on the way out to Lowell Pt. and also in town in the Sealife Center parking lot. Lots of...
New links have been added to our website for: Art Contest Writers Contest Music Video RFP Go to www.ChugachArtsCouncil.org
Part Two of the Alaska Flag story explores the background of the Alaska Flag poem and song.
Take a 7-minute break to watch our latest “Bits of History” (there are no floods in this one):
Stayed tuned next month for Part 2!
Here is a short collection of shots from around town on the morning of 9/20/12 showing the flooding we are experiencing.
Bixler McClure & Krystin Bablinskas
We shot this video on 9/19/12 in the afternoon at Lowell Creek Waterfall of the crews working to clear out the stream/beach.
Bixler McClure & Krystin Bablinskas
We have another “Bits of History” and it’s just in time for the Sister City Student Exchange with Obihiro, Japan! Learn how our relationship with Obihiro began, and what has transpired over the years.
We’re still here and making movies about Seward’s history!
Watch our latest “Bits of History” and learn about William H. Seward, our town’s namesake.
Learn how to research any aspect of Seward’s history via the library and museum resources.
Lee has fulfilled a request this month. The latest “Bits of History” is about the naval radio station… also known as that green building across the bay. Watch to learn about its history and significance.
As always, requests and comments are welcome. If you missed any past episodes this year, visit the Bits of History Channel on YouTube.
By Heidi Zemach for SCN
The community of Seward is well represented in a new hour-long video showcasing many diverse views on smoking, and the effects of second hand smoke. Courage for our future: Striving for a Smoke-Free Community has its first public showing Nov 18 during a Great American Smoke-Out event at AVTEC. It was produced by Lou Dodson and Kate Meadows, who worked out of Seaview Community Services through a collaborative effort funded by a state tobacco grant by the Department of Health and Social Services.but all of those appearing on the video, and all the scenes are familiar to Seward residents.
Smoking, and second-hand smoke is a delicate subject, most frequently discussed among family or close friends for fear of offending the smokers among uswho are often ones own family members. So its refreshing to see this honest and forthright public discussion of the issue by business owners, children, visitors to Seward—and even by current smokers too.
Featured in this three-segment DVD documentary-style video are familiar faces such as school principals Trevan Walker and David Kingsland, and Dr Robb Reeg, of Providence Seward, and business community members with smoke-free establishments including Dorothy Urbach, (Urbachs) Vanta Shafer (Cover to Cover Books), Elizabeth Dunn (Knot so Fast Feed Store) , Y.J. Park (Harbor Side Creamery/Subway), Kerry Romig (Frontier Natural Market).
In the first segment, business owners explain why they went smoke-free, and others discuss why they avoid businesses with smoke. In Seward restaurants and public buildings are by law smoke free, but bars arentand nor are restaurants with bars. Shafer, a former smoker, said she can tell which donated books have been in smokers home, as they have a distinctive odor. There are already enough contaminants in the airwe dont need to add to it, adds Urbach.
Another segment is called Yanas Story. It features Yana Camm, 8, who asks the age-old question, Why do people smoke? Yana is seen walking down a local street covering her mouth, and she describes about how a former babysitter who smoked made her feel. She, and the other kids used to cover her mouths, not wanting to die too, Camm says with a youthful earnestness. A Seward mother who smoked told how she was careful not to smoke around her daughter when she was young. But now her daughter, an adult, has developed the habit too, and she feels disappointed that her daughter isnt stronger than she was. (more…)
The latest Bits of History is fresh off the reel! Take five minutes out of your day to learn how Seward got its name. If you have a spare weekend, be sure and visit the Seward Museum on 3rd and Jefferson to learn more interesting bits of Seward’s history.
The July 4th Mount Marathon race is approaching fast! In honor of this race, Lee takes us back to 1928, when the Marathon record was shattered by a 14-year-old youth.
We’re pleased to announce the roll-out of a new Seward video. Positioned on our homepage for maximum exposure, the video highlights Seward’s quality of life – making it appealing to visitors and individuals/businesses looking to relocate. The piece is a little less than 3 minutes, and is being streamed in high definition. It is also available on YouTube, and we are working on a mechanism for our members to include it on their websites as well.
This is the first in a two-part series, with the second video (to be completed later this year) focusing on doing business in Seward and highlighting several local entrepreneurs.
Video by Josh Thomas
An artist residency taught by Justine Pechuzal culminates in an art show.
The Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to maintaining the health of the watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula. KWF is recognized as the regional watershed organization of the Kenai Peninsula, successfully identifying and addressing the needs of the region by providing high quality education, restoration, and research programs. KWFs mission is working together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula.
KWF was founded in 1997 by a group of local citizens concerned about the health of the Kenai River watershed. In 2002, KWF decided to expand its mission area from the Kenai River Watershed to all of the Kenai Peninsula. As a result, KWF has grown by leaps and bounds.
We employ a highly trained staff of twelve. Our annual budget has grown steadily to over $2 million, and we are working on more research projects than ever before. Our Adopt-A-Stream program is extremely popular and reaching thousands of children annually. The annual Kenai River Festival is now recognized as the premiere event celebrating our watersheds and attracts over 6000 people. We have greatly expanded our restoration program and are restoring up to 15 streams annually. In addition, KWF and our Executive Director, Robert Ruffner, have been recognized locally and nationally for our efforts.
- Maintain the health of the Kenai Peninsula watersheds
- Ensure quality of life for the community
- Seek solutions to local environmental and community issues
- Enhance and expand learning opportunities
- Improve understanding of the Kenai Peninsula watersheds
KWF has established a presence in the Seward area and we are excited about several upcoming restoration projects. Robert Ruffner, KWF Executive Director, will be making a presentation at the Seward City Council meeting on January 25, 2010. He will give an update on the projects completed in 2009 and the outlook for 2010 projects in the Seward area.
For a more in-depth look at KWFs Seward connection, look for the Second Installment: KWFs Seward Connection in next weeks Seward City News.
“Hunter Doan collected questions from his classmates at Seward Middle School in Seward, Alaska and took those questions to Washington DC and interviewed Alaska’s US Senators Murkowski and Begich. This is a video of Hunter interviewing Senator Murkowski in her hideaway under the US Capital.”