Struggling with personal weight ups and downs can be a lonely journey, but it doesn’t have to be. An organization called TOPS or taking off pounds sensibly, has been in the weight support business for more than 70 years. And it’s a Kenai woman who has finally garnered the title of TOPS weight loss queen. After more than fifty years, Frances Kilfoyle is finally atop her goals of losing weight and reaching her goal! The program along with a support from family and members has been key to her success.
A little church in Chugiak is making big waves in the grant department, helping Alaskans across the state. It was just an idea almost 10 years ago: recycle and reuse and raise money for needy causes. Kay Abrams and her United Methodist Church in Chugiak are pioneers in setting up an amazing fundraising machine for their church’s missions. It all started with the idea of raising money for the church, but that idea was trumped for a better one: raising money for worthy causes. Abrams, along with lots of volunteers and support from her pastors, has taken the simple idea of yard selling to the next level, using what would be discarded items and reselling them with no price tag! The idea has been a winner for the church and charity causes across the state.
Mike Jipping started with a dream of just making a tasty ginger beer, a non-alcoholic drink with a kick. That was 5 years ago. Today? Mike has a loyal crew dedicated to his vision of not only a variety of healthy and delicious soda alternatives, but also his popular, locally-sourced juices. The sky's the limit for this former brewer and commercial fisherman who has combined his knowledge and strong work ethic with getting his Jipping Ginger Beer on store shelves and in the bellies of Alaskans thirsty for a beverage with a bold taste.
To say Darcy Moxon is environmentally friendly would be an understatement. The eco-friendly furniture store co-owner in Anchorage, Alaska walks the walk. She gave up her car to be more kind to the atmosphere and when the idea of being thrifty while thrift shopping presented itself, Darcy flew into action organizing bus schedules, a shopping route and brewpubs stops all along the Anchorage bus route. How’s it go? There were steals and deals and beers and cheers, a resounding success. So much so, Darcy is planning another thrift adventure next spring.
Jim Shannon of Anchorage is no stranger to cameras or recording things, he’s made a living as a communications specialist with oil companies and with his own production company. So, when an assortment of wildlife started using his backyard as a playground and fruit buffet, he started doing what he does best, shooting video of the wonderful creatures just being themselves. The reluctant wildlife photographer, Jim is proud of his footage and has even edited some ‘National Geographic – like’ videos for friends and family.
The Alaska Zoo held their annual Big Cat Jubilee this past weekend and the Allgood News was there to capture the sights and sounds of the park. From the amazing tigers to the rare snow leopards, the Zoo features them in their natural habitat for all zoo visitors to observe and enjoy. The event is also a fundraiser and awareness event for small cat awareness and adoption services with Clear Creek Cat Rescue services. The felines and the humans offered up a lot of entertainment in this edition of the Allgood News.
Anchorage deaf awareness week is just that, a time to bring to the forefront the shining abilities and wonderful gifts that are abound within the hard of hearing community. Sharon Miranda is the Coordinator of Deaf Supports at Hope Community Resources in Anchorage and says “the only difference between deaf people and hearing people is that deaf people hear with their eyes, not their ears.”
The pandemic may have made people take time off from gathering, but it didn’t stop quilters from creating their unique crafts. The Great Alaska Quilt Show was back this weekend after 24 months off. And the crowds and the amazing quilt displays was a testament to how ready everyone was to get back out and showcase their stitching and fiber skills. The Allgood News caught up and chatted with the people that create the art and the pageantry of quilting.
Kelly Shrein knew from a young age she wanted to be a teacher. She not only followed in the footsteps of her mother, a career teacher in Anchorage, but with just ten years under her belt Kelly became the 2021 ‘Alaska Teacher of the Year’! It’s been an exciting and enlightening year for the wife and mother of three. For Kelly, teaching is not just a profession, it’s a passion and it’s all about love and kindness. In this edition of the Allgood News, we visited Kelly’s classroom and spoke to her and some of her 3rd graders.
It's not often you can see brown bears, bison, reindeer and black bears all within walking distance of each other and in their natural habitat. But, at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, that's exactly the case. But, as Dave found out, it's just not the animals that are intriguing but the humans who come to watch them. the Allgood News ran into some locals and tourists who were in their natural habitat, being human!
Mike Carpenter didn’t set out to have a store that carries just about everything from beaver skulls, totem poles, fuses and motor oil, but that’s exactly what his store, Wal-Mike’s has become. The Trapper Creek landmark is a destination for Alaskans as well as those on their vacation. Mike moved to Trapper Creek in 1964 after he graduated from Anchorage High School and never looked back. Now days at age 77 he says his store has just ‘evolved’ into a hodgepodge of everything. He and his store have been featured in national magazines and television shows but, Mike says all that attention hasn’t changed him and he’s the same 18-year-old man that headed north, curious for adventure. These days Mike is happily married and his son and grandchildren live close by. Visits are daily and the store? He says it’s not going anywhere soon. Here’s Mike Carpenter’s Allgood News.
Marybeth Holleman didn’t start out to be a poet, but she found her voice through the medium and is now celebrating her first collection of works called "tender gravity." I sat down with Holleman to have her read a few excerpts of her work and to expound on the virtues and rewards of writing and creating what comes from the mind and the world around us.
There are so many loving pets waiting for adoption at shelters across our great state and then there are the ones that may never get adopted. The elderly, those older dogs with health issues... But those are exactly the pets that Sue Mayo loves and adopts.
He went to go get his moose skull and antlers from his dad’s house, and they weren’t there! Anchorage native, Jacob Lawrence was surprised to find his bull moose trophy gone from just beyond the front door of his father’s house. Apparently, a thief had made off with the unique set of antlers and Jacob? He said he was shocked and dismayed that somebody would come up on his father’s front porch and make off with a massive set of rotting skull and antlers. If there is an upside, its that Jacob has a sense of humor and he does have the pictures to prove he shot a massive bull!
Some moms and dads and daughters and sons really do look a like. Others not so much. But at the Alaska State Fair its about the entire package; clothes, hair, shirts and even bear ears and tattoos! Dave Allgood visited the popular annual 'parent-child' lookalike contest to get a better look at what it takes to win a contest that is all about family tradition.
After his son's bike was stolen, a father took to the social media app, Nextdoor to post the video and a warning to his fellow neighbors. The outpouring of support he received was, in his words, "amazing." And just a week later, thanks to an anonymous donor, his son Antoine had a new bike.
In a world filled with so much technology, social interaction often comes second to social media. And you never even know who your neighbors are, unless, like my new neighbor, they yell out: "hello neighbor!" That's how I met Will Bennett and his unique house. Well, it was just too good to keep to myself.
For the first time in 3 years, Alyeska welcomed back the Blueberry Festival! But more than that? The blueberry pie-eating contest is also a part of the big show! For "It's All Good," Dave Allgood covered the action to see what it takes to be a participant and the pitfalls and lofty peaks of being a pie king or queen! Spoiler alert, it was messy!