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COMMUNITY CHOIR GIVES A GIFT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC TO LOCAL RESIDENTS
A temperature of 35 below zero didnt keep local residents from enjoying the Community Choir Christmas Concert held December 16th. Ft. Greely Chapel hosted the well-attended annual event.
Audience members heard a wide variety of traditional and popular Christmas songs. There was even a little glimpse of the whimsical side of the choir as they treated the kids to renditions of "Frosty" and "Rudolph." Becky Riche, Maribeth Miller, Michelle Trulove, and Autumn Abbott were the piano accompanists.
"It was hard to tell who enjoyed the evening more...the choir or the audience," said Choir Director, Kathy Sharp. Rehearsals brought out everyones delightful sense of humor. This was the biggest and best choir ever, and many audience members echoed that comment to me after the performance."
There is still an opportunity for community members to participate in Community Choir. By popular demand, an Easter concert is now in the planning stages. Rehearsals will be on Thursday nights and the concert will be scheduled on a date that does not conflict with religious services at the local churches. Choir membership is open to all adults and mature high school students in the Delta/Greely community. The ability to read music is helpful, but not a requirement for membership. Anyone interested in joining the choir for Easter should contact Kathy Sharp or Ft. Greely Chapel in mid-January.
December 17, 1999
Alaska Motor Coach Building in mid-winter. Photo by Colleen Knix. We want to apologize to Colleen for the error we made in naming this photo. We originally called it the Jarvis Center and it is actually the building adjacent to the Jarvis Center. Sorry!
Delta young people "clowning around:" Josh Padgett, Christie DuBois, and Bobby Thompson. Photo by Steve DuBois.
Chickadees enjoy sunflower seeds. These are spoiled....they get cracked seeds without hulls! Photo by David Johnson
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December 7, 1999 - City Hall
CALL TO ORDER - ROLL CALL
PLEDGE AND PRAYER
EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss attorney/client privileged information about lawsuit against the City from Allvest II, mediation and CAD v Ellis. Discussion to hire additional counsel. (2 hours approximately)
AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA - APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS
November 16, 1999 regular meeting
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS
Letter about ambulance bill to Council
REQUEST TO SPEAK
Dan Beck and Steve DuBois about funding for Hockey Rink
Airport Lou Heinbockel
BTO Dick Anderson/Joyce Duff
Cemetery Mary Leith-Dowling
City Clerk/Treasurer Pamela Ellis
Corrections Facility Roy Gilbertson
Economic Development Dept. Peter Hallgren
Finance Nat Good
Hockey Rink John Sloan
ILRA Advisory Committee Donna Gardino
Landfill Roy Gilbertson
Lands Susie Kemp
Library Mary Leith-Dowling
Park John Sloan
Personnel Roy Gilbertson
Public Health and Safety Rick Johnson
Public Works Susie Kemp
Finalized legislative funding list
Deltana Representatives to the Advisory Committee
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENTS
ADDITIONAL COUNCIL COMMENTS
December 3, 1999
Publication Schedule for the Delta Wind1
Here is the planned publication schedule for the Delta Wind as reported in the November23 issue: December 9, December 23, January 13, January 27, February 10, and February 24.
November 24, 1999
Boys attending the Jamboree for the first time were Jason Morgan and Tyler Zachgo. Also Paul Bealer, Caleb Parker, Matt Sharp, Jack Zachgo, Mike Vecchiarelli, and Alex Pennington.
Fronty Parker -- November 26, 1999
Antarctic Hat Order Demonstrates World Wide Web Commerce Potential for Delta Business
The fur hat order looked like any of the others at first. Then Alaskrafts owner Steve Fields saw the shipping address -- Antarctica. Fields is accustomed to shipping products all over the United States and even abroad, but the South Pole order really highlighted for him the commerce revolution that is affecting businesses in even small communities like Delta Junction.
Fields and his wife Kathy operate their business out of their home and "the Fur Shack," a small building near the Tanana River Bridge in Big Delta in the summertime. At first, their ten-year old business relied on local orders and sales at shows. With the acquisition of The Fur Shack, they broadened their business to include visitors travelling on the Alaska Highway.
Today, Fields is attracting lookers and customers travelling another highway. He says his business is currently attracting about 10 visitors per day from the World Wide Web, the so-called "Information Superhighway."
The Fields business specializes in custom fur products and porcelain dolls. Fields said Kathy makes fur mittens, mukluks, moccasins, hats and other custom products. She also makes several different types of porcelain dolls, all with an Alaska flair.
Initially Web sales were pretty slow, Fields said. Orders came in only sporadically. Even with fair numbers of visitors to his homegrown website, relatively few were actually purchasing their carefully pictured and described products.
That all changed by an order of magnitude when Fields added an "electronic commerce" system from Outdoors America Communications, another Delta Junction business.
"Weve received almost $6,000 in orders since the first of October," Fields said. "What seems to make the difference is that now we can take credit card orders over the Internet."
Here’s how it works: a potential customer goes to Fields’ website and decides to order a product. Clicking the "order hyperlink" sends the customer to a summary page that shows what products have been put into the "shopping cart." If that is correct, the customer clicks the link to the next page. This page is "secure," meaning that the credit card and other information being sent over the Internet by the customer is encrypted.
Within seconds, the computer system taking the order generates a confirming e-mail to the customer and a second e-mail telling Fields that he has an order waiting. The next time he logs onto the Web, he views his orders on another secure page. He copies the order information and processes it as he would a credit card order that came over the telephone or by FAX. If the fur product or doll is in stock, he sends it out through the mail, or if not, lets the customer know that it will be shipped within a few days.
Fields built his own Web pages, but he admits that he probably has a better-than-average understanding of computers and software. DHS graduate and UAF student Glen Johnson designed the secure order system. The same system is also used successfully by another Delta Junction Web business, The Outdoors Alaska bookstore.
"What I like about this is that we are no longer limited by our location," Fields says. "We want to live here in Delta, and Alaskrafts is an important part of our family income."
"The World Wide Web makes it possible to sell local products anywhere in the world even the South Pole."
David M. Johnson -- December 10, 1999
MOOSE SURVEY PHOTO STORY
Donna Gardino took this photo of a small pod of moose on the day before Thanksgiving on Sawmill Creek Road and the Alaska Highway.
BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE 1999
These pictures were taken at the winter Jamboree at Glass Park in Fairbanks recently. The theme this year was "Yukon Quest" and the competition between the troops was related to Dog Mushing.
Dave Munson, who won the Yukon Quest a few years back, came and showed his retired lead dog that won the Quest. He talked to scouts about dog racing.
Delta's Troop 56 attends the Midnight Sun bi-annual Jamborees on a regular basis. There is always a competition between the troops and the grand prize is the coveted Council Honor Patrol award that is shown in the indoor picture below.
This standard is kept by the troop until the next Jamboree. Troop 56 won this prize by their outstanding teamwork and outdoor skills.