Photo courtesy of David Story
The second annual Snowshoe Softball Extravaganza will be held March 9.
By Susanna LaRock
Cooper Landing Correspondent
Second Annual Snowshoe Softball Extravaganza
Last year, Cooper Landing’s AmeriCorps members Kristine Route and Kristin T. Fuller along with Charlotte Currie and members of the Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Department, organized the first Snowshoe Softball Extravaganza. The event was a fundraiser to help the fire department raise money for a matching grant from the Alaska Division of Forestry. About 100 people attended the first Snowshoe Softball extravaganza and the $1,000 needed for the matching grant was raised in a mere 24-hour period.
This year, despite the lack of snow during our winter months, the Second Annual Snowshoe Softball Extravaganza is on. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes; team signups will begin at noon at Cooper Landing Community Hall on Saturday, March 9. The game, which is free to play in, will start at 1 p.m.
The goal this year is to raise $2000, so that the Cooper Landing Fire Department can apply for a $20,000 grant to pay for some much needed equipment. With $1,008 already raised this year, the remaining $992 will be raised the day of the event through donations, a handy man auction, and a split the pot raffle. There will be kid’s activities, ice skating, a pot luck lunch, and a bonfire. If you missed this event last year, be sure not to miss it again. It is fun for the whole family, and you can help raise money for a great cause.
Video Conference from the Tuzzy Library in Barrow
Cooper Landing Community Library, via video conference with Tuzzy Library in Barrow, will be hosting Nancy Kinner Saturday, March 9 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Professor Kinner will be giving her second of two talks about crude oil and its properties, with the purpose of presenting general information about crude oil which may be helpful to community members in Barrow. Participants in this talk are encouraged to be interactive and ask questions as they arise.
Professor Kinner has been the UNH Director of the Coastal Response Research Center and the Director of Center for Spills in the Environment since 2004, both of which oversee and coordinate R&D on marine oil spills. The centers, under the direction of Professor Kinner, are known for being independent and trusted sources of information on spill response and restoration. This is sure to be a fascinating and informative talk. Participants are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes early, so that the program can start on time.
AmeriCorps Appreciation Week
Each year during AmeriCorps Appreciation Week, communities around the country recognize the commitment of their AmeriCorps members and alumni by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation. In our Community of Cooper Landing, we have two wonderful AmeriCorps members, Kristine Route and Kristin T. Fuller, who are making a difference every day. We also have AmeriCorps alumni who have served and continue to serve this community. Take a moment during this week to show your appreciation for the work that our current and past AmeriCorps members have done to help make this community the wonderful place that it is.
EMT2 Training Courses
Cooper Landing Emergency Services will be offering an EMT2 training course with classes scheduled March 15-17 and 22-24. This course is training for experienced EMTs to give them advanced skills. There are certain requirements one must have in order to attend this course. Those interested should call Sue Sloan at 595-1811 to sign up.