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Ann’s Memorial Service

Ann’s Memorial Service

| January 21, 2014 | 1 Comment


Seldovia Shines – Discussion: Osteoporosis

Seldovia Shines – Discussion: Osteoporosis

| January 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Robin Giossi
Seldovia Shines

Seldovia’s Ann Anderson

Seldovia’s Ann Anderson

| January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments


Taken from Andy’s Facebook posting with permission by Andy Anderson

I’ve tried twice to post this, but each time I failed. I hopefully will be able to finish it this time. My loving wife and best friend passed away last night after a long battle with a demon known as Sine scleroderma. Her lungs were damaged so severely that she labored just to breathe. Finally it was too much for her heart and the Good Lord took her home.

As per her last wishes she will be cremated and then we will have a memorial service in Seldovia. We will post the time and date when we get it all figured out. Donica will be with me until the end of the month. She and Westin were able to come up and spend some time with Ann prior to her passing and that was great. When they walked into the room Ann’s eyes lite up and she smiled her biggest smile. it was a joy to see. She held their hands for the longest time.

I would like to thank all of you who rode this devil horse with us these last months and let you know that it would have been a much bumpier road had we not had all the love, support and prayers. I will always be grateful. On February 11th Ann and I would have celebrated 47 years of marriage. I was one lucky man to have such a loving companion and friend for all those years. Rest in peace. “My Lady. You will always be in my heart.”

Win A Kindle Fire HDX – Support Our Kids

Win A Kindle Fire HDX – Support Our Kids

| January 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

AmazonKindleAre you looking for that great gift for a family member, friend or loved one?  You will definitely make all kinds of points when you are the winner of this fabulous Kindle Fire HDX!!  Click here to see all the AMAZING things you can enjoy on your Kindle!

This year we have 7 students who have been working hard to earn their trip to Washington DC to participate in the Close Up program.  Aidan Philpot, Calem Collier, Devin Chissus, Marina Chissus, Olivia Turner, Thor Burt and Xandria Swick.  Vivian Rojas, along with Justin Derks will be accompanying them on this great educational trip!

CLOSE UP MISSIONtaken from the website

Close Up informs, inspires, and empowers young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

We believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore we seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing. To carry out our mission, we partner with educators, schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens. Since 1971, nearly 800,000 participants have participated in Close Up programs.

RuthWinnerOfAltasThrowVivian Rojas has led this trip 4 times, and they have gone every 3 years or so.  It is great to have an experienced chaperone who knows the ins and outs of getting around Washington DC and who will ensure that our students get the most out of the week that they will be spending on the East Coast.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your great support in purchasing tickets for the last raffle for the beautiful hand-made throw by Alta Colberg!  Folks were very enthusiastic about that raffle, and we earned $574.00 towards the Close Up trip!

Thank you Alta for your generous donation!

To the right is a photo of our raffle winner, Ruth Sensenig with the prize!


This month, who is going to win the NEW Kindle Fire HDX?

Tickets will be $5.00 a piece or 5 for $20!  This is not just an E Reader – it is a tablet  – capable of games, touch screen, camera and the big one – 24 hour video help chat line called “MayDay”!  Coolest thing ever!

Click Here or on the image above  to go directly to Amazon, and be sure to click on the arrow that states “PRODUCT TOUR” and see all the amazing things this Kindle Fire can do!  It truly is on many folks wish list!

Perfect-color HDX display, plus powerful quad-core processor for fast, fluid performance and immersive entertainment
  • Exclusive 7″ HDX display (1920×1200), high pixel density (323 PPI), and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • The fastest processor on a 7″ tablet—powerful 2.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM for fast, fluid multi-tasking, gaming, and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, and updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • Immersive entertainment experience—see trivia and character backgrounds with X-Ray for Movies and TV, follow along with lyrics with new X-Ray for Music, fling videos to your TV with Second Screen, and more
  • Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day
  •  In addition to Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime members can stream tens of thousands of Prime Instant Video titles at no additional cost, over half of which can be downloaded to the latest generation of Kindle Fire tablets.

The Drawing will take place at the Susan B English basketball games on February 22, 2014.  You do not need to be present to win.

To purchase your tickets:

  1. If you live locally, please contact any one of the students involved in Close Up – they all have tickets to sell!
  2. If you are out of town, please Contact Vivian at and put KINDLE in the Subject line!
  3. You can always go on up to the school and talk directly to the students or Vivian – they will get you taken care of!
  4. The Close Up students will be going around town, as they must to sell their allotment of tickets – so keep a lookout!
  5. If you are purchasing the tickets long distance:  After you have confirmed your purchase of tickets (via a method above – limited availability) please send a check made out to “Susan B English” with “Close Up Kindle” in the memo line to the school at:  Vivian Rojas, Susan B English School, PO Box 171, Seldovia, Alaska 99663.   Please indicate who you purchased the tickets from – for our records!

This small group of 7 students have held car washes, bake sales, a community dinner, pumpkin pie sale, sponsored a knit throw raffle and have received various donations equaling $2,793 thus far!   The expense for our students to be able to go on such a learning adventure is extensive!  Each student’s tuition for the Close Up program alone is $1,304, there is also airfare to Washington DC from Anchorage, 3 nights stay in Washington DC for the nights not included in the Close Up program (anyone have some great connections with a hotel?),  and then we must also cover the costs for the two chaperones to accompany them on the trip!

THANKS TO the Booster Club, who is assisting with the costs associated with getting the group out of Seldovia (most likely by boat out of Jakolof) and the trip to Anchorage.  (We aren’t sure if we are driving in private cars or renting a vehicle…still open to ideas on this!)  We are also so appreciative of the Dimond Center Hotel who will put up the entire group for the night before and after the flights, as both the departure and arrival out of Anchorage is in the very early morning!

We are so thankful to the community’s generous support thus far – we are thrilled that our students have this opportunity to participate in such a great program – as it is quite the endeavor to get them from Seldovia to Washington DC – and

We couldn’t do it without you!

SBE’s Busy January and February

SBE’s Busy January and February

| January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Sandy Geagel
SBE School Events Jan and Feb 2014

Seldovia’s Linwood Grill Open Every Day

Seldovia’s Linwood Grill Open Every Day

| January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chisssus

LinwoodWinterEveWe are thankful to report that the Linwood Bar and Grill has extended their dining room hours from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Sundays through Thursdays and on Friday and Saturdays you will find the Grill open from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for your dining pleasure!

With the Tidepool Cafe closed for a few winter months, this comes as great news!  So, even though you cannot eat out for lunch in Seldovia at the moment – a late lunch – or “Lunner”- is available EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!  Thanks Stephanie!

So, gather up your crew and head on down to the Linwood for a burger, pizza or one of the homemade style meals!   Liza is in the kitchen and doing a great job of serving up homemade fries, fresh rolls and great Seldovia cooking!  So, besides going out for a glass of wine or a beer with a friend – stop by and treat yourself to dinner out in Seldovia!

To those with families, there is a “smoking room”, separate from the main dining area, and Stephanie has done a nice job of making the decor more family friendly – so support this local business who is working hard to provide a dining option for Seldovia – and bring the family in!