A French fry press, disco lights, a metal detector, an old jukebox, a duck ashtray, a popcorn maker, a pair of model ships, an ammo box, a carpet shampooer and an eclectic collection of cookie jars; these are just some of the many things that were for sale in the CoHo auction.
Cordova is now officially recognized as a Coast Guard City. The honor was announced Nov. 20 during Native Village of Eyak’s 4th annual Coast Guard Appreciation Luncheon.
Here is a selection of items from five local artists with handmade gifts available for the holiday season.
When mother and daughter Peggy McDaniel and Brittney Banks wanted to try a new way to sell their fish-skin earrings, they started the Instagram page Alutiiq Angels in August 2018. Business was slow in the beginning. But sales steadily increased, and soon demand became too much for them.
Born and raised in Cordova, Jen Smith always loved school, specifically reading and writing. However, she admits she didn’t do well on the SATs and she “wasn’t a shiny star” of the school. She was good at basketball and wanted to play in college, but beyond that she didn’t know what her career path would be. This past spring, she became the 99th Alaska Native to receive a PhD. It’s a remarkably low number and a result of structural inequality that keeps many Native people and people of color out of academia.
Mimi Briggs was volunteering in Cordova even before she officially moved to town. After being an integral part of the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival beginning, almost 30 years later, she’s still coordinating events here in Cordova with the Cordova Community Center.
Volunteering isn’t a “give to get” concept for Steve Leppert.
"I think volunteering in a community is the best way to maintain physical, mental and emotional health," says Mazie VanDenBroek. "It creates ownership of my life and what I do with my time."
Belle Mickelson is a passionate volunteer, dedicated to helping others in the community and beyond.
Editor’s note: Cordova community events and programs run on volunteers. This is an ongoing series of Volunteer Spotlight Q&As in partnership with the Cordova...
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