Arctic Energy Savers LLC April 9th, 2010

Categories: Businesses

ak warm1 Arctic Energy Savers, LLC
907-232-1246
[email protected]

Arctic Energy Savers, formerly Arctic Airsealing & Weatherization, is a small Palmer based business specializing in the airsealing of cold climate buildings. For those of you wondering, what the heck is airsealing? Airsealing is the caulking, foaming and sealing of penetrations within your home that allow heated air to escape from your home. This heated air is replaced with cold outside air that must be re-heated to maintain a comfortable temperature within the home. A properly sealed home will use much less energy to maintain a constant temperature. Using less energy means you pay less on energy bills. More dollars in your pocket and less energy wasted is a win-win situation.

Arctic Energy Savers is celebrating the completion of our first year in business! It has been an incredibly exciting year and ak warm2we have improved the energy efficiency of over 25 homes. We focus on customer relationships and working with you to make home improvements easy and hassle free. Retrofit, coming in after the home has already been completed (often for a number of years), airsealing and weatherization of residential homes is dirty, time consuming work that must be done properly in order for it to be effective.

We have trained side by side with the energy raters to ensure we have the knowledge to help maximize your homes efficiency and Energy Rebate. Unlike most contractors we also understand the energy rating software, AKwarm, which allows us to choose the best retrofit for your home. We use the latest in building science technology combined with blower door home pressure testing to guarantee your home is properly insulated and airsealed.

Currently the State of Alaska is offering up to $10,000 to make energy efficiency improvements in your home. The process is easy, check out www.akrebate.com or call 1-877-AKREBATE for more information. After you receive your home energy audit, call Cary Shiflea at Arctic Energy Savers 907-232-1246 to schedule your free estimate. We will give you an honest and fair price to complete the work in a timely manner that suits your schedule.

ak warm3Cary Shiflea, Owner
Arctic Energy Savers, LLC
907-232-1246
[email protected]

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Palmer Public Library April 1st, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer

For as long as I can remember, the Palmer Public Library has been one of my favorite places in town. As a kid, I couldn’t wait to sign my name on my very own library card. I would go to the library with my mom and brother and peruse, linger, and browse until I had a stack of books that would be read and returned in a week. In middle school I would walk over after class and play games on the library computers. While my visits to the library have become infrequent, it is still an important part of the town I love.

As expected of a library, it is quiet. It is not a forced, domineering silence, however. It is a natural, courteous, consideration of those also appreciating the relaxed atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a novel, get some work done, write in a journal, or simply relax. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this solitude offered by the library.

The Palmer Public Library has something for everyone. With a large young adult section; mystery, science fiction, and western sections; and new books coming in all the time, you’re sure to find something to read. They also have audiobooks, magazines and reference books. The Palmer Public Library is a great resource for everyone in and around Palmer.

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Mountains of Palmer March 21st, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer

Palmer is surrounded by vast mountain ranges and majestic peaks. These awesome monoliths are an integral part of Palmer’s history and a solid testament to Palmer’s uniqueness. Skiing in Hatcher Pass or ascending into the clouds up Matanuska Peak is an experience one never forgets.

North of Palmer are the Talkeetna Mountains, home to Hatcher Pass. A popular skiing area in the winter, Hatcher Pass also affords many opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and camping in the summer.

The Chugach Mountains are to the south and east of Palmer. Directly to the east one can see Lazy Mountain and Matanuska Peak. Both these mountains can be hiked and are accessible from just a few miles out of town. It is even possible to sled down parts of the McRobert’s Creek Trail at the base of Matanuska Peak.

Also part of the Chugach range is Pioneer Peak, just south of Palmer. Named after the pioneers of the mid-1930’s, it is also a popular hiking destination.

Next time you’re in Palmer, check out the mountains! You can’t miss them.

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Turkey Red March 17th, 2010

Categories: Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

Located in the downtown Palmer plaza on 550 South Alaska St; Turkey Red is a café that recently opened in 2008 with a philosophy new to our town.


The first thing that strikes you at Turkey Red is the atmosphere. The lighting is very soft and subtle, mostly coming through wide windows encircling the dining area. This creates a relaxing mood and makes Turkey Red feel very open. On the windowsills and scattered throughout the café are a diverse selection of potted plants and herbs. These combined with the light brown tone of the walls adds an earthy comfort to the place. Decorating the walls are pictures and paintings.

Turkey Red offers a selection of 16 different kinds of teas, including varieties of green and black. This delicious tea is only two dollars for a half-pot, which I found equals about a cup and a half. The tea was the undoubtedly the highlight of my dining experience at Turkey Red. I also had their Mediterranean Salad, which was also quite delicious. All of this was supplemented by very friendly service that left me smiling as I walked out the door.

The owner of Turkey Red is Alex Papasavas, who is one-half Greek and one-half French. I talked with the owner’s partner, Franco Magrini, who is one-half Italian and one-half South American. Franco told me that he and Alex wanted the café’s cuisine to represent their various cultural experiences. This idea has certainly come to fruition in the form of a unique and diverse selection offering everything from Spinach Crespelle to Chicken Pizzaiolo.

At Turkey Red, all of the bread is risen naturally, so little yeast is used. The food is prepared entirely at the café. You’re not getting pre-frozen, reheated food. They also try to incorporate as many organic ingredients as possible. In the summer, Turkey Red purchases most of it’s produce from Arctic Organics, a family operated farm near Palmer. This is a great example of businesses in our community supporting each other. Turkey Red’s organic, natural menu is a fantastic alternative to fast food, if you have the time. It’s well worth it. Excellent tea, great food, and a warm atmosphere makes Turkey Red the perfect place for a multi-cultural experience in the town you love.

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Noisy Goose Cafe – Colony Kitchen January 19th, 2010

Categories: Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes


(907) 746-4600

The Noisy Goose Cafe here in Palmer holds some of my earliest memories of outings with my Dad. He took me and my three siblings for breakfast here many times. The signs covering the walls always captured our attention, as well as the real, stuffed geese hanging from the ceilings. Good times.

The Noisy Goose Cafe, also known as the Colony Kitchen, has some of the best food in town. It’s located just before the fairgrounds on the right side of the Glenn Hwy as you head out of town. Customers range in age from Palmer old timers to young couples with children. The prices are similar to the Valley Hotel’s cafe: $8-$13 per person.

There are senior and children menus, seafood and steaks, soups and baked potatoes with all the

toppings, and of course, burgers and breakfast. Yum! The atmosphere is really great; country music plays in the background, the waitresses are cheery and the decor is entertaining.

Overall, this cafe is a great place to take your family, meet your friends or just enjoy a cup of coffee! Come check it out! or call them at 746-4600

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