Local Talent at PHS April 24th, 2010

Categories: Palmer People

Friday night came quickly and I found myself once again at Vagabond Blues. The Youth Alive Club from Palmer High School put on a marvelous show! Several music students from Palmer High School performed and an International Baccalaureate art student brought a year’s worth of art work to sell in silent auction style.

All proceeds from the show went to benefit the Mat-Su school district’s Families in Transition program. To find out more about this program, go to the Mat-Su school district’s website.

Click here for a video summary of the evening.

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Silva Insurance April 23rd, 2010

Categories: Businesses

Silva Insurance
(907) 746-2990
234 W Evergreen Ave, Palmer
SilvaInsurance.net

Silva Insurance Services LLC opened for business in Palmer in July 2006. We are a locally owned and operated woman owned independent insurance agency offering all lines of insurance to all Alaskans. Silva Insurance Services is a leader in providing quality protection for individuals, families and businesses throughout our state. Providing superior customer service and low rates along with our ability to understand our customer’s coverage needs drives the success of our agency.

By offering world class protection for your Auto, Home, Health, Business, Aircraft and Life Insurance, we make sure that you’re covered today as well as in the future so that you can focus on what is important to you and your family. At Silva Insurance Services, LLC our #1 job is to assist you in identifying your needs and problems, while putting together a customized plan that’s simple and easy to understand.

We take the mystery out of insurance and help you make sense of it, so you can look forward to a brighter, more secure future. To do this we evaluate your specific needs, find the company that will give you the best value for your dollar, while supplying a superior standard of protection. The companies we represent offer tested, reliable insurance products and excellent customer service. We make sure that the insurance companies that we represent have an outstanding reputation for fast, fair claims service.

This post is sponsored by Valley Market Real Estate.

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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.

This post is sponsored by Valley Market Real Estate.

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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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