March 2009


23rd Annual
The Coal Miner’s Ball
Saturday April 25th, 2009

The Alpine Historical Society in conjunction with The Sutton Activity Coordination Board sponsor this event. The Coal Miner’s Ball, will be held at the Alpine Inn at mile 61 of the Glenn Highway, in Sutton, Saturday, April 25th.

The Coal Miners Ball is The Alpine Historical Society’s largest fund raising event of the year.  It is designed to honor those that came before us with a Old Timers Induction to Hall of Fame, entertainment, a potlatch, dinner, dancing and door prizes.

The Alpine Historical Society has been managing the Alpine Historical Park since 1984, when land exchanged between Phil O’Neill and the Mat-Su Borough.  The Park is uniquely situated directly on the Glenn Highway at mile post 61.6 and Chickaloon Way in Sutton Alaska.  The local Glenn Highway National Scenic Byways Committee has selected The Historic O’Neill House to represent this area as the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  This important Historic Park is 23 minutes from Palmer and a beautiful one hour drive from Anchorage.

The tax deductible contribution is $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the door, per person, children 5 and under free.  Tickets include Dinner, induction, entertainment and door prizes.  Doors open at 4PM. This year’s entertainment will be Arctic Thunder and The Bruce Finely Band, music  starts at 7:30 PM.  Proceeds from this event will provide local activities for young people and families in the Sutton – Chickaloon area. As well as to maintain programs and facilities at the Alpine Historical Park.

Senior Citizens Discount Tickets are available.  Advance Tickets will be on sale at local businesses throughout Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton and Anchorage. Look for our poster displayed.

Call 745-4059 or email for more information.

The Coal Miner’s Ball

Proudly Presents

Bruce Finlay’s Blk N’Tan Band

April 25th – The Alpine Inn

Sutton, AK

Mile 61

The Glenn Highway

Music Starts at 7:30

web page  - Coal; Miners BAll


The Bruce Finlay’s Blk N’ Tan Band, is led by Bruce Finlay of “The Sorrows” an English Band from the 60’s and 70’s. Bruce’s skills as a drummer, song writer and composer is legendary. There is much written about his past accomplishments.

The Blk N’ Tan Band is a contemporary blend of past and present with many new songs that have evolved over the years. A five piece band with 2 keyboards, vocals, guitar, drums, saxophone and flute. The lively delivery of Classic Rock, Celtic, Blues, Jazz and new original tunes will keep the audience dancing, tapping your toes and swaying with the music.


You won’t want to miss this Band’s performance at the

Coal Miner’s Ball April 25th

at the Alpine Inn in Sutton, AK



clip_image002[7]Bruce Finlay – Drums, Vocals, Songwriter and Composer

Bruce skillfully blends his 40 years as a professional musician in Blk N’Tan. He toured all over the world during the 60’s and 70’s with the British Band “The Sorrows”. As an Alaskan resident he has since refined his music to include Celtic ballads from his home land. Now producing CD’s and recording in his studio. He also teaches music with the Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band.


Joan Massart – Paden – Vocals, Keyboard, Piano, Strings

Joan’s voice has a terrific range from Rock and Roll tunes to melodious Celtic ballads. She calls herself the “Baby of The Band”, 8 years as a professional musician as compared to 30 and 40 years of her band mates. She has lived in Alaska since 1981 and currently lives in Anchorage where she has an advertising agency. She is also a member of the Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band.



Phil Herndon – Flute, Saxophone, Harmonica

Phil has over 30 years as a professional musician, 20 of those years were with the Air Force Band. He has traveled all over the world, with a great sense of humor, I asked where he had played, he replied, “Churches, Bars, with Garage Bands, Funerals, Rituals, Virginity Restorations, Circumcisions and Weddings.” Quite a repertoire…… The sax, flute and harmonica gives the band it’s blues and jazz flavor and blends beautifully with the Celtic tunes.



Suzie Feuer – Vocals, Keyboard, Strings, Violin and Cello

Suzie has toured all over, with 22 years as professional musician. She has toured with the Alaskan band The Pipeline and toured for 10 years with White Line Fever in the Lower 48. Suzie and Joan blend their vocals and compliment each other in a winning combination. Suzie’s keyboard integrates all the strings for an earth rich tone. A school teacher by day in Eagle River and a rocker by night, she is also a member of the Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band.



Jim Zuehsow – Bass Guitar

Jim has 45 years as a professional musician. He says he plays keyboard and other instruments, but really just loves the bass guitar. He has worked in LA as a studio musician recording with big name bands and as a studio engineer. He came up to Alaska in 1972 playing in Anchorage at The Pine Club for a number of years. He now is retired and is producing CD’s and recording in his own studio while playing bass for The Blk N’ Tan Band.






For more information on Bruce Finlay’s Blk N’ Tan Band you can contact Bruce Email or call 907 746-3727





Beings of Light
Human Angels

During each of our journeys, there are those inevitable moments when someone comes into our life at precisely the right time and says or does precisely the right thing. Their words or actions may help us perceive ourselves more clearly, remind us that everything will turn out for the best, help us cope, or see us through difficult situations. These people are human angels – individuals designated by the universe to be of service to those in need at specific points in time. Some human angels make a commitment before their births to make a positive contribution to the world at a particular moment. Others were chosen by the universe. All human angels, however, come into our lives when we least expect them and when we can most benefit from their presence.

A few of the human angels we may encounter are in professions where helping others is an everyday occurrence. But most of them are regular people, going about their daily lives until called upon to be in the right place at the right time to bring peace, joy, help, or heal someone when they most need it. You may have met a human angel in the form of a teacher who gave you a piece of advice that touched your soul and influenced your path. The person that momentarily stopped you to say hello on the street, delaying you long enough to avoid an oncoming car or a collision, is also a human angel. They may offer nothing more than a kind word or a smile, but they will offer it when you can draw the most strength and support from their simple action.

You may be a human angel yet not know it. Your fate or intuition may guide you toward other people’s challenging or distressing situations, leading you to infer that you simply have bad luck. But recognizing yourself as a human angel can help you deal with the pain you see and understand that you are there to help and comfort others during their times of need. Human angels give of their inner light to all who need it, coming into our lives and often changing us forever. Their task has its challenges, but it is they that have the power to teach, bring us joy, and comfort us in times of despair.

Hope Christian Church of Sutton

Free Food and Clothes Pantry

Every Wednesday 6:30 PM


Last night a neighbor stopped by, Charlie Flynn, from The Sutton Christian Church of Hope. In his car he had cases of lettuce, snap peas, French bread, milk and cream.  He wanted to know if I needed anything or did I know someone who did.  I said yes!  I made a couple of phone calls and this morning I dropped all that had been been delivered.

All the food comes fresh, from local stores,

Everyone is Welcome…

Every week is different, stop by and see what is available!

There are clothes too!

Ask what you can do to help!

It’s that easy……

Both Giving and Receiving

makes everyone

Feel Good!


This is a simple  church with a big heart!  The Pastor Dan Grisham and Larry Davis have organized a Free Food and Clothes Pantry.  They have being doing this for awhile now.  It is open through out the year!

It’s Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Hope Christian Church of Sutton

Mile 62.00 The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway – Sutton

Sunday School 10: Am

Sun. Morning Worship 11:00 AM

Evening Service 6:00 Pm

Wed. Bible Class 7:00 Pm

Pastor Dan Grisham 907 376-4673

Rotary To Rural Fundraiser!


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Join Iditarod Musher Paul Gebhardt in support of the Soldotna Rotary Club’s

“Rotary To Rural Program”

Funding immunization kits to rural Alaskan Villages


Dog Mushing is Alaska’s Official State Sport – and is something we embrace wholeheartedly through our involvement in sled dog racing. Paul is a well-known competitive musher, and has an impressive race record. In addition to providing accommodations at Aspen Hollow Lodging, we also have a kennel of fifty Alaskan Huskies at "Morning View Kennel", located on adjacent acreage at our private residence.

Iditarod Sled Dog Race Alaska Anchorage to Nome Paul Gebhardt
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Paul poses with puppies from his kennel in Kasilof, Alaska.


As a top Iditarod contender, Paul has traveled throughout the state, and has seen first hand the challenges rural Alaskan villages have.  The Rotary To Rural Program serves to provide kits for mass immunization, including elements such as the critical temperature gauges that will assure vaccines maintain safe ranges. 


Without these, thousands of dollars in life-saving vaccines are lost, due to refrigeration units that are not adequately monitored.




Pledge your support to match the miles Paul will travel throughout Alaska during this year’s 1000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome.   Checks can be made payable to the Soldotna Rotary Club, or if you prefer, Paul and Evy Gebhardt can process your pledge via credit card as well. (Visa/ MasterCards will be processed under Morning View Kennel, PO Box 653, Kasilof, AK  99610 with full proceeds going to the Soldotna Rotary Club.)  To pledge – Print this page and send to the address above or  Email to

Pennies, dimes, nickels – it all makes a difference!

$10   = A pledge of just one penny per mile (.01×1000)

$50   = Your pledge for one nickel per mile

$100 = A dime a mile

$250 = One quarter for each mile

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The Race Starts March 7th, 2009

Radio station bringing a little Country to Valley

By Andrew Wellner
Published on Thursday, January 29, 2009 7:53 PM AKST

WASILLA — Valley country fans have a new, local radio option.
On Friday at 10:09 a.m., 100.9 FM KAYO went on the air playing country music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Eddie Maxwell, the station’s operations manager and afternoon DJ, said the music — Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and the like — is a good fit for the Valley. The format tested well in the company’s market research.

ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman KAYO 100.9 operations manager and afternoon D.J. Eddie Maxwell works the microphone Thursday at the station’s new Valley office and broadcast center off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

The music also fits his personal tastes.
“Oh, yeah. I’ve been wanting to program a station like this for a long time,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell has lived in the Valley since 1987. His morning DJ, Kathy Mitchell, is also local. And his sales team as well. 
“We’re going to be hitting the Valley news and community events that are important to folks in the Valley,” he said.

He said the morning and afternoon shows will include calls from listeners and local news, though the afternoon show will be more music-heavy.

Residents of Lazy Mountain might remember the station’s parent company, Anchorage Media Group, which tried and failed in February to get a conditional-use permit from the borough to build a tower in the area.

Dennis Bookey, general manager for Anchorage Media Group said this go-round they took a different tact.

The community, he said, had expressed concern over the light on top of the proposed 200-foot tower.

“We were able to get by with 99 feet, which did not require the conditional-use permit and did not require it to be lit,” Bookey said.

He hopes the smaller, unlit tower on a different parcel of land will be more palatable to the residents. Also, his company was glad to save the time and expense of the permitting process.

“I think it should be win-win,” Bookey said. “I hope so. We really, really hope so.”
One thing they won’t be able to do, though, is put another transmitter on the tower.

“We will not be able to put other stations on that tower because it is not as tall. There’s just not going to be any room now,” he said.
Which is a shame, Bookey said, because any expansion plans would likely entail a new tower.

“Co-location, anytime we can, boy, broadcasters do it. It’s just a lot of headache to build a site from scratch,” Bookey said.

Maxwell said that so far, broadcasting in the Valley has been going great. The community, he said, has been resoundingly positive in its response.
“We’re getting requests, ‘Hey do you have this one?’ Or, ‘Hey thanks for being in town we love you,’” Maxwell said.

Country Legends Web Site for more information