Nenana Wellness Coalition
April 8, 2014
The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
There were 11 in attendance today, including: Harriet Borst, Jeannie Bennett, Damita DuPlantis, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Virginia Young, Bonnie Reed, Miles Martin, Tim Horn, Beverly Joseph and Lillian Coleman.
We enjoyed baked chicken thighs with wild rice medley, mixed greens salad, raisins and pecans, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Jeannie Bennett.
PRAYER was led by Beverly Joseph, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today; Beverly and Babes were welcomed visiting from Fairbanks
Ongoing Gardening: Miles brought several plants to demonstrate the progress of his starts. One is a Black Prince tomato. These are from BP tomatoes he has grown and saved seed from for five summers now, so they have become well adapted locally. The original heritage seeds were from Siberia and they were already northern adapted. The plants are about five inches high, already. He points out that his other types of tomatoes started at the same tome are only an inch to an inch-and-a-half tall. The other plant is an Armenian cucumber. He said they make a long fruit, like an English cucumber. He mentioned that he already has white alyssum blooming. ;>)
To save seeds from theseBlack Prince tomatoes, he just guts one onto newspaper, then spreads the seeds out and lets them dry, then cuts the paper up into small pieces. He said tomato seeds want a cold cycle before they sprout so it is best to let them go outside for a period of time to free. Later, he plants the seeds, paper and all, and they spring right up. He said he has also heard that you can let tomato seeds ferment slightly to jumpstart the sprouting process as it softens the shell of the seed slightly so it can sprout more easily.
Kat says she still has some pickling cucumber starts to give away. They are in two inch pots, are several inches high with multiple sets of true leaves at this point and they seem quite hardy. Miles mentioned that he has had very good luck with White Wonder cucumbers which seem to do well no matter what manner of weird weather we get summer to summer. Tim asked if she could use shredded paper for mulch: various people expressed their opinions that this works well but you need to wet it down well so it doesn’t blow away in the wind.
Discussion turned to the use of high tunnels or hot houses. Miles suggested asking around at the end of the Tanana Valley Fair; sometimes vendors are willing to sell off their old pop-up structures. If the covering material is shot, it can easily be replaced. We talked a bit about the possibility of a summer River Market for selling garden fare. The summer market originally was hosted by the Friends of the Library. It was suggested we have an organizational meeting to see who may be interested in this. Miles will generate a flyer. It seems like after WIN may be a good time. Jeannie offered the use of her place for the meeting. She has a pop-up that could be used for summer market, as does Miles. Locations were discussed. In front of the Taku Chief may be available. Miles said that Jason had mentioned there was a building out near the airstrip that could be moved and utilized. Bo Hawkins would want 10% of sales and offered the use of one of his spaces.
Miles mentioned that previously youth have harvested wild iris and rhubarb and successfully sold these at the summer market. Kat asked about the NSLC garden; could our youth group garden there and sell the produce? So, a meeting was scheduled for 2 PM, on the 22nd, to explore options.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: When people live far from the scenes of the Great Spirit’s making, it’s easy for them to forget his laws. Walking Buffalo, STONEY
Harriet: She was in hospital and ended up in ICU overnight but they couldn’t do the procedure due to a narrowed vein so she will have to go back in again. Her son had his second chemotherapy which was really rough on him after he weathered the first round no problems. The Seniors are going to the Turtle Club for dinner.
Virginia: She is starting some more plants this weekend. She is planting the flower beds on the south side of the Nenana Native Council. She reported on the youth activity group lock-in Friday night. There were 23 kids between 4th to 8th grades. They are officially known now as The Magical Unicorns. They made pizza from scratch, played games, watched DVD’s and had an organizational meeting to talk about other activities they want to do. They will be assisting with the Community Easter Activity at the Rec Center Sunday. The youth group from Assembly of God church joined them for live music for several hours. Some stayed up all night, and everybody pitched in after breakfast Saturday morning to clean the place up.
David: Has a calf due today, to Bessie, his half-Holstein/half-Dexter mix heifer that he got last year from Skook Irwin. Bessie looks like she is going to be a good milk cow. He has others due to be born in June and July and in October.
Kat: RMHA is considering the idea of applying for another prevention grant. If we do, it would mean another community needs survey, and building new logic models to articulate goals and objectives. We would be requesting to use WIN as our planning coalition, naturally
Miles: His Fred Meyer’s bulbs are coming up well. He learned a trick called double-potting for planting in areas with hard winters. You put a smaller pot inside a larger pot outside in a hole in the ground. When winter comes, you pull the smaller pots and bring them indoors to overwinter.
Tim: She talked to Tim McMannes who says he thinks the Lil Dribblers will play basketball Friday afternoon but it isn’t on the schedule yet. Bill Troxel won the prize for the first week of the Health Challenge for percentage pf weight lost. Kristi Dugan won for the most points. Sam and Evelyn are back.
Tim went to the dentist yesterday; the staff from her dental office had all been down in Anchorage participating in a project to provide dental services for free. It is part of the Missions of Mercy project. They serviced 2000 people and there are plans in August 2015 to do this in Fairbanks. She is considering volunteering as there are non-dental tasks they need volunteers to accomplish.
Music Fest April 24-26 in Anchorage. School Board meeting Wednesday the 16th, 6:30 PM, at NCPS, in the Pit. Prom is on the 3rd of May. Spring music concert May 14th 6:30 at NCPS, in the gym. Graduation is scheduled for May 18th.
Clean-up day is May 16th.
The 21st marks the first day of Ridvan, a Baha’i holy day. 4 PM at Bonnie’s there will be a short program followed by board games. On the 30th, they have a themed devotional, Devine Springtime.
Damita: Has been sick. She was supposed to have surgery but her heart “went crazy.” May 16-18 there will be a volunteer work team, 13 people, looking for community service opportunities.
Maybe they could help with Clean-Up Day?
OPEN FLOOR FOR COMMENTS/QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION: None
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM