Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 14, 2016
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, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
We had 8 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Mary and Blaze Alexander, Virginia Young, Natalie Chong, and Laura Hokenson.
We enjoyed beef stew, mixed green salad, shrimp fired rice, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Laura Hokenson
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Natalie, with a short prayer.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: There were no minutes generated last week nor posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org nor submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.
Nenana Saturday Market: Virginia said this was our third Saturday Market. It was a kind of slow day. There were a fair number of locals who came by but we also had visitors from as far away as Scotland. Vendors had pickles, relishes, home-made cookies and muffins, cinnamon rolls, pork and beef, plant starts, rhubarb, beads and jewelry, and handmade knitted goods. Virginia said that she will have kale next week. Kat will have rhubarb. Vendors are saying that they want to change the hours back to 10AM-4PM as the first two hours (8-10 AM) they have no business. David suggested that we should have ready-made food available, soup and sandwiches. Discussion ensued regarding the logistics of doing that.
We had a lengthy discussion then regarding economic development in our community, agriculture as well as value-added production.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “We have an old saying, ‘Everything living must die. Only the rocks and mountains are forever.’” — Archie Fire Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Mary: Lots of stuff happening, she says. They have been bussy. Her grandson, Blaze, is down visiting from Fairbanks. He will be helping her work on the LC garden. There’s been lots of hustle and bustle in the building due to the death of one of their residents.
Bonnie: Zelma Axford succumbed to cancer Sunday. Her funeral will be Thursday at the David Salmon tribal hall, in Fairbanks, at 1 PM.
Friday will be the annual Father’s day lunch at the Senior Center.
The Breast Cancer Detection van will be in Nenana on the 22nd. The flyers state that a referral is needed.
Food box pick-up will be at the Senior Center on the 29th.
Virginia: Her peonies have buds. They are removing the side buds and spraying. Roland built a gazebo which they can use as a covered work are to get out of the rain. She got a new dog, a four year old terrier, from Kathy Morgan.
Kat: Will not be at WIN next week; she will be attending the TCC Youth Empowerment training with Rosemary up in Fairbanks on the 21st and the 22nd. This is the fifth in TCC’s trauma-informed care trainings. She had 17 participants in her Cheese-making 101 class Monday night at the Rec Center. They made yogurt. Next week they will be making cream cheese and the week after that they will learn how to make aged cheese.
David: Busy this week with EMS calls, five since Friday. He’s busy taking more pigs to market, he took six last week and will be taking more this week. Darci Etcheberry from the cooperative Extension Service will be down to due pest surveys. He is milking two cows with a third one, Gwennie, due to come fresh in two weeks. He has started using the milking machine. They are making cheese every other day.
Natalie: Driving to town the other day, she saw a fox crossing the highway with a chicken in its mouth. Coming back from town, in the same area, she saw a different fox with a different chicken in its mouth. Time to move the chickens inside.
She wonders if anyone has a trailer she can borrow. She got a salvage permit to take three cords of firewood and has a hitch on her vehicle but needs a trailer.
Maryellen: Leena will be having another bake sake this Saturday, 10 AM, at Coghill’s. They have made: rhubarb bread pudding, rhubarb, sour cream cookies, cheesecake, blueberry cream cheese pound cake. They will be selling individual servings in addition to whole pies/cakes.
The Prevention Carnival will be June 25th. Wes Alexander & Co. will be providing live music.
They are repainting and replacing carpet at Nenana City Public School. Christopher has been having to run up to Fairbanks almost every day to get supplies.
In July she will be taking Nenana students to attend the Say What tobacco prevention conference in Texas. Say What stands for Students, Adults, Youth Working Hard Against Tobacco.
Laura: She dropped her husband Phil off up in Eagle. He is making a canoe trip 158 miles on the Yukon, getting out at Circle. Her friend Meana Bean is visiting; Meana’s husband is on the river with Phil.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:50 PM