WIN Minutes 7-12-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
July 12, 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 10 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, Tim Horn, Nina Bolten and her son Preston and Amie & James and Kenneth Verhagan.
We enjoyed baked salmon with rice pilaf, corn on the cob and, mixed green salad for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Tim Reed

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Amie, with a short prayer.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes last week were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no corrections.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Nina introduced her son Preston.


Nenana Saturday Market: Vendors want to change the hours of operation for the market. In discussion, the majority thinking seems to be that 10 AM would be a good starting time and indeed the majority of them have shifted to setting up around 9:30. There is some interest in extending the hours from 2 to 4 PM.
Produce vended to date includes: rhubarb, plant starts, kale, potatoes, herbs, lettuce, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes and peonies. Jessica and Ryan have been selling pickles like crazy, along with their sweet treats. Miles reports good sales on his relish and is wondering if there may be a market for frozen veggies.
Last weekend we were visited by about 20 students from the missionary youth group. Sales were brisk.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Like begets like; what goes around, comes around.
/ Folk Wisdom

Virginia: Her daughter Brooke and family were up for a visit. They are finished harvesting and have begin weeding the peony beds. She has been working on the garden at her place on 4th street, putting in wood chips she got from over by the Rec Center down on her pathway to keep the weeds at bay.
Miles: Notes an increase in invasive weeds, particularly vetch which runs tentacles over and around fences and is strangling plants in his yard.
Nina: Found a nice recipe for roasted dandelion leaf tea which is good for digestion, liver health and moving lymph. She has been eating the greens and making dandelion/apple jelly. She is taking an herbal medic course online via
Tim: The Nenana Book Club is reading Blonde Indian by Ernestine Hayes. No discussion took place last month on In the Garden of my Familiar last month due to schedule conflicts.
Bonnie: Community Pride Village Safety meeting Wednesday evening 6:30PM.
Thursday evening 6:30 PM at the Senior Center.
July 29th is the sobriety pot latch in Old Minto. There will be boats running there from Nenana all day. Come early and help with food preparation.
Kat: Got her sister and her friends off at the airport last night at midnight. They really enjoyed their trip, meeting everyone, participating in the community, farm work, camping and hiking in Denali. They said a highlight of the visit was a trip up to the graveyard last night before going to town.
Kat is a hay widow; David will be busy for the duration, cutting hay at the airstrip and their 70 acres out the highway.
Aime: Their family is looking forward to a family reunion in Utah. It is hot down there and one of the activities they will enjoy will be an inner tube trip down the river. Their garden is doing well. She has been picking raspberries.
Virginia: Has been picking blueberries down the power-line.

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