Palmer Buzz

Despite all of the world’s chaos, Palmer’s favorite dog statue stands strong and firm at the corner of South Valley Way and Elmwood Avenue in front of the Palmer Visitor’s Center and Museum. This dog is symbolic at this time because of his role in the influenza and Iditarod story. Let’s give him some extra honor this week. Bridgette Preston wrote up a terrific account of Balto in last week’s Palmer Alaska Buzz. You should read the full story but here is quick summary: “Balto gained international notoriety for leading the last leg of the 1925 serum run from Nenana to Nome. Dwight Homestead‘s 2nd/3rd grade grade class at Butte Elementary School raised the money and campaigned for a Balto of their own, a life-size bronze one.”

Palmer Big Week— We had the time change, the full Super Moon, and we have a Friday the 13th. Add to these dynamic forces, some national and international confused and virulent virus, stupid stock market and oil flooded market. It is not the most restful of times at all, even in Palmer.

Sociology in Palmer—On the first weekend of the world pandemic, the Palmer Library, liquor store, smoke shop, post office and grocery stores were busy. People were stocking up on necessities. Many conversations were heard, speculating about the faraway situation. Some mentioned an eminent baby boom, which accompanies a war or epidemic. There was a weird, anxious vibe in the grocery stores where people seemed to walk aimlessly up and down the aisles, pausing to look at the empty shelf areas. On Saturday there was no bottled water, no hand sanitizers, no masks, little toilet paper and kitty litter, no hand soap, and no bleach.

Psychologists say that populations resort to extreme measures when they receive conflicting messages. This applies to Palmer. Although our local governments are doing a good job of information flow, the state and national directives lack some clarity. We want to preserve some security and a sense of control. Therefore Palmer (and Alaskans in general) tend to over prepare quite naturally. We know how to stock up. We have faced down earthquakes, windstorms, snow apocalypses, fires, floods, bears and mosquitos. However, we tend to panic more from the thought of deprivation, based on the very real fact that we are very far from sources and suppliers in continental America.

Palmer Community Meditation is on Thursday night—We probably all need this in a time of chaos. This is the anniversary of the one year Community Meditation event. It is at the Level 7 Spiritual Center located at 439 W. Elmwood Avenue. This is a nonreligious and nonpolitical evening designed to help with peace of mind. There will be a 30 minute meditation time, followed by a potluck and information from Meditate Alaska. All are welcome.

Palmer Pie Day (3.14) is Saturday. Palmer is well-endowed in the pie arena. Make yourself happy during this crazy week and celebrate Palmer Pie Day at 3:14 in the afternoon.

Palmer has the biggest and best pie case in the world at the Valley Hotel. At any given time there are nearly 20 varieties of homemade pies, ready and waiting. The Palmer Alaska Buzz’s Pie Inventory isn’t quite finished but it will be published on the Facebook version by Friday. So far this is what I know:

Sophia’s Cafe—Is featuring”Never on Sundae (and Always Better than Pie) Special.” Ice cream layered with baklava bits+ chocolate Syrup.

NonEssentials has more than just pie goodies. It has pie plates, pastry blenders, and olive wood rolling pins for a perfect Pi crust. On Pi day they will be $3.14 off! They also have delicious filled jars of pie fillings. So….if you wish to “social distance” yourself from the Palmer Pie Crowds, make your own at home!

Don’t forget that Saturday afternoon is the memorial of well-respected Palmer teacher, Sharon Russell. It is at the Palmer High School.. Her full obituary is in the Frontiersman Newspaper.

Barbara Hunt is both Palmer writer and artist. She works hard to keep the robust pulse of Palmer, Alaska. She shares the good stuff in the weekly Palmer Alaska Buzz Column in the Mat Su Valley Frontiersman and daily on the Palmer Alaska Buzz Facebook Group. Her “Palmer Buzz Community Calendar” is available at Palmer shops and the Palmer museum. Contact at bhunt@mtaonline.net or text 907.315.3222

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