That expression means several different things right now depending where you put the exclamation point. We are grateful that winter is loosening it’s grip on Alaska, the rivers have broke up smoothly this year. Although it was a mild winter it is nice to see the sun and feel the warmth that it brings. The expression is also said in a slightly panicked tone too because summer is coming! Ahh! Spring or Ahh Spring! have completely different meanings.
Recently I was able to help a church in Fairbanks go visit three sister churches in western Alaska. It was a great week. Two of the villages are desperately wanting more access to church services. One village hasn’t had an active church in over 15 years and the other is still reeling from a bad split but it seems everyone is wanting reconciliation. It is so neat to be able to help the body of Christ with logistics and other needs.
I (Adam) rolled into Nenana 19 years ago this May and every season someone says “this weather is not normal.” At some point the abnormal weather must become the “new normal.” What this meant for this year was that we were unable to fly out and have our traditional Easter weekend with friends living in “the bush.” The weather had been too warm and the ice conditions too risky for flying Easter weekend. Thankfully I was able to get out the days and weeks before and spend some time with folks individually.
The Hangar Project is officially underway! This is where the slightly panicked tone of “Ahh, Spring!” comes in. It is hard not to panic when you look at the calendar and see how short of a building season we have. I am still working with the State Fire Marshal on building safety concerns. The current plan is to build a completely detached “boiler house” to keep the sources of ignition out of the hangar. This change has simplified a lot of the issues raised but has added complexity and cost to the project. On a more positive note, we were able to find a great source of “repurposed” foam board for the foundation that is saving several thousands of dollars. That savings will more than likely be absorbed in the concrete cost. I had hoped to work with contractors that are on a local bridge project to get a good deal but they ran into a few snags. As a result we will need to pay a fuel surcharge to have it brought down from Fairbanks.
We are looking forward to seeing some old college friends this summer as they come up to help for a week. Others have expressed and interest in coming up to help but so far haven’t committed. There have been several folks here in Alaska that have offered to help, keep an eye on our Facebook page for details of when I could use you.
I will try to keep the pictures coming and keep an eye on the Hangar Page for the progress.