Friday, December 21, 2007

Mercantile's Christmas Dinner at Tonsina River Lodge

Kenny Lake Mercantile's Christmas 2007 Dinner Party
Tonsina River Lodge, AK. Hosted by Sharon and Jim.

Mix and mingle with a jingling beat...

Jack frost nipping at your nose..

Let's take that road before us and sing a chorus or twooo00..

There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy..

The holly green the ivy green the prettiest picture you've ever seen..

He knows if you've been bad or good...

In the air there's a feeling of Christmas...

This is Santa's big scene...

We three kings of Orient are..

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style..

Rudolph the shinny gunned cowboy..

When they pass around the turkey and the pumpkin pie..

Away in a manger no crib for his bed.

These wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives..

While sheppards watched their flock by night..

Ho ho ho.

The presents are scattered and broken I fear,
and St. Nikolaus won't come again for a year.

Thanks to Sharon and Jim for a wonderful time had by all.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakuh, and to all a goodnight!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

climb every mountain, search high and low

The roof beams for GerTee.

Look how fast breakup came!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Northern Lights and a Full Moon! Whoohoo!

Northern Lights & full moon over Kenny Lake, Alaska

It's been a beautiful week in Kenny Lake! With temps rising above 40 degrees people are out and about. Lovely spring weather is pushing GerTee 2007 ahead of schedule. I'm thinking now of making this one the musuem and starting collecting items and creating an inventory asap.

We're almost ready to officially launch Sharondipity's Shopping Mall. Be sure to let us know if you have a business you'd like to add to our mall. We also need your local links, and anyone interested in learning to use our ezsite program to upload to the website is welcome to come learn. Many of the community pages needs some TLC from local volunteers.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The website expands!

Sunset tonight over Kenny Lake and Mt. Blackburn

Lots of great new pages were added to the site this past week. I'd like to welcome all our new stores in Sharondipity's Shopping Mall (including my own!). We've got a lot of work left, not the least being putting out flyers describing the website, explaining the shopping mall plans, and expressing our hopes and goals for marketing at I've decided on three basic store formats depending on how much information you want on your page, and how to charge for additional pages on the sites that want to grow (adding new items and ebay auctions, etc.)

Tim Redington's newest dogsleds!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Springtime in Kenny Lake

Making lots of changes to the website. Added sections for every community in the Copper Basin, please be sure to email me any businesses that should be included on these pages. I will be travelling to as many of these communities as I can this summer to take pictures and interview Sourdoughs, but until then I'd still like to have as much info on these pages as possible. Also added many new Community pages that will provide additional information about local rentals, the fire dept, land for sale, and of course "government" and community economic and rural development.

The Merc is doing a preliminary plan to build a Kenny Lake Museum. I'm very excited and honored to be part of this. Thanks to Tim Redington and Bill Sutton for offering to donate and lend us portions of their collections for public display. Please look around your cabins and yards for things and photos you think would be of interest to visitors and locals both.

Lots of possibilities for marketing and expanding our web audience; there are more than a few ways to promote our Region on the web.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Welcome to Kenny Lake Community Blog!

This blog was created by Niki Raapana (website developer for to provide a discussion/posting space for residents of the greater Copper Valley Basin. Here you can add yor "two cents worth" on any topic you feel like addressing. It's also a great way to share pictures and make announcements about your family, businesses, vacations or anythng else you'd like to share. Everyone is welcome to add comments.

Everyone is also welcome to join the blog as a contributor and I hope to see this list grow over the years to include someone from every villiage and town and road in our region. There are a lot of changes coming to this area of Alaska; this blog is your opportunity to keep up on what's going on around here.

Contributors must have or create a google account to upload posts to this blog. Please email me and put "contributor's account" in the subject line. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!