DEPARTMENT OF PARKS CULTURE AND RECREATION

Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation

Unalaskans will celebrate Saturday's Heart of the Aleutians festival at a new location.

This year, the festival is billed as a downtown block party rather than an Unalaska Valley event at Kelty Field.

"We thought it would be fun to try a new location," said Nick Cron of the city's Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. "The softball field has been pretty damp, so we wanted to try something new."

Cron said the festival's food, games, and live music will unfold along Broadway Ave. between Town Park and 5th Street.

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The top prize at this summer's Ballyhoo Mountain Run went to a visiting teenager. 

Alex Olson of Fairbanks raced up and down the 1,600-foot summit last month in 26 minutes and 33 seconds. He beat out 31 competitors. 

"I feel pretty good," said Olson. "It's fun to come out here and do these community runs."

The 18-year-old was in Unalaska to visit and work for family members who live on the island.

"This is my first time in Dutch Harbor," he said. "I just came down for the summer."

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Unalaska's annual Easter egg hunt did not happen this year because people collected the eggs before the event began.

Recreation Manager Albert Burnham said a large group of people showed up at Tutiakoff Field while Department of Parks, Culture and Recreation (PCR) staff were setting up for the event.

"By the time we realized what was happening and were able to get out there and try to get it stopped, most of the eggs had been gathered," said Burnham. "So when we had the rest of the community show up at the advertised 1 p.m. start time, there just weren't any eggs left."

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The Unalaska Public Library needs help. As part of the renovation, there’s a community survey looking for your feedback on suggestions.

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The architects designing Unalaska's library renovation are considering a new option.

Rather than expanding the building south toward the senior center, as initially proposed, they're looking at expanding it to the north.

Principal Architect Brian Meissner — of firm ECI Hyer — proposed the idea last week while updating the community on the project, expected to grow the library by about 3,000 square feet.

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