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The best and worst of 2012 at the movies

...Compared to the previous heavy-hitters, "Bernie" feels pretty small. The tragic tale of an affable small-town funeral director and the woman he befriends and eventually murders is sweet, funny, and full of heart. It also features the best...
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Sterling's Seavey reaches Yukon first

...Seavey couldn't fill his stomach with some gourmet food, he was able to stuff his wallet. Musher and Anchorage funeral director Scott Janssen, 50, known as The Mushing Mortician, donated the $3,000 prize given to the first musher to Ruby...
Cemetery issue laid to rest: Soldotna poised to begin construction of memorial park desire to be put to rest in Soldotna. But these two women are not alone in their wishes. Grant Wisniewski, a funeral director and embalmer at the Peninsula Memorial Chapel, has already been approached by eight relatives of deceased Soldotna...
Grandchildren build gingerbread houses for Nairobi well

...unsuspecting grandfather in Ontario, N.Y., as a Christmas surprise. Grandpa Chuck Curtis, 67, is a retired funeral director turned clown who spent three weeks in Kenya this summer with members of a Presbyterian church from Webster, N...
Fire still under investigation his home. "It's pretty devastating," he said. "It's a sad deal it happened." Grant Wisniewski, a funeral director at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, said Frank Hunt works for Tim's Janitorial, which is run through the same building...
The Bookworm Sez: Lots to glean from 'Pardon My Hearse'

...examiners on cases, and received help from other funeral directors who were happy to support them. One of their earlier...Indeed, this book is like eavesdropping at a funeral director's convention, with each tale outrageously outdoing...
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Anchorage family clings to hope murder will be solved

...lipstick on her daughter's face because it just didn't look like her without makeup. To see the white gloves the funeral director wanted to use to cover her bruised, cut hands, and the pink carnations in her nest of dark hair.Shelley was a...
The Bookworm Sez: Take a look behind the scenes at a funeral home

...had secured a contract with the city to dispose of unclaimed bodies.Most people, says Doughty, think that what funeral directors do is "both mystifying and disgusting." It's an attitude toward death that didn't used to be; not all that...
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Bronze Stars, silver coins, golden words

...thank you letters). Lists of Dad's accomplishments and honors to be composed into his obituary. Lists for the funeral director. Lists of who wanted what, lists of errands and details, the lists went on and on. On the third day, before...
Grave Issues

...The ponds are at the bottom of a bluff forming the upper edge of the proposed memorial park land. Ryan Mills, funeral director from Peninsula Memorial Chapels and member of the task force, said, "A memorial park will add stability to the...


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