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Web Extra: Seldovia’s Flower Lady

By KTVA Alaska 3:56 PM August 8, 2015

One thing about Seldovia, just about anywhere you look — there’s a spectacular view. But the people who live there just can’t resist enhancing it.

In this tiny town across the bay from Homer, there are flowers and park benches everywhere.

Seldovia is a seasonal community of about 400 people, highly dependent on tourism. Its population drops dramatically in the winter.

Suzie Stranik spends her summers in Seldovia running a nursery and gift shop called “Thyme on the Boardwalk.”

Stranik says giving is simply a part of living in Seldovia. She contributes by donating flowers to decorate the town. At night she runs around watering them, pinching off the dried-out blossoms and providing whatever other TLC they may need.

She says it’s her love of the community that inspires her to do this.

“It’s under my skin. I’m passionate about this place,” Stranik said.

Stranik is one of the community leaders featured on Frontiers this Sunday on KTVA. It airs at 8:30 a.m., following Face the Nation — and at 10:30 p.m., after Nightcast.

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