Letters to the editor

Earlier this month, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra performed their annual fall family concert. This year, we partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program, which provides an opportunity for students to perform on stage with an orchestra.

I would like to thank everyone involved with the concert:

■ Debbie Piper and all of the staff at McNeil Canyon Elementary for making this vision a reality.

■ Sue Biggs, KPO concertmaster and music teacher at Redoubt Elementary, and Jeanne Duhan, KPO horn player and music teacher at K-Beach Elementary. These teachers spent hours of class time preparing their students on recorder and singing in preparation for the concert.

■ Staff and parents from Redoubt and K-Beach for all of their help on the day of the concert.

■ KPO musicians, board, and staff. Thank you for all of your rehearsal, practice, and travel time!

■ Alaska State Council on the Arts Community Arts Development Grant for making this concert possible.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Mellisa Nill of Smithroad Strings and Emily Grossman of Steele String Studio, for preparing their string students for their participation in the concert. Their names were inadvertently left out of the advertising and articles about the fall concert and I apologize for this mistake. Without the young string players, we would not have an orchestra on the peninsula, and I appreciate these two teachers and their dedication to the music community.

Last, I would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support for this project. The 1,000 seat KCHS auditorium was almost filled to capacity! With your continued support, we will have the opportunity to do participate in this wonderful program in the future.

Thank you all!

Tammy Vollom-Matturro

Artistic Director/Conductor,
Kenai Peninsula Orchestra

November 19 and 20 our Senior Citizens and a number of area churches, organizations, the Sterling Elementary and volunteers distributed 78 Thanksgiving Food Boxes to neighbors in the Sterling area. This was a project called Share in the Giving. These boxes contained enough food for a great Thanksgiving dinner that included a turkey for each family. The boxes were loaded according to the size of the family and distributed accordingly.

None of this could have been done without the volunteers and donors that filled those boxes with not only food, but love of their neighbors. Thanks to all of them.

We are now beginning to bring in donations of food for the Christmas Share in the Giving program. We will distribute as much as we can on December 20 but the demand was much higher this year and more families are in need of the food.

Please help us out if you’re able. Especially with non-perishable foods or monetary tax-deductible donations.

Thanks for caring.

Mike McKinley

Executive Director

Sterling Area Senior Citizens Inc.

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