Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Hi neighbors.

As the year 2005 opens, our family wishes the best for each of you. The "best" does not always preclude trials, for sometimes trials are a path to bringing us to the best. That is a life lesson that we are still learning.

Our hearts ache for the untold number affected by this past year's natural disasters. It is a call to each of us to be prepared for whatever may come our way.

We must continue to appreciate and pray for our country's leaders and military.

If you have addresses for any of our area men and women who are in the military, I would be happy to put them in this column.

I'm sure words of encouragement from home would be appreciated.

I was privileged to greet Zachary Rohr, who was home for the holidays on leave from the Navy. He has completed his basic training and will train to be a medic.

His address is Zachary J. Rohr, Naval Hospital Corps School, Class #05065, 601 D Street, Great Lakes, IL 60088.

In spite of the horrendous weather, the Ninilchik gymnasium was packed for the varsity vs. alumni basketball game Dec. 27. Spectators and participants enjoyed the evening.

"The games were fun to watch," Jamie Leman told me.

The alumni bench didn't get a chance to be warmed, for only six alumni women played: Molly Bosick, Kelsey Deiman, Maria Johnson, Whitney Leman, Tasha Leman and Amanda Peterson.

The seasoned alumni managed to beat the varsity in both the men's and women's games.

Anticipation is that the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center will be ready to open Jan. 10 after repairs are completed. Watch the post office bulletin board or check the notice on the double doors at the center's carport to confirm the date.

A computer class is being offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays and Thursdays after lunch at the senior center.

The next one will be Jan. 27. The classes are customized to the participants and cover the basics, Internet use and digital photos.

Lara McGinnis moved to Ninilchik two years ago. She is one lady who doesn't let any grass grow under her feet. She is always involved in community affairs and wears many hats.

"My most important role is being a mom and a big sister," Lara said after I inquired about her various jobs.

Lara is the new Kenai Peninsula Fair Association manager, and you can find her in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

She also is the building coordinator for the three properties of the Cook Inlet Housing - Kenai, Ninilchik and Seldovia.

An important job for Ninilchik Emergency Services is its fund-raising coordinator. Guess who fills that role. Lara!

When I asked her about that, she asked me to let you know the raffle drawing for the Hawaii trip will take place Jan. 21.

Lara also is a Mary Kay beauty consultant. Whenever you see Lara around the community, you can be sure she is busy, but she always has time for a smile and word of cheer.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 567-3394 or by email at

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