Ninilchik

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Are you like me and often have to send belated birthday greetings? Intentions were good, and perhaps a card was even purchased well in advance, but executing those good intentions just didn't happen until the date had passed.

I did intend to recognize the 46th birthday of our state in last week's column. On Jan. 3, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation that made Alaska a state. It forever changed the lives of Ninilchik residents, as well as those in the entire territory. Belated birthday greetings, Alaska!

If one can "see" the smile of someone to whom they are talking on the phone, I did. Judy Harper called to tell me how thankful and how pleased she and husband, Ed, were with the wonderful response of friends and neighbors after her surgery Dec. 9. Judy had both knees replaced. She and Ed were overwhelmed with the kindness of those who brought in meals and sent flowers and get-well greetings.

She was so happy that her surgery could be done at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna instead of having to go to Anchorage. Her surgeon was Dr. Peter Ross with Kenai Peninsula Orthopedics. She asked me to express her thanks and appreciation to all.

Vicki Steik wants to remind you Ninilchik neighbors about the annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night, which is open to high school and adult writers. She knows we have a pool of interesting subject matter from our small but majestic and active spot on the Kenai Peninsula. The event will take place Feb. 11, but submissions must have a postmark by 4 p.m. Jan. 21.

All types of poetry, fiction and nonfiction will be considered. The necessary submission forms are available at the Kenai Community Library, where entries can be dropped or mailed to Central Peninsula Writers Group, c/o Virginia Walters, 214 Birch St., Kenai, AK 99611.

Repairs have been completed and the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center has reopened. Stop by and see the new flooring. Regular weekly activities will resume. The center has groups for scrap-booking, knitting and crocheting and instruction classes for computer skills.

They also have a pool table and exercise equipment open to the public. If you are interested in more details, call the center at 567-3988.

Thanks and appreciation from the community go to Dave Tyner, who puts in a lot of time seeking out and writing for grants for Ninilchik Emergency Services (NES). A grant that recently came through will provide a smoke detector and CO detector for the families of students and senior citizens in the community that need one.

Lara McGinnis, who is in charge of fund-raisers for NES, reminds you that the Hawaii vacation raffle drawing will take place Jan. 21.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 567-3394 or by email at mblough@alaska.com



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