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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Can you believe this weather? I hope by the time you read this we have snow and cold weather. While I am writing this it has been raining and making my driveway very soggy and slippery. I put on my warm coat, hat, gloves and spiked grippers on my shoes and carry my ski pole just to get my newspaper in the morning.

This isn't the way winter is supposed to be. I guess I am spoiled after the perfect winter we had last year and the very warm weather we all enjoyed last summer.

Saturday is hazardous waste day. You have to take your stuff to the Soldotna landfill but this is the day to get rid of paint, antifreeze, old fuel oil, anything with pesticides and so forth.

There will not be another day to dump your hazardous waste until March. Remember, they do not accept these kinds of items at the Sterling site.

We are seeing a lot of bags that have been lost out of the back of trucks. Some of our neighbors will have to pick these up in the spring. Help them out by putting a tarp over your load or secure it somehow when going to the solid waste depot with your trash.

A fun evening is planned Jan. 20 at Sterling Elementary School. A fund-raiser called Bingo For Books is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sterling neighbors are invited to participate. The PTA is still collecting used books for all ages so the evening will be successful. They do this fund-raiser and book collection each year so they can provide three free books to every student at the school, including Sterling Head Start students. They are serving nachos starting at 6 p.m. and start playing bingo at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is a winner and they tell me that everyone has a great time. For more information regarding donation of books, call Chris Thorne at the school.

The school also has been selected to host an AmeriCorps BIRCH member. Chris Thorne has been hired by RuralCAP to fill the position and will begin training and working in mid- to late January. The focus of Chris' position in the community will be to support and organize health and wellness activities for the school and the community.

With the assistance of the AmeriCorps program, the school plans to host a variety of activities in the afternoons and evenings. Details on the specific activities offered and how to add more activities sponsored by interested Sterling residents or groups will be coming next month. Congratulations, Chris, on your new job.

Micah Sterling and his mom, Lora Taylor-Sterling, have begun a fund-raising campaign called Jars of Change. This campaign is intended to help support the victims of the recent tsunamis. After seeing the devastation on TV, Micah felt he had to find some way to help those in need and started by asking his mom if he could donate his own jars of change from home.

After a visit to Principal Ermold it was decided to invite other students and people to donate their own jars of change toward the cause. If they don't already have a jar started at home, students and other neighbors are encouraged to find a jar and collect their spare change. If you bring it to the school, it will be counted and added to a total donation.

Way to go Micah and keep up the good work.

Happy birthday to Joyce Eischen, who is celebrating her special day today. I hope she gets lots of presents and a big cake.

A large group turned out Friday to hear Father Thomas Andrews, who is the priest from the Kenai Russian Orthodox Church. He came to the Sterling Senior Center with the choir from the church. Friday was their official Christmas, which is based on the orthodox calendar.

Until next week, save your spare change for Jars of Change.

Lois Pillifant can be reached by phone at 260-3111 or by email at mom@alaska.net



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