Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Hi neighbors.

Our community can be thankful for the good job our local department of transportation (DOT) road crew do in keeping our roads plowed and in good condition. They go the extra mile and remove snow berms around driveways, where visibility could be hampered. Thank you!

Our 4-H leader Shirley Schollenberg has organized a class for shooting sports. Ninilchik youth who are taking advantage of this unique opportunity are William Anderson, Anneliese Belmonte, Sarah Cobb, Abi Daniels, Caleb Cobb and Misty Knox. Dave and Carol Inman from Stariski are the teachers.

They have a skeet shoot area at their home so as the group members learn about gun safety, they are getting to do some skeet shooting. The Inmans have invited shooting specialists from Anchorage to help with some of the classes. What a great opportunity for these young people!

Mike Schuster is back in town and busy again with issues that effect our community as he heads the Ninilchik Community Forum. He has alerted us to the fact that there is a State Parks advisory committee meeting today. It would be well for community members to attend in order to address issues that concern us with our local state parks. One issue is that of free access by our residents to our beaches. That petition has been pretty well supported. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center.

A big thank you goes to the American Legion Post No. 18 here in Ninilchik for supporting 4-H. Suzan Cobb, sewing group leader for our local group, was able to use their generous donation at the annual 4-H Rally Day on Monday.

The money was used to purchase the fabric for making polar fleece hats and mufflers. The money was an investment in teaching these young people skills that will benefit them throughout life.

The "Ninilchiks" are going to do it again. Do what? Participate in the 20th annual Polar Bear Jump Off in Seward on Saturday. I must say, these gals are brave souls: Char Florence, Skip Crawford, Beth White, Danielle Nolan and Shere Florence. They have had a long time to contemplate their decision, for registration deadline was back in August. They are all working for one goal — to fight against cancer in children. They'll be happy to receive your donations for the cause.

There are still community calendars available for $3 at the Ninilchik Community Library. You will see a special birthday on the calendar on Monday. I don't usually note birthdays in this column, but I take exception this week. Be sure and wish Christy Drake a happy birthday. Christy is our cheerful, helpful, efficient clerk at Ninilchik Post Office. Ninilchik wouldn't be the same without her, I'm sure you will all agree. Happy birthday, Christy!

The theme for the 2005 Kenai Peninsula State Fair this year is "Time to Unwind."

A poster contest is being held and must include the theme; dates: "Aug. 19, 20, 21"; fair location: "Kenai Peninsula State Fair, Ninilchik, Alaska"; and a pig and a clock. All submissions must be on 11 X 17 poster board.

All entries must be received in the fair office no later then Feb. 28. Send them to P.O. Box 39210, in Ninilchik. If you need more information, call the fair office at (907) 567-3670. The winner receives $400. The winning poster will be distributed throughout the state.

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

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