Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Good morning.

Words from a bright man: "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not upon your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." — Charles Dickens

Bob Harrison reports the winners of Jan. 15's cribbage tournament. George Shaw came in first, winning all seven games; Don Estes placed second; and Ray Nickleson took third. Games are held every Saturday at the Kenai Merit Inn at 3 p.m.

Katy Bethune reminds those interested in the Nikiski Funky Farmers 4-H Club that they will start a six-week session in archery beginning Friday. If you are interested in this project, call Katy at 776-7638.

Carol Ford will perform a reading at 12:30 p.m. at the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Saturday at the Soldotna Middle School. The event begins at noon and there is something for everyone with booths, including free bingo for books, crafts, food and a dinosaur jump.

For more information, call Virginia at 283-9374.

It's that time of the year: The Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Talent Show is coming! The event will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the school's auditorium. If your interested in applying, contact Joe Rizzo or Joshua Ball at 776-3456.

Sheliah-Margaret Pothast, district facilitator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Aspirations Advocate Program, said January is National Mentoring Month, and today has been designated National Thank Your Mentor Day. Mentor organizations nationwide are encouraging people to thank and honor those who helped us along the road of life and to consider filling the role of mentor for a young person today.

Locally, Aspirations Advocate Program mentors work with students at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, with mentors working in eight other middle and high schools around the peninsula.

A big thank you to all of those mentors who are sharing what they know, mentoring a child and making a difference.

For more information on mentoring, call 714-8868.

The public is invited to attend the high school principal selection informational meeting. Superintendent Donna Peterson will meet with those interested in the process for selecting a new school principal at 6 p.m. Feb. 3. The meeting will be held at the school. For more information, contact Debbie Stewart at 714-8888.

This is for all Nikiski women: The She Can Ski Race registration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna and at 9 a.m. the day of the race. The race will be on the trails behind Skyview High School, Feb. 6, with classic beginning at 12:30 p.m. and skate skiing at 1:30 p.m. Money raised will go to the LeeShore Center and the Tsalteshi Trails.

If your skis need waxing, the Skyview ski team will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. the day before the race for a small donation. For more information, contact Leslie Boyd at 283-9113.

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center has two raffles taking place, and you still have time to stop in at the center to purchase your winning ticket. They will be drawing for the George Forman Grilling Machine on Monday, and the drawing for the double-ring quilt will he held Feb. 12.

Celebrating a birthday today is Bill Perrigo; Wednesday: Steve Black, Tory Maxson, Carissa Beckley and Don Thomson; Thursday: Paul Carlson; Friday: Zack Alkire; Saturday: Katy Grimm, Ardie Trail and Doris Porter; and Monday: Rose Cowens, Roger Williams and Daniel Meyer.

Celebrating their anniversary Sunday are Arnold and Mary Sullenger.

Enjoy the day.

Beth Jones can be reached by phone at 776-8455 or by email at

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