Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Allan Miller, who teaches at Sterling Elementary School, said his class has set up a lake ice setting station on Scout Lake. This is a project they are doing with Professor Martin Jeffries from University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The professor came down and met with Allan's kids so they will collect ice and weather data for him as he attempts to gauge the impact global warming might have on various lakes around Alaska.

That explains the 100 meters of survey stakes on Scout Lake by the Lakewood Subdivision. Sounds like an important project. Good luck to Allan's class.

Skyview is presenting the musical "Godspell," with the assistance of Sterling youth. Those students starring in the production are Bekah Adams, daughter of Gerlinde and Steve Adams; Rachel Beatty, daughter of Katherine Beatty; Danielle Caswell, daughter of Barb and Dave Caswell; Liz Dyment, daughter of Whitey Dyment; Jason Kincaid, son of Darrell and Wanda Kincaid; and Bryan Self, son of Dwayne and Sarah Self.

The musical, based on the gospel of St. Matthew, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12 at Soldotna High School Auditorium. Terri Zopf-Schoessler will direct.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Sounds like we have a lot of talented kids in Sterling.

Be sure to remember to sign up at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna on Saturday so you can participate in the She Can Ski race Sunday. For more information, call Leslie Boyd at 283-9113.

You won't want to miss the Kenai Performers presentation of "Brigadoon" Feb. 18 through 27. The production will be directed by Carol Ford at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m., Sunday matinees are Feb. 20 and 27 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available at M&M Market, The Music Box, River City Books, Sweeney's Clothing, Old Town Music and Charlotte's.

Call June Harris at 283-1946 or Mary Kennedy at 252-4942 for more information.

Rural CAP is looking for 12 families, including individuals, who meet USDA's eligibility requirements and who are interested in becoming homeowners by partnering with Rural CAP and USDA Rural Development to build homes. The program is known nationally as Mutual Self-Help Housing and is funded by USDA Rural Development. No experience necessary. Their time and labor contributed during the construction phase is converted into a dollar amount of "sweat equity."

Carole Absher is the Self-Help Housing coordinator for Rural Alaska Community Action Program, will be at the Sterling Senior Center to explain all the ins and outs of the program. Additionally, those who participate in the program will have the opportunity to learn how to manage their personal finances, repair their credit history and use construction techniques and tools safely. For more information and time, call Carole toll free at (800) 478-7227, ext. 426 or call Grace Merkes at 262-9811.

Welcome home to Mary Moser, who has moved back to the area from Homer. Mary is a new resident in the Moose River housing complex adjacent to the senior center.

Mary told me the residents are happy with the new oak table and chairs that were donated by Sadler's to spruce up the community room. Thank you, Sadler's.

Also thanks to Don Carson of C&C Glass for the large mirror, which is much appreciated in the community room.

If you are a fan of bingo, you are invited to attend bingo at the senior center the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. They have lots of prizes and fun.

In the meantime, stay warm, stay healthy and look through those new seed catalogs so you will be ready for planting season.

Lois Pillifant can be reached by phone at 260-3111 or by email at

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