Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

February already! The month brings to me the feeling that winter is half over. The lengthening of days makes a gardener start thinking of what seedlings to start first. There are some that need to be started very early or not at all.

I was always thankful that the first spring we lived in Ninilchik there was a gardening seminar right here. (Thank you, Nadine Russo and Karen Encelewski.)

This year, gardeners of all levels have the opportunity to attend one at Kenai Peninsula College on Feb. 12. There also is information about the conference on the Master Gardener Web site at

Attention quilters and sewers: There will be a fabric sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ninilchik Traditional Council's Subsistence Building across from Ninilchik School. Just follow the signs up the hill.

All fabric will be $2 a yard. Also there will be fat quarters for 50 cents each, quilt books $5 and under, quilt tops and kits priced as marked, clothes and craft patterns 50 cents each and many other items. If you need any other information, call Linda Painter or Debi Henderson at 567-3540. Coffee, juice and snacks will be provided.

Ninilchik women skiers are invited to join other Kenai Peninsula women of all ages and abilities to ski together in the Tsalteshi She Can Ski Race on Sunday. Classic skiing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and skate for 1:30 p.m.

You can register at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. Sunday. For further information, contact Robin at 262-9202 or Leslie at 283-9113. Festive attire is encouraged, and those who do will be entered for prizes.

Stop by Ninilchik School and see some of the displays in the lobby. Jennifer Wardes has been having her fifth- and sixth-graders do research projects on Alaska. They are well worth seeing.

For more than 65 years, the American Legion has sponsored an oratorical competition for students in grades nine through 12. Our local Post No. 18 joined the neighboring posts in conducting the one on the local level last Friday. Ninilchik home-school student Joshua Cozzini entered the competition.

The main purpose of it is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States.

The most important outcome is that each student is better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of an American citizen.

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

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