Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008

Congratulations to our two local junior Tustumena sled dog race mushers Merissa Osmar of Clam Gulch and Rebekah Ruzicka of Anchor Point who competed in the dogsled race held in Kasilof on Jan 26. The Junior-T is a 50-mile round trip race in the Caribou Hills for mushers under 18.

I spoke with Rebekah Ruzicka, 15, who is home-schooled and is the daughter of Doug and Debbie Ruzicka, about her experience with the race. Even though she came in next to last, she said she had a lot of fun racing and she highly recommends the sport to anyone. She said she participated in the Junior Iditarod last year and that her family has been very supportive of her racing. She especially enjoys the quietness while mushing, surrounded by the beauty of Alaska's great outdoors. She warns new mushers to be prepared with the right clothing in order to stay warm.

"It's always a lot colder than you would ever expect," she said.

With her lead dog, Kayak, she is planning to race in the Junior Iditarod on Feb. 23. Shameka Nelson of Anchor Point also is signed up for the race. The race is 145 miles long starting in the Wasilla area with an overnight at Yentna and return for a finish in Willow. Teens ages 14 to 17 may still sign up, but entries must be in no later than Saturday. For more information visit

The Ninilchik Community Library will have a Valentines bake sale in the post office lobby from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drawing for the Valentine goodie box and the lap quilt will be on the same day at the library. Debra Henderson said there's still time to get tickets and that she would like to thank everyone in advance for their support. For more information, call the library at 567-3333 during open hours.

The next Domestic Engineers meeting will be held Feb. 23 at Pat Togni's home. For the rest of the year, the meetings will be held on second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. to accommodate working ladies who would like to come. The group recently donated $200 help with prizes to encourage those who are competing in the "Biggest Loser Contest" held at Ninilchik's Health and Wellness Club.

Terry Leman reported that there is a new masseuse across the hall from Ninilchik's Health and Wellness Club located at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairground. Masseuse Mitzi Smith has more than 11 years experience and offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, and trigger point therapy. Call 567-3880 for more information.

Our local dentist Dr. Zizi Zoubek and her staff report that they have moved to their new location on Aspen Street off of Kingsley Road.

Have a wonderful week.

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