Supper speller Danika Neal has won the school spelling bee for Sterling Elementary. Danika is a fourth-grader and will be going to Anchorage March 13 and 14 for the state meet. Proud parents are Danny and Kim Neal. Her brother Matt is pretty proud of her, too.
Have you seen Jane Leesman walking on air lately? That's because Jane is so proud of her granddaughter, Jennifer Zilco. Jennifer is not only a model student (at East High School in Anchorage), but a modeling student who won a third-place trophy in a recent competition for a commercial for lipstick. Jennifer had not given modeling much thought until, while shopping at the Old Navy store in Anchorage, she was approached by a lady representing American Modeling and Talent. The lady came up to her and asked if she would be interested in becoming a model. Jennifer thought why not give it a whirl and took modeling classes in Anchorage. After taking the classes, Jennifer went to South Carolina for a week in January to participate in the modeling competition. Models from as far away as South Africa also were participants. Check with Jane to see how Jennifer's modeling adventures progress. Jennifer could be getting some callbacks.
Those Crafty Ladies at the Sterling Senior Center will continue to work on hospice projects to be delivered on Feb. 24. They also will work on Valentine hearts this week. Join them every Thursday at 10 a.m.
Tax aid is available through the American Association of Retired Persons tax help program every Tuesday through April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. You can sign up for an appointment by calling the center at 262-6808.
At the Sterling Senior Center: Jim Tenant will perform on piano every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come and hear your favorite old melodies.
Blood pressure checks are Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
A volunteer appreciation dinner with entertainment will be held Friday at 6 p.m. It's prime rib! Suggested donation is $3.
If you're missing bingo on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., you're missing a great time.
Alaska Housing will conduct a building material loan seminar Feb. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center.
Every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m., the Sterling Community Club meets at the Log Cabin. Join them and get active in your community's planning.
Belated birthday wishes go to Al Slyter and Jacquie Dillon (Feb. 1); William Caffyn, Margie Laird and Glenn Simko-Olsen (Thursday); Louie Edwards (Friday); Don Deasy (Saturday).
Birthday wishes go to Marion Barrett, Hilde Majors and Terry Moxey (today); Corrine Fairchild (Thursday); Arthur Sponsel (Friday); Bob Jensen (Saturday); and Bill Sweat (Monday -- Valentine's Day).
Upcoming events: Friday and Feb. 21 are an in-service days (no school). Monday is Valentine's Day. Typically observed through the giving of roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. (Don't forget your sweetheart). Feb. 21 is President's Day.
For your information: Today is the Boy Scouts of America anniversary (incorporated in 1910). Wednesday, Hershey's Chocolate was founded in 1894. Wednesday also is Toothache Day (no wonder after the chocolate). Thursday is Umbrella Day.
Friday is Thomas Alva Edison's birthday. He was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847, and died Oct. 18, 1931. He was credited with the invention of the electric light bulb and the phonograph.
Friday also is Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, National Inventor's Day and White T-shirt Day. Saturday is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. The 16th president of the United States was born in Kentucky in 1809 and assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theater just five days after the end of the Civil War.
Sunday is Get a Different Name Day. Monday is Clean Out Your Computer Day and Ferris Wheel Day.
The second week in February is Hero Week and National Crime Prevention Week (Kids check out this site at www.mcgruff.org).
Your neighbors want to hear from you! To get information into the column, e-mail me or send mail to P.O. Box 587, Sterling, AK 99672.
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