Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008

I am aware that many kind and generous neighborly acts go on in our community that are quietly woven into the unique fabric that makes up our small town.

When I observe deeds such as plowing snow for the elderly, sanding icy driveways and taking food to a shut-in, usually the neighbor who performs the deed brushes it aside and would rather it went unnoticed.

Recently, when I took a group of 4-H members to Nadine Russo's house in Ninilchik for knitting lessons, I was greeted at the door by a neighbor whom I never met. After introductions, I found out her name was Sheri Marrufo who lives off of Resch Road about a mile from my place in Happy Valley.

She had stopped by Nadine's house to get some advice on flooring for the house she and her husband are building, and while there, her dogs, Benji and Benji's mom, Xena, had locked her out of her car. As she was waiting for her neighbor to bring a spare set of keys, I found out she and her husband, Joe, are Teamsters and drive trucks in Prudhoe Bay. They bought property here in 1999 and moved from Anchorage in 2001. Sheri said she is excited about retirement, which is right around the corner for her. She hopes to be able to finish their new house, as well as have more time for gardening and for getting into fly-fishing.

I didn't get to meet Sandy Jazkin, the neighbor who drove the 24-mile round trip on that cold winter day to rescue Sheri, but I'm sure she is just like many others in our community, ready to help a neighbor at the drop of a hat in the time of need.

Sixty-eight people turned out for the Republican poll held in Ninilchik. The votes were as follows: Romney, 34; Huckabee 17; McCain, 10; Ron Paul, 5; and 2 undecided. Democrats in the Ninilchik area voted in Soldotna, so I was unable to obtain their results.

When I asked Crystal Robuck, 10, a third-grader at Ninilchik School who she would vote for, she replied, "I'd vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a girl and wants to help us with health care."

The Ninilchik Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held at Ninilchik School Thursday through Saturday. This is our chance to get out and support the Ninilchik Wolverines boys and girls basketball teams. Concessions will be available at the games.

The community is invited to attend the homecoming bonfire held in the lot across from the fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Willard and Ruthe Baumans' daughter, Cathy Andrew, flew in from Colorado Springs to surprise her dad for his 75th birthday, which is Tuesday.

Other birthdays are Mary Ellen Doty, Shyanne Saliee and Cole Ogren-Butail today, Feb. 11; Mechaela Fender on Feb. 12; Michelle Quinton on Feb. 13; Debbie Amato on Feb. 14; and Naomi Deutschle on Feb. 15.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Pulliam named to dean's list

Ninilchik resident Charles Pulliam was named to the dean's list at the University of South Dakota. He had a 3.526 grade point average for 19 credits.

He is the son of Karl and Nancy Pulliam of Ninilchik and a 2004 graduate of Ninilchik School.

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