Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Remember the Bingo for Books I told you about, where the Sterling PTA was raising money for a reading program? Well it was a success. They raised close to $500 for the Reading is Fun program.

These funds make it possible to give books to kids to encourage reading at school, and at home. Chris Thorne said thanks to everyone who donated and attended the fund-raiser.

In other PTA business, they tell me they are having a spring carnival March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sterling Elementary School gym. The theme is "Adventures with Books," and volunteers are needed with set-up and organizing the booths. If there are any teenagers looking to gain some service hours or other area youth groups who need volunteer hours, call Chris Thorne at 262-4944 or e-mail

The Sterling senior citizens have acquired a 1995 Buick Skylark, four-door sedan they hope to sell by sealed bid. It has 31,338 miles on it. The vehicle and bid information are at the Sterling Senior Center. The deadline for bids is March 7. For more information, call Jan Elser at 262-6808. The proceeds will benifit the programs at the center.

Thanks to the 85 people who went to the senior center last week and supported the breakfast fund-raiser. That's a lot of people on a Saturday morning, which is a testament to the quality of the food served at the center. It also shows great community support for the center.

Good luck to Jan Elser, who is an active volunteer at the senior center and the wife of George, the center's president. Jan had a new procedure last Thursday to relieve the pain in her back from which she has been suffering. She tells me she will be able to walk out of surgery and resume her normal activity the next day. We are anxious to hear the good news, Jan.

Sterling Head Start students have been having fun ice fishing. Both classes went to Scout Lake recently. I think the teachers did the drilling with the donated ice augers, but the kids reaped the benefits. Students were excited when they caught fish, and as an added bonus, they were able to enjoy some hot chocolate.

Thanks to Head Start parent Charlee Powell for teaching the staff how to knit winter hats. Also, thanks to Graham and Tracie Davis for the donation of books for the student and adult library.

Many of the gardeners who helped organize the Master Gardeners Conference this month were people from Sterling. I attended and saw Mark White, Char Oakes and Rosemary Kimball, who pitched in and helped make the conference a success. Thanks for their representing Sterling gardeners.

I hope you have contacted a Sterling community organization so you can get your name on the list to serve on the board of directors for the Sterling Community Plan. If you would like more information and a membership form, call Renae Wall at 260-6616. Applications and the forms must be completed and returned to the steering committee by March 11.

If you have been depressed and listless because of the long winter weather, maybe you should check out the senior center. They always need volunteers. However, if you don't feel like volunteering, you can join the Poppycock painters every Monday afternoon, play bingo tonight at 7, exercise Wednesday at 10 a.m., play cards Thursday at 6 p.m. and-or exercise again Friday. Some of those activities should chase away the blues and get you through until spring.

The Sterling Winter Fun Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Swanson River Road and the Sterling Highway. All games, hot dogs and drinks are free. Participants are reminded that a helmet is required to play broom hockey. Volunteers, ice skates and helmets still are needed for this event. For more information, call Bob Oakes at 262-5409.

Happy birthday to June Deitrick, who will celebrate Thursday. I hope you get lots of sunshine on your special day.

Until next week, plan something fun with your neighbors and friends.

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

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