Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

America has been blessed to have had the presidents whose birthdays we have remembered this month. I love to read about our past presidents and their wives. In The Presidents' Cookbook by Patricia Brooks, there are not only recipes enjoyed by each president from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson, but there are interesting facts not found in ordinary history books. I plan to try the recipe for Washington's favorite vegetable, glazed onions. I think that dish would go well with Nob Creek Kentucky corn cakes which Lincoln could, it was said, "Eat corn cakes twice as fast as anyone could make them." He often joked that being a tall man, his appetite was equally tall. Perhaps I'll try Mary Todd's courting cake for dessert. Historians say that Mary prepared this burnt sugar cake for Abraham Lincoln when he came courting. If you want the recipes, give me a call or send an e-mail.

On Feb. 16 Jack Blackwell held an informational meeting at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center about state parks issues that concern our community. Regarding the Deep Creek beach access and pedestrian walkway project, he said that the the amount of funding that Department of Transportation (DOT) provides for these type of projects has been reduced and therefore would not be considered anytime soon.

The strongly supported petition for a local exemption from beach access fees is an issue which could require future Ninilchik Community Forum (NCF) support. If you are interested in attending the NCF meetings, you can get on the e-mail list that gives dates and information about the meetings. E-mail Mike Schuster at

Members of the public interested in advising Alaska State Park managers on issues relating to state parks and outdoor recreation management in the Ninilchik and Anchor Point area are invited to apply for membership on the Southern Kenai Peninsula State Parks Citizens Advisory Board.

To be considered for appointment, applicants must live or work in the Ninilchik or Anchor Point area.

Members appointed meet five times a year between August and April and serve a three-year term. To apply, submit a completed application, resume, and short letter describing the reasons for wanting to serve on the board. Applications are due at the Kenai Area State Parks Office by March 4. Applications may be obtained at the Kenai Area State Parks Office or on-line at For more information, call district rangers Jack Blackwell at 262-5581 or Roger MacCampbell at 235-7024.

Mike Schuster is offering his nomination to the parks advisory committee, understanding that the committee function is primarily to establish a good communication network between State Parks and the community, in efforts to address mutual concerns.

The new office hours for the Ninilchik Fair Association are Monday and Wednesday 1 to 5 p.m. and Fridays as needed. It is accepting donations for the April 2 fair fund-raiser. The fair office e-mail address is

Be on the lookout for the Ninilchik Emergency Service's annual newsletter. Be ready to submit your membership, for NES relies heavily on community members' dues in order to operate.

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

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