Sterling Community News

Posted: Monday, March 03, 2008

Chris Thorne got an unexpected surprise at the Feb. 18 Kenai Peninsula School District's Board of Education meeting. She thought she was there to watch the Sterling Elementary School kids give a presentation to the board. In reality, she was there to receive a Golden Apple Award for her dedication to the school and for her countless hours of volunteer work.

Chris began volunteering at the school when her daughter Katie, who is now in the seventh grade, began kindergarten. Chris has done everything from art projects, to running every piece of technology in the school. She knows virtually every project and program in the school inside and out. She has served as president of the PTA and, maybe most importantly, is one of the only people who can consistently get the balky copier in the workroom to cooperate. Congratulations Chris on your award and thank you for your years of service to the community.

The Sensational Sterling Superstars 4-H club is at it again. The group is making plans for its annual service project, raising money for, and walking in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. This year the kids decided they would like to produce a show to raise money.

Thus "Take a Bite out of Cancer", a fun evening of channel surfing and a dessert auction to benefit the ACS, was born. The event will take place at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The kids will perform a series of skits based on television shows and plan on auctioning desserts between acts. Tickets will be $5 each. If you are interested in buying a ticket, call Beth Braxling at 262-1887.

Several Sterling 4-H kids were also winners at the recent public presentation contest. Trace Braxling won first place in the intermediate demonstration division and Cody Warfield won first place for his PowerPoint presentation. Trace also won first place in the general intermediate category of the educational display contest. Congratulations to both of them.

Patricia Penny sent me the following information about her mother and father's upcoming 50th wedding anniversary. In this day and age, 50 years seems like a wonderful accomplishment. Rita and Roscoe "Rocky" Helleck were married March 10, 1958, in Ackerly, Texas. The couple raised their family at various locations across the United States and Japan, traveling for the military before retiring in Anchorage at Elmendorf Air Force Base. After retiring from the military, Rocky worked at the Van Dusen Tank Farm at the Anchorage International Airport for more than 10 years and Rita worked in civil service, mostly at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Elmendorf for more than 25 years.

Rocky and Rita retired and moved to the Sterling area where they spend a considerable amount of time at the Sterling Senior Center where Rita is an active volunteer.

The Hellecks have one son and two daughters; Jimmy Helleck of Sterling, Teresa Helleck of Anchorage and Patricia Penny of Sterling. Rita and Rocky have two grandchildren, Eric Helleck of Anchorage and Samantha Helleck of Valdosta, Ga.

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