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Posted: Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

How swiftly February passes and how quickly the daylight hours lengthen. The winter "blahs" that one hears so much about don't seem to have plagued our Ninilchik neighbors, for they have kept a full schedule of activities, some wishing they could get even more accomplished.

There are those moments, however, that one is forced to stop, and not smell the roses, but to stop and sip a cup of coffee with the neighbors in order to give a hungry moose time to chomp the alders on the path they had wished to take.

We welcome the Chris Smith family back to the neighborhood. When Chris and Denise Smith moved to California from Ninilchik in 1995, they left with one son, Jonathan, and their new baby, Jennifer.

Now they have returned with two more children, Joey and JT. The little boys have a gift of entertaining with their sense of humor. Chris has been a fishing charter operator in both California and Alaska.

Every year, the Americanism Division of the American Legion sponsors an oratorical contest. Joshua Cozzini participated on the local level in Kenai and won a $500 United States savings bond.

On Feb. 26, he went to Anchorage to compete on the state level, giving a speech on the first amendment of the United States Constitution. As well as giving a ten-minute prepared speech, he was expected to speak extemporaneously on a subject given to him on one of the articles of the constitution.

He said it was a learning experience and that he is grateful for the savings bond. In preparation for the contest, Joshua said he became more knowledgeable and appreciative of our country's constitution. That is a goal of The American Legion.

The Bob Jones Home Satellite (HomeSat) host, Gary Moore will come to the peninsula Thursday to conduct a seminar at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai from 1 to 3 p.m.

HomeSat is a satellite network tailored to meet the specific needs of home schoolers around the nation. They offer courses from kindergarten through 12th grade in a wide range of subjects. High school courses such as physical science, biology, chemistry, geometry, algebra I and II, physics, pre-calculus and foreign languages are streamed in live daily and students can benefit by being part of a nationwide class of home schoolers. Two Ninilchik families are enrolled in this program. Moore will be available to answer questions after the presentation until 3 p.m. Any questions about this meeting may be directed to Vicky Daniels at vdaniels@ideafamilies.org.

The Ninilchik Community Forum (NCF) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the fairgrounds hall. The topics will be Deep Creek Charter Boat Association's plans for Halibut and Salmon Derbies, Kenai Peninsula State Fair Association funding issues, report on new environmental concerns for water quality in Deep Creek and Ninilchik River, pursuing a resolution to the Borough Assembly for recognition of NCF as representative for the rural community of Ninilchik, review of an alternate area map to incorporate into our Community Action Plan and review of State Parks Local Advisory Committee. Community members are encouraged to attend.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 567-3394 or by email at mblough@alaska.com



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