Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

The Iditarod is over, the high school basketball championship tournament is history, the calendar says it is spring and students are on spring break. From here on out, things will escalate toward the busiest time of year.

Congratulations to the Ninilchik basketball teams for a good season. I hope you noticed the article on the sports page March 15 that featured Ninilchik senior Mindy Dawson. I still have my copy for you to see if you missed it.

Every March the Camp Fire Boys and Girls and other organizations sponsor a campaign to encourage adults to write letters to children in order to let them know of their love and commitment to them. Sounds like a good idea for us neighbors to let the Ninilchik children know how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate them. What a blessing they are! I often hear from a child, "Is there anything I can do to help you?" They need to know they are loved and appreciated.

A group of Ninilchik students are looking forward to their trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Close Up Foundation government studies program. There they will have the opportunity to observe the workings of the government and learn that each individual is an important part of the government.

In order to help defray expenses, the students have been raising funds. Their last fund-raiser will be a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. April 1 at the school. Put that on your calendar. Meanwhile, if you have goods or services that could be auctioned at the event, call the school.

Also, mark your calendar for April 2 when the Ninilchik Fair Association will conduct its "Fun Raiser." It also is gathering things to be auctioned. Fair manager, Lara McGinnis, will be in the fair office Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. to receive donations. For more information, call her at the fair office at 567-3670.

You shouldn't be able to misplace the brochure from the Ninilchik Emergency Medical Services (EMS) this year — it's bright yellow. There's no excuse for its getting lost in a stack of papers on your desk. Membership dues are $25 annually. They are tax deductible. EMS needs our support.

How about giving Nita Millett a call to express your appreciation? She is resigning after having been with the emergency services for 25 years. She also has served in every capacity at some point while there.

Thank you, Nita.

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

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