Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Thanks to Tom Hodel who came and talked to the seniors at the Sterling Senior Center last week. He discussed medications and over-the-counter remedies.

Don't miss out on the big Easter dinner at the senior center Wednesday. They are having baked ham with all the trimmings.

Allan Miller tells me the Sterling Elementary student council will offer a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who attended at least three years at the school during his or her education. Application forms can be picked up in the school's office or from the counselors at Soldotna and Skyview high schools.

It's not too early to sign up for the Sterling seniors Relay for Life team. The walk will be June 3 and 4 at Skyview High School. Funds raised from this function goes to help in cancer research.

If you would like to join the team, call Glenda Graham at 262-2943.

I hear that a group of people recently met to plan a county fair in Sterling. It sounds like fun. If you are interested in knowing more about it, call Tamara Lundell at 262-5947.

Don't forget to attend the meeting with Grace Merkes at 7 p.m. Monday. This will be an opportunity to express your views to your borough representative.

Recently, Merkes traveled to Washington, D.C., as a member of the borough assembly. Her daughter, Melissa Daugherty, and two grandsons, Mitchel and Matthew, were able to travel with her and see the famous sights. Among the many things they did while they were there was visit Mount Vernon, the home of the father of our country, George Washington. They also saw the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Smithsonian Castle and much, much, more.

You may be interested to know the new senior housing adjacent to the center is filling up fast. Moose River Housing now has eight units rented, which leaves two units still available. Genie Christen, the new housing coordinator, says it won't be long until all the units are filled.

I hope you are working on a masterpiece hat for the High Hat Tea on March 30. Hopefully, lots of women will turn out for the big event. For more information or to make a reservation, call Tamara Lundell at 262-5947.

If you are planning on attending the Head Start fund-raiser April 2 at Naptowne Inn, you should get tickets as soon as possible. They tell me they only have 15 tickets left. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by a show and concluding with an auction.

Some of the auction items include a pontoon boat, fishing trips, handmade quilts, a flight seeing trip and antler and wood carvings. Call 260-7446 for tickets.

Welcome home to Jean and Dillion Kimple who just returned from a trip on the Amazon River in Brazil. Jean says she thought she knew a little bit about the great river but found that there was a lot more to learn. Their trip up the Amazon took them 1,000 miles into the interior of Brazil. They were on a small cruise ship but apparently there were larger ones that went even farther up the river.

Jean said the river is so big that they were on the ship for a half day before they were able to see land and then they were so far away they needed binoculars. She said this is one of those trips you talk about all your life and then finally find an opportunity to go on it.

In this case, they could imagine the most fantastic things possible and it would be true.

Happy Birthday to Freddy Miller on Wednesday. I hope he has a big celebration with a cake and lots of birthday cards.

Until next week, enjoy the daylight and sunshine.

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

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