Sterling Community News

Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008

The Soldotna Silver Salmon swimming team has four Sterling members. Micah Sterling is new to swimming this year. Kaydi Marckesano, Kaitlyn Groleske and Christian Carrico are more experienced swimmers who have earned the right to compete at The Speedo Alaska Junior Olympic Championships.

The meet is going to be held April 10 through 13 at the Bartlett High School pool in Anchorage. These young swimmers will compete against the best swimmers in the state. If you see them around town, you may want to wish them luck.

There have been some changes at the Sterling Transfer Station that you might want to know about before you go to dump your next load of trash. All large trash construction waste, brush, appliances etc. is being put in a different container. In essence, everything but your soft bags of household trash must be sorted out and put in a different location. Remember to ask the attendant where you should unload if you are hauling anything but regular kitchen-type trash. Also, they no longer take fridges or freezers. Those will now have to go to the Borough landfill. Remember that load and size limits are being strictly enforced now.

Remember to bring your aluminum cans to the red recycle bin in the west parking lot at Sterling Elementary School by April 26. This is the last day to turn in cans for the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up. If you have a big load that needs to be picked up, call Connie at 262-7293.

Here are some recycling factoids recycling 48 aluminum cans saves one gallon of gasoline; an aluminum can will last for 500 years if you throw it away, but it can be recycled over and over again. Americans throw away 35 billion aluminum cans a year.

Please save your aluminum cans for the school and help it and the environment.

Carol Matthews let me know that the Sterling Baptist Church has a new pastor. His name is Tim Weekley, his wife's name is Julie. Tim was born in Soldotna and comes to Sterling from the Houston area. His first service as pastor was Easter Sunday. Many of his relatives, including his mom, Claudia Costello; step-dad, Bill Costello; brother, Scot Weekley and his wife; grandmother, Bernice York; Claudia's sister, Diane, and Claudia's brother, Elwin York, were visitors at the church for his first service.

Tim and his family have many ties to the Sterling area. The Weekley family lived on Greenfield Drive off of Robinson Loop and built a log home there. The family left Sterling in the early 90s. Tim's grandfather, Al York, was one of the founders of the Peninsula Winter Games and the local Junior Dog Mushing program.

If you would like more information about Pastor Weekley or the Sterling Baptist Church you can visit their Web site at

As always, if you have news you would like to see included in this section of the paper give me a call or drop me an e-mail.

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