Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Hi , neighbors.

It looks like spring has finally arrived. I'm looking forward to getting into the garden and checking on some new plants that I am hoping survived the winter.

On April 12, between 10 and 11 a.m. you and your child are invited to join Head Start for its annual open house. Information and registration applications will be available as well as special activities for preschool children. The Head Start program is free for qualifying families. The school is at Mile 81.5 the Sterling Highway next to Cook's Tesoro. For additional information, call 260-7446.

Start spring cleaning your garage and other nooks and crannies around your home because the Sterling Senior Center is planning a garage sale April 22 and 23. I'll give you more particulars as I learn them, but it's best to be prepared.

Allan Miller's class is just completing its astronaut training and heading off to the Challenger Center of Alaska for a mission to Mars.

For half of the mission, the young astronauts will be at the Kenai Central High School's swimming pool working with scuba gear, provided by Dive Alaska, and trying to assemble an airlock model on the bottom of the pool.

This activity was designed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to simulate the training astronauts do in the million gallon neutral buoyancy lab pool in Houston.

The other half of the day, students will simulate a crew exchange on Mars, with one team assisting the arrival of a fresh team of astronauts at Mars base alpha.

To simulate the international cooperation such a mission would take, the Voznesenka fifth- and sixth-graders will be in charge of communications. They will issue instructions in Russian while their classmates serve as translators to help the Sterling students understand and complete the mission.

The Voznesenka students have spent the last four months in preparation for the mission.

I wish all the students and their teachers lots of luck and hope they have a safe and successful journey.

I hope you remembered to reset your timepieces last Sunday to "spring forward" an hour.

Income taxes are due April 15 or filing for an extension is possible if you are still working on the paperwork.

The Moose River RV Park is open from 6 a.m. to noon and serves up coffee and pie. You can actually buy a whole pie if you are expecting company and don't have time to bake.

The RV park is on the Sterling Highway next to Head Start.

It is owned and operated by Anita and Dennis Merkes. Memorial Day it expand its hours.

Have a wonderful week.

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