Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Thanks to the people who called Allan Miller at the Sterling Elementary School last week and offered him a satellite dish. He had four offers from folks in the community who had perfect dishes that they would be happy to send for the use of the school.

Miller says one of them is going to save the class about $1,000 dollars and hopefully make it possible to watch the return to flight shuttle launch in May that will be shown live on NASA TV.

Speaking of far out things to do, did you know that if you have access to a computer, you can either listen to or view the Alaska State Legislature in action from your own home? You can choose the committee meeting you are interested in and just listen in. In order to do this go to To listen, just make your selection from the list of offerings. Isn't this a marvelous age we live in?

The Central Peninsula General Hospital auxiliary is seeking area community members interested in donating historical pictures of the central Kenai Peninsula area for its newly planned historical wall.

The auxiliary will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the Iliamna room at the hospital. The public is invited to attend and bring photos. For more information, call 714-4500.

I hope you've had time to clean out your garage and reserved a table for the garage sale at the Sterling Senior Center this weekend. The sale runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is available for $25.

Yes, there is going to be a bake sale with lots of treats made just for Sterling neighbors. For more information and to sign up, call Glenda Graham at 262-2943.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank invites Sterling neighbors to come in and see what is new at the food bank. On Saturday, the Funny River Road Ladies' biscuit and gravy fund-raiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the food bank. Diners can eat biscuits and gravy and participate in the Funny River Quilters raffle. A queen-size quilt by Elaine Rohloff of the Funny River Quilters, Kenai Fabric Center and the Forget Me Not Quilters is up for grabs.

Then at 12:30 p.m. everyone will take a break for the unveiling and dedication of the mural designed, painted and assembled by Celia Anderson's intermediate painting students from Kenai Peninsula Community College.

I hear there are only two, one-bedroom units left available for rent at Sterling Moose River Manor. If you are interested, stop by the senior center office and talk with Genie Christen. Maybe she will give you a tour.

Genie says, "Don't delay because it will be several years before more units will be built."

There is going to be another community meeting with our borough representative, Grace Merkes, on Monday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the senior center.

I hope you plan to attend and make your voice heard. I hear the last meeting was lively with many of our neighbors in attendance.

Connie Ferguson at Sterling Elementary tells me that Mike Morgan will be the "artist in residence" at the school today through April 29. Morgan is an area musician and is well-known in the community for making music and for helping to bring talented musicians to perform on the peninsula.

He will work with students at the school and help them discover their musical talents and then use those talents to explore other topics like science fiction and sea life.

His residency was made possible by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and matching funds from the Sterling PTA.

The Sterling Head Start is accepting applications for the 2005-06 school year. This program is available for children who will be three by Sept. 1 and children who are 4 and 5 but not yet eligible for kindergarten.

The school is at Mile 81.5 Sterling Highway. For more information, call 260-7446.

Happy birthday to Laura Steger on Friday, her special day. I hope you get lots of cards and a big birthday cake.

Until next week.

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

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