Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

This year beat the record by six days. What am I talking about? Remember, that I said that I had been keeping record of when the last patch of snow left my garden plot and that it was normally between April 22 and 29 with dates even later? April 22 is not here yet and the snow is gone, barring a snowfall before publication.

The gardeners I have talked to are ready or already preparing. Ahh, spring.

Does today's date ring a bell with you? Today was an important date in American history. The Battle of Concord and Lexington was the beginning of independence.

The shot fired by an unknown soldier became known as "the shot that was heard around the world." This date used to be marked on the calendars as Patriot's Day. It served to remind us that freedom was bought with a price.

I will try to get an update on the Ninilchik men who are presently serving in the military. If you have such information, pass it on so that I can express gratitude to them publicly.

Today, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. a guest speaker will discuss raising self-reliant children in a self-indulgent world. She will offer ideas for developing a trusting relationship with children, as well as the skills to implement the necessary discipline to help your child become a responsible adult.

There will be a free book per family for the first 15 people to the presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

I've been asked to make sure that Ninilchik residents are aware of a free recital that will be given by trombonist Brandon Newhould on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Brandon is a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School. He hopes to enter MoZarteum Conservatory in Austria for his graduate studies. The program will consist of three conservatory audition pieces written by Eugene Bigot, Johann Galliard and Ernst Sachse, as well as "Sonata for Trombone" by Eric Ewazen. He will be accompanied by Maria Allison on the piano. The public is invited to attend.

Ninilchik School's cheerleading squad attended a two-day cheerleading competition in Anchorage on March 30 and 31. Squad members are Courtney Schnabl, Carol Demora, Emily Oskolkoff, Jennifer Bartolowits, Jackie Waldron, Alicia Self, Ashley Bartolowits and Reyna Wood.

Fourteen young people are in this year's graduating class at Ninilchik School. I will feature them in the next few weeks. Thanks to those who have already sent me their completed questionnaires.

If there are home-schooled young people graduating who I don't know about, call me so I can feature them too.

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

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