Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Hi neighbors,

Our little town is beginning to awaken—not that it's been soundly asleep. Plenty has been going on, but there is a marked difference in our seasons here.

We are seeing folks who have been away for the winter, charters and businesses are gearing up for a new season and school students are having a hard time keeping focused on their studies.

I appreciated the response from Lyle and Teresa Winters for sending in military news of our boys.

They wrote, "Erik is serving in the Army at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. He is in the signal brigade as a satellite system operator and maintainer.

He will be off to Georgia in September for more training on computers. Erik does not have to go back to Kuwait at this time."

And may I say, thank you, Erik, for serving our country. I appreciate you.

Don't forget the blood drive at the school Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The process takes from 45 minutes to an hour.

It's best to make an appointment, but not necessary. Call Mrs. Leman at 567-3722 for your appointment.

Put this on your calendar. The Ninilchik School sophomore class will have a car wash May 12. By that time the roads should be such that your car will stay clean for a while.

Don't forget the Homer Electric annual membership meeting May 3 at 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

This week, my spotlight is on senior Josh Wind Nelson.

Josh has been a student at Ninilchik for the past three years. Before that he attended schools in Slona and St. Paul, Minn. By the jobs he has held one can see that he is an avid outdoorsman: he has been an assistant big game guide, has worked with the Wrangell St. Elias National Park Services salmon weir studies, been a plant and wildlife tour guide and a park service biology assistant.

His volunteer work has included horse breaking, carpentry and excavation. He loves snowmachining, including high marking. He also lists as hobbies, literature, psychology, biology, botany and empathy practices.

Can you guess what his most enjoyable subjects in school are? They are biology, sociology, and literature. School sports that Josh has participated in are basketball, track and field and wrestling.

He is thankful for his sister, Melinda, for always being there when needed the most and for Eric, who inspired him to graduate. He said that without Eric he would have given up.

He said that an important lesson he has learned is to "be honest to others by being true to yourself; only then will you see the inner deviance and scandalousness in others which you should stray from."

His future goals and ambitions are to practice psychology, get a welding certificate and publish a couple of books that only a select few understand.

His advice to underclassmen is to "Learn from school, but choose what to believe. There's much more to this world than they want you to understand."

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

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