Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2001

Forget-Me-Not Care Center appreciates community support

The Forget-Me-Not Care Center would like to offer a tremendous thank you to the individuals and businesses who have recently made financial contributions to our program. The Forget-Me-Not Care Center provides a day program for our community's frail older adults and for individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Employees of Credit Union One in Soldotna held a garage sale extravaganza, proceeds benefiting the Forget-Me-Not Care Center. Response to the fund-raiser was enthusiastic, and enough money was raised to purchase long-needed activity supplies. Special thanks go to Credit Union employees Cindy Boyer, Nicki Eshleman, Phyllis Snow, Karen Galbraith, Karrie Wilkinson, Eve Penhale, Wendy Huddleston, Patty Vinson and Shannon Penner.

A huge thank you goes to Phillips Alaska Inc. for a significant contribution to the Forget-Me-Not Center. Phillips employees Dennis Seyler and Richard Spencer deserve special recognition for their contributions.

The Forget-Me-Not program extends special thanks to Gloria Ely, Arthur and Dorothy Lema, Pat and Sandra Hawkins, and Bud Helwig for their donations.

Thank you also to all the people of our community who gave to the United Way of the Kenai Peninsula. Your United Way dollars are crucial, for they help local nonprofit agencies provide service to people most in need.

Linda Boyle, director Forget-Me-Not Care Center

Alaska students represent state well during Close Up program

Recently I had the pleasure of accompanying seven students from Ninilchik School to Washington, D.C., for the Close Up Foun-dation's government studies program. The students, along with other students from Yakutat, Seward, Dillingham and Bethel, participated in a week-long series of seminars and workshops regarding processes and issues within which the government is involved.

While in Washington, the Alaska delegation was exemplary in all areas -- their attitudes, their conduct and their interest. The Alaska delegation also had an opportunity to interact with students from other states as well as participants from the Marshall Islands.

Many people deserve recognition for making this experience possible. Individuals and corporations provided fellowship funds for low- to moderate-income students. The students and their parents worked very hard to ensure the success of the program. Our local and state representatives have supported the Close Up program, and many people in the community also lent their assistance. We would like to particularly thank the following contributors that help to make this trip possible: Ninilchik Auto Parts and Hardware, Gates Construction, Deep Creek Custom Packing, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Ninilchik American Legion Post 18, Ninilchik Native Descendants, Icicle Seafoods Inc., Phillips Alaska Inc., Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc., American Vets Post No. 4 and Unocal Alaska Resources.

It was a privilege for me to work with these students, and we plan to participate in Close Up next spring, making this our 27th year.

Jerry Byrne, Close Up Adviser, Ninilchik School

Sterling Elementary's spring fair raises money, provides family fun

To all the people who helped make our Spring Renaissance Carnival a huge success, a big thank you! Sterling Elementary has the best volunteers and teachers. This year we went all out by changing our theme and many of our old games.

Thank you to Bob Oakes, Mike Griffin and Greg Gonzales for the construction of some new and old games and special thanks to Mike Griffin for his conceptual designs. Special thanks goes to Terri Zopf from Skyview High School for loaning us medieval outfits and to those who were brave enough to wear them!

Our medieval menu would not have been possible without our fantastic kitchen staff: Pam Breakfield, Cathy Patterson and Nina Clock and those great kids from Soldotna High School's National Honor Society. Not only did they help in the kitchen, they jumped right in wherever needed. Also we would like to thank Patty Barker for making and serving those delicious Dragon Wings (fried dough).

A huge thanks goes out to Blakeley Auctioneers for the fun and profitable benefit auction. To all those parents, teachers and volunteers who arrived early and stayed afterward for cleanup, thank you so much.

Most importantly, we would like to acknowledge our local businesses for their most generous donations. They are as follows: ACS, Adamas Designs, Alaska Flying Network, Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Trading and Loan, Alaska USA Credit Union, Beemun's, Big K, Bing Browns, Birch Tree Gallery, Blue Jay Guide Service, Bub's Pizza, Buckets, Burger King, Carrs, Claudettes, Columbia Paint, Coffee Concepts, Jerry Cook, Craftsman Hobbies, Janice Crooks, Dan's TV, Don Jose's, Double Musky Inn, Edward Jones, F and F Safety Specialists, Inc., Felicia's, Jane Fellman, First National Bank, Fitness Place, Fishing Hole, Footworks, Frames and Things, Fred Meyer, Vicki Freeze, Frontier Frame Gallery, Garske Family, Gloria's Hair Salon, Godfather's, Gold Strike Lanes, Golden International, Grubstake Griff's Guide and Outfitters, Haircutters, Hair Force, Harley-Davidson, Vicki Harrison, Inlet Gifts, Jersey Subs, Alice Johnson, Kenai River Nursery, Jean Kimple, Martin Mines, Master's Vineyard, McDonald's, Merkes Enterprises, Midnight Hobby, Music Box, Mykel's, Nails by Jeni, NAPA Auto Parts, National Bank of Alaska, Neal Family, New Peking, North Country Kids, NorthCountry Fair, Olga's Fine Jewelry, Paradisos, Passions, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Health Center, Pizza Pete's, Radio Shack, Regal Interior, Rick's Tire Service, River City Books, Riverside House, Robinson Hay Farm, Sadler's, Safeway, Schucks, Signatures, Subway, Sugar Magnolias, Sweeney's, Tail Waggers, Talley and Smith, Three Bears, Trinity Nursery, Unocal, Uptown Motel, Zeny's, and for those businesses that would prefer to remain anonymous, thank you so much. And to the parents, kids and community, with your participation we were able to have a successful fund-raiser.

We are anxiously looking forward to next year's carnival. See you there!

Lynn Lund, Charlene Oakes, Sterling Elementary PTA

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