Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

On Saturday, the Sterling Relay for Life team will host its second annual fund-raiser breakfast. The breakfast will be served from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. The suggested donation of $10 will go to support cancer research and aid cancer patients.

There will be a wide variety of foods, such as ham, sausage, quiche, cheese potatoes and scrambled eggs. Your donation also will help the relay team reach its goal of winning a recognition plaque for the fourth year in a row. Organizers would appreciate your support.

Sterling residents Dick and Betty Hendrick's daughter, Major Heidi Whitescarver, and her husband, Mike, recently ran a marathon in Paris, France. Heidi posted her personal best time to date of 4 hours and 16 minutes. Mike finished the marathon although knee problems forced him to walk much of the way.

Heidi is a nurse in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. She graduated from Dimond High School in Anchorage in 1989. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., with a master of science degree in nursing, earned in 2004, from University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Mike is a major in the Kansas National Guard but is an inactive guard member as long as the couple is out of the country. He is employed by the Department of Defense, teaches junior high school science and coaches high school soccer.

Heidi and Mike have run in several marathons. One was in September in Frankfort, Germany and another run in Seattle, Wash. Congratulations on your recent successful marathon, Heidi.

Abundant Life, Sterling Baptist and Sterling Lutheran churches will hold a prayer vigil Thursday at the Baptist church to recognize and honor the National Day of Prayer.

The vigil will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you wish to participate, call any of the churches listed above.

Congratulations to Kathy and John Haley, who will celebrate 16 years of marriage Friday. Kathy is the daughter of Sterling homesteaders Walt Pedersen and Laura Tyson, now deceased.

Kathy grew up here and attended Sterling Elementary when it was in the log cabin. She is the owner of Great Alaska Fish Camp, which was part of the original homestead.

Her father built Moose River Drive and Pedersen Loop, which also was part of the original homestead. John is a transplanted Texan. John and Kathy plan to spend their anniversary in Anchorage seeing a performance by an outside native group called Broken Walls.

There will be a 55 Alive class at the senior center Friday and Saturday. Vivian Swanson from Kenai will instruct the class. There are many reasons for taking this class, and the least of those are the possible savings on car insurance. Call the senior center at 262-6808 to sign up.

The senior center held a garage sale two weeks ago. I ventured over and the center was bursting at the seams with people selling and people buying.

I found some great statuary for my garden and decided that going early is the secret to a successful buying trip to a garage sale.

The meeting with borough representative Grace Merkes, held April 25, could be considered a success if the amount of people attending is any measure. The senior center in Sterling was packed. Grace had an agenda passed out and many of our neighbors spoke up and gave their thoughts on the borough's proposed budget, both good and not so good. Major among the comments was to cut the budget. People who spoke discussed school costs, fishing license costs, unfunded mandates of the state Legislature, costs to small businesses and a wide variety of other concerns. Grace promised everyone that she would do the best she could to let the borough assembly know about Sterling's concerns.

All Head Start alumni are invited to the end of the year potluck May 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The potluck will be held on the grounds of the Sterling Community Club at the log cabin on the corner of Swanson River Road and the Sterling Highway. All current Head Start children will celebrate the end of the school year with their families. There will be some outdoor activities and grilled burgers to go with side dishes and desserts that parents are bringing.

Have a great week in the sun.

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