Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Betty Hendricks tells me she and her husband, Dick, have two grandsons serving in the Marine Corps. L/Cpl Ross St. John is serving in Iraq with the 4th Recon Battalion. Ross is a graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage and is the son of Alan and Jeanine St. John of Anchorage.

The other grandson is Pvt. Raymond Held, who recently completed boot camp and is now at 29 Palms, Calif., for training in communication equipment repair. Raymond is a graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of Robin Badger of Anchorage and Rick Held of Arizona.

If you have redistributed and sorted your stuff in your garage and home during this warm weather, you might give some thought to donating some things to Head Start for its garage sale.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 at Head Start on the Sterling Highway next to the Moose River RV Park. The staff is accepting donations and would appreciate anything you can do to help.

You can drop off donations or call Melissa Daugherty at 260-7446. Also, if you would like to set up your own garage sale area, you are welcome to do so for a donation of $5.

Thanks to Suzanne Martin for donating her time and giving support to Head Start and the families in our community. Suzanne taught a class on positive guidance this year in addition to teaching kindergarten full time and serving on the Head Start Regional Council Committee.

Head Start will have its last day of school Friday, but staff members will be in and out of the office throughout the summer. You can enroll your children by leaving a message, and they will arrange a time to meet with you and fill out papers.

Rural Cap routinely meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Abundant Life in the Christian Education (CE) building, which is the original church building that is now used for CE and youth events. It is available for community groups such as Rural Cap and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for meetings.

The Sterling AA group meets Sunday nights at Abundant Life CE Building at 7 p.m.

If you missed Dudley Abbott in April when he was at the senior center sharpening scissors and knives, you might try to catch him Thursday.

Dudley only asks $1 for each item he sharpens which pays his costs for the service.

Sterling resident, Erika Smith will be home from Texas Bible College this month for the summer. She plans on being at home with mom, Janice, and dad, Brian Smith. Erika said she will be happy to catch up on all the news from her sisters Alecia, Sydney and Shelby.

I am told they are an incredible quartet and were featured in the Clarion because of their singing abilities.

Joe Purcell will be the guest speaker at Abundant Life on Wednesday and Thursday evening. He did missionary work in the Alaskan Bush for several years before going to Siberia and then to far-east Russia. Joe will be stationed in Asia for more missionary work. For more information and times, call Abundant Life.

Kelly Stagill will return to Sterling for the summer May 21. She attends Florida Bible College.

I failed to report that Leon Merkes had a birthday May 1; Darlene Fisher celebrated May 2; Sallie Norman had her birthday Wednesday; and today Dorothy Westphal celebrates. I hope you all got lots of birthday cards and a big cake.

Terry Moxey is leading the senior citizens on cleaning up their section of the Sterling Highway. To learn more about the road cleanup, go by the senior center at 10 a.m. Thursday and Terry will give you an assignment. Go prepared to spend some time working.

The Sterling Masonic Lodge will hold a garage sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Until next week, I hope you can keep the moose away from your new plant growth.

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

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