Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

As I gleaned news from around town for my first column, I realized more than ever what great neighbors Ninilchik has. I feel blessed to have been a part of this community for the past 10 years, and I'm looking forward to meeting new neighbors as I get to know more of you through writing this column.

Feel free to call or e-mail my daughter, Abigail, or me anytime to let us in on the happenings in our community.

I would be remiss if I did not mention how much I appreciate my mother, Marlene Blough, and the godly example she has been to me.

I think she will be sorely missed in Ninilchik, but I know she loves it here, so I look forward to seeing her back in the area from time to time.

For the first time in Ninilchik the Golden Wheel Amusements will bring a carnival with rides, vendors and fun for the whole family this weekend at the fairgrounds. There will be free parking on opening night, from 5 to 11 Thursday.

The hours of operation will be from 2 to 11 p.m. Friday; from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

If you have a student of the month card, you and your parents will get in free. Sunday is family day.

Families will be admitted for $10. Proceeds from parking will go to the Trail Blazers 4-H Club, whose members will be the parking lot attendants.

This year's 4-H leadership council tree sale will be held at the fairgrounds from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. This fund-raiser benefits 4-H leaders and members peninsula wide, as it provides scholarships to attend educational events and activities. For more information on what trees are available, call Dawn Hoxie at (907) 235-2264.

Ninilchik neighbors are encouraged to get their car washed at Ninilchik School on Friday. The sophomore class said they would appreciate your support.

Mark your calendar to attend the endowment fund dinner and auction at 5 p.m. May 21 at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. A pork tenderloin dinnerwill be served. The cost is $12. Tim Navarre will auction gold pans painted by area artists Nick Cooper, Erica Miller and Elaine Selfe. If you have any questions, call Julie Welch at 567-3988.

This week's senior spotlight is on Maureen McCombs, daughter of John and Deidre McCombs. Maureen has attended Ninilchik School since kindergarten and says she is thankful for her parents' love and support and for her friends who have made her high school career fun and memorable.

She has held the offices of president and secretary for student council and was president of the National Honor Society. She has held jobs as a lifeguard, deckhand for her father and with Ninilchik's Emergency Medical Service.

She recently placed third in the Caring for the Kenai contest and won an $800 scholarship for her presentation on flood awareness. Her school also benefited from the contest by receiving funds for their science department.

Maureen said she has learned to make every moment count and her advice to her underclassmen is: "Don't grow up too fast."

Vicky Daniels can be reached by phone at 567-4434 or by email at

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