Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Hi neighbors.

North Star Dance Studio had its spring recital last Saturday night and my granddaughter, Madelyn Fox, danced in four of the performances. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Olivia Fair of Sterling also danced in the recital and she, too, has been dancing for a long time.

Barb Pennington and Susan Gilbertson are partners in the purchase of "Millie's" property on the Sterling Highway and Greatland Drive. I talked to Barb the other day to find out what the new business will be and she told me that their plans are to build a new structure to house an ice cream parlor. It will be called Robins Nest in honor of her late husband, Robin.

They plan to have pies and coffee, open jam sessions and Friday night fish fries. They plan to be open all year but first Magpyes has to move into its new pizza business which is being built right down the highway close to the Sterling Senior Center.

There sure are a lot of things happening in our neighborhood. I'll keep you posted on progress but in the meantime you can view the construction by driving down the Sterling Highway.

Sterling's Abundant Life Assembly of God Church is planning a chili cook off and flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28. Organizers say you should come and enjoy an afternoon of sunshine, live musical entertainment with area bands, various market vendors, a baby beauty contest, fun activities for the kids, and, of course, a heated chili competition. Admission is free and chili-tasting kits can be purchased for $5.

Teams of amateur and professional chili cooks will create gallons of freshly made chili as they compete for prizes. An panel of prominent area community leaders will judge the chili creations in one of three divisions: corporate, individual or vegetarian. If you think your chili can stand the heat, dig out your best recipe and join in the battle with other chefs from around the area.

Applications are being accepted for chili teams. Call the special events hotline at 262-0694 for an application. The deadline to enter is May 25.

In addition to the chili cook off and other things on Memorial Day weekend, Abundant Life will launch its Saturday market which will be the last Saturday of every month through August.

There are tables available so folks can make their reservations now. The cost is $10 per table which will help fund pavement for the church parking lot. This might be a good opportunity and location for displaying arts, crafts and treasures. For more information or to reserve a space, call their office at 262-7266.

Welcome home to Betsy and Jerry Kanago. They have been traveling for several months in their RV and Betsy tells me they loved it. I'm happy to have them back in our neighborhood.

Students graduating from Head Start received a dinosaur book, finger paints, a yearbook CD and lots of other goodies. Students also received certificates for completing a year of Head Start, and those students who graduated and will begin their public education were rewarded with a certificate.

There were many families, neighbors and businesses who helped out at the celebration and donated their time to make the year- end celebration fun and successful. From goodie bags, CDs, a cake with a race track decoration and the words which read "Head Start Kids...Beginning the race for education," to the loan of a grill and safety demonstrations of how to use it, to the grillmaster and cleanup people, everyone pitched in for this fun event.

The Masonic Lodge will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center.

There will be another community meeting with borough representative Grace Merkes on May 31 at 7 p.m. at the senior center. The last meeting was crowded with our neighbors who wanted to give their opinion on the borough budget. I hope to see you there.

Until next week.

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

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