Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Memorial Day weekend in Ninilchik brings a variety of annual activities to our community. Gardens will be planted, pancakes will be served at the fairgrounds, and many students will rejoice that school is finally out.

On Friday night, anglers can drop their lines into Deep Creek and Ninilchik rivers precisely at midnight in hopes to catch a prize king salmon.

In all our activities, I hope we do not forget the reason for the Memorial Day celebration. Let us take the time to pause and remember those who fought and those who died so we can have the freedoms we enjoy today.

Ninilchik Emergency Services annual benefit breakfast will be held Saturday through Monday. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more will be served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The price of admission is $9 adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children under 5 get in free. A three-day pass is available for $22 for adults, $12 for children ages 6-12. You may get your passes in advance by calling Madeline Thompson at 567-3997

A quilt made by Ruth Taggart and Wilma McCombs will be raffled at the pancake breakfast and the drawing will be held May 30 at the fairgrounds. All proceeds will go to Ninilchik Emergency Services. You do not need to be present to win.

The home-school students from Calvary Baptist Church will give a spring program at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. There will be numbers on the piano, violin, cello and trombone as well as recitations and vocals presented. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

If you own a business in the Ninilchik or Anchor Point area, you might have a 4-H Junior Market Livestock member stop in to invite you to attend the JML auction, which is held at the state fair in Ninilchik in August.

In order to be eligible to sell their market animal, each member is to required to present the JML program to eight area businesses and invite them to attend the auction.

If you would like to encourage these young people by having them visit your business, send me an e-mail or call Debbie Mackie at 262-6602 and your name can be added to the JML business contact list.

American Barrel Racing Association meets at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik every other Monday evening. Sign in at 6 p.m.; the races begin at 7 p.m. The first meet was Monday in Ninilchik, but it is still not too late to join and get in on the fun and competition of barrel racing and pole bending.

The next event is June 6.

For membership applications and more details, call Becky West at 398-4747.

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the senior center. Vivian Kinnaird sent in the following information: "In the midst of suspended burn permits, warm, dry conditions and a 5,400-acre wildfire near Homer, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is conducting a community-based planning effort to address specific concerns regarding wildfire prevention and mitigation. Communities with completed plans will be given priority for federal funding for fuel reduction projects and, through the plans, can influence where and how federal agencies implement these projects on federal lands and how funds may be distributed for projects on nonfederal lands."

For more information, give Vivian Kinnaird or Daniel Bevington a call at (907) 257-5000, or toll-free at (866) 577-7496, enter 1127 at the prompt.

This week's senior spotlight is on valedictorian Patrick Tillbury, the son of Steve and Patricia Tillbury.

Patrick has attended the school since kindergarten and has found out that hard work pays off. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was elected by the student body as the student representative for the school board during the 2003-04 school year. With that responsibility came the opportunity to attend school board meetings throughout the year as well as take trips to meetings in Anchorage and Juneau.

Patrick also has been an active member of the Ninilchik Emergency Services. He said he really enjoys volunteering for the NES and appreciates the training he received as an emergency trauma technician and volunteer firefighter. He received a scholar's scholarship and has enrolled in University of Alaska Anchorage summer program working toward his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

He has joined the U.S. Air Force with the delayed-entry program and is focusing on being an avionics technician. He will deploy in August and ship out to San Antonio, Texas on Aug. 8.

He encourages his underclassmen to enjoy high school and cautions, "It goes by very fast."

If you to see a group of young men from Eielson Air Force Base who took some time off from their duties in Fairbanks to do some fishing here in Ninilchik this weekend, you might consider thanking them for serving our country.

One of the young men, Jordan Shaulis, has served a term in Iraq. I think that we should express our appreciation for our military personnel who willingly put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and free.

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

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