Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Someone mentioned to me that the off-road vehicles really can create havoc on the Sterling Highway between Soldotna and Sterling.

They raise so much dust that many times you have to practically stop your car until the dust settles.

Maybe we should have a designated track where the youngsters could ride their vehicles that would make it safer for cars on the highway and for them also?

I've just learned that the chili cook-off at Abundant Life that was planned for Saturday has been canceled. The Saturday market, however, is still planned, and the first one will be held Saturday.

The Sterling Senior Center will be the place to be Saturday. The seniors are holding a halibut and salmon fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m.

The senior center volunteers and staff are in the process of building a platform in back of the kitchen that will hold an outdoor grill.

The lumber that is being used to build the platform has been donated by a lumber yard that as been in business on the peninsula for many years. The platform will make outdoor cooking much easier in the future.

The gardeners at the center are hoping for donations of flowers from Sterling neighbors. They need plants for the flower boxes and more perennials for the remembrance garden.

Currently the tulips and other bulbs are a riot of color next to the new Moose River housing. You can drive in to the parking lot at the senior center to see them.

If you wish to make a donation of plants, you can call the senior center at 262-6808 or just bring the plants to the center.

Barbara Larson just returned from a trip "Outside." She told me she drove to Haines and took the Alaska Marine Highway system to Bellingham.

She then got in her car and drove to Santa Barbara, Calif., where she watched her granddaughter, Brianna Genco, graduate from Westmont College.

While Barbara was there, Brianna became engaged to be married.

Needless to say, Barbara is a proud grandparent.

Several of the seniors from the center danced to the tune of "The Farmer and the Cowman" at the recent recital presented by North Star Dance Studio in Sterling.

I was there and enjoyed seeing Phyllis Bolz, Glenda Graham and Geoann Reichert of Sterling clogging. I think they did a good job.

If you would like to do something for the Relay for Life team but haven't the time to walk, you might consider making a contribution and sponsoring the team or individuals who are going to walk.

The senior center also is selling raffle tickets on a neckless designed by Sterling neighbor Jean Kimple. Money raised from the raffle will go toward the cancer drive.

Tickets are available at the front desk at the senior center. For more information, call Glenda Graham at 262-2943 or call the center at 262-6808.

It is especially important during this time of year to keep pets under control when they are outside, because there are nesting birds everywhere. Most do not have babies yet, but are in the process of building nests. Many birds make their nests on the ground, and others fly down to gather nesting material.

Even birds like swallows that normally don't come down to the ground must come down hundreds of times to get pieces of grass or feathers for their nests Also, baby squirrels are starting to come out and are quite vulnerable.

If you find an injured bird or small mammal, call Cindy Sherlock at 252-7059. Cindy is a federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator that is trained in caring for wild birds and small mammals.

Moose aren't small, but large mammals also need to be protected from attacking dogs while they are having their babies.

This is the season to protect our wild animals, small or large from our pets.

If you see Kathi Overpeck today, be sure to wish her a happy birthday. I hope she gets lots of birthday cards and good wishes.

Kathi keeps me up to date on goings and comings in the Sterling area.

Remember, Monday is Memorial Day.

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

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