Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

Tommy and Helen Ware want Sterling neighbors to know that their daughter, Patty Bennett opened a coffee shop May 21.

The new place is called Jitters Espresso and is located in the parking lot next to the Sterling Auto Parts on the Sterling Highway. Patty opens at 6 a.m. seven days a week, except on Sunday when she opens at 7 a.m.

Jan and George Elser sent me a picture last week of the walkway they have built along their river frontage. The photo shows one of the three ladders attached to the walkway for river access.

They lined the bank with spruce tree tops and attached cables driven four feet into the ground something like a molly bolt.

The walkway is aluminum and is four feet wide. It is built so the light will penetrate and plant life can grow under the walkway on the river bank.

They utilized the government program that pays half the cost up to 30 percent of their river frontage. They also lined the bank with spruce trees to help with the erosion and protect the small fish. This is a good environmental project.

Welcome home to Kathy and Tom Vogel who are back in town after a winter in Mexico. They said the weather was pretty good in Mexico but they are glad to be back.

Tom Vogel tells me that the Bings Landing State Park road has been widened and improved. There is added space for more parking for boats and cars.

The boat ramp has also been improved and it will cut the waiting time in half since two boats can be launched at the same time. RVs are still relegated to their own space on the hill above the boat ramp.

More new businesses are opening in Sterling. Moose River Auto Body and RV Parts opened for business in March. Norm Eischen and his wife, Joyce, have been working on the building for a couple of years.

It is located on the Sterling Highway across the highway from where they used to operate the greenhouse.

Mark your calendar for June 25 for a barbecue at the Sterling Senior Citizens Center. It will be a gathering of neighbors and I will tell you more about it as the time approaches.

I hope you had a restful Memorial Day. Now that school is out for summer vacation, watch for bicycles, runners, walkers and youngsters recreating on or around the highway and roads.

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