Posted: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hi neighbors.

Has anyone noticed the eagles soaring around Ninilchik? It seems that they like our neighborhood as much as I enjoy seeing them hang around.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will rehearse at Ninilchik School throughout the summer and its first rehearsal is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in joining or finding out more information, call 235-4899 or e-mail

There was a farewell party for Chris and Michael Hanson; teachers from Ninilchik School, hosted at Jerry and Susie Byrne's house last week. Those who attended indicated that it was a bittersweet ending — wonderful food and company but a farewell just the same.

Chris is transferring to Soldotna High School and Michael is moving on to a job in the central peninsula area. Principal Terry Martin said they are tremendous teachers and will be sorely missed.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Ninilchik Emergency Services pancake breakfast a success. The breakfast brought in $9,000 and about $1,800 of that was brought in by tickets sold for the quilt.

Last week there was a birthday party barbecue hosted by Catherine and Bryan Covey at their home. This was no ordinary birthday party, but a celebration for their daughter's foal that was born three weeks ago. The 4-H Trail Blazers horse club was invited to come and watch as 4-H club leader Shirley Schollenberg gave the new colt his first training lessons.

This week's senior spotlight is on Joshua Klapak. He has already left Ninilchik for a summer job in Fairbanks.

He is the son of Joe and Tina Klapak and had attended Ninilchik School from second grade until he graduated this spring.

His past summer jobs have been working for his family's business, the Boardwalk Caf in the Ninilchik Village, and fishing commercially for three seasons. Last week, he and his older brother Jacob left for Fairbanks to work before attending University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall.

Joshua said that he especially enjoyed his welding class in school and his current summer job is working for a welder.

His hobbies include fishing, hiking, camping, hunting and playing basketball.

Our family is heading out on a camping trip this week. I hope all you neighbors will be able to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather and great outdoors. Next week's column will be written by my daughter, Abigail Daniels, 16.

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

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