Posted: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hi, neighbors.

It was a great Memorial Day weekend for me. My grandson graduated from the new South Anchorage High School so I spent a few days in Anchorage celebrating.

Our postmaster, Donna West, tells me that gardening angels, Hal and Helen Rohlman, have been tending the flowers at the post office, fertilizing, and weeding on a voluntary basis. She says that the post office is looking very neat and trim these days.

Bears have been showing up in several places in the Sterling area. Jan and George Elser sent me some pictures of a bear strolling through their property. Neighbors should stay alert when outside or in the woods.

Our neighbor Janie Odgers, director for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, sends a request that she would like to see Sterling neighbors participate in the Fourth of July parade in Kenai. If you plan on doing something in the parade, let Janie know.

Jean Kimple tells me that her daughter, Rebecca Kimple, is a new grandmother, which makes Jean and Dillon Kimple great-grandparents. Olivia Dewey was born in Vancouver, Wash. Her parents are Gaylen and Stephanie Dewey.

Shirley Lowe returned from a two-month vacation to Virginia Beach, Va., on June 3. She arrived home and has been able to spend some time with her grandchildren.

Bob and Colleen Jackson have returned from a six month trip to the Lower 48 states. They were building churches with the ministry outreach for the Assembly of God Churches. They are now relocating to Sterling for the summer from their former home in Soldotna. They plan to travel Outside next winter to do it again.

Bob Lowe mentions that we have two new drive-up coffee shops in Sterling. Jitters, which I mentioned in my column last week, and The Reel Cup between Susie's and the Sterling Senior Center on the Sterling Highway. It is owned by Sharon and Laura Brown. They are the daughters of the late Ginny Iverson.

There will be an opportunity to deposit hazardous waste materials Saturday at the Sterling Solid Waste Transfer Site.

Genie Christen tells me that the last apartment in the Moose River Manor was rented May 1.

Congratulations to Carl and Mary Mallett who celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary May 27. Due to ill health, they didn't have a big celebration but look forward to a big party next year.

There is going to be a fair held at the Sterling Senior Center on July 29. Planners need lots of volunteers and helpers for all activities related to the fair. Call Tamara Lundell for more information or to volunteer to help.

Tamara also said the Poppycock Painters will start meeting again in September. Painters can call Tamara at 262-5947 for information regarding these meetings.

Happy birthday to Ernestine Alexander who celebrated June 2. I hope she received lots of birthday cards and good wishes.

The yearly Masonic Lodge fish fry is Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Until next week.

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

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