Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Hi, neighbors,

Will Josey says to remind you that the Sterling senior citizens' 15th annual barbecue will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the center on the Sterling Highway. Food, entertainment and door prizes are some of the planned activities.

Jodi and Matthew Lundell are currently stationed in North Carolina where Matthew is going through the Special Forces medic course. They have a son, Logan, 4 and a daughter, Bailey, 3. Jodi is the daughter of Terry and Toni Smith and Dale Lundell of Sterling.

Thanks to Sterling neighbor Elaine Frizzie, I met Carole Absher, who is the self-help housing coordinator with RurAL CAP. Carole was in Sterling to discuss the mutual self-help housing program with applicants for the program. RurAL CAP has made an offer to purchase a piece of property in the Sterling area for the purpose of building houses for income-eligible families.

RurAL CAP is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. Even though this is a federal program that has been in existence since President Johnson established it during his administration, the housing program hasn't been activated in Alaska until now and Sterling is the first area. If plans go smoothly, there will be enough property to build eight homes.

Applicant's labor becomes the down payment and home construction and long-term financing is provided by a USDA Rural Development loan. If you think you may qualify or if you are interested in learning more about the program, call Carole Absher at (800) 478-7227, ext. 426.

Senior citizens from across the peninsula are invited to a picnic Wednesday at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna at noon. It's an opportunity to meet and talk with friends that you haven't seen in many months. If you need more information, call Judy Warren at 262-6808. See you there.

A New York Times article says that senior citizens make up the fastest growing group of Internet users. Talk with Sterling senior citizens President George Elser about where, how and when you can get in on the rage. George said he will be happy to help you get started using the Internet. Most days, you can reach him at the senior center.

Dawn Nixon, a Sterling artist, has announced she will open a vendor business Saturday through August next to the Moose River RV Park of the Sterling Highway. The gazebo will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Happy birthday to Brenda Randall whose special day is today; Thursday: Glen Byrns and Clyde Fall. I hope you all get lots of birthday cards but if not, maybe lots of fish will do.

In the meantime, I have been on jury duty this month. I think it's a good experience and one that I have had numbers of times since I came to Alaska. It means that I have to complete the Sterling column when I get home in the evening, so send me e-mails and tell me about your visitors and other happenings.

Have a happy solstice Monday.

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

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