Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008

Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. This is my last Neighbors column. I have enjoyed sharing with you the news and special occasions of our great little town. I have also been lucky enough to have been stopped by many of you, just to comment on things or to tell me they read what I wrote each week. Thank you to all of you and have a great summer.

Parents don't forget about the free breakfast and lunch program which is extended to area children up to age 18 at Nikiski North Star Elementary. Meals are served at the school, breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m.

Swim lessons will begin Tuesday at the Nikiski pool from 8 to 11 a.m. The next set of swim lessons will begin July 22 with sign-ups held at noon July 14. Semi-private and private lessons are available starting Aug. 12 with an open registration through Aug. 11. For more information, call Nigel at 776-8800.

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area facilities will be closed Friday for the Fourth of July holiday.

The next session of the Nikiski Boys and Girls Clubhouse summer program will begin July 7 at Nikiski North Star Elementary School for children 5 years old to current sixth-graders. The program includes academic instruction, activities, playtime and more. The cost is $150 per session, with scholarships available. A free breakfast and lunch program is included. For more information, call 776-2668.

The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts will hold a drama camp July 7 through 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. The two-week camp will be held Monday through Saturday, with the final performance held July 19. Joe and Pauline Rizzo will produce the show. Half price scholarships are available. For more information and to register online, visit

An American Red Cross CPR class will be held at the Nikiski pool from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12. A first aid class will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 Participants must pre-register for the classes. Call Nigel at 776-8800 for more information.

The Nikiski High School class of 1998, 10-year reunion will be held Aug. 1 through 3, including a trip to Homer and family picnic. The invitation is extended to the classes of 1997 and 1999. For more information, visit or e-mail Moira (Malone) Ireland at

The Nikiski North Star Elementary Cosmic Book Challenge is going strong to keep kids reading through the summer. The program helps to encourage reading with goals of 100 books for those in prekindergarten through second-grade and 1,000 minutes for those in third- through fifth-grade through Sept. 1. For more information, call 776-2600.

Hindman receives scholarships

Kelsey Hindman of Wylie, Okla., received a $1,500 President's Leadership Council Scholarship at Oklahoma State University The scholarship is based on academic achievement, leadership potential and school and community service. Hindman also received an Achievement Scholarship and plans to major in interior design.

She is the daughter of Tori Hindman of Wylie and Tom and Romy Hindman of Nikiski.

Oliva continues training

Nikiski resident Army National Guard Pvt. William R. Oliva graduated from nine-weeks of Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.

He is the son of Louis Oliva of Nikiski and Anita Oliva of Kenai.

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