Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008

This Fourth of July week will include many cookouts and gatherings of friends and families celebrating the birth of our country. May we all appreciate the freedom that we enjoy as a result of the sacrifice and wisdom of our forefathers.

On Friday and Saturday there will be a family rodeo at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds at 2 p.m. The rodeo will be a special tribute to the late Dick Moriarty, a stock contractor and roper from Palmer who died of cancer earlier this year. On Saturday, cowboy poetry will be featured at the Carol Bock Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by a dance to benefit the High School Rodeo program from 9 until midnight. For rodeo pre-entries call Shirley Schollenberg at 567-3467.

The National Federation of Independent Business announced that the Young Entrepreneur Foundationawarded three scholarships to Alaska sudents; one of which went to Ninilchik graduating senior, Tera Schnabl, daughter of Dave and Cindy Schnabl. To qualify for the scholarship, Tera had to submit an essay describing her entrepreneurial endeavors and future goals. Tera has been the owner and operator of the bucking bull ride at the fair for several years.

Tera was a member of the Trail Blazer's 4-H club for more than nine years and raised steers to sell at the Junior Market Livestock auction at the fair. Last year, her steer won grand champion at the state fair in Palmer, and she also won grand champion in showmanship. She has her sights set on becoming a veterinarian and she is planning to attend Conner's State College's agricultural equine program in Warner, Okla., from which she was awarded a $24,500 scholarship. Tera also received the Ninilchik Domestic Engineers $500 scholarship.

Summer pool hours are as follows: Open swim will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon and 5 to 6 p.m. There will be a free preschool swim for children up to age 5 on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon. Parents must accompany preschoolers in pool at all times. Women's exercise classes will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m.

As I write my last Neighbor's column, I'm in Pinedale, Wyo., visiting family and friends. My children and I were in Arizona last week at our family reunion celebrating the 50th anniversary of my parents, Ron and Marlene Blough.

After the reunion, my children and I traveled to various parts of Wyoming where I'm showing them where their father, Kevin Daniels, a missionary builder, did building projects for churches and camp ministries several years before he died in Pinedale in 1995.

I would like to express my thanks to those who have contributed information to this column over the years, and it has been my pleasure to meet many new neighbors along the way. I appreciate the opportunity I've had to serve our community by writing about everyday events and ordinary people with extra big hearts in our little corner of the world.

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