Nikiski Community News

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2007

I spent more than a year introducing a different resident each week. Today my format has changed, and I will share with readers the important events that make up the daily routine of those in Nikiski.

From wishing your friend a happy birthday, finding out who had the newest baby or where a teen can go to hang out; this is the type of information that can be found in my column. Help from Nikiski residents also is needed, though, so send me your information about the happenings in our small town.

Congratulations Kersten Osborn and Michelle Burnett, who were hired back into the kindergarten positions at Nikiski North Star Elementary for the 2007-08 school year.

A congratulation also goes to Larry Dean, who recently was recognized by Kenai Mayor Pat Porter for his volunteering efforts in the past 20 years. He also plays in the Forget-Me-Not Band with four other men from the Kenai Peninsula.

David Lashley, the head cook at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center, provided eight desserts for the ninth annual areawide senior picnic at Soldotna Creek Park on summer solstice. Seniors from as far as Homer waited to get to the end of the line to pick from many options; many opted for a bit of each.

Nikiski North Star and Nikiski Middle-Senior High School libraries are open on the following days; Nikiski North Star is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.; Nikiski Middle-Senior is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Cosmic Reading Challenge program will be held through Sept. 1 for Nikiski North Star students. The program encourages summer reading. Younger children are urged to read 100 books, while upper grades are encouraged to keep a tally of the number of minutes they spend reading, with a goal of 1,000 minutes. Students can pick up a tally form at the library and participants will receive a free shirt and other prizes.

Look for the smiling faces of Linda Zimmerman and Chrystal Leighton near Kenai Community Library at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Students are encouraged to wear their school shirts or a shirt the color of one of the pillars of character during the July 4 parade to show support for Nikiski North Star.

A volleyball camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 12 and 13 for fourth- through seventh-grade boys and girls at the North Peninsula Recreation Center. The camp is hosted by Nikiski Middle-Senior High coach Sharon Thompson, and the cost is $25 per participant. Contact Tammy at 776-8800 for more information.

The Scrappy Crafters group will meet July 21 at the senior center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out the Wednesday Market held at the senior center each week from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vegetables, flowers and other food related items are for sale. Contact the center at 776-7654 for more information.

Happy birthday wishes to Retha Veal on July 5; and Sean Veal on July 9.

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