Nikiski Community News

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2007

Good day.

First, I want to warn Nikiski residents to watch for bears! I was alerted of two bears, a black and brown, in my own neighborhood. There also have been sightings off Halbouty Road.

The Nikiski Senior Center will give blood pressure checks today at 11:30 a.m. at the center. For more information, call 776-7654.

A summer camp is held each Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Peninsula Recreation. The program is for boys and girls in first- through sixth-grade and will continue through Aug. 2 with several daily activities. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.

The North Kenai Chapel will hold Vacation Bible School today through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for children ages 4 through 13. For more information, call 776-8797.

The next set of swim lessons at the Nikiski Pool will start July 17. Sign-ups are at noon today. The third set of lessons has four classes and runs through Aug. 2. For more information, call Nigel at 776-8800.

The Nikiski Senior Service Area will hold a board meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the center. The meetings are open to the public.

The Nikiski Senior Citizens, Inc., regular monthly board meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Nikiski Senior Center. Public comments will be heard from 12:45 to 1 p.m.

Congratulations to Simone Owens for participating the Fourth of July Mount Marathon race in Seward last week. She came in 155 out of 350 in the women's race and said it was a fantastic.

"It was everything I thought it would be," she said.

She trained for the race for six months and said she will spend the rest of the summer with her family.

The World Changers are changing the faces of many area homes. More than 500 men, women and teens traveled up from the lower 48 to provide the labor for upgrading nearly 40 homes on the Kenai Peninsula. For more information about call Denver Copeland at 776-8234.

The Nikiski Senior Center logged 769.5 volunteer hours during April, May and June. Thank you to the volunteers that give of their time.

On May 15 the Thelma McConnell Scholarship committee awarded $7,000 to following Nikiski High School graduates; Sherra Pritchard, Tyler Payment, Rebecca Carlson, Tyler Payment, Julia Baker, Kayla Jorgensen, Donna Handley and Hannah Burnett. Two continuation scholarships were awarded to J. R. Cox and Ramona Baker. The money was raised during the Thelma McConnell Scholarship dinner and auction held last October.

Happy birthday wishes go to Fred Gallant today, July 9; Leslie Baker on July 12; and Zachary Troi Burnett on July 13.

Happy anniversary to Joe and Shirley Stanford today, July 9; and Michelle and Trent Burnett on July 14.

Other submitted news

Rutherford solves problems

Nikiksi resident Tristin Rutherford, a junior at Nikiski High School, participated in the on-site scenario writing division in the 33rd International Conference of Future Problem Solving International held at Colorado State University in June. Approximately 1,800 students from seven countries and 40 states attended the event. Her senior division team placed first.

Her parents are Chris and Dawn Lotti of Nikiski and Barron and Leola Rutherford of Girdwood.

Tristin was coached by Brian Bailey.

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