Toni and Terry Smith of Sterling have their daughter, Jodi, and grandchildren. Logan, 7, Bailey, 5, and Christopher, 20 months, visiting for the summer from North Carolina. They are enjoying the cool weather since it is over 100 degrees back in North Carolina where they live. Logan is hoping to catch his first king salmon this year and the kids are enjoying boat rides with their Grampa.
Their son-in-law, Matt, is a special forces medic in the United States Army. He is deployed to Afghanistan and will be there until November. Matt's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Toni say's he would love to hear words of encouragement and prayers.
While I have been chatting with neighbors, looking for news this week, the one subject that kept coming up over and over was bear activity. Luckily, I didn't hear of any animals or people harmed by the bears, but there seems to be plenty of bears wandering the Sterling area. I just want to remind you to keep a sharp eye out for misbehaving bruins and to keep your trash and pet food out of their hungry reach.
The Sterling Senior Center will have its annual Christmas in July bazaar and bake sale Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There is still time to rent a table to sell your hand crafted items for $25 for both days. There will be homemade baked goods for sale and the Elderberry Cafe will be open during the bazaar for your dining enjoyment. Come join in all the fun.
The senior center also is running its annual Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Count Classic. You may purchase a ticket for $2 and make a guess at how many sockeye salmon will cross the Alaska Department Fish and Game's fish counter by Aug. 10. Half of the proceeds of the ticket sales benefit the center and the other half is the prize pool for the winners of the contest. Tickets are sold until July 31. You may win cash but only if you take a guess.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Cliff Alexander today, July 9; Brian Bilkey on July 10; Bryan Fontenot on July 12; Betty Dean on July 13; Jeanne Hubley and Clair Schadle on July 14; and Joe Andrasek on July 15.
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Senior center plans events
The senior center will host the following events this week: Today: Exercise at 10 a.m.; Tuesday: Crafty Quilters at 9 a.m., road clean-up, board of directors work session and fun crafts at 10 a.m.; Wednesday: Exercise at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11:30 a.m., board of directors meeting at 1 p.m. and Jubilee Baptist Church at 7 p.m.; Thursday: Crafty Quilters at 9 a.m., fun crafts at 6 p.m. and card players at 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: Christmas in July bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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