Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2007

One advantage of writing for the Neighbor's column is having a valid excuse to meet and talk with people in our community who I would not have the privilege of meeting otherwise. I really appreciate it when you are willing to share your family news and events. You just might make someone else's day by sharing your good news!

I overheard Nancy Jo Pennington telling Christy Drake at the Ninilchik Post Office she had wonderful trip Outside, so I asked her about it. Nancy Jo and her husband, Larry, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 28 during their trip to Washington and Oregon. They visited Larry's 89-year-old mother, Martha Pennington in Washington, then June 23 Nancy Jo had a mini-reunion with her two brothers and sister and surprised their aunt Mae Matthews with a party on her 90th birthday. The couple enjoyed meeting up with Mark and Lois Born, formerly of Ninilchik, and the men attended the American Woodworkers Association National Symposium while the gals toured the Oregon coast and attractions around Portland. To top off their memorable trip, they got to meet their first great-grandbaby, Hailey Faith. Nancy Jo was beaming as she gave me the brief rundown on her trip.

Happy birthday to Kody Knox, Phillip Ogren, and Gary Chrisholm today, July 16; Taylor Jule on July 17; Rocky Frank, John Matson, Merrick Jackinsky and Michelle Chamberlain on July 18; Michael Albee, Diana Frank and Robert Jule on July 1; and Debbie Dahman on July 21.

Willard and Ruthe Bauman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. Willard and Ruth were married April 23, 1957, in Minneapolis, Minn. and lived most of their lives in the Southwest desert of the United States, were Willard served in the U.S. Air Force. Ruthe said Willard always put down Alaska as his No. 1 choice to move to, but the Air Force never sent him that way. Ruthe told me that after retirement she said to her husband, "Now Willard, you always wanted to go to Alaska, so let's go!"

The couple first came to Ninilchik as tourists in 1990 and moved from Phoenix, Ariz. in 1992 to be campground hosts.

"When we returned each summer, the closer we got to Ninilchik, the more excited we got," Ruthe said. "I love the people in Ninilchik and we found such dear friends here. It's home!" she exclaimed.

The Baumans live in Anchorage in the winter and spend summers in Ninilchik. Their children, Thomas and Donna Bauman from Florida, Catherine and Thomas Andrew from Colorado, Margaret and Pat Sullivan and Jeannette and Allen Minnihan, of Phoenix, will rent motorhomes and enjoy a dinner cruise in Seward before coming to Ninilchik to celebrate the anniversary.

"We are planning to camp at Deep Creek Campground where we can watch the boats launch and take in the million-dollar view," Ruthe said.

Submitted Ninilchik news

Fair seeks volunteers

The Ninilchik State Fair is seeking volunteers to help with beautification around the grounds. Community members interested in sponsoring a flower bed, planting flowers in a wheelbarrow to display at the fair or donating transplantable annuals or perennials to the fair can call the fair office at (907) 567-3670. Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The fair also is in need of wood chips to add to its poultry barn and garden beds. To donate or offer to pick up a truckload and deliver it to the fair, call the fair office.

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