Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2007

Can you believe that the month of July is already gone? The Kenai Peninsula State Fair is less than three weeks away and I hope you are planing to enter produce, quilts, baked goods, canned goods, crafts, artwork, photography or whatever project you worked hard on since the fair last August.

I always enjoy seeing all the neat displays and wonderful talent that participants are willing to share with their neighbors. If you want to see how to exhibit your handiwork or what to do to bring in an animal, be sure to pick up an exhibit guide at the fair office or at various businesses around town.

With her delightful Scottish accent, Rosie Trodden, an exchange student from Scotland, told me how she came to Ninilchik through a student exchange program with the University of Sterling of Central Scotland and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rosie is an environmental conservation management major and met Finely Bock at UAF, who helped her find a host family — his — Craig and Helena Bock.

"I love it here," Rosie said. "The people make this place. They are quite hardy, have a great mentality, and this has been an amazing experience for me," Rosie said.

She also said her boyfriend in Scotland wondered why she was staying away so long, so she told him about her wonderful experience here and he decided to come see it for himself. He ended up spending two weeks in Alaska this summer. Rosie will leave Ninilchik on Tuesday, but promises to return.

"I have to come back, I have family here now," she said.

The Arthritis Foundation is sponsoring a free aquatic warm water exercise program taught by certified instructor Jane Smith on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ninilchik School Pool. Pool fees will apply. If you have any questions, call Jane at 567-4432.

The lower peninsula 4-H members will have their records check Friday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Hall at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds.

4-H members are encouraged to write down six new things they learned for each project in their record book so they can be eligible to display their projects in the 4-H building at the fair in August. At this time 4-H members can sign up for animal pens, fill out entry cards and purchase their fair passes.

The Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club is closing for the month of August in preparation for the state fair. Participants are encouraged to pick up their shoes between 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. before Wednesday.

Happy birthday wishes to A.J. Berger, Bob Okonek and Liz Kruzick on July 31; Jimmy Cline and Samantha Kruzick on Aug. 1; Nathon Stonecipher on Aug. 3; and Amy Garroutte on Aug. 5.

Anniversary wishes this week go to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Oskolkoff on Aug. 2; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Boyd on Aug. 3; and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Kuntz on Aug. 5.

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