Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

Nikiski community day provides relaxing, fun day for families

My heart is full of praise and gratitude when I think of the success of the first Community Day held at the Nikiski Pool and Recreational Area on July 27. We wanted to create a family friendly environment, one in which you could let your kids run free knowing that they are safe and having fun, and I believe we succeeded in doing just that.

Not only did we have a petting zoo and a man giving kids rides on a cart that his goats pulled, but we had a toddler area and plenty of fun crafts to keep the kids busy.

It was such a blessing to see all the handmade kites flying in different directions and in the words of one man, "It was very relaxing." This man has seven kids, and for him to say it was relaxing kind of sums it up!

I would like to thank a few people and businesses who contributed to this wonderful day. First and foremost, I would like to thank God, who, in spite of my weak faith, made it quit raining and blessed us with a beautiful day; the Coca-Cola Company; Phillips Petroleum for the use of its tent; Karen Kester at the recreational area; Bill Parrish for his sound system, the Nikiski Fire Department, which helped with traffic control and hung in there to the end; the Peninsula Clarion, which not only did an article but printed it on the front page; Arctic Printing for the posters; The Bear Paw Deli; Julie at Signworks who did the lettering for our banner; and Mike Chenault at Qwick Construction who hung the banner.

I would also like to thank The Church of Nikiski (participating churches) for funding and the key people in those churches who helped out in many different areas, and the community of Nikiski and surrounding areas for making it possible, and last but not least I would like to give a special thanks to the core group who not only caught the vision but gave up their time, energy and, in some cases, finances, without whom it could not have been so successful. I pray that this is the first of many Community Day events.

If I missed anyone, I apologize and assure you that God knows who you are!

Thank you and may God bless each and every one of you.

Frank Wolaver, Event organizer, Nikiski

Generosity of business appreciated by program

On behalf of the Community Mental Health Center's Pride Program, I would like to offer our thanks to Tim Navarre and the management and staff of the Arby's restaurant in Soldotna for hosting our program participants for lunch while they were on their camping adventure in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Everyone really appreciated having a tasty, warm meal after spending several days camping out. Many of our campers are on a limited budget and cannot afford to participate in these activities without financial assistance.

Our program also has a limited budget for events and we engage in fund-raising opportunities in order to offer more affordable and fun activities. The kindness and generosity of Mr. Navarre and his staff helped to make this trip possible.

Susan Drathman, Pride coordinator, Homer

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