Good morning to all of my Nikiski neighbors.
The reunion for the Nikiski High School class of 1992 was great. Several alumni traveled from out of state to attend the dinner and the family picnic. Kudos to Jason Ross for organizing the event and getting the group together for a good time.
The Nikiski Senior Citizen Center is closed today.
There will be a meeting for the Nikiski North Star Elementary School PTA on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at the school.
The Nikiski pool will be closed for annual cleaning from Sept. 10 to Oct. 2; for more information, call 776-8800.
There will be a cheer camp for boys and girls in second- through sixth-grade at Nikiski North Star Elementary Sept. 12 through 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Coach Tesa Struman and the Nikiski High School cheerleaders will prepare participants for a performance during half-time of Nikiski's home game Sept. 15. For more information or to register, call Tammy at 776-8800.
An American Red Cross Lifeguard class will be offered Oct. 3 through 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more, call Nigel at 776-8800.
Registration for Nikiski youth basketball will begin Sept 17. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.
A parent-run preschool class will begin Friday at 9 a.m. in room 12. The class is for kids under the age of 4 and will be held each Friday. Participants will be involved in art projects and playtime and a snack will be served. Parents will rotate bringing snacks and projects. For more information, call Jenny at 776-5575.
For parents who would like to volunteer at the elementary school, there will be a volunteer training Sept. 12 at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call 776-5575.
School pictures will be taken Sept. 25 and retakes on Oct. 17
Denise Cox will welcome 28 prekindergarten students this week to room 12. This year, the program has both a.m. and p.m. sessions. Denise and class aid, Phyllis Oberhauser, have worked hard to accommodate the room for the changes.
Michele Gilmartin won three first-place ribbons in the craft and seashell division at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. The crafty lady has been working on making various flowers out of shells.
Sue Wesley won the first-place ribbon and was named division champion in the liquor division for her blueberry liquor. It sounds yummy.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Morris Porter on Sept. 5; and Maxine Bullington, Jan Lautt, Steve Sturman and Kathleen Van Volkenburg on Sept. 7.
Happy anniversary wishes to Steve and Geri Brigham on Sept. 8; and Scott and April Griffith on Sept. 9.
I am looking for Nikiski community information, events and birthdays for my column; I know so much it happening in our big area. Submit information a week in advance by 5 p.m. Wednesday to the phone number or email address above.
Other Nikiski news
Smith joins Navy
Nikiski resident Seaman Recruit Corey S. Smith completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the program, Smith completed classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
He is the son of Vern S. Smith of Nikiski and 2007 graduate of Nikiski High School.
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