Recently, I received an e-mail asking me to state four places I would rather be than where I was right now. I could think of no other place I'd rather be than here!
These sunny end-of-the-summer days are always my favorite as I enjoy watching the silvers jumping in the inlet in front of my house against the backdrop of Iliamna and Redoubt volcanoes sporting their brand new jackets of snow. This also is the time of year I enjoy berry picking with my sister, Bea Klaich, in the hills behind Nikolaevsk. While we pick, our gab sessions more than likely keep all wildlife at bay, yet our guns are handy in case we see a legal moose.
Congratulations to those who have successfully bagged moose this season! John Dahman told me he, as well as Bob Okonek, were successful harvesting moose last week. I also heard that Esther Pherson spied a moose out the kitchen window while doing dishes and wasn't sure if it was legal. However, her dad and brother (Kit and David Pherson) went in after it and found out that it was, indeed, legal. The result is now in their freezer.
The Ninilchik Community Library and Ninilchik Quilters by the Sea announced the winner of the annual quilt raffle was Mika Morton of Soldotna. The raffle raised $2,221 and the organizers expressed their thanks for all who participated.
College bound students are leaving one by one. Homer High School grad Aurora Lambert of North Fork Road went to the University of Wyoming in Laramie to pursue a degree in animal science with a goal to become a large animal veterinarian. Diane Pherson, home-school grad, left for Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wis., and will study women's ministries. Joshua Cozzini and Abi Daniels, home-school grads, joined upperclassmen Kristie Knox, an international studies major, and Anna Sutton, a history major, at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. Joshua is majoring in speech, and Abi in public relations journalism.
Before Lambert and Daniels left for college, they expressed their gratefulness for the generous bids and add-ons they received from area businesses. Their livestock sold at the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair. Daniels' grand champion steer named "Tuition" was bought with a bid of $3.75 per pound and Lambert's blue ribbon hog named "Piggy Bank" was bought with the bid of $3.75 per pound. Since this was their last year in 4-H, the girls received Carhartt jackets with their names and "4-H alumni" embroidered on them as a gift from the Trail Blazer's 4-H club. Shirley Schollenberg, 4-H club leader, said that the girls would be sorely missed.
Happy birthday to Maureen McCombs and Elsie Ogren today, Sept. 3; Opal Chisholm on Sept. 4; Erica Miller on Sept. 5; Frank Southard, Becki Wagner and Dale Kuntz on Sept. 7; and Anthony Amato on Sept. 8.
Other Ninilchik news
Raffle winners announced
Winners in the Anchor Point Senior Center raffle are: Oliver Robinett, first prize Yamaha Grizzly 400 ATV; Kelly Jackman, second prize Ruger Hawkeye 300 Winmag; Rich Frost, third prize Rod and reel setup; Guy Rosi, fourth prize Mad Dog ATV Cargo Bag; and Teresa Graves, fifth prize Big Chief Smoker.
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