I moved from Sterling to Soldotna recently. I moved our bodies but my wife and my hearts will always remain in old Naptown Sterling.
Aug. 24, a cinderella story unfolded. At 7 p.m., a preacher's daughter from Sterling arrived, and the locals and the wonderful people from Soldotna greeted her with love, support and pride. This remarkable girl who's not only beautiful but talented put on a show for us folks who can't afford to go to Atlantic City to watch her possibly become the next Miss America.
She is so talented, her golden voice sang from the heart and the modeling of the different costumes was very professional. The young lady's name is "Tina" Reasner, daughter of Pastor Bob and Polly Reasner. Pastor Bob is the pastor of the Assembly of God in Sterling, who blessed the Sterling area with three lovely daughters who could all be future Miss Americans in their own right.
I want to thank Kathy, Wilda and the gang from Wells Fargo in Soldotna; Joe Rodgers who represented South Central Title; the Rotary; and all the locals who not only reached in their pockets but their hearts. People like Tommy Ware, Charles and Diane Mettille of Culligan Waters not only donated gifts for the auction but also put in some big bidding of their own. Also thanks to old-timers like the Merkeses and the great people from the Keys and people like Alice Card and Judy Warren and seniors who helped make this event so successful. God bless all of you for the support you gave the wonderful young lady, and if I was governor I would activate the Alaska National Guard and escort her to the ball at Atlantic City.
Good luck and God's speed, Tina.
John and Carol Cook, Soldotna
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