Hello to all my Nikiski neighbors.
The colors of autumn are magnificent this year, especially on the north road. Before we know it the white stuff will be blowing in the wind, so enjoy the splendid fall displays.
Registration for Nikiski youth basketball will begin today for children in first- through sixth-grade. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.
Youth fitness classes are held Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to children in first- through sixth-grade. Classes alternate by grade weekly. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.
The North Peninsula Recreation Service area is offering a youth arts and craft class for first- through sixth-graders on Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center.
There will be an American Red Cross Lifeguard class on Oct. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call Nigel at 776-8800.
Just a reminder that the Nikiski pool is closed through Oct. 2 for maintenance.
School pictures will be taken Sept. 25 at Nikiski North Star Elementary.
There is a PTA meeting at Nikiski North Star Elementary on Oct. 4 at 3:45 p.m.
The Lighthouse Community Church has a preschool program with availability in the 3 to 5-year-old class held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before and after school programs also are available daily. For more information, call Ginnie Handley at 776-5454.
Several long time Nikiski residents gathered Sept. 6 for a luncheon to honor Marie Williams and her son, Jared. Marie and her husband, Derek, were residents of Nikiski and relocated after the Chevron Refinery closed. Jared sustained a brain injury at 21, when riding a three-wheeler on Holt-Lamplight road. Now he is confined to a wheelchair.
Also in attendance with Marie and Jared were Hilda Spires, Nyladine Redmond, Ami Rediske, Barbara Delano, Jeannette Peters, Nancy Veal, Sherry Sanders, Ellsie Sidback, Karen McGahan, Sherry Innes and Linda Fox. According to Karen McGahan, all in attendance have been friends of Marie's for at least 30 years.
"It was a great time and lots of fun to visit with Marie," she said.
Happy belated birthday to Jamie Ward, who turned 13 last week.
Happy birthday wishes to Sharon Burdick and Vern Nowell on Sept. 20; and Richard Delene, Tekoa Dixon and Sarah Holliday on Sept. 21.
Happy anniversary to Harold and Nancy Lewis today, Sept. 17.
Other Nikiski news
Agrium live fire training continues
Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations will conduct live fire training for its employees and the Nikiski Fire Department at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and additional sessions at 7:45 a.m. Thursdays through September at the plant at Mile 21 of the Kenai Spur Highway.
Propane, gasoline and diesel will be used in the training. Occasionally there will be smoke and open flames visible from the highway near the north west corner of the plant. For more information, call Rick at 776-3162.
A volunteer orientation for community members interested in becoming tutors and helping with the local literacy program will be held at 3 and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai Peninsula College Learning Center in room 153. For more information, call Mary at 262-0327.
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