I think it is official, fall is here. We have had two killing frosts. All the tender plants in my garden are done, but I still have some hardy cabbage plants, carrots and peas that are hanging in there. We didn't get a moose in our freezer this winter, so maybe it is a good thing I froze all those vegetables.
With October just around the corner I found many Sterlingites anticipating the arrival of the budget-booster know as the permanent fund check. I have heard every plan you can imagine for the money.
Some folks plan on buying snowmachines and four-wheelers or going on a vacation to someplace tropical. A few people said they were saving for college educations for their kids or grandkids. The most common answer was that people were going to pay bills.
Some of your future Sterling neighbors could use your help. The RurAL CAP Self-Help Housing Program is building eight homes for low-income families. The project is at the corner of Scout Lake Loop and Lou Morgan Road. Friday and Saturday they are asking for the community's help in getting the exterior of these houses done before the snow flies. Help is needed putting up siding, painting, installing rain gutters, installing soffit boards and building front porches.
Individually or group are welcome to help these families fulfill their dream of being in their homes by Christmas. Each group will have a crew leader, preferably someone with previous construction experience in the above areas. For more information or to sign up to help, call Amber Randall at 865-7377 or Donna Shassetz at 865-7369.
The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events this week; Today Exercise at 10 a.m.; Tuesday Crafty Quilters at 9 a.m., fun crafts at 10 a.m.; Wednesday Exercise and Board of Directors work session at 10 a.m.; Thursday Crafty Quilters at 9 a.m., fun crafts at 10 a.m. and card players at 6 p.m.; Friday exercise at 10 a.m. and choir at 1 p.m. For more information, call the center at 262-6808.
The Sterling Elementary School gym will be open weekly for volleyball Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for basketball and hall walking. Anyone ages 16 and older who are interested in playing are welcome. For more information or to inquire about using the school after hours for other activities, call Connie Ferguson, RAVEN AmeriCORPS member at 262-4944 ext. 4239.
Do you have a Sterling student accomplishing great things? If so, I would love to hear about it. Give me a call or drop me an e-mail.
Other Sterling news
Hildebrand-Schells have a daughter
Tara Hildebrand-Schell and Jim Schell of Sterling announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Ivy Hildebrand-Schell, at 3:20 a.m. Saturday, July, 14, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
She joins brother, Ranger.
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