Sterling Community News

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2007

I hit a nerve last week with the portion of my column about stray dogs. I got no less than a dozen phone calls and e-mails from folks who had problems with dogs. About half of the people were complaining about stray dogs causing problems on their property or killing livestock. The other half of the calls were from folks that had their dogs shot by neighbors. Unfortunately, I have no great advice to give on the subject.

My column is not set up to become a long-term forum for people to complain about loose dogs, but I do understand people's frustration. As bad as I feel for the people who have lost animals, I feel worse for the dogs. They are the ones that are paying with their lives for lack of being kept restrained.

If there is enough community interest, maybe now would be the time to consider petitioning the borough for some type of animal control in the Sterling area?

This week you may want to wish a happy birthday to James Watts on Oct. 18; and to Arthur Scott on Oct. 21.

Attention all you crafters. The Sterling Elementary School PTA will hold a craft fair Dec. 1 and 2.

This may be a great opportunity to sell your crafts and support the school at the same time. The cost for a space is $50 for two days. Space is limited with only 15 spaces remaining. Deadline for reserving a space will be Nov. 20 or until spaces are reserved. For more information, call Krissy Mahan at 262-4944 or after 5 p.m. call Judy Miller at 262-8545.

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL Cap) AmeriCorps Program has two openings in our area.

These community service positions are designed to help rural Alaska communities address public health and wellness issues (BIRCH) and environmental concerns (RAVEN). Applications may be picked up at the Sterling Elementary School.

The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events: Today: Exercise at 10 a.m.; Tuesday: Crafty Quilters at 9 a.m., fun crafts at 10 a.m., and caregivers support group at 1 p.m.; Wednesday: Exercise at 10 a.m., Masonic Lodge at 7 p.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., choir at 1 p.m. and United Way steak dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, call the center at 262-6808.

If you are interested in having news printed in this section of the paper, have your e-mails to me by Wednesday for consideration for publication the following week.

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