Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Good morning.

Something to think about: "If there is no wind, row." Latin proverb

Visiting our area this week is Jane Cunningham from Dennison, Ohio. Jane is taking in all she can in the nine days she staying with Don and I. Her first day of sightseeing took in Louie's for breakfast and all those fun shops Fireweed, Donna's, Old Gray Mare and Tammy's, just to name a few, and then a warm dinner of moose lasagna shared with the Jones', Shari Anderson, Jack Kester, Albert Parra (their wives are at a conference in Reno) to call it a day. She would like to see snow before she leaves and her comment on the Nikiski area is, "I could live here."

Carol Strickland, cub master of Cub Scout Pack 654 and committee chair of Troop 659, said that its popcorn time. Cub Scout Pack 654 and Boy Scout Troop 659 are selling popcorn now through Oct. 31. Delivery will be in late November. The money raised will help pay for summer camp. E-mail Carol at for more information.

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area will offer a boys and girls basketball camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. This is open to grades third through sixth. For more information, call Rachel Parra at 776-8800.

Sandy Miller is the spokesperson for the Mary Rounds Scholarship Committee and it's country store time at the annual fall carnival. The committee is looking for children's toys, stuffed animals, craft items, trinkets, books and other good items. No clothes, please. Money raised from this event will go to 2005 graduating Nikiski High School seniors. Items can be dropped off at the Nikiski North Star Elementary School. For more information, call Sandy at 776-3456.

Our Mary Kennedy still is giving her time with the Kenai Performers and invites you to attend "The Uninvited," a thriller play in three acts. Performances will be held in the Old Town Playhouse (formerly Gary King's) in Kenai Oct. 29 through the 31 and Nov. 5 through 7. Friday and Saturday showings will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Charlotte's, Coffee Roasters, River City Books and M & M Market in Nikiski. Pumpkin pie with whipped topping and hot apple cider will be available at intermission. For more information, call Mary at 262-4942.

Tables are available to crafters at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center fall bazaar and bake sale. To reserve a table, call Leigh at 776-7654.

Mya Renken, executive director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, is passing along the following information: Chris Jenness and Thor Evenson of Nikiski have art in the "All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition," which is the featured art exhibit at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. Chris's piece is titled "Wary," and is a pastel on paper featuring a caribou. Thor's is an acrylic piece titled "Columbia Wards Circus." The show will be up for only a short time so make sure you get in to see it.

Aislinn Fox has a birthday today; Wednesday: Laura Rooper; Thursday: Laura Hall and Marilyn Every; Friday: Debby Charlesworth; Saturday: David Gunter and Cathy Taylor; and Sunday: Helen Stewart, Anna Browning and Micki Vann.

Anniversary celebrations go out Wednesday to Charles and June Toloff; Friday: Bob and Dolores Harrison and Wilbert and Sharon Wilson; Saturday: Ray and Sue Tauriainan; and Sunday: Larry and Betty Best.

Enjoy the day.

Beth Jones can be reached by phone at 776-8455 or by email at

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