Sterling

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

The League of Women Voters is holding a forum this week so people running for state Senate and House will have the opportunity to answer your questions regarding how you think Alaska should be run.

Now is your opportunity to choose a candidate you feel will do the best job for you in the Legislature in Juneau this coming session.

The forum will be held at the Borough Building in Soldotna at 7 p.m. Thursday.

While I am on that line of thinking, you may now vote by absentee ballot downstairs in the Borough Building. It's a simple way to do your civic duty if you plan on being away from home on Election Day on Nov. 2.

Chris Thorne of the Sterling PTA said they have a couple of things going on. First, they are having "trunk-or-treat" event again this year for Halloween eve.

People park their vehicles in the school parking lot so children can trick-or-treat from vehicle to vehicle instead of going house to house. People decorate their cars just like they would their houses.

I told you about the Sterling Senior Center party last week. It begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 29.

The trunk-or-treat at Sterling Elementary School will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m., also Oct. 29, so families can enjoy both functions.

The other item Chris wants to mention to the community is the PTA still needs used books in good condition and appropriate for all ages, especially for young people.

These books will be distributed through the Reading is Fundamental program that helps the PTA provide at least three free books per child per year at the school. They also give books to the Head Start students.

This is their way of encouraging reading in the home.

The dedication of the new housing project at the senior center was well attended Oct. 10. The committee that organized the dedication did an outstanding job, and 157 people attended the ceremony.

Speakers included Grace Merkes, Sterling's voice on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai.

A plaque was presented to the children of Betty and Les Augustson. The Augustson's have been prime movers in getting the housing project built, but they have since passed away. The community room was dedicated to Betty and the future mechanical room will be dedicated to Les in the next planned unit of housing.

Daughter Diane Avila and her husband, Vasco Avila, came from California and Vickie Fant and her husband, Patrick Fant, from Anchorage attended. Son John Augustson of Anchorage also was there for the presentation.

The next step is to approve the applicants who will move in soon.

The senior citizens of Sterling have been busy. In addition to getting the new housing project completed, they have started the foundation for a new kitchen addition, so the senior center has been a bustle of activity.

The Kenai Performers provide quality entertainment for Sterling residents, and just in time for Halloween they will present a thriller called "The Uninvited."

It's a three-act play and will be held in the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai on Oct. 29, 30 and 31. The show also will run Nov. 5, 6, and 7.

Friday and Saturday showings will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees will be at 3 p.m.

You can get tickets at Charlotte's in Kenai, Coffee Roasters, River City Books and M & M Market.

They will serve pumpkin pie with whipped topping and hot apple cider at intermission. Sounds like a fun evening for people attending.

For more information, call 252-4942.

High tea will be served at the senior center Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The Masonic Lodge will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the center. The Masons always work the fish pond at the Halloween party. The fish pond is a favorite of the children.

The Homemakers' Club meets Thursday at the senior center at 1 p.m.

Flu shots are available at the senior center Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the center at 262-6808 to sign up.

Until next week, stay warm, stay safe and slow down in school crossings.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 260-3111 or by email at mom@alaska.net



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