It looked like an old fashioned barn raising when I saw the good turnout of neighbors, friends and family who helped Butch and Shirley Schollenberg put up their covered horse arena at their Happy Valley home last Wednesday.
More than a dozen volunteers used muscle power to hoist the gigantic cover over the top of the 8,400 square foot arena. Shirley rewarded the workers with homemade cinnamon rolls and expressed her appreciation for those who came out to help in spite of the cold and rainy weather.
I know there are some excited equestrians who are planning to make good use of the arena that will aid in keeping their horses in shape over the long winter months when riding outdoors is too hazardous.
There will be a family friendship potluck dinner at the Chapman School Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Each class will put on skits or will perform a variety of talents to entertain family and friends.
The Homer Public Health Center will hold a flu immunization clinic Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ninilchik Community Clinic. For more information, call 235-8857.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Deputy Clerk Johni Blankenship announced the borough is sponsoring a series of community meetings to identify the community's capital project priorities.
The Borough Assembly is in the process of developing its 2008 capital project priorities list for the upcoming legislative session. The Assembly has agreed to include in this list a maximum of two capital project requests from each unincorporated community in the borough. The Ninilchik community meeting will be held Friday at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center around 1 p.m., and it will last approximately one hour. For more information, call 714-2163.
Volleyball coach Bea Klaich informed me that Ninilchik and Nikolaevsk schools took second and third places, respectively, at the Cook Inlet Invitational Volleyball Tournament held Oct. 12, and 13.
The sportsmanship award went to the Nikolaevsk team.
Ninilchik girls, Ashley Bartolowitz and Heidi Skjold, and Nikolaevsk girls, Efrosia Yakunin and Valerie Yakunin, won positions on the all-tournament team.
Coach Klaich wanted to invite the community to the volleyball tournament hosted by Nikolaevsk on Thursday through Saturday. The tournament will feature Ninilchik junior varsity, Unalaska, Nenana, Seldovia and Nikolaevsk. The games will be played at Nikolaevsk School starting Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and will resume Friday at noon and then finish with the final games Saturday at 10 a.m.
If anyone would like to donate candy for the annual Halloween Hoot held at the fairgrounds, you may drop off your donations at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. If you want to help with the Halloween Hoot or have any questions, call Linda Painter at 567-3370.
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Postcards from home
Our local hospital does a display at the Christmas season of tress representing each state. The state flag is flown by each tree. The Sunday before Christmas refreshments and a program for the community is held.
I lived in Alaska at Anchor Point for seven years and now return whenever possible.
I heave been honored this year to decorate the Alaska tree, which will be done Nov. 2
I would like to decorate it with postcards from areas all over your beautiful state.
My request is for postcards from your area which will be displayed on the Alaska tree. Write a message on them.
Will you help?
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