Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

It's just one week until the general election. I hope you have studied all the issues and figured out where you go to vote in your precinct. Whatever you do, be sure to go vote Nov. 2.

Moose River RV will stay open this winter. It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and will serve breakfast and coffee all morning. Anita Merkes will bake pies.

Wednesday and Thursday this week, the Sterling Elementary PTA will have a book fair. Anyone can go and shop. There are usually some cooking and crafty adult books, but most of the offerings are children's books. Home-schoolers, Head Start parents, children and anyone else is welcome to shop for gifts and reading material.

Janie Odgers of Sterling is the new executive director for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. She said her new job is a challenge but also exciting. She interacts with business owners, government and community organizations, that all play an important role in the community.

Janie is knee-deep in the major fund-raising event that the Kenai chamber holds annually the beer and wine festival and auction. She said they have donations rolling in and tickets are flying out the door. She is hoping to see a full table of Sterling neighbors.

Janie said Sterling and Kenai share a unique view of the magnificent Mount Redoubt. She gets to see the view every morning while driving to Kenai. She said to stop on by and say hello when you go to Kenai.

The Sterling Caregivers Support Group meets the first Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. Their group is small so at their last meeting they discussed reaching out to neighbors in the area. They are asking families to be more alert to changes in behavior of friends, neighbors and family members that may signal a problem and a need for help. If you are a caregiver, the group invites you to join them and strengthen the support for those in need.

If you have questions, you may call the senior center at 262-6808.

Mya Renken, executive director at the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, told me the Seavey family has relocated to their winter training camp in Sterling. Mitch Seavey, the reigning Iditarod champion, and sons are training for next year's Iditarod.

They have opened up their camp to visitors. Neighbors can visit with the Seaveys and their kennel of world-class athletes, along with the puppies, and even can go out for a ride. Mya said she can't wait to take her kids there and thought maybe you would want to know of this opportunity.

Thanks for letting us know, Mya!

There is a full moon Wednesday, just in time for the Halloween party Friday evening.

If you dream of traveling, I can recommend the book,"Under the Tuscan Sun," by Frances Mayes.

I received the notice too late to let you know that Sterling Head Start invited all Sterling parents to attend their monthly parent committee meeting and learn about Halloween safety. I hope you attended because that is information we all need to brush up on. But one bit of news is timely: Head Start will have a harvest party Friday.

Until next week, read a book and read a fun book to your children.

Lois Pillifant can be reached by phone at 260-3111 or by email at

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