Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

Thanks to Abi for filling in for me last week. She does a great job. One of my other granddaughters asked, "Was it fun in the hospital?" I answered that I wouldn't call it "fun," but I must say that it was pleasant. I was impressed with the kind, compassionate care I received at Central Peninsula General Hospital all the way from Dr. Henry Krull to the anesthetist, each nurse, nurse assistant, therapist, housekeeper, lab technician and receptionist.

And now I am surrounded with loving family caregivers, a home health nurse and therapist. For all this I offer grateful thanks to my heavenly Father who so lovingly cares for me. My deepest thanks to all who have prayed for me. The Lord has answered your prayers. I appreciate all the beautiful flowers, plants, cards and get-well greetings. Thank you.

Zetta Byrd is my nurse from 1st Choice Home Health Care. You may recognize who she is by my telling you she graduated from Ninilchik High School in 1980 as Zetta Ostrander. Zetta studied nursing at Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Anchorage. She and her family have lived in Michigan and North Carolina. She has been with 1st Choice Home Health Care for two years and enjoyed being assigned to the southern part of their service area where she grew up, enabling her to meet up with old friends.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has been updating its comprehensive plan during the past year and will present the preliminary draft in Ninilchik on Thursday at the Ninilchik School cafeteria from 6:30 to 9 p.m. At each meeting, the comprehensive plan team will give a presentation about the planning process and key elements of the plan, followed by an open house that will feature issues, goals, objectives and plan implementation actions. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, comment and complete written questionnaires on elements in the plan.

Community involvement is important in ensuring that the plan serves all citizens of the borough, particularly those in rural and unincorporated areas. You may learn more about the project at its Web site, The Ninilchik Community Group has submitted concerns and requests from our community. If you would like to be on the e-mail list to keep up-to-date, send your request to Mike Schuster at

The community service club Ninilchik Domestic Engineers continues its many projects of serving the community by helping to make the Halloween Hoot fun for the kids. It is sponsoring the cake walk and welcome your help in making this successful. The event takes place at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

If you could donate a cake, cupcakes or any baked goods, give president Vivian Moe a call at 567-7373.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 567-3394 or by email at

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