The bear saga at our household is still playing out, even though I would have thought that any self-respecting bear would have been in bed for the winter by now. Last week we had a brown bear tear up a fence, including two electric fence wires to get inside our chicken pen. Fortunately, it seemed to be confused by the fencing and didn't manage to get inside the coop, so the chickens survived. If you have livestock to protect, please be aware that the bears are still very much awake and on the prowl in the Sterling area.
The Sterling PTA will hold its second annual craft fair at Sterling Elementary School on Dec. 1 and 2. This may be a great opportunity to sell your crafts and support the school at the same time. The cost for a space is $50 for two days. Space is limited and there are only a few remaining. Deadline for reserving a space will be Nov. 20 or until spaces are reserved.
For more information, call Krissy Mahan at the school at 262-4944. After 5 p.m. call Judy Miller at 262-8545.
The Sterling Elementary School has an ongoing aluminum can recycling project. You may drop your cans in the recycling box in the parking lot at the south end of the building.
This is a busy week at the Sterling Senior Center. On Thursday, Ernest Schlereth, a lawyer from Anchorage will speak at the center about the Millers Trust. He will answer questions about assets and possible needs for future long term care in your home or in a facility.
Those of you who plan to attend the center's Friday night movie might be interested to know that movie will be "An Unfinished Life," starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman. Free popcorn and coffee will be available.
The center also will host the following events: Today: Exercise at 10 a.m.; Tuesday Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m. and bingo at 7 p.m.; Wednesday Exercise at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11:30 a.m. and its birthday cake day; Thursday Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m., adult puppet show at noon and card players at 6 p.m.; Friday exercise at 10 a.m., choir at 1 p.m. and Thanksgiving dinner at noon. For more information, call the center at 262-6808.
We have lots of birthday wishes! Today, Nov. 12 happy birthday to Gaye LaRane; George Fadio and Ken Sanford on Nov. 14; Robert Bolen on Nov. 15; Lynda Burcham on Nov. 16; Omar Bresland and Louise Schadle on Nov. 17; and John Coppock and Roger Laber on Nov. 18.
The Sterling Head Start is looking to fill several positions for substitutes at its facility. If you are interested, call 260-7446.
Other Sterling news
Franzmann joins Air Force
Sterling resident Air Force Airman Jacob W. Franzmann graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, he studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition Franzmann earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Karl Franzmann of Sterling and is a 2007 graduate of Soldotna High School.
Pfaffe goes on tour
Sterling resident Aleksandr Pfaffe toured with the St. Olaf College band of Northfield, Minn. The band toured Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Pfaffe is a sophomore and plays the French horn.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Pfaffe and a graduate of Connections.
Mushrooms to be discussed
The Kenai Peninsula Mycological Society will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Naptown Cafe. The topics will be how to identify, cook and cultivate mushrooms found in Alaska with an emphasis on mushrooms found on the peninsula. Meetings and field trips are open to the public. For information call Cliff 262-1927
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