Heros of the Week

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2005

A million thanks to a stranger

On Oct. 23, my sister, great-niece from Minnesota and I went to Seward. It began to snow.

On our way home, my tires got into the slush and pulled me into the ditch.

A young woman was the first to stop and see if we were OK. Several cars passed before and after her.

The second car to actually stop was a young man who would have stayed with us until help came, but since we were all fine, we said it wasn’t necessary.

The third to stop was another gentleman, he said he could pull us out. I want to thank this man and his significant other for helping. I also want to thank State Trooper Mike Henry for helping direct traffic.

Thanks a million,

Marty Pierce


Mentors making a difference

The Aspirations Advocate program is celebrating its fifth year in high schools and middle schools around the Kenai Peninsula. Mentors with this program make the commitment to meet one hour a week with their student groups for the duration of the school year.

They are trained in the eight conditions that form the basis of the aspirations program and work tirelessly to bring those conditions to life for their students.

It seems especially appropriate during this season of thanksgiving to publicly acknowledge and offer heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals: Nikiski Middle-Senior High School — mentor and site coordinator, Pam Clark and mentors, Bob Harrison, Judene VanCleave and Amanda Feagin; Kenai Central High School — site coordinator, Jon Lillevik and mentors, Mike Tilly, Kelly George, Phil Reemtsma, Susan Semmens, Joyce Ross and Ryan Gluth; Kenai Middle School — site coordinator, Mark Manuel and mentors, Ron Janiszewski, Jennifer Janiszewski, Jason Chavarria, Celeste Chavarria, Michelle Faumui and Susan Smalley; and Skyview High School — site coordinator, Dave Carey and mentors, Marlys Verba, Thelma Antila, Scott Earsley, Cindy Irmen, Alex Zerbinos and Shirley Johnsrud.

These mentors are ordinary people who come from all walks of life, all economic and educational backgrounds and make extraordinary difference in the lives of young people. These mentors are heroes, and I thank them for their compassion, concern and commitment to making a difference for our youth.

Sheilah-Margaret Pothast

District facilitator

Aspirations Advocate Program


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