Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

If you were unable to attend the meeting last week in Ninilchik to review the preliminary draft of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's 2005 comprehensive plan and make your comments, you have until Friday to fill out a comment form and questionnaire, which can be obtained from the borough. You also may make comment online through the project Web site The next draft of the plan is to be presented to the borough Planning Commission in mid-December.

Borough residents will have additional opportunities to comment on the plan in writing or at public hearings with the borough Planning Commission and assembly next spring. Members of Ninilchik Community Forum have been active in representing Ninilchik.

For more information about Ninilchik's involvement, e-mail Mike Schuster at

The deadline for contestant paperwork for the Alaska Junior Miss scholarship program must be received no later than Monday.

There is no entry fee, and it is open to any young woman graduating in the spring. Contestants are evaluated on interviews, scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, fitness and poise. Application packets are available at the school or you may complete the information online by visiting www.alaska

The Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center is having a Thanksgiving turkey dinner Thursday. There is a warm welcome to all. If you are not a regular and plan to attend, call 567-3988 to let them know ahead of time so the cook can plan accordingly.

The senior center will be closed Nov. 25 and 26.

Are you a quilter of a knitter? If so, you may want to join others at the senior center. Quilters meet after lunch Monday afternoons or from 6 to 9 on Monday evenings and knitters gather Fridays after lunch.

Kathy Bundy is still savoring the memories of the pleasant time she spent with her mother in October on a 10-day fall foliage cruise, she said. According to one of their tour guides, they hit the height of the foliage season, which was exceptional this year. She met her mother in Montreal and from there they went to Quebec City. They cruised the St. Lawrence River to St. John. The reversing rapids at the Bay of Fundy were a sight to behold and they were happy that they were there at just the right time to see that, she said. Continuing south in the Atlantic Ocean, they went through Acadia National Park and had a port of call at Bar Harbor, Maine.

At Newport, R.I., they took a tour of the mansions and learned the history of the affluent era in which they were built. She would like to have spent more time at Boston and New York, but they did get to see the USS Constitution and a few other points of interest. A special thrill was passing the Statue of Liberty. The colorful foliage is long gone, but the memories linger, she said.

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

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