Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

Sterling neighbor, Sgt. Darrell Card is currently serving in the armed forces in Iraq. Darrell grew up in Homer, but his dad, Michael Card, lives in our neighborhood. His grandmother, Alice Card, is an active member of the Sterling Senior Center. Darrell will be spending at least 18 months out of the country.

His wife remains in Washington state where they were last stationed, is able to speak to him occasionally by telephone and frequently they are able to send e-mails to each other. We wish the best to Darrell and his family and hope for his speedy return.

Thanksgiving food baskets will be assembled Monday. If you have donations to make toward that effort, be sure and take them to the senior center before Monday. I'm told the Masons already have made a large donation of food to help out.

For more information about what items are needed, call 262-6808.

I hope you took in the bazaar last Friday and Saturday at the senior center. I hear it was well attended, even though the weather didn't necessarily cooperate.

The funds raised by these kinds of functions go to the cost of operating the center.

I spoke with Al and Mike Goings the other day, and they commented on how quiet it is on the Kenai Keys where they live.

All the people who have summer cabins on the Kenai have retreated for the season, most of the snowbirds have gone before the snow or at least before the really cold weather catches them in Alaska.

Melissa Daugherty at RuralCap Head Start in Sterling tells me its bus was out of service for two days last week, which made it difficult for the children to reach school.

However, B and B Auto came to the rescue, towed the the vehicle and installed a new starter. Happily, the bus is back in service giving the kids a ride to school.

During the time the bus was out of service, parents gave their kids a ride when it was possible. However, attendance was still low during those two days. Thanks to B and B Auto for rallying to the call for help.

There is a parent meeting at Head Start at 4 p.m. Friday. The teachers look forward to a large turnout.

Also, thanks to David Edin, the cook will have some sharp knives to work with in the kitchen. David came by and sharpened knives.

The Sterling Cub Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sterling Elementary School. Cub Scouts is for those who are in first through fifth grades. The Sterling fire station is the chartering agency for the scouts and has made it possible to organize.

I think we have a wonderful cooperative community in Sterling. Thanks, firefighters.

The good news is that tenants are moving into the new senior housing this weekend. I think that's pretty exciting.

The other news is that Judy Warren, director of the senior center, has been ill but is back at work. We need her to stay well, so take it easy, Judy.

Until next week, watch out for moose and stay well.

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

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