Sterling Community News

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2007

It seems that winter is here to stay. I could hear the cheers from the snow fans, including my ski-crazy daughters, when the white stuff started to stick. I know that the Sterling area is a great tourist destination in the summer, but I think the tourists miss the best of the area when they leave before the snow flies. I hope all you locals get a chance to enjoy the winter fun Sterling has to offer skiing, snowmachining, snowshoeing and eventually some ice fishing.

I got e-mails from several folks with news this week thanks!

Courtney Roten, 15, and a sophomore at Soldotna High School football cheerleader, recently won a big statewide competition. She traveled to Chugiak High School to compete in the 21st annual ASCA Alaska State Cheer and Dance competition. She came in first in the individual routine division.

"Basically, you do a routine to music. You have to tumble, jump, cheer and dance," Courtney said. "My coach, Jennifer Rosin, helped choreograph the routine, and I practiced for over two months."

As well as the individual title, Courtney was part of the SoHi team that placed third in the state for medium varsity high schools. The team also won an award for having the highest grade point average of any team statewide.

Congratulations to Courtney and the SoHi football cheerleading squad.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Judith Warren and Jim Stevenson on Nov. 19; Lis Egeberg on Nov. 21; Roscoe Helleck, B.C. Smith, Lee Byrns and Georgia Pasqua on Nov. 23; and Mike Kobylk and James Weiss on Nov. 25.

The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events: Today exercise at 10 a.m. and assemble Thanksgiving food boxes at 1 p.m.; Tuesday Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m. and caregivers support group at 1 p.m..; Wednesday exercise at 10 a.m. and Masonic Lodge at 7 p.m.

The center will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information on these events, call the center at 262-6808.

Any Sterlingites who have family members serving in the armed forces, please drop me a note and let me know how they are doing. I am sure their neighbors would love to hear news about their service to our country.

I hope all of you have the opportunity to gather with loved ones this week and celebrate Thanksgiving.

This year, I have many things to be thankful for, not the least of which is living in this wonderful community. May I be the first to wish all of you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.

With the December holidays fast approaching, I am interested in how the folks in Sterling are planning on celebrating. Do you celebrate winter solstice, yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah? Would you like to share your holiday traditions with your neighbors?

If so, drop me an e-mail or give me a call.

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