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Hero of the week

CARI WARD

Posted: Monday, December 04, 2000

One of the best-kept secrets on the Kenai Peninsula is the Nikiski swimming pool. This lovely facility has exercised and delighted us through many years. The water is always balmy, the place is always clean and beautiful, and it is a pleasure to merely walk through the door. As delightful as the swimming and hot-tubbing experience has been, it always has been the staff that is the facility's crowning glory.

The crown jewel of this staff is a smile with a lady attached by the name of Cari Ward. Cari has been a standard fixture there for many years, and we have watched her as she gently and with great humor taught our children and grandchildren to love the water and develop safe swimming skills.

Cari always has a pleasant word of greeting, a smile and a happy attitude to share with every patron. She welcomes us, encourages us, and makes life a little happier, the day a little warmer and the world a little brighter just because she's there.

Some of us are local, some of us travel upward of a 40-mile round trip and beyond several times a week to the pool. The warmth and beauty of this great facility is reason enough to justify a trip out north for most of us, but the staff is its greatest drawing card. Thanks to all of you for all you do to keep us safely and happily wet.

The morning bunch:

Jean Nappier

Dee and Bill Allison

Saylor Ellison

Marion Nickelson

Tory and Austin Hansen

Joan Hansen

Jim and Nedra Evenson

Bud and Ruth Lofstedt



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