Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

Dec. 7, 1941 - a date that "would live in infamy," declared President Franklin D. Roosevelt after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 7, 1917 - a date that is significant to the Leman family, for on that date Nick Leman was born to Joe and Irene (Cooper) Leman in Ninilchik village. That time, too, was a time of war, but by the time Nick was nearly 1 year old, World War I was over. Nick has lived a full, active 87 years and we extend warm birthday greetings to him.

He is a walking history book and can answer many questions you may have about the history of Ninilchik. He is considered a tough fisher, a tender father and friend, a talented musician and a teasing jokester.

Recently he was having trouble with double vision and when warned about making sure he picked the right bridge to cross, without batting an eyelash he replied, "The bridges aren't the problem. It's those two women on the sofa. I don't know which one is my wife."

Mike Schuster thanks everyone for the concerted effort to complete the community action plan. Plans have been made to place a copy of it at Ninilchik Community Library so it is available to the community.

Last week I gave the incorrect date for the legislative priorities public hearing. I had the wrong Thursday and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Paul Fischer will hold the public hearing on the selection of legislative priorities for our community Thursday at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center right after lunch at 1 p.m.

The public health nurse will be at the Ninilchik Community Clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Immunizations will be available.

By the way, the progress on the addition to the clinic is impressive. The workers are doing a great job in spite of having had to battle some bad weather.

Don't forget to stop by the annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas Bazaar at the Ninilchik School gym Saturday. For those of you who wish to sell, space fee is $10. Tables are available first come, first served. There's no need to reserve or call ahead, just show up. Bring your own tables if you like. Set up begins at 9:30 a.m. and the National Honor Society students will be on hand to help haul things into the building. Call Jamie Leman for more information at 567-3361 or 567-3722.

My granddaughters are busy creating things to sell. The younger one is optimistic about selling her crafts, for she told me there is one special person who always buys something from her and she can count on that.

The Trail Blazers 4-H Club held its first meeting of the year at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Nov. 27. Three of the girls demonstrated how to make simple holiday appetizers. Club members got to taste tortilla roll-ups made by Sarah Cobb, sausage roll-ups made by Joanna Daniels and simple sweet rolls made by Abi Daniels.

The new slate of officers who were elected were Abigail Daniels, president; Sarah Cobb, vice president; Misty Knox, treasurer; and Amanda Merchant, secretary.

Members may choose from a variety of classes that are offered in horsemanship, livestock management, dog training, sewing, cooking, crafts and shooting sports. New members are welcome. Contact Shirley Schollenberg at 567-3467.

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

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