I attended Nick Leman's 90th birthday party at the Ninilchik Senior Citizen's Center with friends and relatives of the Leman family Dec 7. Nick's son, Loren Leman, arranged it so his older brother Wayne could fly in from Washington and surprise his parents. Youngest son Mark, who works as a merchant marine and recently returned from Japan, was also able to attend, enabling all three of Nick and Marian's sons to celebrate this special occasion together.
Nick was born and raised in Ninilchik and possesses a wealth of information of our area's history. Recently he has been showing people photos of the fish traps that he and his father fished with and said he would love to share his stories with anyone who is interested.
On Tuesday the Ninilchik School Christmas concert will be held at 6 p.m. Students will perform under the direction of music and band director Lisa Nissley.
The Ninilchik Senior Citizen's Center Christmas party will be held after lunch Friday. There will be a Chinese auction gift exchange, so those attending are encouraged to bring a gift appropriate for their gender that costs $10. The center will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 and will reopen for regular meals Jan. 2.
The Community Christmas play, "Have you Heard the News?" will be held at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Carol Bock Hall on Saturday. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and the play starts at 6 p.m. There will be a community potluck afterward. The play is being directed by Delores Lindeman who said, "Come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as a community."
Congratulations to Ninilchik's Emily Olskolkoff and Nikolaevsk's Cassie Fefelov, who made the all-tournament team at the state volleyball tournament held in Anchorage last week.
Ninilchik Emergency Services Board member Pam Ehlers said the new board members for 2008 are as follows: Steve Vanek, president; Jeff Berger, vice-president; Cindy Crabb, secretary; Kathy Bundy, gaming director; Wayne Taggart, treasurer; Ruth Taggart, billing director; Jerry Byrne, EMS captain; Gina Wiste, EMS chief; Mike Chihuly, fire chief; Sue Simonds, EMS training coordinator; Roy Boone, Pam Ehlers, Kit Pherson and Madeline Thompson, directors.
Jeff and Jody Gardner's children, Emma and Reuben, are collecting old candle wax for a home-school project. If you have any paraffin or wax to donate it can be even dusty and dirty, in jars or half-burned candles give Jody a call at 567-1099.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Presley whose anniversary is today, Dec. 17; and to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Okonek whose anniversary is Dec. 22.
Birthdays this week are Rosalie Garroute and Luke Dubber on Dec. 18; Jim Knox, Jonathan Self II, Karen Fann and Brian McKay on Dec. 20; Amanda Matson on Dec. 22; and Angela Boyle on Dec 23.
I appreciate all the neighbors who are keeping me informed during this busy season.
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