Sterling Community News

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2007

I don't know about all of you, but I am beginning to wonder where our winter has gone! At the risk of sounding like an "old-timer," Decembers when I was a child seemed to be, well, more winter-like. They featured things like skiing and sledding. This year we seem to be missing one vital ingredient for those activities snow. Hopefully by the time this article runs we will have some of the fluffy white stuff.

Are any of you considering giving someone on your Christmas list a pet this year? If so, you might want to consider some advice from Alaska SPCA volunteer Nancy Wall.

Nancy reminded me of some of the reasons that Christmas might not be the best time to add to your furry family.

Winter is a hard time to house-train a puppy, and all the hectic activity that usually accompanies the holidays is not conducive to bonding with your new pet. If you are determined to get a pet as a gift, consider giving the recipient a gift certificate to go and pick out a puppy or a kitten at the shelter at a later date. Then you can have a conversation about responsible pet ownership and pick a pet that will be a good fit for your whole family.

"Remember that the cute puppy under the Christmas tree often becomes the big dog dropped off at the shelter in March because the family no longer wants it," Nancy said.

Today, Dec. 17, if you happen to see Irmgard Caristo, you may want to wish her a happy birthday.

Richard Pond has a birthday Dec. 19; Cheryl Tourangeau on Dec. 20; Robert Newton on Dec. 21: and Paul Brown, Bob Looney, and Jean Brown on Dec. 22.

This is the last day donations are being accepted for Christmas food boxes that are being assembled at the Sterling Senior Center. You can drop off nonperishable food today if you would like to contribute to needy local families. The center also has an Angel Tree with items that can be purchased for folks for Christmas. If you are interested in donating you can talk to Elaine Frizzie at the center.

The SASCI Crafty/Quilters group meets at the senior center from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday. This week they will embellish sweatshirts or T-shirts with a crocheted doily snowman. You must bring a sweatshirt, one 6-inch and one 8-inch doily and six buttons for embellishment. If you need more information you can contact Charlotte Sponsel to see an example.

I am happy to print information you would like to see mentioned in this section of the paper: birthdays, anniversaries, club meeting announcements, parties, and visitors from out of town. Please remember that the deadline for getting information to me is Wednesday night for consideration for publication the following Monday. I have had several people submit information Saturday or Sunday and then be disappointed it was not in the paper in a timely manner.

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