Community News

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2004

Seniors seek Christmas donations

The Sterling Area Senior Citizens Inc. is seeking donations for its Christmas basket program. It needs, stuffing, sugar, flour, pumpkin mix, apples, oranges and potatoes. Donations can be dropped off at the Sterling Senior Center, Abundant Life Assembly of God or Sterling Lutheran Church. Baskets will be assembled Tuesday. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There also is an angel tree at the center, and community members are encouraged to stop by and pick up a name to help a needy child in the area. For more information, call 262-6808.

Christmas decoration winners announced

The city of Soldotna at the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways won the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Christmas lighting contest in the commercial division. Soldotna Professional Pharmacy at 299 N. Binkley St. placed second and Froso's at 35433 Kenai Spur Highway placed third.

In the residential division, Jay Smith at 48939 Jones Stub Road, Scott and Lisa Blischke at 368 W. Bering and Deward Halsey at 37452 Denise Lake Road placed first, second and third, respectively.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Paul and Cookie Yoon at Jawls and Grove Street, Gary and Sharon Hale at 140 Henrich, Richard Quick at 36515 Deville Road and Jeff and Tami Carrico at 253 W. Rockwell.

Filipino Amer-Asian potluck planned

A Filipino Amer-Asian potluck will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Moose Lodge Family Center. Games, prizes and lechon (roast pig) are planned. For more information, call Angie at 776-8260 or 252-7317.

Reading carnival scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council will host its third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival Jan. 29. For more information or to reserve booth space Virginia Morgan at 283-9374 or e-mail

Groups interested in performing on the main stage may call Matt Faris at 260-5411 or e-mail

Nursing scholarships available

Nursing education scholarship applications are available at the financial aid office at the Kenai Peninsula College or at Heritage Place at 232 Rockwell Ave. in Soldotna. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31. Preference will be given to students who pursue a nursing degree in Alaska. Scholarships will be awarded in early January. In November, $12,000 in funding for Kenai Peninsula students who are pursuing a nursing degree was raised by area health care and education organizers.

Kenai Mayor declares Civil Air Patrol Week

enai Mayor Pat Porter declared the week of Dec. 12 as Civil Air Patrol Week. Porter dedicated it to the members of the Kenai Composite Squadron in recognition for "Its dedication in being prepared to give of their time and resources for the benefit of their fellow man through air and ground search and rescue, by flying humanitarian and mercy missions and through many other unselfish acts; for helping to conduct an effective national program of aerospace education and training for its members and the general public; and also in recognition of the 63rd anniversary of the founding of this unique organization, established to help America in its hour of need during the dark days of World War II and, which today, is dedicated to the service of humanity and the noncombatant defense of this nation." The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is dedicated to volunteer public service in the interest of community, state and national welfare. The Kenai squadron was established in 1951.

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