Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

At Christmas time we are celebrating God's love which was manifest to us by his sending his only begotten son into the world that we might have life through him. Typically, during this season, our lives are busier than usual with extra activities geared toward the celebration of this wondrous love of God. Hopefully, though, each of us will find time to be quiet and reflect on what Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection mean to us personally. May each of you have a blessed Christmas.

If you missed the Christmas bazaar, you missed a good one. There were 33 tables full of home business offerings and hand-crafted items. There were even authors with their books. The vendors, young and old, came from Homer to Kenai with a majority, of course, from Ninilchik. There is a lot of talent in our community.

The amount of work represented in the items being offered for sale was staggering. My pocket wasn't full enough to buy everything I would like to have, so I took business cards for further reference. If you are still looking for gifts, give me a call. I can give you some suggestions from what I saw.

Today at 11:30 a.m., the home-schoolers will present a short Christmas program at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. The public is welcome. Wednesday, the senior center will have its annual Christmas party.

Tonight at the fairgrounds, the Trailblazers 4-H Club will have its Christmas party. There will be entertainment, games and refreshments prepared by the 4-H food class. It welcomes prospective new members. Call Abi Daniels at 567-1048 for more information.

The Ninilchik Tribal Council's service department is collecting holiday donations for needy families. Bring your donations to its front office.

The community calendars are available at the Ninilchik Community Library. I'm eager to see the photograph they selected for this year's calendar. They are always so good and typical of Ninilchik. Tammy Bear's photo of setnetters fishing under the shadow of Mount Redoubt was on the 2004 calendar. I remember another photo by Tasha Leman on one of the past calendars.

When you are finished enjoying your Christmas cards, you can cut off the front of them and let them be further useful. Call 567-3549 to find out how.

The annual varsity alumni basketball games will be held Monday at the Ninilchik School gym. The women's game will be played first. It's a time to visit with old friends, as well as see who is still in shape.

The Kenai Peninsula State Fair Association is holding a theme contest open to all Kenai Peninsula residents. The winner receives a three-day pass to the fair Aug. 19 through 21, plus $25 cash. Send your theme idea with your name and phone number to the fair office at P.O. Box 39210 or drop it by the office on Tuesdays or Thursdays. A poster contest will follow based on the theme chosen.

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

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