Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

Sterling Masonic Lodge No. 22 will hold its annual installation of officers at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Sterling Senior Center. The new worshipful master being installed is Dennis Cole.The senior warden will be Don Standefer, and the junior warden will be Brian Bilkey. Thanks to Les Little, who e-mailed me the information.

Bill Lowe told me there are around 100 children in the area who are on the Christmas angel tree at the senior center and are in need of a toy and clothing for Christmas.

Organizers are seeking people who will help fill the children's "wish list" so Christmas will be better for them this year.

Also, the canned food drive for the Christmas food baskets is being collected at the senior center. There is a real need for food and other items due to a greater need in the community this year.

Organizers are hoping neighbors will pitch in and help fill these requests.

Food boxes will be assembled at 1 p.m. today at the senior center, so you don't have long to think about helping out. If you have donations, take them on over to the center now.

Today is winter solstice. We can start counting the minutes as we start getting more hours of daylight and start planning our spring gardening chores.

There will be a special Christmas dinner Thursday at the senior center, and because this is a special dinner, they have requested reservations. So if you have not made one, you should call the center at 262-6808 and see if they will have extra and can accommodate you.

Roxie Little will be serving prime rib, twice-baked potato, buttered peas, navy bean soup and all the other goodies that go with it. Roxie said there will be entertainment.

The senior center is closed Friday for the Christmas holiday. It will open again Monday. Card players will meet at 1 p.m. Monday to enjoy a game of cards, and the Poppycock Painters will meet from 3 to 8 p.m. that day.

Bob Oakes said they have been flooding the skating rink next to Sterling Elementary School. By now it should be ready to skate on. However, the weather hasn't cooperated, so the ice doesn't freeze and stay frozen.

Since they don't have that neat little machine that smooths the ice, they have invented a wide device that can be used manually to help smooth the ice so it is more skateable.

We hope it will be ready to skate on soon. You might help out by wishing for cold weather. I will keep you advised about the availability of good skating.

Nancy Wall tells me Sterling second-grader Kaylee Nelson participated in the Nutcracker program in Kenai recently.

She was a ballerina and loved dancing in a program that she said impressed her because, "People paid $15 to see her."

Kaylee is the daughter of Susan and Jeff Nelson. Congratulations, Kaylee, on a dance well done.

Speaking of dancing, Norma Cooper of North Star Dance Studio will present a Christmas recital with her students at 3 p.m. Wednesday at her Soldotna studio in the Superstructure Building on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Many of the dancers are neighbors from Sterling. My granddaughter, Madeline Fox, is one of them. You won't want to miss it.

Until next week, make someone happy.

Lois Pillifant can be reached by phone at 260-3111 or by email at

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