Nikiski Community News

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to all of my Nikiski neighbors. I hope this day finds each and every reader filled with joy and happiness. No matter how you spend the holidays, please be safe and merry.

The Nikiski North Star Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students did a great job at last week's Christmas program. So much hard work and preparation went into the performance, by the children and school staff.

With more than 22,000 lights and 17 yard decorations, Nikiski resident John Klimpke has created a Christmas display for all to see. His display, located on Blueberry Ave., near Home Video, has grown over the past five years.

"We just keep adding more," he said.

The venture started out being for Klimpke's grandchildren, yet it has grown to a hobby and a stopping place for onlookers. He said he also enjoys finding decorations locally to create his winter wonderland.

Klimpke has won first place in Nikiski's annual light display award in 2006 and second place in 2005. He said he has received Homer Electric Company awards for up to $150 in electric credit for the display, although the bill often is more than the award.

"It is fun just to see the kid's eyes," he said.

For those who have yet to cast their vote, the Nikiski Community Council and the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce are holding the seventh annual Winter Light Display Awards in the Nikiski Area. There are two categories; business or family. Nomination forms are available by calling Judene Van Cleave at 776-5551.

The breakfast program at Nikiski North Star Elementary School has recently gone through some changes. Starting Jan. 7, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Nutrition Services will begin serving breakfast to the students before school. The cost for a full breakfast is $1.50 or .30 cents for those with reduced lunch. Those students receiving a free lunch will also receive a free breakfast.

The Nikiski Senior Center will be closed today and Tuesday.

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area facilities will be closed Tuesday.

The Nikiski pool water aerobics classes will start Jan. 8. The cost is $3.50 per class. For more information, call 776-8800.

North Kenai Yoga classes will not be held Tuesday and Jan. 1 for the holidays. All other classes will meet as normal. For more information, call 776-3495.

Happy birthday wishes to Virginia Hardan, Cheryl Martin, Elsie Sidback and Larry Miller today, Dec. 24; and Jim Boatright on Dec. 30.

Happy anniversary wishes to Bruce and Nancy Aitken on Dec. 25; and Zak and Sara Smith and Howard and Diana Wray on Dec. 28.

Looking forward to hearing about your news. Do send some my way.

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