Sterling Community News

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2007

Today, Christians around the world wait in joyful anticipation to celebrate the birth of the Christ child. I hope that all of you who join me in waiting will find the peace and joy the season brings.

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  Zachary Walgenbach

We Alaskans have something to be thankful for this week the return of light. For as long as people have lived in this cold northern place, the Winter Solstice and the slow return to longer days has been a reason for celebration. Today we gained almost 2 minutes of daylight. It doesn't sound like much, but at least it is moving in the right direction.

The Sterling Senior Center will host Friday Night at the Movies. This weeks movie will be "Chariots of Fire" starring Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers and Ian Charleson. Free coffee and popcorn will be available during the movie. The center is looking for volunteers to help with their movie nights. You may call the center for more information. Snacks will be available starting at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.

Also, a quick reminder that the senior center's Crafty Quilters will not meet Tuesday or Thursday this week.

Nurse Betty Miller from the Sterling Elementary School asked me to remind everyone that even during the holiday season, moderation in all things is still a key to staying healthy. Remember to try and get some exercise each day, drink plenty of water and try not to overindulge on the many sweet treats that are around this time of year. Your body will thank you for it come January.

If you need to work off a little too much of that holiday eggnog and cookies, remember the Sterling Elementary School will host adult volleyball from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and adult basketball from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Both of these events will continue during the Christmas break.

Do you know that the Sterling Elementary school recycles used printer and toner cartridges? When you pull that empty cartridge out of your printer, don't throw it in the trash. The school has a drop-off box in the lobby. When the box is full they send them to a company that refills them and sends the school a check. The money that was raised with this project last year was used to help pay for a person to keep the school open for evening activities.

The school has an ongoing aluminum can recycling project. You may drop your cans in the recycling box in the parking lot at the south end of the building.

If you see Bob Brink or Paul Pietro today, you may want to wish them a happy birthday. Yolanda Lindstrom and Marion Jensen will celebrate a birthday on Dec 26; and John Bailey and Joan Sturgeon on Dec 28.

As always, if you have any news you would like to see printed in this section of the paper feel free to drop me an e-mail or give me a call.

Other Sterling news


Lucas Blake Kumpe

Kumpes have a boy

Ashley and J.D. Kumpe formerly of Sterling, announce the birth of their son, Lucas Blake, at 3:56 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, in Tennessee.

He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

His grandparents are Rodney Kumpe and Tracy Kumpe-Jensema of Washington and Bruce and Joelyn Spence of La Grande, Texas. His great-grandparents are David and Kathy Kumpe of Soldotna, Betty and Vandol Durham of Oregon, Mack and Ann Tappana of Sterling and Kenneth and Linda Jensema of Washington.

Walgenbach joins Air Force


Zachary Walgenbach

Sterling resident Air Force Airman Zachary K. Walgenbach has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, he studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, Walgenbach earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is the son of Chris and Jacki Walgenbach of Sterling.

Walgenbach is a 2007 graduate of Skyview High School.

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