In our own Backyard

Story last updated at 3:40 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Snow Rondi: flurry of fun, flurry of snow

In our own backyard

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

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Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce couldn't have picked a better theme for the 2012 Snow Rondi: "Anchor Point moving forward in a flurry." What started Thursday with a flurry of activities — a chamber-benefiting auction and the raffle of pool players for Friday night's pool tournament — ended on Sunday with cancelled events due to flurries of snow.


Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

R. J. Austin, grand marshall of the Anchor Point Snow Rondi parade, is in good company with Jamie Parish, Andy Nelson, Jake Roberts, Kaytlin McAnelly and Kalen Molodiah.

In between were plenty of events, plenty of people enjoying them and more than $4,000 raised to benefit the chamber.

"The auction brought in $4,000 and the wood-splitting raffle raised $124," said DeAnn Catlin, the chamber office assistant, of a new-to-the-Rondi wood splitting contest held earlier in the day. "(The wood auction) was a last-minute thing we did at the awards banquet. Hopefully, we can do that again."

Daniel Thompson's prize wasn't cash but almost as good; he won the wood.

The chamber wasn't the only one to benefit. Ninilchik pool player Bryan Hickey bid on himself Thursday night and it turned out to be money well spent. Hickey won the tournament.

"He won $356 as the auction winner and $357.60 for being first place," said Catlin. "He was the only one that bid on himself. They were calling him 'Bashful Bryan,' but he ended up being not so bashful in the end."

The Snow Rondi button raffle dropped $194 into Vada Moore's pocket. The buttons, designed by Chapman School student Kylie Cortez, each had a number on the back. The winning number was drawn at the Saturday night awards banquet at Anchor River Inn and Moore won the cash prize.

It may not have been cash, but every entrant in the ski and snowshoe events held during Rondi also went home with a prize: a chocolate bar.

Some weekend events had to be cancelled, such as the youth talent show which was pulled from the program for lack of entrants. Sunday's heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of several other events, including the much-loved dog show that benefits the Homer Animal Shelter.

"I had a volunteer dog person going and a dog all duded up in an 'adopt me' vest and we thought, 'Oh man, this might be a way to find Dizzy a home,'" said Sherry Bess, who runs the shelter and was to be one of the dog show judges.

Not to worry, though. Bess says anyone interested in Dizzy or any of the other animals at the shelter can drop by.

"You can still come adopt wonderful animals," she said.

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