Story last updated at 2:14 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002

Wildlife museum brings world to Anchor Point
Richard and Nancy Finney, the owners of Anchor Point Wildlife Museum, are looking forward to opening the museum on May 1. The Finneys have hunted on every continent except Antarctica; animals that you have seen in National Geographic you can now see in Anchor Point. As one looks at the exhibit and listens to the description of the particular hunt, the country and the people involved, Africa, South America, New Zealand and Greenland bring on a kaleidoscope of pictures in ones mind. Zebra from Africa, reindeer from Greenland, a water buffalo from Argentina, antelope from Montana and musk ox from Alaska are only a few of the animals displayed. There are many more wildlife, birds, fish and even some crustaceans to be seen from the many travels by the Finneys. Along with the wild animal display is a multitude of antiques, most of them family heirlooms. One fascinating item is a helmet with the word "Konig," similar to the one seen worn by Otto Von Bismarck in historical pictures. There are toys from the 1920s, wire-rimmed spectacles, early deeds and other papers recording a family history. Starting May 1, the wildlife museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with an admission charge. The FInneys invite everyone to visit the museum, and questions are always welcome!

Chett Cundiff will open the Blue Bus on Saturday. The take-out restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The menu remains the same and the addition of a great shake can round out the meal.

Ready to get in shape after the long, cold winter <> watch for the grand opening of the Anchor River Fitness Center in May. There will be no sign-up fee but rather a flat fee per person per month. Members will enjoy benefits and specials at the Anchor River Inn Restaurant, 24 hour secure access, laundry, showers and more to come in the future. The workout equipment will include free weights, aerobic machines, cable machines and much more. Plan now to sign up early, tone up your body and become heart healthy. For more information contact the Anchor River Inn at 235-8531.

The eighth annual Calcutta Auction and King Salmon Tournament are scheduled for May 10 and 11. This event has been sponsored by the South Peninsula Sportsmen's Association since 1995. The money raised by this event is used for the many youth programs sponsored by the association. The Homer Fishing Fair and the Nordic events during Snow Rondi are the two major events of the association. There is a registration fee of $20 per boat, and all boats must be registered by 7 p.m. on the evening of the auction, May 10, at the Anchor River Inn. The auction begins with a no-host dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the auction at 7:30 p.m. The tournament is on Saturday, May 11, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with all fish having to be weighed in by 7 p.m. at the Anchor Angler. Tournament boundaries are from Diamond Creek to Stariski Point.

Community Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, starting at 10 a.m. Trash bags supplied by the Kenai Peninsula Borough may be picked up at the visitor center. This year there will be a first place prize of $50 and a second and third place price to be announced. The prizes are being donated by GCI, and the work of their representative, Betty Steciw.

Anchor Point Senior Citizen Thursday night dinner will feature Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage. Friday Night is bingo time at the Senior Center. The Progressive Blackout Pot is $1,000. and the consolation is $100.

Spring is here and so is track season, so take note that the Chapman School track team runs the Old Sterling Highway and the River Road. Slow down and watch for the kids. They are expending a lot of energy and do not need any extra burdens during their practice runs.

<> Anyone with interesting tidbits of news or upcoming events should contact Mary McAnelly at 235-4992 or by e-mail to: maryt@ptialaska.net.

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