Story last updated at 2:48 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2002

Parade, picnics highlight Fourth in Anchor Point
Mary McAnelly
Happenings in Anchor Point

Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce upcoming events: Thursday, July 4, Community Celebration. Parade, Picnic, and games. Wednesday, July 10, chamber luncheon at the Anchor River Inn, guest speaker Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof. Wednesday, July 17, chamber luncheon with Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Nikiski. Lieutenant governor candidate Gail Phillips will be the guest speaker for the Aug. 7 chamber luncheon.

General membership luncheon meetings are held at the Anchor River Inn at noon.

The Fourth of July button design contest was opened up to all area youth, including summer residents. This year's winners are: 1st place, 7 and under, Stephanie Blank; 1st place, 8 and over, Dana Clendenen; 3rd place overall Dana Clendenen; 2nd place overall, Eian Andrew, and 1st place overall, Charity Freeman. Congratulations to all these young people for their artistic and patriotic efforts.

The Anchor Point Senior Citizens July 4 potluck dinner will be a celebration of Inez and Larry Clendenen's 60th wedding anniversary and Homer and Sandra Ireland's 37th wedding anniversary. Everyone is welcome to join the two couples in celebrating many years of marital adventures. Congratulations Inez and Larry, Homer and Sandra.

Anchor Point Public Library summer reading program "The Reading Olympics" is under way with many young participants. Stop by the library and pick up your record-keeping sheet and place your marker in the opening ceremony arena. On this sheet, keep track of what you read and the number of minutes read each time. When a record-keeping sheet shows 300 minutes read, have it signed by a parent, turn it in at the library, pick up a prize from the librarian, take another record-keeping sheet and KEEP ON READING. The reading of magazines and newspapers counts, also having someone read to you or your reading to someone else.

There are eight sports stations to move through, and prizes will be presented from each station. Final prizes will be presented at the Ice Cream Social held in September. For more fun and prizes, answer the questions in the research station in the library, place your completed sheet in the bag, and a winner will be drawn each month.

The generous sponsors of the Summer Reading Program include: Anchor Point Seafood, Anchor River Inn, Anchor Point Wildlife Museum, Lower Peninsula Auto, Trails End Realty, Thurmonds Auto, The Crafty Alaskan, Paw and Claw Feed, Fefelov Merchandise, and Mugs and Jugs, which donated a piece of pottery that will be raffled off to help support the summer program. This community support is greatly appreciated.

Thanks to those dedicated library volunteers for the success of this summer program. They are Evelyn Carpenter, Wilma Williams, Mary Perry, Elizabeth Wasserman, and Linda Rowell.

The Anchor Point community was saddened to hear of the recent passing of longtime Alaskan Gladys Dandona. Everyone who had the opportunity to know Gladys enjoyed her zest for living, her love of her husband of almost 60 years, Joe, and their children and grandchildren. Gladys always had a greeting and smile for everyone. She will be missed at the Visitor Center and the Anchor Point Senior Citizens, where she had been active for many years.