Story last updated at 11:12 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002

Fourth of July celebration brings food, fun, sun

Happenings in Anchor Point

Mary McAnelly
Mother Nature provided the sunshine for a bright clear Fourth of July in Anchor Point. The planned activities of the day by the Chamber of Commerce were well attended.

Lineup for the parade was a challenge for Lydette Ingram, juggling the fire and EMS vehicles far enough from the 15 horses ridden by the 4-H participants. The parade marshals this year were Inez and Larry Clendenen, who were also celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Following the annual non-motorized raft race and rubber duck race, community members and visitors gathered at Ma Walli Rock Park for an afternoon of hot dogs, good food and visiting with old friends and making new ones.

This year, the Chili Cookoff winners were Brigid McCarthy, first place, and Anchor River Inn Chef Greg Lenthal, second place. The Desert Contest winners were, Christy Drake, first place, Jan Murow, second place, and Anchor River Inn, third place.

Judges Al Garbe, Ed Haugsvarre, and Steve Peters enjoyed tasting all the foods entered but soon discovered just how difficult it can be to make a decision for the winner.

Jane Symens, who has given many years to the Chapman School Library and other community organizations, will be at Alaska Regional Hospital for the next few weeks. Jane's balance and walking capabilities have been declining for the last few years, and she had become housebound with her mobility greatly diminished. After a thorough workup by the neurological staff at Alaska Regional, Jane will undergo two phases of cervical vertebrae surgery and many weeks of rehabilitation. Cards and letters from the community of Anchor Point would make this prolonged absence from home less difficult. Get well soon, Jane. Anchor Point needs you!

There are still many trucks on the road hauling dirt for the North Fork paving project, and those using the North Fork need to include extra time on their trips into town for delays by the road crews.

Fishing on the Anchor River is good, the wind has settled down and the boats are once again able to get out into the inlet for the halibut and those kings.

Have a good week and watch out for those walking and riding bicycles.