Story last updated at 2:54 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2002

Reading Olympics' leaders emerge
Mary McAnelly
Happenings in Anchor Point

Anchor Point Library, "Reading Olympics" update:

Three participants have made it all the way around the different sites at least once. They are Barnabas Firth, twice; Aurora Firth, twice; and Sarah Firth, once. Isaiah Firth was the winner in the Olympic Research Center Drawing. He chose a Mezazoid Power Rangers building toy as his prize. The Research Station is fully operational once again with new questions. The next drawing will be Sept. 4.

Reading sheets will be accepted through Sept. 4. The ice cream social for all participants will be Sept. 14 at the Anchor Point Library.

The weekly Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting will be held Aug 14 at the Anchor River Inn. Guest speaker will be Gail Phillips, a Republican candidate for the position of lieutenant governor. The next luncheon meeting, on Aug. 21, will feature the candidates for Senate District Q, which takes in the northern area of Anchor Point. All luncheon meetings are held at the Anchor River Inn at noon.

On Tuesday, the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the chamber of commerce office. Richard Atuk, land management agent for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, will present an update on grazing leases.

Preliminary work has begun on the Helping Hand building project at the senior center. The Anchor Point Senior Citizens are quite excited about this project because of what it will mean to the entire community. The new facility will give the volunteers more room to sort, store and display items for the benefit of the patrons. There will also be more parking space available to patrons and a safer means of entering and leaving the parking area. There is still much to be done on this project, but the Anchor Point seniors are dedicated to this service project.

Reps. Drew Scalzi, R-Homer, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Anchorage, will visit the Anchor Point Senior Center on Friday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday night dinner is at 6 p.m. at the senior center on Milo Fritz Road.

Friday Night bingo starts at 7 p.m., and the $1,000 blackout pot is still available.

Karaoke with Dax has come to the Anchor River Inn. Every Friday night at 10 p.m. the sound of music and voices can be heard into the wee hours of the morning. Everyone who has attended has had a fun time, whether they can sing or not. Dax says if you can't sing, wear something wild and crazy and just stop in and join the fun.

Anchor Point lost another friend this past week, Bob Hand passed away doing what he enjoyed, on a fishing outing with his friends.

Bob enjoyed life, and the people around him. There was always a twinkle in his eye and another joke to tell. But, the true love of his life was his wife, Pat. The community of Anchor Point expresses its grief to Pat, the family and friends on the passing of Bob.

There will be a celebration of life Saturday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Anchor River Inn.

The Spaghetti Benefit for Peggy Taylor at C&J Sugar Shack was a great success. The proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of returning Peggy to Alaska, as she requested. Donations may be made to the fund-raising account at the First National Bank, or drop off your donation at the Sugar Shack. Connie Sargent will be more than happy to answer any questions. She can be reached at 235-6430.

Filing with the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the Anchor Point Fire Service Area Board seats and the proposed Anchor Point Port and Harbor Service Area Board must be into the borough clerk's office by 4:30 p.m., Aug. 15.

Anchor Point Fire Service Area Board has three seats to be elected by the voters residing in the fire service area. Seats A and E are for three-year terms, and Seat D is for a one-year term.

The Proposed Harbor Service Area Board needs to fill five seats by the voters residing in the service area. Seat A is for a one-year term, Seats B and C for are for two-year terms, and Seats D and E are for three-year terms.

Candidate forms may be obtained at the borough clerk's office, 144 N. Binkley, Soldotna, or the borough annex building in Homer. For further information call 1-800-478-4441, ext 308.

Take a moment this week and watch the sunset. They are beautiful and bring to mind one of the many reasons we chose to live in Alaska. Have a good week, Anchor Point.

Mary McAnelly is a free-lance writer who covers Anchor Point for the Homer News. Items for this column may be e-mailed to her at