Story last updated at 4:21 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2002

Fair preparations get community bustling
Mary McAnelly
Happenings in Anchor Point

Little Critters Daycare and Pre-School will begin the 2002-03 term on Sept. 3. Children may attend from one to five days a week, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A nutritious lunch and snack are provided to the children daily. Little Critters Daycare and Pre-School has been state-licensed since 1990.

Donna Herrick, founder, child caregiver, and teacher of Little Critters, saw a need for child care of pre-school age children of working mothers, and of mothers who needed a day out in the Anchor Point community. This situation has not changed since 1990. Little Critters is the only state-licensed facility in the Anchor Point area. Donna would be more than happy to have anyone interested in starting up a program contact her at 235-4381.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens have elected new officers to the board of directors for 2002-2003. They are: president, Inez Clendenen; 1st vice president, Sara Clemson; 2nd vice president, Nancy Finney; secretary, Virginia Talley; and treasurer, Carol Whitney. Congratulations to the newly elected officers.

Sunday, Aug. 18, is the date for the monthly all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, juice and coffee will be served between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Anchor Point Senior Center offers a weekly dinner on Thursday, at 6 p.m.

Friday night bingo opens at 7 p.m. with the weekly blackout pot remaining at $1,000.

Sen. Loren Leman will be in Anchor Point on Aug. 17 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Anchor River Inn. Stop by for a chat with the Republican state senator and lieutenant governor candidate in an informal setting. Refreshments will be served.

This weekend, the Ninilchik State Fair will be the focus of most of the residents of the Kenai Peninsula. Among those participating with a food booth will be the ladies of Xi Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International.

This is the 20th anniversary of their booth "Poncho's Nachos."

There have been many improvements and changes over those 20 years, from the first booth in the open air with a menu of nachos and cactus juice. The menu now includes nachos, burritos, taco salad and quesadillas, along with coffee, tea and soda pop.

Beta Sigma Phi International is a social and service organization for women. The Anchor Point chapter has 13 members who work long, labor-intensive hours at the fair to ensure the continuance of their service projects. The project that is closest to the hearts of all the members is the Julie Clutts Memorial Scholarship, through which more than 20 students have been able to begin their university studies. There is also the Cathy LaPan Memorial Garden located at the southern "Welcome to Anchor Point" sign. Then the most noticeable project is the Anchor Point Christmas Tree, which is turned on every year on the first weekend of December and is lit until after the Russian Christmas in January.

This group of women also makes contributions to other national and international causes, especially breast cancer awareness and prevention, leukemia research and cardiac research and prevention. Locally, members also contribute to Grandma Ann's Helping Hand and the Chapman School breakfast program.

This group may be small in numbers, but its members' zest to give the best that is in them to others is unstoppable. They truly know the meaning of "Love of God, family, and country." It begins with each of them and spreads outward as the flame of a candle to encompass the whole community of Anchor Point.

Chapman School will open its doors to students on Aug. 21. This week, the faculty and non-certified employees started their school year on Wednesday, with in-service meetings, student registrations and the many other last-minute details that arise with the beginning of the school year.

The Anchor Point community always seems so much busier when school is in session. The sound of children's voices raised in play on the playground gives life to the community and fond memories of one's own school years.

Soon the flashing yellow lights will be turned on, and that means to slow down for the safety of our children.

Silver salmon are starting to come into the Anchor River, so remember to have your fishing license on you at all times. Good luck with the silvers.

Have a good week Anchor Point and enjoy the Ninilchik State Fair.

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

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