Story last updated at 12:24 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

Public meeting to address community needs

Happenings in Anchor Point

Mary McAnelly
There are public meetings in Anchor Point on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 13, from 1:30 until 3 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Anchor River Inn's non-smoking dining room. These meetings will focus on what services are needed for the Anchor Point community.

There are many in Anchor Point who cannot avail themselves of programs in Homer due to lack of transportation. There may be ways of starting similar programs to meet the community needs in Anchor Point.

Representatives from the Family Learning Center, Lolita Brache and Public Health Nurse Sharon Whitehall, will be present.

Do you see a need in Anchor Point? Attend the meeting and share your view with others. If you cannot attend the meetings, contact Mary McAnelly, R.N., meeting facilitator, at 235-4992 and discuss your ideas.

Kaotic Koffee will remain open during the winter months. As of this time, Monday through Friday hours will be mornings until noon, and weekends late morning until afternoon. Robin brews fresh ground coffee for those who do not want the stronger lattes and cappuccinos. Stop by for a quick and tasty pick-me-up and friendly chat. Kaotic Koffee is located on the Sterling Highway next to Anchor River Tesoro.

The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce will hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Anchor River Inn. The meeting begins at noon with Tom Clark, chamber president. Guest speaker will be Kathy Meyer with the Kenai Peninsula Solid Waste Department.

Anchor Point Senior Citizen Thursday night dinner will be pot luck. Prepare your favorite dish and join in the friendly social atmosphere. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

Friday night bingo starts to roll at 7 p.m. Help support senior projects and have fun playing and winning prizes at the same time.

Chuck and Rosie Johnson hosted the 14th annual Stariski Horseshoe Tournament in August. They would like to thank all the family and friends who attended the event.

Tony Landrus joined the tournament this year and went right to the top of things by taking first place in singles. Andre Drake, on the other hand, after 14 years of tournament attendance and two third-place trophies, finally managed to take second place in singles. With a little longevity on his side, Andre may even see first place sometime in his future!

Galen Carpenter surprised everyone, including himself, by capturing third place.

In doubles, Tony Landrus once again rang the stakes with Becky Wyatt to take first place. Zachary Stapel and Dave Szymik took second, enduring endless intimidation and emotional stress from Chelsa Johnson and Gary Drake, who after some consolation took third place in doubles.

The game of horseshoe-pitching has been around since soldiers in ancient Rome brought the game to England, and eventually the game reached America. Using actual horseshoes during the Revolutionary War, horseshoe-pitching became a popular sport throughout the colonies. Since 1909, special pitching shoes have been used, providing higher ringer percentages. Stakes and shoes can be easily set up in any yard. Easily transportable, a horseshoe set can travel to the beach, on camping trips or any gathering of family and friends. The many family and friends of the Johnson family can attest to the friendly competition and camaraderie.

Have a happy and safe week Anchor Point.

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