Story last updated at 3:27 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2002

ATV, bike riders endanger newly seeded slopes
Mary McAnelly
Happenings in Anchor Point

Lanie Hughes from the Solid Waste Department has given a progress report on the construction of the Anchor Point transfer site improvements. Ms. Hughes stated that the work on improvements is progressing at a steady pace, however it will not be fully operational until the end of September.

Unfortunately, the improved transfer site has experienced vandalism to the newly hydroseeded slopes from ATVs, dirt bikes and bicycles. Please talk with your children, friends, relatives and neighbors about the importance of keeping off the slopes to ensure the grass seed comes in to its fullest extent.

This is a $250,000 investment to the Anchor Point community. Each member of the community needs to be a caretaker for this much needed improvement to Anchor Point.

Please call the Solid Waste Department at 262-9667 if there are any questions about site construction or information regarding recent vandalism.

Community Rivers Planning Coalition will be holding its first informational meeting of the year today at 7 p.m. at Chapman School. Two borough propositions that are important to the Anchor Point community will be highlighted. They are Proposition 1, school board representation, and Proposition 5, proposed port and harbor service area.

The presentations will be in panel form with both sides of the issue being presented. All candidates that can be at the meeting will be allotted time to be heard.

The school board representation proposition will be item No. 1 on the agenda, with Prop 5 being presented second. These are very important issues and there are five board seats on the Oct. 1 ballot for the proposed port and harbor service area board. This voting area will encompass the present Anchor Point Fire Service Area.

Everyone is invited to attend, listen, ask questions and become informed on these two propositions.

Contact Lindsey Winkler, watershed coordinator, at 235-8177 ext. 5 for more information.

The Anchor Point Senior Center is looking for a few good seamstresses to do piece work to help meet the increasing demands for their most popular craft products. If you like to sew, call 235-7786 or stop by the senior center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new Helping Hand building project is in progress, and the engineering and architectural plans are in the completion stages. Then they will go to the state fire marshal for approval. Hopefully, the cement for the foundation and work on the modular building will start this month.

Thursday night dinner at the Anchor Point Senior Center will feature spaghetti, vegetables, garlic bread and dessert.

Friday night bingo is held at 7 p.m. This week there will be 60 numbers called for the $1,000 blackout prize. Stop by and have a fun-filled evening and the chance to win that bingo pot.

There is a public meeting today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Anchor River Inn. Come and share your thoughts on what services are needed in Anchor Point. Examples of some areas of concern are a Head Start program in Anchor Point, well-baby clinics held here, a youth center and a possible Health and Human Services resource center. Come join the discussion, present your ideas and become involved in the betterment of the Anchor Point community for all ages.

A second meeting will be held on Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m for those who cannot makethe Thursday night meeting. Representatives from Public Health and the Family Learning Center will be available.

The Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce general meeting luncheon will be held at noon Sept. 18 at the Anchor River Inn. Guest speaker is Kathy Meyer with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department.

This week has been one of introspection for all citizens of the United States. It has been a time to remember all those lost in two acts of terrorism. Let those friends and family members who are members of fire departments, EMS, police and armed services know that their efforts are appreciated. Remember in your prayers the citizens of New York City and the Washington D.C. area, as well as the families and friends of those who lost their lives.

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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