Story last updated at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2002

Happenings in Anchor Point

Blood drive, mayor candidates coming to town

Mary McAnelly
The Anchor Point community blood drive is slated for Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Drop by the Anchor Point Senior Center and give a gift of life to someone. Mark this date on your calendar so that you can be well rested, well hydrated and well fed to ensure your own well-being while donating.

There will be juices available for everyone donating blood, and there will be EMTs and other medical practitioners on site.

Candidates for borough mayor will be the guests at the Wednesday chamber of commerce luncheon on Sept. 25. This is your opportunity to hear and meet those people who are running for the highest position in borough government. The event, which is open to the public, begins at noon at the Anchor River Inn.

On Sept. 24, the Anchor Point seniors will hold their night of music, games and fun for all. This will also be the combined August and September birthday party. Join the celebration and enjoy the cake and ice cream.

Bingo is held every Friday at 7 p.m., and that $1,000 progressive pot is still to be won.

Thursday night dinner for tonight will feature ribs, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert.

The community public meetings held last week pinpointed two vital areas of need in the Anchor Point area, one being the need for a mother's day out, drop-in day-care facility for preschool children, and the other a Youth Group Activity Center.

Both of these needs are actively being pursued, and there will be another meeting held in October. The exciting part of the youth activity concern was voiced by a young lady of the Anchor Point community. She presented her facts about the lack of organized, adult-supervised activities for Anchor Point youth in a well-thought-out, reasonable manner. Hopefully she will encourage more of her peers to attend future meetings. Their input is vital to this project.

The third need is for better communication between the allied health fields and early childhood learning programs with programs and clinics now available. There are plans at this time for representatives from these programs to meet with Mary McAnelly, R.N., in Anchor Point on a frequent basis.

The information on special clinics and educational programs will then be presented in this column, Chapman Parent School News and flyers in the Anchor Point community.

Fall has come to the Anchor River valley. The yellows and golds of the turning leaves make one think of hot cider, cookies and pumpkins. Steelhead fishing and moose hunting keep many of the locals busy, and keep neighbor Alaskans from Seward to Anchorage and beyond coming to 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 maryt@ptialaska.net.

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