Story last updated at 2:47 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002

Park management subject of planning coalition meetin
Mary McAnelly
Happenings in Anchor Point

Community Rivers Planning Coalition will meet tonight from 7 to 9 at Chapman School. This will be an informational forum on "Community Management of State Parks." The discussion will include the Anchor River State Recreation Area and the Stariski Creek State Park. Members on the panel will be representatives of Alaska State Parks, local business operators, Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Planning Commission and other local citizens.

Lindsay Winkler, watershed coordinator, is always available to answer any questions. Call her at 235-8177, ext.5.

Anchor Point Library Reading Program was a resounding success. All the participants who started made it through all the stations at least once, meaning they had read for at least 40 hours over the summer. These young people were honored at an Ice Cream Social, held Sept. 14. Certificates of participation were given, gift certificates to the Homer Bookstore were awarded, and prizes were chosen from donated items.

Those students moving once through the stations and receiving a $15 gift certificate were Erick Paulsrud, Silas Firth, Anna Firth, Josiah Firth, Kilina Klaich and Blake Klaich. Barnabas Firth read around the stations twice and received a $20 certificate, while Sarah Firth and Aurora Firth finished three loops through the stations and took home $25 certificates.

Josiah Firth and Sarah Firth were drawn as winners in the research center, which was set up with Olympic questions twice during the summer.

The Anchor Point Library Board and Friends of the Library wish to thank all of the businesses that contributed to the summer reading program. The sponsors include Anchor Point Seafood, Anchor Point Wildlife Museum, Lower Peninsula Auto, Trails End Realty, Thurmonds Auto, The Crafty Alaskan, Paw and Claw Feed, Fefelov Merchandise and the Anchor River Inn. Mugs and Jugs donated a piece of pottery, which was raffled to support the summer reading program.

The ice cream and treats at the social were provided through the donations of Fred Meyer of Soldotna and Eagle Quality Center of Homer. The Homer Bookstore provided a substantial discount on the gift certificates.

A thank you from the Anchor Point community to the volunteers who worked on this program. These include: Evelyn Carpenter, Wilma Williams, Mary Perry, Elizabeth Wasserman, Lora Craig and Linda Rowell.

Great news from the Anchor Point Senior Citizens -- the Kenai Peninsula Borough voted to give the Anchor Point Senior Citizens Inc. $15,000 for a generator. The Senior Center being a designated Disaster Relief Center is getting closer to a reality. A heartfelt thank you to Assemblyperson Millie Martin for her support in this project and getting it passed at the borough assembly. Sara and Dave Clemson work tirelessly for the Anchor Point Senior Center and their efforts are much appreciated by the entire Anchor Point community.

The Christmas Bazaar is set for Nov. 2 at the Chapman Gymnasium. Mark the date on your calendar. The bazaar is a wonderful place to do your Christmas shopping. Anyone interested in renting booth space should call the Anchor Point Senior Center, 235-7786, for details.

The Anchor Point Senior Citizens craft group is now an official member of the "Made in Alaska" organization and may use the logo on its products and in their advertising. These items can be seen at the Anchor Point Senior Center, Saturday Market in Anchorage and at other various large craft shows in Anchorage and the Anchor Point Bazaar in November.

Thursday night dinner for tonight is potluck. Bring your favorite covered dish and join the camaraderie. Visitors are always welcome.

An influenza immunization clinic will be held at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Oct. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Anyone with a debilitating disease, chronic pulmonary disease, cardiac disease, or other health problems should be immunized.

These injections are free and provided by the Alaska Department of Public Health.

The Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Chapman School library.

Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce holds its weekly general meeting luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn.

Guest speakers are featured and reports of the board of directors are presented to the general membership. Presentations are also made by representatives of other local organizations.

The Anchor Point community is saddened by the loss of longtime Alaskans Ruth Zozula and Marvin Holzhiemer Sr. Ruth was one of the founders of Helping Hand. Her many hours of hard work and the many raffles she chaired will long be remembered by all of us. Grandma Ann was saddened to hear of the passing of her old friend. She is the last one of the three who were so instrumental in what we have today. There is not a day goes by that Grandma Ann does not think about Sammy Pendry and Ruth, they were dear friends as well as committee members.

Marvin lived in the Anchor Point area for many years after retiring and moving from Anchorage. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Connie. May they travel those Alaskan highways they so loved.

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