Story last updated at 4:44 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

Anchor Point bugs have residents coughing, sneezing
Mary McAnelly
Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce general meeting luncheon will meet at noon, on Wednesday at the Anchor River Inn. Guest Speaker is Sgt. Jim Hibpshman of the Alaska State Troopers.

The chamber board of directors are concentrating on elections in November, and any chamber member interested in running for a board seat should contact the chamber at 235-2600.

Sylvia Gomez from the Soldotna Home Health will be the featured guest speaker at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Oct. 24. Ms. Gomez will speak at the Thursday evening dinner, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday night senior dinner is served at 6 p.m. The menu will include roast beef, baked potatoes, vegetable, salads, rolls and dessert.

Sunday is the monthly all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $5. Breakfast is cooked and served by the seniors from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

There seem to be many nasty microbes floating in the air around the southern peninsula -- runny noses, coughs and now sore throats are attacking the residents. Simple acts of covering your nose and mouth when sneezing with a Kleenex or your hand can prevent the spread of many airborne infections.

When using your hand, the use of soap and water can rinse the bacteria into the drain. This also applies to coughing. Small precautions can help prevent the spread of the common cold and flu.

Sore throats can be very deceiving, any untreated strep infection can have very serious complications, and any sore throat lasting over three days or accompanied by fever, chills or a rash should be seen by your physician.

Sick children should be kept home from school, and sick adults should also use caution of infecting co-workers and the public. One or two days at home could cut down drastically on the number of people affected by the ever-opportunistic cold and flu bugs.

Make sure all your children have their proper immunizations, and that the chronically ill and aged have their flu and pneumonia immunizations.

Anchor Point is very saddened by the recent loss of homesteader Larry Clendenen. Larry was happiest on the back of a horse or on the deck of a boat, always accompanied by his wife, Inez. The Clendenens never met a stranger and made many newcomers welcome to the Anchor Point community.

Larry taught many of our children the love of the outdoors, the wonder of Alaska and the joys to be had from learning to care for and to ride horses. He was proud of his military service in the World War II, his family, and to be an Alaskan.

One could listen to Larry for hours on the stories of homesteading in Alaska, hunting trips by horse into those areas of Alaska not easily accessible by road and the early settling of the Anchor Point community.

Larry was a combination of John Wayne and Gen. George Patton rolled into one. He had an opinion on many things, and if it didn't match yours, that was OK with him, he just wanted to let you know where he stood.

His sense of humor was well known. He eased over many of life's obstacles with a little humor and a joke to share.

Larry will be missed by all of Anchor Point, and we all share our prayers and thoughts with Inez, Lee, Gayle and Mike, Betty, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his stepmother. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapman School.

Happy trails old friend.

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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