Story last updated at 2:38 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2002

Girl Scouts collecting toys, food for holiday baskets
Mary McAnelly
happenings in Anchor Point

The Anchor Point Safe Water Corp. will hold its annual board of directors election meeting today. The meeting will be held at the Anchor River Inn at 6:30 p.m. in the nonsmoking dining room.

Community Christmas Tree-lighting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is to meet at the tree, where Christmas carols will be sung after the tree is lighted. Refreshments and a visit from Santa with gifts will follow at the Chapman School gym. There will be cookies and hot chocolate provided by Conoco-Phillips Alaska, and the gifts for Santa to dispense.

Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce elected new board officers at its Nov. 26 meeting. New board members for 2002-03 are: president, Cathy Thoms; vice president, Joey Allred; recording secretary, Mary McAnelly; corresponding secretary, Tanya Shafer; treasurer, Genna Wells.

The first order of business for the new board was to set the date for the Christmas light judging for Dec. 17. The winners will be announced at the annual awards banquet in January.

Girl Scout Troop 23 held a food drive for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. The girls were able to collect seven boxes of food.

This small troop of four girls -- Alyssa Brown, Jenny Christensen, Danilee Stapel and Shelaine Woodrum -- are not finished. They are now having a toy drive for the Christmas baskets; new or gently used toys are needed.

This effort by Girl Scout Troop 23 is in conjunction with the Anchor Point Senior Citizens. Toys may be given to the Girl Scouts or dropped off at the Senior Center, Monday through Friday.

Troop Leader Loretta Stapel, and co-leaders Kindre Loop and Lori Christensen, will be available to pick up gifts or more food items.

Loretta can be contacted at 235-8274 for more information.

Christmas baskets will be available on Dec. 23.

The third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Anchor River Inn was well attended this year. Donations for Grandma Ann's Helping Hand exceeded $1,100. Anchor Point Senior Citizens and Helping Hand are grateful to the Anchor River Inn and the Lighthouse Community Assembly of God church for the donation of turkeys for the dinner, Peterkin Distributors for the many food items donated, and the Anchor River Inn employees, who donated their time and energy to put on the dinner.

Have a good week Anchor Point, and try to stay dry.

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