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Ninilchik senior barbecue a success

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Our second annual Senior Moments Barbecue and Biggest Clam Contest was again a huge success, thanks to the generous “loan” of the corner lot owned by John and Bev Hylen, to over 40 very energetic volunteers and to our generous and supportive community. It was held at the Senior Gazebo at Kingsley and Sterling Highway on July 2 and 3. Hearty Texas-style beef brisket and Kentucky-style pulled pork sandwiches were made and served with sides of Pinto beans, baked beans, coleslaw, and Nana’s macaroni salad. The bake sale provided delicious fresh-baked desserts to make the meal complete.

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The clam contest was won by Art Baker, who presented a clam that was 6-3/4” long. He took home a new clam gun, generously donated by Trustworthy Hardware, of Soldonta, and a $25 gift certificate for Trustworthy, provided by the Senior Center.

We are very grateful for the tremendous support of many people. BBQ grillers Ken Rucker and Glen Thomas (who donated the use of his tents, and BBQ grill, among other things) did an absolutely fantastic job of cooking the meat, which involved staying up throughout two nights to tend the process. Judy Fryrear was invaluable, doing advance shopping and making the Pinto beans two days in a row, as well as working with Ken to make sure everything that needed to be done was happening.

Some of the best home bakers on the peninsula — living right here in Ninilchik — donated tasty treats for our sale of desserts. Dale Cotton and his daughter, Crystal Fann, worked tirelessly for three full days, preparing coleslaw and baked beans, and then standing at the food service area all day to make up the sandwiches. D’Rinda Cotton, our board president, displayed what “community spirit” is all about. Despite incredible pain from injured legs, she remained present in a wheelchair for the whole event--start to finish. She oversaw the advance preparations in our kitchen, and then served both full days as a cashier.

Other volunteers who manned the event include John and Bev Hylen, Darwin Waldsmith, Dave and Vi Nordgren, Lynn and Kathryn Kennedy, Richard and Ludie Ziehmer, Cathy Perry, Larry and Ginny Mast, Barb Pope, Trudy Cook, Marty McQuiston, Ron Van, Ruth Taggart, Dottie Wiegman, Roy Lusby, Clarence and Virginia Davis, Dick and Loretta Pitta, Bill and Audreyjean Britz, Bill Hamilton, Geoff and Sandy Olson, Phyllis McCutchan, Lenora Regeon. and everyone else who forgot to sign the Volunteer Log.

In preparation for this event, our gazebo was assembled by Alan Yost, Ken Rucker, Dale Cotton, Willard Bauman, Bill Britz, Dick Hawkins, Dick Pitta, Tom McCutchan, Darwin Waldsmith, Dave Nordgren, Gene Giovanni, Juriah and Erin Knox, James Knox, and our young friends, Caleb and Jesse Cozzini.

In addition to Trustworthy Hardware, of Soldotna, we would like to thank Alaska Waste for donating the Dumpster we had no trouble filling, and Deep Creek Packing, of Ninilchik, who generously donated all the ice we needed to keep our food cold.

We are incredibly grateful for all who helped us with this event, but particularly for all of you at the Peninsula Clarion. You helped us tremendously with your generous posts in the paper to help us get the word out.

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