Community News and Notes

Daniel H. Lewis, a senior at Soldotna High School, has been selected as a national finalist for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Lewis was selected by Alaska Boys State Proram staff. Selection officials based their decision on academics, school and community involvement and financial need. Lewis, the student body president at SoHi and a varsity athlete, will join 99 other finalists to compete for one of 12 scholarships, each expected to be worth $20,000. The scholarships are offered to descendants of war-time veterans who have served honorably.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jeremiah D. Berzanske, son of Sandra K. Berzanske of Kasilof and Lee D. Berzanske of Kasilof, along with 5,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently arrived in Norfolk, Va, following a seven-and-a-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Seas.

USS Enterprise’s return to Norfolk will be the 25th and final homecoming in her 51 years of distinguished service. The aircraft carrier is scheduled to be inactivated Dec. 1, in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station. While deployed, Enterprise CSG served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR), conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Not so Golden Globes

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high office, entitling her to mount a high horse.

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What is the Sesquicentennial?

Sesquicentennial is a jawbreaker word, too big even for Scrabble, but it does have a noble ring to it. Its meaning is far simpler: 150th anniversary. Any anniversary worth such a big name also is worth a good party, and this time the party is for Alaska: 2017 marks 150 years since the United States purchased this Great Land from Russia. Read more

Notes from the Recycling Bin

Sorting Recyclables 101

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