News and Notes


Philip and Allison Smith of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Caleb Robert Smith at 12:43 p.m. Dec. 2, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins a brother, Levi Andrew Smith. His grandparents are Bob and Joni Harbert of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Lloyd and Kathy Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary are pleased to announce the local winners of this year’s Voice of Democracy Program and Patriot’s Pen essay competition.

Students in grades nine-12 had the opportunity to compete in the Voices of Democracy Program to earn monetary rewards and a trip to Washington, D.C. Ellery Steffensen, an 11th-grade student in the Connections program, was the first-place winner. He will be awarded $1,000 from the VFW post, and his entry has been forwarded to the state competition held in December. Second-place winner Michael Hollinger, a senior at Nikiski High School, will receive $500.

Additional monetary rewards will be made at the state level, with the first-place winner also receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March.

Students in grades six-eight had the opportunity to compete in the Patriot’s Pen essay competition to earn monetary rewards and a trip to Washington, D.C. This year, the theme was “What Patriotism Means To Me.”

Cole Nelson, an eighth-grader at Aurora Borealis Charter School, was the first-place winner. He will receive $500. Naomi Pollock, a seventh-grade student at Aurora Borealis, was second and will receive $250. The first-place winner’s entry was forwarded to the state competition, held in December.

The first-place state winner will receive an additional award and his or her essay will be forwarded to the national competition. National awards include a $10,000 savings bond and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean’s list student or an award-receiving youth?

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