Community News and Notes


Rodney A . and Mishell L. French of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Elijah Deion French, at 2:27 p.m. March 7, 2014. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19 1/4 inches. He joins siblings Shayne Hensley, Joseph Hensley, Rodney K. French Jr., Rebecca French and Ethan French. His grandparents are Dionne Maze, Eugene Reid, Pamela French and Rodney French Sr.


Antonio and Kala Reyna of Soldotna announce the silent birth of their daughter Isabel Ann Reyna. She was born into Jesus’ arms on March 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. She had lots of dark hair and her daddy’s cheeks. She is the little sister of Johnny Reyna, granddaughter of Linda and Mike Schwitzke of Soldotna and Tony and Cathy Reyna of Kenai. She is the great granddaughter of Carl and Virginia Blunk of Clatskanie, Ore; Carol Schwitzke of Kelso, Wash., and Tony and Socorro Reyna of Selma, Calif. The Reyna family would like to thank family and friends for thoughts, prayers and support and a special thanks to Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthorne and the amazing nurses and staff at Central Peninsula Hospital. Isabel Ann was here but for a brief moment yet she’ll be forever in our hearts.

— The 50th reunion of the Kenai High School Class of 1964 will be celebrated on June 20, 21, and 22. All classmates, friends, family, teachers, and students who attended the old Kenai High School are welcome. The class of 1964 was the last class to graduate from the old high school. Planned activities include a dance and program June 21 and a picnic June 22. For information call Mary Grainge Bodnar at 262-0995.

— It’s not too early to get started on planning for 2015. Kenai Central High School classes of 1970 through 1979 are having a reunion Aug. 1-2, 2015. Please contact Anna Carlson at 907-469-0409 or email

— Kenai Central High School Class of 1984 will be holding their 30 year reunion July 11-13, 2014. There will be a meet and greet 6-9 p.m. at the Upper Deck Lounge in Kenai Airport on July 12 with a no host bar, prime rib dinner 7-9 p.m. at Main Street, music and dancing to follow. On July 13 from 1-3 p.m. there will be a picnic gathering at the green strip in Kenai weather permitting. Contact Mike Lott at 907-690-2032. Donations welcome.

— The reunion for Anchorage’s Robert Service High School class of 1974 will be July 25-26. If you are a graduate or know someone who is, please contact Sharon Hall Minsch at 399-4266, or Marie Mayo Allen at 907-350-4176.

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