Wednesday, January 2, 2008

SoHi Grad returns from Middle East, helps GU go global
Kaitlin Vadla has a history of community and academic achievement that includes 1st Place in the 2002 Caring for the Kenai contest, 2004 Alaska Jr. Miss, and was selected for a Soldotna Rotary and other scholarships as a Soldotna High School student. This spring Vadla will graduate from Gonzaga University as an international relations major and leave behind a legacy for other students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program to be able to attend international conferences such as she did recently in Dubai.

The Daily Bread serving America’s favorites at family prices
For a long time the Petrey family ran the restaurant and grill at the Kenai Airport and now the family has returned to open The Daily Bread at the King’s Inn in Kenai, “We’re happy to be back after taking a few months off and are once again serving our friends with our traditional American dishes, good food at good prices,” Linda Petrey told the Dispatch. American dishes at the family owned and operated restaurant includes burgers and fries, cole slaw, potato salad and homemade potato chips, “We make them from fresh potatoes right here and let you salt them yourself according to your own taste. They are very popular and can even be picked up fresh to take home,” added Petrey. Another all American favorite Ham or Bacon & Eggs is available all day long at The Daily Bread, “We do breakfast all day in addition to lunch and dinner, for anyone that gets up or stays up late, or just gets hungry for a traditional breakfast any time, were open ‘til 9:00 p.m.”

At the end of each year most of us recap the year and make New Year resolutions. Many people often times use the fresh start to a new year as motivation to help them leave behind old habits, determined to break old habits and to leap into the New Year with a fresh new approach to life. These New Year resolutions are often times broken just a few days into the year which can lead to depression as it is looked on by that individual as a sign of weakness or failure.

Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions at The Fitness Place
Never mind beating yourself up about the resolutions that you never got around to keeping last year, or the ten pounds you lost only to find another 15 during your vacation, there is all the help and understanding you’ll need to be successful and feel great in 2008 at The Fitness Place in Soldotna. Angie Brennan, personal trainer at The Fitness Place has a few easy tips to help you out, “First of all setting a goal is huge, it gives you something to focus on. Coming in saying you want to loose weight is great, but having a specific goal really helps you achieve them,” says Brennan. Having realistic goals and writing them down is also important, “Remember you didn’t gain that weight overnight and it’s going to take awhile to lose it so go at it gradually setting that initial goal at maybe ten pounds rather than 20 and then taking another five off over a longer period of time, so you’ll achieve the lifestyle change that is necessary to keep the weight off and maintain a happy healthy life regardless of your age or present physical condition. I have my clients write out a clear plan that they can focus on,” added Brennan.

Original full length puppet film premiers at Triumvirate Theatre
The year double oh eight gets off to a great start this weekend with the premier of an original full-length puppet film entitled, Davenport Flagstop and the Case of the Golden Spike, at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. This hour-long film, written by Joe Rizzo, depicts the adventures of a noir-style detective on the trail of an invaluable Alaskan artifact the golden spike used at the closing ceremony that marked the completion of the Alaska Railroad.

College day-care help comes from other sources
This addresses the Dec. 20 letter to the editor that spoke of day care at Kenai Peninsula College. The writer stated that KPC "pales in comparison to UAA's day-care facilities." The writer is correct. With a student body of about 1,300 each semester, it is difficult to "compete" with the Anchorage campus that has more than 15,000.

Medical observations create new questions
In response to Danny Shannon's diatribe on "socialized medicine" (Clarion, Dec. 21), he conveniently ignored a few basic questions I'd like to have answered: Why is the American health-care system outperformed in every quantifiable category and independent study by those found in other post-industrial nations? Why do only 2 percent of Canadians indicate they would prefer a U.S.-style system, while a resounding 96 percent reject the idea (and a majority of Americans believe we are in need of some type of comprehensive medical reform)? Why does the U.S. spend as much in public funds on medical care as Canada while covering only a quarter of the population? Why does the average American pay more than twice as much in insurance costs as Canadians do in taxes, only for worse care?

Judge rules for borough
A Kenai Superior Court judge ruled Monday afternoon that the borough has the authority to increase the sales tax to 3 percent without a vote of the public.

Assembly reconsiders ordinances
Two major pieces of legislation failing to muster enough affirmative votes back on Dec. 4 are likely to survive reconsideration votes and come back to the floor at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's first meeting of the new year Jan. 8.

Heating system a hot topic in Kenai
One of the first things the city of Kenai has on its to-do list for the new year is approval of a purchase order to have the heating system checked out at the Visitors and Cultural Center.

Argument leads to shooting, arrest
A Soldotna man was arrested for assault when he turned himself in at the Soldotna Police Department after shooting another man in the leg on Saturday. An argument sent Samuel Willey, 40, of Soldotna, to the hospital with gunshot wounds after Joshua Freeman, 24, also of Soldotna, shot him with a handgun.

Morning blaze totals Gas Well Road home
What appeared to be fog in Mariah Ross's backyard off of Gas Well Road in Soldotna at approximately 10 a.m. Monday turned out to be smoke from her neighbor's trailer. The fire didn't take over the entire trailer, Ross said, but after flames started in the bathroom and spread to the bedroom, laundry room and hallway, she and firefighters consider the structure a total loss.

Photo feature: Meal to go
A coyote prowls for food along the Kenai River flats near Bridge Access Road last week. The animals are common in the area. Mount Iliamna rises in in the background.

Claire Bela Barrett
Newborn infant Claire Bela Bennett of Corvallis, Ore. died Dec. 25, 2007 in Corvallis, Ore.

What goes with an omelette? Skillet-fried potatoes!
2 tablespoons unsalted

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver meetings set Writers to meet KMS volleyball camp set Hospice plans celebration Learn about foster care and adoption Teleconference set

Basic omelette for one
2 to 3 large eggs, room

Healthy Bites
Here's a suggestion for a New Year's resolution that's easy to keep and can make 2007 a great year for you and your family: Resolve to visit the health professional with the training and experience to help put you on the path to better nutrition and well-being all year long a registered dietitian.

Omelette pointers
n Individual omelettes that are made with two or three large eggs are manageable and easy to handle. Be sure the eggs are brought to room temperature before cooking; cold eggs take longer to cook.

Omelette making 101
In less time than it takes to read this column, you can make an omelette.

How eggs make the grade
For the purposes of sales, chicken eggs are graded by weight. The United States Department of Agriculture grades them by minimum weight, per dozen, as follows:

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