It's a brand new year. Seems like just a week ago we were celebrating the new century, and here we are at leap year again, and an election year, at that.
Prepare yourself for having to listen to the commentariat harangue about the political hopefuls for almost a full year. Sigh. Here we go again.
The good thing is that the snow is getting progressively deeper, albeit slowly. That increase brings joy to the heart of every snow bunny, whether he be a snow machiner, cross-country skier, or just a snowman-maker. At least the stuff that gets tracked into my house isn't gravel any more.
The local 4-H organization has come up with a rather novel way to raise funds this winter. Called "BEKAAK," this event allows you, for a contribution of $5, to enter three friends or loved ones in a drawing for a live chicken. Your friends will then be mailed a "chicken insurance" form, of which they can avail themselves for the donation of $5, that ensures that they won't have to accept the live chicken in the event that they win the drawing. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 262-5824 or Hara Hansen at 776-3415, or just contact a 4-Her you know if you would like to crack-up a friend.
Property Tax exemption applications are due to the borough by Feb. 15.
If you are 65 years of age and own and live in your own home, you could be eligible. The borough assembly will address the 120 days absence on Tuesday, and after that date, a new property tax application will be mailed to everyone who was previously eligible.
All senior citizens will need to reapply for 2008. If you need help with this issue, you can check at the Kenai Senior Center at 283-4156.
It's always fun seeing former students return for the holidays. Spotted this season was Kendra Steiner (attending Pacific Lutheran University), Katie Foley (Northern Arizona), Sam Navarre and Dusty Ward (George Fox), Sam Calderwood (UAA), Tyler Chappell and Isaiah Faumui, (Santa Barbara), Kevin Epperheimer (Western Oregon), Hope Mischler (Brigham Young), Richard Alexander, Joel Reemtsma, JD Pault, Ryan Hansen and Landon Mischler, among many. It was good to have you home.
Babies everywhere! Floyd Li Pruitt Murphy was born Dec. 19, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital to Tim and Raelynne Murphy of Kenai. He joins siblings Violet, 10, Devin, 6, and Shannon, 4. Grandparents are Roger Murphy of Sheridan, Wyo., Deborah Glass of Wrangell, Mark Turner of McKinney, Texas, and P. Dian Bird of Soldotna.
A happy welcome from this family to Quaid Benjamin Hansen, born to Derek and Mandi Hansen on Dec. 7, 2007, in Soldotna. Happy siblings include Kaleigh, 14, Levi, 12, and Selah, 2. Grandparents include Steve and Linda Soistman of Homer, Hans and Joan Hansen of Kenai, and Ireta Musgrave of Wyoming.
Happy Birthday today, Jan. 7, to Gladys Payment, Guy Stewart, Don Van Lith, Richard Murphy and Bud Keener. Best wishes Jan. 10 to Charles Winegarden.
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