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Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Good Samaritans go extra mile to return fifth-grader's wallet

I would like to thank the individual who found my wallet and turned it in to Soldotna Taco Bell with all of my money that I had saved throughout the year.

I would also like to thank the manager of Taco Bell, who took the time to look up my parents' phone number and call telling us that they had found my wallet. The only way he knew how to contact us was my library card, which only had my name on it.

Thank you all very much.

Chad Oakes, fifth grade

Sterling Elementary School

Young Marines 'get by giving' during Toys for Tots program

During December, the Alaska Young Marines of Soldotna participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the many community members who supported our efforts and made the drive a resounding success. Not only were items collected for those less fortunate, lessons were learned by Young Marines in community relations and spirit, the joy of working for others and plain giving of yourself. We also were able to fine-tune the honor, commitment, teamwork and esprit de corps made famous by the Marine Corps and the Young Marines program.

We would like to especially thank Fred Meyer, Great Bear Ford, VFW Post No. 10046 and the Salvation Army for their special support in this endeavor.

Whether by gifts or time invested, "We get by giving."

Thank you,

Donn Lasky

Training Officer

Alaska Young Marines

Soldotna

Many make Holiday Hoops tourney memorable event

It takes a number of volunteers willing to give of their time and energy to pull off a successful fund raiser.

The 7th Annual Holiday Hoops basketball tournament had just such a group. A special thank you to Connie Shinn and Virginia (Ginny) Smith, without whose tireless efforts and support we would not have had such a successful tournament.

To past Kenai Central High School basketball boosters Pam Nershberger and Jim Montgomery, your knowledge and expertise were invaluable. Bill Popp, thanks donating your day and voice to be the announcer for Holiday Hoops. Please come back next year, you were wonderful.

Thanks also to Mike Travoli and the Kenai Referee Association for donating your legs and whistles.

And thanks to Pam Saltzigver, Kim Foley and their crew of KCHS booster members for working the gate and registration.

Thanks to coaches J.D. Davis, Ken Felchle and Rich Bartolowits for filling in reffing and working the clock. Many thanks need to go to Jim Beeson, who goes above and beyond all expectations of a coach volunteer. Thank you for setting up the gym, officiating when needed, keeping the girls team on schedule, playing "gofer" for needed supplies and keeping the cleanup crew on task.

And, last but not least, thank you returning alumni and spectators for making Holiday Hoops an annual event to attend.

Carrie Lee Steiner

President

KCHS Basketball Booster Club

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