Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Thanks to all of the people who work so hard trying to keep ahead of the road problems on the peninsula. I appreciate the efforts of those who are trying to keep the potholes from swallowing us up, even if it means filling them after dark.

It's also great to be able to go to the city yard on North Willow Street and pick up sand to use in our own driveways. Be patient everybody, we have a lot of winter left.

Coming up this weekend will be the chamber's 29th annual Awards Gala to celebrate its outstanding community members of 2004. This also is the 50 year anniversary for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Call the chamber at 283-7989 for more information.

Dave and Glenda Feeken have moved their real estate business from Trading Bay Drive to the new strip mall by Carrs-Safeway. ReMax is a busy office and has been in the area for a long time. We wish them well in their new surroundings.

There will be a Social Security representative at Kenai City Hall from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Clients are seen on a first come, first served basis.

Today and Wednesday are the last days to enter your photographs in the Kenai Photography Guild's photo show at the Kenai visitor's center. You can enter up to three photographs that are taken in Alaska and ready to hang. A work party will hang the show Thursday and it will be ready for viewing by the weekend.

Happy Chinese New Year on Thursday.

Congratulations to Barbara Ruckman for receiving an invitation from the National Republican Congressional Committee to the Inaugural Celebration in Washington, D.C.

It's going to be a three-day affair, ending in an official presidential inaugural ball after the parade and swearing in of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

As exciting as it would be, Barbara will have to forego the pleasure because she will be appearing in a production of "The Flying Dutchman" with the Anchorage Concert Choir during that week.

Barbara is a very busy woman, whose activities have included serving on the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce board, working with Crime Stoppers for the last nine years and serving as president of that organization for the last five, as well as teaching school in Ecuador last year.

Barbara received a medal cast in honor of President Ronald Reagan from the Republican Party that read, "In recognition for the support for President Bush in 2004."

"The Flying Dutchman" performances will be in Anchorage on Jan. 21, 23, 26 and 29. Barbara is a soprano with the choir and has made many trips over snowy roads for rehearsals this winter.

If you are interested, Crime Stoppers of the Central Peninsula meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Police Department.

Crime Stoppers offers rewards for anonymous tips that help law enforcement agencies solve local crimes.

Sureepane and Vong Nujoy still are collecting donations for the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia at the Thai Lotus Restaurant in Kenai. There is an account established at Wells Fargo Bank for this fund, as well. The Nujoys are both from Thailand and have family residing there. If you would like to help, drop by the Thai Lotus with your donation. It will be appreciated.

The Kenai Peninsula Family Promise Program (Kenai Interfaith Shelter Service or KISS) will conduct local volunteer training for representatives from congregations committed to the program and to those interested in hearing more. This will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Community Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Kenai Spur Highway across from the turnoff to Mountain View Elementary School.

For more information about helping homeless families within our community, call Bridges at 260-3800.

Birthday greetings go out this week to: Today: Bill Saffell, Nellie Mooso and Christine Hansen. Wednesday: Jay Cooper, Rob Johnson and Sara Smith. Thursday: Adam Barrett, Garrett Fitt, Glen Zundel and Ruben Rodriguez. Friday: Laurie Bookey, Clarence Eckert, Mark Fitt and Iris Hemphill. Saturday: Eliza Chadwick, Vienna Kivi and Sylvia Hayek. Sunday: Lisa Nunez, Zachary Demello and Adam Schwemley. Monday: George Nash and Dorsie Bryant.

Best wishes for a happy anniversary go out to Clarence and Lois Duncan as they celebrate their 37th year together Wednesday.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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