Posted: Monday, January 14, 2002

Concert provides feast for soul

A musical feast was served to a full house of eager listeners on Tuesday evening as the Alexander String Quartet dished up European composers like a fine gourmet meal.

Mozart was the eloquent appetizer, Shostakovich the main course of sturdy abstract texture, and Ravel was the fine wine accompanying the elegant dinner.

Dessert was served in the form of the Haydn national anthem for Austria, actually a Croatian folk song we all know.

Virtuosic playing served the intent of the composers in a magnificent ensemble of warm sonority. Just the diet we needed for the dreary doldrums of Alaska winter.

Jon Walters


Laidlaw comes to rescue

This letter is to thank the employees of Laidlaw Transit, Soldotna Branch, who assisted with the emergency evacuation at Skyview High School on Dec. 18, the day of the fire.

Dec. 18 was a very cold day, as the students of Skyview High will attest. Within minutes of receiving the call for assistance, Laidlaw drivers and buses were on their way to provide shelter and transportation to the students and staff of the school. It did not matter that the drivers were between shifts and off duty. KPBSD needed help, and the drivers, office staff and safety supervisors responded immediately without question or reservation.

Thank you, Lori van Rooyen and Meg Porter, for organizing the drivers and dispatching the buses. Thank you, Ron Hammer, Bob Fowler and Catherine Sutton, for your on-site safety assistance and supervision. Thank you, Chuck Boll, for coordinating your Laidlaw team. And finally, thank you, drivers, for responding so quickly and selflessly. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District appreciates you.

Donna Peterson, Ed.D.,

Superintendent of schools

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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