Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Greetings from a balmier Kasilof.

You know what they say about the weather here in Alaska: If you don't like it, just wait a while. Whatever you do don't let the weather keep you from enjoying the 29th annual Peninsula Winter Games beginning this weekend and running through the end of February, respectively. For the complete schedule of events and times, log-on to the Internet at peninsulawintergames.com.

The events in Kasilof include the 21st running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 29, officially starting at 2 p.m. at the Tustumena Lodge, Mile 111 of the Sterling Highway. Not including the eight Kasilof entrants, I mentioned last week, former Iditarod champs and well-known names in mushing round out the roster for this year's race: Trine Lyrek, Jeff King, Matt Hayashida, Martin Buser, Heather Moore, Mitch Seavey, Bill Cotter, Ray Redington Jr., Aily Zirkle, Ryan Redington, Julie Fougeron, Judith Currier, Tyrell Seavey, Allen Miller, Jessica Hendricks, Phil Joy, Allen Moore and Karin Hendrickson make 27 teams in all. For up to date T-200 information, log on to www.Tustumena200.com.

Join other Kenai Peninsula ice racing enthusiasts at the Decanter Inn, Mile 107 of the Sterling Highway at 11 a.m. Jan. 30 for the 45th annual ice races. Admission is free and open to all spectators. For more information, call 262-5917.

Tustumena Elementary School kindergarten preregistration for the 2005-06 school year begins Monday.

Maybe you noticed the photo of Kasilof resident Ingrid Edgerley on the front page of the paper last week. If not, Ingrid was recognized as the new executive director of Love INC's peninsula schools' breakfast program. The program is funded by donations from area churches, furnished by local volunteers and provided free of charge to all children attending school. The type of breakfast served consists of either a fruit or a yogurt then as much cereal as a student can eat.

Donations of any kind are appreciated — especially individual servings of canned fruits, box or bagged cereals and granola bars. If you would like to start a program at your school, donate to the program or volunteer in any capacity, call Ingrid at 283-5252.

Celebrating their one-year anniversary Jan. 31 are South Cohoe residents Bryan and MaryBeth Montgomery.

Having a birthday in Kasilof this week is my own Catherine Wolk, Dave Graham, Laxavier Kitchen, Brenda Bragg and Keyanna Berkey.

Thanks to the folks who send in news. Until next week, think snow.

Shawna Wolk can be reached by phone at 260-3152 or by email at swolk2001@yahoo.com

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