Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Have you bought your ice cleats yet? There are certain things that are standard operational items of Kenai winter survival gear, and one of those is a good pair of ice cleats. With our weather patterns of snow, freeze, rain, freeze, thaw, freeze again and snow on top of it all, sometimes it's hard not to perform an unplanned snow angel in parking lots or your own driveway without them.

I was explaining why I was walking like a duck to a young mother from Georgia here for her first winter on the Kenai, and she asked me if ice cleats were like baseball shoes. I snickered a little over that, but decided she had a point. Maybe winter safety would be a good second use for these most favored footwear of high school athletes, following, of course, their most popular use, which as I remember from my kids' heydays was to make dents in your vinyl flooring.

Area businesses may be getting a call today to see if they are interested in hosting Job Shadow day, which is Feb. 9. This is a good opportunity for businesses to teach high school students the finer points of life in a business environment. Call Janie Odgers at the chamber at 283-7989 if you are interested in being a host.

You may have noticed there are some changes in our business community. The Two Sisters tax preparation office has moved into the former Re/Max office at 100 Trading Bay. We wish them well in their new digs.

Also enjoying their new territory is Waddell and Reed, financial advisers, who have moved into that location formerly filled by Alaskan Gift and Gallery on the corner of the Kenai Merit Plaza. They will host a Business After Hours networking event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28. The public is welcome to attend.

At the recent Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary membership meeting, two new board members were elected to serve for three-year terms. Both new members, Rochelle Brenner and Nancy Speedy, are from Kenai. As a matter of fact, the remaining three members of the board are also from Kenai — Kathy Phillips, Anna Wheeler and Pat Gilbreath.

This newly formed board looks forward to an exciting year planning upcoming events to support their scholarship fund and other volunteer activities. If you are interested in being part of the auxiliary, call the hospital, and they will direct you to the proper people.

Welcome back to Jon and Ann Jensen to brighten our winter with their happy smiles. They spend part of their year outside, but unlike typical southbound snowbirds, they come here for the winter delights. It's good to see you.

The deadline for the Kenai Peninsula Writers Night is Friday. Entries must be delivered to the Kenai Community Library by 4 p.m. The Writers Night event will be held Feb. 11.

Activities at the Kenai Recreation Center include the Peninsula Winter Games adult basketball tournament this upcoming weekend. The tournament is open to the first four men's teams and the first four women's teams to register. Games will consist of 20-minute halves. Registration is $10 per player. Applications are available at the Rec Center. For more information, call 714-2380.

Birthday greetings go out Wednesday to Eunice Witalec and Miranda Zindel; Thursday: Norma Tree, Dr. Lynn Carlson, Margarita Castino and Millie Evans; Friday: Deanne Tanner; Saturday: Cheryl Strain, Fran Pease and Ray Olds; Sunday: Joan Schrader, Loren Harris, Pat Malone, Jessica Bookey and Dan Young; and Monday: Yvonne Pope, Owen Chadwick, Bob Reilly and Tara Lou Kuhn.

Here's your point to ponder for today: "Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It just means that you've decided to see beyond the imperfections."

Keep warm, everyone.

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

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