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Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth?

Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611. Submissions may not be older than six months.

The Community page is a way to highlight activities and events that happen with a photo. If your group or organization has a photo of an event to share, submit the photo and the following information for print: Who took the photo, who's in it, when and where it was taken, a brief description of what's happening, and a name and phone number in case we have questions.

Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Mondays. Submissions are printed in the order they are received and as space is available. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241.

Reunions slated

Soldotna and Kenai high schools are planning the following reunions:

* SoHi, 1989 -- 20th reunion will be held July 24, 25 and 26. Classmates are invited to share ideas and gather former student's phone numbers and addresses.

Updates are being posted on Facebook. Search for Sohi class of 89. Contact Stacey Herr at 260-3747, Barbara Shipps at 283-4030, Brooke Straume at 394-2938 or Kelly Griebel at 398-7293 or for more information.

* SoHi, 1999 -- 10th reunion will be held July 17 through 19. Classmates may e-mail planners their physical address and phone number at, and or e-mail

* KCHS, 1979 -- 30th reunion will be held June 19 through 21. Classmates addresses and contact information is sought.

For more information, e-mail Sandra at

* USS Maddox Destroyer Assoc.( DD-168, DD-622 and DD731)-- Sept. 9-13 in Phoenix. For more information, contact Cliff Gillespie, 2118 Hines Road, Jennings, La., 70546, call 337-616-8450 or e-mail


Kasilof weight-loss group forms

A weekly weight-loss support group, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, is forming in the Kasilof area. TOPS is a nonprofit, noncommercial, economical program for men, women and teens.

For more information and meeting times, call Dawn at 252-3436 or 262-7319.


Kenai babies announced

* Tatiana Batson and Ken Enders of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Harmony-Rayne Pantera Enders at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

She joins sisters, Shenua and Ayden.

* Shevaun and Michael Campanella of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Roman Michael, at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Women's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 23 inches.

He joins sibling, Aasen Thomas, 2. His grandparents are Rick and Marie English of Kenai and Tom and Linda Campanella of Kenai.

* Erin Martin (Magee) and Robert Martin of Ramsay, Mont., announce the birth of their daughter, Madyson McKenzie, on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont. She weighed 8 pounds, 10.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

She joins siblings, Caitlyn. Her grandparents are Jim Magee of Kenai, Jan Magee of Helena, Mont., and Dennis and Mary Martin of Elmo, Mont. Her great-grandparents are Phoebe Magee of Browning, Mont., and Mary Martin of Weaverville, Calif.

Area students named to honor roll

Amber R. Huhndorf and Kyla A. Steward were named to the honor roll at Oregon State University. To be named to the list students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Huhndorf is a sophomore studying health and Steward is a freshman studying biology.

Gifford graduates

Amanda Lynne Gifford of Kenai received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.

Tyotkas Elder Center menus announced

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Tyotkas Elder Center at 1000 Mission Ave. Kenai. Monday -- broccoli and chicken casserole, roll and dessert; Tuesday -- tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, taco and salad bar; Wednesday -- Mongolian beef, rice, vegetables and dessert; Thursday -- taco soup, potato and salad bar; and Friday -- pulled pork, rice, vegetables, roll and dessert. For more information, call 283-3612.

Senior events planned

The Kenai Senior Center located at 361 Senior Court will host the following events: Monday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., Grow Stronger and line dancing at 10 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m. and caregiver support meeting at 1 p.m.; Tuesday -- Strong Women at 9 a.m., TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bingo at 12:30 p.m., bridge at 12:35 p.m., and bowling and craft class at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., line dancing, Social Security and Grow Strong at 10 a.m.; birthday party at noon; and shopping and ceramics at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- Strong Women at 9 a.m., line dancing at 10 a.m., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m. and blue grass at 6:30 p.m.; and Friday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., Grow Strong at 10 a.m., and pinochle at 12:30 p.m., bowling at 1 p.m.; and Bible study at 3:30 p.m.

Menus (all meals include, soup, salad bar and choice of beverage: Monday -- ham and bean soup, carrot salad and corn bread; Tuesday -- roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and broccoli spears; Wednesday -- spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread; Thursday -- halibut burger and coleslaw; and Friday -- liver and onions, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn.

For more information on center events, menus and activities, call 283-4156.

Public health closed Monday

The Kenai Public Health Department will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

Walk-in clinics, Kenai on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and in Soldotna on Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., will be held for all other days of this month. For more information, call Robin at 335-3400 or e-mail

Indoor soccer begins

The Boys and Girls Club is taking registrations for indoor soccer until 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Soccer is open youth ages 4 through fifth grade. The cost is $50 and the child must be a 2009 member.

Register at the Kenai Recreation Center. For more information, call 283-3318.

Library events slated

The Kenai Community Library regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 163 Main Street Loop. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit

Activities at the library this week are: Today -- Shirley Temple film at 2:30 p.m.; Monday -- Russian Story time at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday -- preschool story time at 11:15 a.m.; Wednesday -- WEE Read at 11 a.m. and Tween book club at 4 p.m.; Thursday -- after school reading at 4 p.m. and writers' group at 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday -- wire beading class at 1 p.m.

Cribbage tourney continues

The Cook Inlet Lions annual cribbage tournament is held at 3 p.m. Saturdays through March 28 at the 902 Cook Street in Kenai. It is open to the public.

For more information, call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

Chamber decoration winners announced

Winners in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's holiday lighting contest were: Residential winners -- Louisa Ricardo, 202 Lawton Drive, first place; Pam Weck, 1537 Stellar Drive, second place; and Marion Nelson, 44665 Tower Hills, third place.

Commercial winners -- Nana's Place, 1511 Fathom Drive, first place; Peninsula Ear, Nose and Throat, 220 Spur View Drive, second place; and Fireweed Herb Garden, 202 N. Forest Drive, third place.

For more information, call Tina Baldridge at 283-7989.

Volunteers sought

The LeeShore Center is seeking volunteers for its crisis and noncrisis programs and a handyman.

For more information, call 283-9479.


NHS plans blood drive

The Nikiski High School will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school's library. To schedule an appointment, call Mrs. Falk at 776-9435. Walk-ins welcome.

Donors are reminded to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to donation. Donors must be at least 16 years old, have photo ID and a parental consent form is due prior to donation.

Pool, rec center offer events

The following events will be offered at the Nikiski pool and the Nikiski Community Recreation Center:

* The recreation center will offer arts and crafts classes from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Fridays for first- through sixth-graders. The cost $3 per session.

* The recreation center offers; women's gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, the cost is $1; teen gym from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, the cost is $1; family gym from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, the cost is $1; home-school gym from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the cost is $1; full swing golf from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, call for fee amount; and teen center from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for students ages 13 through 18 years old students, the cost is $1.

For more information, e-mail Jyll Davis


Senior events slated

The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events: Monday -- Exercise at 10 a.m. and barber at the center; Tuesday -- quilting and caregivers support group at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- exercise at 10 a.m.; Thursday -- quilting; and Friday -- exercise at 10 a.m., choir at 1 p.m.; and movies at 7 p.m. (snacks begin at 6 p.m.)

Menus (meals include, soup, bread, rolls, salad and dessert): Monday -- barbecued chicken, baked beans and carrots; Tuesday -- Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli; Wednesday -- stuffed pork chops, baked potatoes and green beans; Thursday -- soft tacos, refried beans and Spanish rice; and Friday -- lemon pepper talipia, steamed rice and peas.

For more information on center events and menus, call 262-6808.


Kerchal joins the Army

Army Pvt. Rachael L. Kerchal graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the Kerchal studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Roger Kerchal Jr. of Soldotna and Lisa Kerchal of Portland.

Howard promoted to sergeant

Chelsey D. Howard has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Howard, a combat medic, is assigned to forward operating base endurance in Iraq. She has three years of military service.

She is the daughter of Curt H. Howard of California, and Nancy K. Myers of Soldotna.

Hoogenbooms have a son

Jamie and Brian Hoogenboom of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Clayton James, at 7:44 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 9 pounds and 14 ounces.

He joins, sister, Erin, and brother, Jesse.

Senior activities set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center located at 197 W. Park Ave., will host the following events this week: Monday -- Art class at 10 a.m., dancing at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday -- board meeting at 12:30 p.m. and cards and board games at 1 p.m.; Wednesday -- cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m., crafts and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday -- art class at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11 a.m., shopping, cards and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday -- music at noon.

Menus (meals include, bread, rolls and beverage: Monday -- spaghetti, meat sauce, vegetables, garlic bread and vanilla pudding; Tuesday -- chicken chow mein, rice, vegetables, angel food cake with raspberry drizzle; Wednesday -- beef stew, vegetables, corn bread and devils food cake; Thursday -- tuna melt with cheese, vegetable soup, celery stick and berry pie; and Friday -- Salisbury steak, potatoes, vegetables and sugar cookie.

For more information on center events, menus and activities, call 262-2322.

Refuge activities planned

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge January winter activities will be:

* Free Snowshoe Walks -- (For snowshoeing activities, the refuge staff will provide snowshoes. Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon for youth first grade and older. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. First timers are welcome. The distance will be 1/2 mile. To preregister, call Jetta at 260-2811. Also on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 16-years-old and up. For beginners to experienced. The distance will be 2 miles. To pre-register, call Candace at 260-2807.; and Jan. 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for adults. First timers welcome. The distance will be 1/2 mile. To pre-register, call Michelle at 260-2839.

* Ski outings: Participants must provided their own ski equipment.: Jan. 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For adults from beginners to experienced. The distance will be 2 miles. To preregister, call Michelle at 260-2839.

Frontier services board meeting set

Frontier Community Services will hold its annual board of director's meeting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Soldotna Sports Center. The topics will be election of officers and agency director's will report on the status of individual programs. Dinner will be provided. For more information, call Kathy Kenner at 262-6331.

Reading carnival vendors sought

The sixth annual free Peninsula Reading Carnival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at Soldotna High School. The purpose of the carnival is to encourage literacy in the community through the involvement of families in literacy rich activities.

Booths that would provide entertainment, serve as a fundraiser, provide literacy activities or share literacy information are being sought.

A booth fee may be required. Proceeds from booth fees will go toward funding literacy projects on the Kenai Peninsula. Fees will be free for members of the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council; and $20 a booth for nonmembers, which includes a one-year membership in the reading council.

For more information, call Monica Heath at 283-5015 or e-mail her at

Ham classes proposed

The Moose Horn Amateur Radio club is considering putting on ham radio classes. Interested community members are asked to e-mail or call 394-2907 or 262-9674 and leave a name and phone number.

If there is enough response the club will set up a time and place for classes. Classes will be one evening a week for six to eight weeks. Topics will include electrical theory and safety, frequency allocations, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, and modes of operation.

Women invited to take a break

Peninsula Take-a-Break will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Solid Rock Conference Center. Podiatrist Dr. Harry Cotler and his wife, Lisa, will give advice on shoes.

Featured music will be by Danielle Rehm on the saxophone. Speaker Doylanne Wade from Wasilla will share her "Adventures in Alaska." The cost is $12 with a complimentary nursery.

Reservations may be made by calling, Cindy at 260-6262, Susan at 335-6789 or e-mailing Reservations deadline is today. Reservations must be honored if not canceled by today.

VFW contest winners announced

Winners in the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary Creative Patriotic Art program and Patriot's Pen Scholarship program are:

* Patriot's Pen Scholarship program " Why America's Veterans Should be honored" -- Ellery Steffensen, home-schooler, first place and Brandi Wagoner, Aurora Borealis Charter School, second place. Steffensen won $300 and his essay will be forwarded to state competition where he will be eligible to receive additional awards and a chance to advance to national competition.

* Creative Patriotic Art program -- Wiley Bennett, Nikiski High School, first place; Lynlee Arbuckle, Kenai Central High School, second place; and Jasper Dix, Kenai Central High School, third place. Bennett won $300 and his entry will be forwarded to state competition to be held in Anchorage in April. Arbuckle won $200 and Dix won $100.

Safety Day planning begins

Nancy Mitchell's State Farm office is gearing up for the 2009 Soldotna Safety Days event May 16.

Parties interested in participating should call Nancy Mitchell at 262-4440.

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