Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Greetings from beautiful downtown Kasilof.

For most of us, there usually aren't enough hours in the day. But you might want to make time for some of the great things there are to do this weekend on the Kenai Peninsula.

I'm speaking about the Peninsula Winter Games. Even though it's not in Kasilof, the third annual peninsula reading carnival will be held at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday and Kasilof book lovers are invited to attend. For more information, call Virginia at 283-9374.

Mile 111 of the Sterling Highway is the location of the Tustumena Lodge and the place to be at 2 p.m. Saturday to see the official start of the 21st running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. Come early to check out the field of athletic dogs and their drivers and for the best viewing spots.

Be patient with the race officials and use caution while traveling through Kasilof this weekend. The highway will be intermittently blocked for the teams to cross for a short period of time and your patience will be appreciated.

Join the Kenai Peninsula Ice Racing Association and ice racing enthusiasts at the Decanter Inn on Sunday for the 45th annual races. Qualifying races begin at 11 a.m. and the "real deal" begins at noon. This event is free and open to all spectators. For further information, call 262-5917.

The Kasilof Public Library is open from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The library has Kasilof's only public Internet access terminal, current best-sellers, audio and VHS for loan. Library cards are free, and we also have new and used books for sale. For more library information, call 252-1120 weekdays between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Congratulations to Kasilof resident Jay Hakkinen on his 15th-place finish at the World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. Jay earned a spot on the winter Olympic team and will compete in Turin, Italy, in 2006. This is Jay's third winter Olympics berth, and I look forward to waving at him with pride when he's home and training in the off season.

A Kasilof lady celebrating her birthday Monday was Chris Baerresen, and celebrating this week is Griffing Way resident Brian Halverson.

Happy anniversary wishes to Jeff and Donna Heames. They were wed 31 years ago Wednesday.

Until next week, thanks for your readership, and think snow.

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