Flaggs celebrate their 50th anniversary

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010

Loren and Sandra Flagg celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 27 at a catered party hosted by family and attended by many friends at their home in Kenai.

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Sandra and Loren Flagg on June 14, 1959.

Sandra Kelley, daughter of George and Ethel, of East Bridewater, Mass., and Loren Flagg, son of Francis and Lucile Flagg of Elmwood, Mass., were married June 14, 1959 at the Union Congregational Church in East Bridewater.

After they were married the couple attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass. Following graduation in 1963 they lived in Shrewsbury, Mass., for six months before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Loren worked for the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission on a project in the Everglades while Sandra worked at the Dania Jai Alai Palace. After three and half years in Florida they moved back to the Bay State before moving to Homer in March 1968.

The couple spent 11 years in Homer where Loren worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a fisheries biologist and Sandra worked for the Homer News. In 1979 Loren transferred to the Fish and Game office in Soldotna. He retired in 1987. After state retirement Loren and Sandra operated a fishing guide service from their home on the Kenai River in Soldotna. Loren also worked as the executive director for the Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In the fall of 2006 the couple sold their home and moved over to Kenai where they purchased a home on the municipal golf course. They now spend part of the winter in warmer climates, alternating between Florida and Hawaii.

For the couple's celebration, daughter Laurie Kempf and grandson Lee Kempf produced a DVD of their lives accompanied by some of their favorite old-time music, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s. George Holly of Soldotna arranged to have several of the Kenai area musicians provide live music.

Their daughter and her husband, Chris live in Kenai and have two boys, Lee and Eric, as well a yellow Lab named Peaches. Their son, Mitchell and his wife, Elaine, live in Palmer, and own a yellow Lab named Autumn.

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