Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008

Congratulations to Carol Twait of Cohoe, who retired in December. Carol was a registered nurse (RN) who worked for over 15 years at Heritage Place, a long-term health care facility in Soldotna. Carol also taught certified nursing assistant (CNA) classes. Her husband, Roger, retired a year earlier from a maintenance position at the Soldotna Sports Center. Roger and Carol have three daughters and a son, all of whom live Outside. They currently are visiting children in Arizona.

  Finn Brenneman

Roger and his brother, Dennis Twait, were Minnesota farmers. In the early 1980s, farming there was doing a face-plant, so in 1984 they sold the farm and moved to Cohoe. Dennis went to work in the oil fields and his wife, Pat, got a job at Kasilof Grocery, working for Don Rivers. She stayed on when Bob and Mary Lambe bought the grocery and renamed it the "Mercantile." Pat retired in 2000.

The Twaits were attracted to the peninsula because of their cousins, Bob and Bill Twait, of Hope. Bob and Bill's uncle was Iver Nearhouse, the late owner of the Hope General Store and now an esteemed forefather of that town. In fact, Hope and Cohoe have another connection. Pete and Annie Hatch grew up in the Jesse Lee Home, a Methodist orphanage in Seward from 1925-64. They married and became Cohoe setnetters but lived in Hope. In the spring Pete would put his 19-foot skiff in Turnagin Arm and take it to Cohoe. His skiff had no motor.

Pete worked the tides and the trip took three or four days. Bob and Linda Ducker of Cohoe Loop bought Hatch's site. Their sons, Dan, Mark and Aaron, inherited the site and still fish it.

Heritage Place is familiar to many Kasilovians. Susan Steinbach of Tustumena Lake Road is a RN there. Lowell Perry is another Tustumena Lake Roader who works there. Lowell became a certified nursing assistant in October and got a job that same month. In December, his stepfather, Mike Hinsberger, was moved to Heritage Place from Lynchburg, Va. Mike worked for Skytower, a communications tower contractor. He and his boss suffered a 40-foot fall in March 2006, after a cable broke. His boss was killed, but Mike has been left bedridden. He requires a lot of care.

Mike and his wife, Rebecca, left Kasilof in 2003 to help Becky's daughter, Lana Perry, pursue a career in ballet. Lana is now in college, but Becky and her youngest children, Noah and Leah, moved back to their Tustumena Lake Road home last spring. Becky first came to Kasilof in 1973. She bought Cohoe property from the Kuhns and built a log cabin there in 1975.

Happy 46th birthday to Scott Misner on Feb. 5.

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Brennemans have a son


Finn Brenneman

Shelly and Jerry Brenneman of Cohoe Loop announce the birth of their son, Finn James Emery, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Women's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches.

He joins, brother, Ansel, 4. His grandparents are Orval and Norma Jean Brenneman of Wellman, Iowa, Sally Speer of Loveland, Colo., and Warren Gradwell of Osceola, Iowa. His great-grandfather is James Maish of State Center, Iowa.

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