Soldotna Community News

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008

Good Monday! Hope you all have a Super Tuesday when you get out and vote.

I had a chance to visit with Rosie Reeder and Mavis (Blazy) Lancaster. Rosie and Mavis worked together as the former Soldotna Neighbor cloumn writers for years. Rosie said people still stop her and tell her their news. I thought it was their turn to let us know what they were up to.

Rosie said she retired from her position as community schools director about three years ago.

"I am very good at retirement and would recommend it highly," she said. "Since retiring, I have been able to spend a lot more time with family, especially with my 11-year-old granddaughter, Madison, 4-year-old (grandson) Spencer and brand-new baby girl, Emersen (granddaughter)."

You can find Rosie on Monday's in the basement of the Soldotna Church of God at the weekly Toastmasters meeting held at noon.

"I have been involved with Toastmasters for about 10 years and I really enjoy it. The newest "love of my life" is the Triumvirate Bookstore, where I enjoy sitting (in) the bookstore and (I) serve as the volunteer coordinator," said Rosie.

The Triumvirate is a non-profit bookstore, theatre and art gallery located in the Peninsula Center Mall.

"We are always looking for volunteers who can spare just three hours a week," she said.

For more information about the Triumvirate Theater or Toastmasters, give Rosie a call at 262-2908 or e-mail her at

As for Mavis, she fondly recalled enjoying writing the weekly column. Nowadays she enjoys the opportunity to travel now and then and she is eagerly awaiting summer so she can go bike riding with her husband, Ken and their little shiatsu "girls" Scruffy and Megan.

On Tuesday the Central Peninsula Garden Club will meet in the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building at 40010 Kalifornsky Beach Road. This month, horticultural expert, Dr. Smeenk will discuss the preservation of potatoes. Several varieties of potatoes will be evaluated and prepared for taste testing. For meeting and membership information, call Marion Nelson at 283-4632.

On Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate its annual Winter Fun Day. There will be crafts, games, refreshments and door prizes for kids of all ages. A guided snowshoe walk will begin at 11 a.m. This activity is designed to encourage, educate and entertain novice snowshoers and will continue until noon.

The refuge will provide snowshoes. Space is limited to 25 people. Participants for the walk must be at least 9 years old. For more information and/or to pre-register, call Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

Happy birthday today, Feb. 4 to Nancy Nelson and Elizabeth Siemio; and Manfred Marsh on Feb. 7.

Have news? Send me an e-mail or give me a call. I enjoy hearing from my Soldotna neighbors.

This week's Soldotna Spenard Builder's Supply reader board message says, "You have the rest of your life to be miserable, so enjoy today."

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