Posted: Tuesday, February 08, 2005


All five members of a World War II Army Air Force B-24 Bomber Crew held a reunion Jan. 5 and 6 in Orlando, Fla. They met and reviewed their South Pacific war years' experiences. Four of them had wives along, one was a priest. Leonard Olson, the bombardier, a former public school administrator who lives in Soldotna, was the oldest and his wife, Kathryn, was the youngest. Kathryn will be 80 this June.

The first pilot, Doug MacMillan was then just 20 years old when he commanded the crew during the war. Today he is an optometrist living in Punxsutawney, Pa.The co-pilot J. Phillip Murray lives in Spring Hope, N.C., retired as county agriculture agent. Joseph F. Beckman, the navigator, now is a Catholic priest lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ken Hutchinson, the radio-man, a former accountant, lives in Sebastian, Fla. The guys were up late for the two nights recalling some of their most impressionable flight missions. They voted to have another reunion in two years Leonard added "The Lord Willing."

Patty Mullins would like to pass on this message, Soldotna Day Aglow is starting a Beth Moore Woman's Bible study Wednesday called "Jesus the One and Only" a 10-week study on the life of Christ. It meets at Peninsula Christian Center from10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call Patty at 260-8011.

The Performing Arts Society presents Sitka Summer Music Festival Winter Concert. Five nationally and internationally known musicians,Paul Rosenthal and Ik Hwan Bae featured on the violin, Marcus Thompson on viola, Armen Ksajikian is the cellist and Sungmi Im is the pianist. It happens at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission or $10 youth to 18. You can pick up your tickets early and locally at Northcountry Fair and River City Books or Thursday night at the door.

Kathy Lopeman is organizing a "women's ride." Here's your chance to call up your friends and load up your machines. March 12 the first Kenai Peninsula Way Out Women snowmachine ride will be held in the Caribou Hills.This ride is a benefit for cancer patients on the Kenai. You can earn prizes, have a nice ride and know that you helped out a friend, a neighbor, or even a family member. For information, e-mail Kathy Lopeman at or call her at 398-4853 or Kim Cooper 398-4930. Entry packets may be picked up at A-1 Enterprises.

Mandy Grenier, daughter of Bob and Mary Grenier; Jason Smith, son of J.C. and Karen Smith; Katie Thornton, daughter of Dan and Sue Thornton, Seth Waltemyer, son of David and Stephanie Waltemyer, Liz Dyment, daughter of Whitey Dyment and grandmother Bettie Wallace will be starring in the Skyview High School production of Godspell, the musical based on the Gospel of Matthew.

The show directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler will be presented at SoHi's auditorium, Thursday-Saturday, February 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. tickets are $5 for students-seniors and $8 for adults.

Spenard Builders Supply quote for the week: "The secret of prayer is prayer in secret."

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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