Good Monday. I Hope you are staying warm and well during this refreshing cold snap. It was great to see and hear about so many area neighbors getting out and voting last Tuesday.
My neighbor, Annie Dubnam, invited my son, Patrick, and me to her home for a warm cup of tea the other day. Annie is a mom with three active young boys, Trevor, 7, Logan, 5, and Jake, 3. While our boys played quietly (no small miracle there), Annie shared that she met her husband, Greg, while they were attending college in Colorado. A few years later, they married at the Bridal Point in Sterling and made their home in Alaska.
"I grew up in Orlando. Living in Colorado was cold, but the climate in Alaska was below zero. Shocking. It was quite an adjustment," she said, while adding emphasis on the word "adjustment" with American Sign Language.
I asked Annie what she wished people knew about communicating with hearing impaired individuals.
"Shouting doesn't help, it actually hurts my ears, it is not like being hard of hearing when raising the volume helps," she said. "Most hearing impaired people are very good at reading lips. All someone has to do is face me when they are speaking and I can understand what they are saying. If I need them to repeat something, I'll ask. It's that simple."
Greg and Annie are physical therapy assistants. Greg is employed at Frontier Therapy Services in Kenai and Annie says for now she is enjoying her job as "mommy."
If the recent sunshine makes any of you ladies want to burst in to song, Sweet Adelines, would like to hear from you. Sweet Adelines is a women's four-part barbershop harmony group under the direction of Pricilla Shaw. They invite anyone who can sing on key to come join in on the fun and fellowship from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Skyview High School music room. For more information, call Susan at 335-6789
To book reservations for a scrumptious Valentine's Day lunch call the Soldotna Senior center at 262-2332 by Tuesday afternoon. Lunch is $10 for the public and $6 for seniors.
Attention Soldotna High School parents of juniors, there will be an after prom party planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the teacher's lounge.
In addition, calling Soldotna High School parents of seniors, there will be an after graduation party planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the teacher's lounge. For more information, call Carmen at 262-2791.
Happy birthday Robert Booth Feb. 12; Jan Hanrahan, Margret Johnson on Feb. 16; and Darrell Marshall on Feb. 17.
If you have newsy neighbors announcements you'd like to share, give me a call or send me an e-mail message.
This week's Soldotna Spenard Builder's Supply reader-board message, "Since we fight for the liberty to worship, should we not make use of that liberty?"
Soldotna babies abound
* Kristy and Scott Innes of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Juliet Elizabeth, at 3:29 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 18 inches.
She joins sibling, James, 1. Her grandparents are Sherry Innes of Kenai, Sue Finch of Stockton, Calif., and Mike and Yvonne Finch of Merced, Calif.
* Joanna Scott and Tobin Watts of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Edith Pearl Watts, at 3:35 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 22 inches.
She joins sibling, Simone Watts. Her grandparents are Steve Scott, Michele Scott, Kaye Lawson and Robert Watts. Her great-grandparents are Evelyn Brill and Eltalee Scott Eanes.
* Lisa Orth of Soldotna announces the birth of her son, Roman Isaiah, at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.
His grandparents are Debbie and Anthony Brenton and Gordon and Laurie Orth. His great-grandparents are Roy and Millie Self, Betty Orth and Jim and Judy Brenton.
Area students receive honors
* Soldotna resident Mark Harro was named to the dean's list at Montana State University. To be named students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5.
* Soldotna residents freshman Patrick Thomas Moore and senior Kaitlin Brett Vadla were named to the president's list at Gonzaga University. Students must earn at least a 3.7 grade point average to be listed.
* Soldotna resident Daniel Hepner was named to the dean's list at Valley City State University in North Dakota. To be named to the list students must complete 12 semester hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.5.
VFW announces scholarship winners
The winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary Patriot Pen scholarship are first place, $300 Freya Chay, a student at Aurora Borealis School; second place, $200 Taylor Vonheeder, a student at Soldotna Middle School; and third place $100 Mary Hauptman, a student at Soldotna Middle School.
Ms. Chay's essay will be forwarded to the state competition where she will be eligible to receive an additional award.
The winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program winners are: First place $300 Molly K. Watson, a student at Kenai Central High School; and second place $200 Tristin L. Rutherford, a student at Nikiski High.
Ms. Watson's entry will be forwarded to the state competition to be held in Anchorage where she will compete for an additional monetary award.
Babies born in '07 sought
A "Babies of 2007" lunch and present exchange at noon Feb. 16 at Froso's Restaurant. A picture of babies born in 2007 on the peninsula will be taken. Parents who wish to participate in the gift exchange are asked to bring a gift. Attendees are required to pay for their own lunch.
For more information, call Jessica Otis at 953-7341.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 in Soldotna is offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship.
The recipient must be an Alaska high school graduating senior or an Alaskan enrolled in a home-study program, with a desire to further their education. Citizenship, leadership and financial will be considered.
Monetary awards will be given to local winners and a chance to compete for the $1,000 scholarship awarded to the statewide winner.
Application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information and to obtain an application, call 262-9220, 262-1262 or inquire at area high schools.
Kids reading program continues
The Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program continues. Kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched. For more information, call 953-7262.
The Peninsula Yellow Ribbon club is in the process of making thank-you gift baskets for returning soldiers and Marines. Community members interested in donating a gift, a gift card or making a thank-you card for the baskets may call Bill and Carol Keller at 262-0492 or 394-1072.
March of Dimes walk planned
The annual March of Dimes fundraiser, March for Babies, will be held at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
For more information, call (800) 525-9255 or visit marchforbabies.org.
Accident victim thankful for help
Many thanks to our Soldotna/Kenai CES/fire departments and staff at Central Peninsula for the exemplary triage and care given to those of us in the Kalifornsky Beach car accident Jan. 21.
My count of people who touched my life those few days is about 50. Every person was competent, caring and professional. I am honored to live in a community with such fine people. Many thanks again for your caring and dedication.
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