Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008

My apology to Susan Steinbach in last week's column. She is a CNA, not a RN.

Mark and Sarah Rozak have moved into their new house, which has a view of the Kenai Mountains. It's on Moraine Vista Street and sits high on the hill above Rhino Linings. Mark's mother is Darlene Rozak and his father was the late Greg Rozak, who owned Rozak Excavating. Mark now runs that business.

In 2005, Dave and Pat Wolf bought a house with some history on Carol Road, off Cohoe Loop. The house started about 1978 as a project of Jack Beesler's. Bill Toombs was a contractor in Fairbanks, where he mostly worked on commercial buildings. He was a friend of Beesler's and ended up buying the old Paul and Wanda Richards property on Carol Road.

Bill and Jody Toombs built a new house there and moved in about 1978. They also ended up finishing and owning the house Beesler started. Bill was a friend of Paul Stevens, who also built on Carol Road. Paul was a janitor at Tustumena Elementary School and his daughter is

Pauline Mills, the school's secretary for several years.

Dwight and Lenoria Johnson bought the house from Toombs in 1980. Dwight was a Unocal employee and worked on inlet oil platforms. He eventually went to work in Indonesian oil fields and the Johnsons sold the house in 1995 to Randy and Lynda Wandler. Randy works on the North Slope, but they moved to Wyoming. The Wolfs are schoolteachers.

At the end of August, Jack and Suzanne Fisler moved into their new house on Tustumena Lake Road. They were married in 1990 and spent 16 years in a trailer house.

"This is our retirement home," Jack said.

His parents, Earl and Dorothy Fisler moved there from Oregon in 1957. They came because land was available for homesteading. Earl was a Navy vet who had been involved in five major engagements in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

He and Dorothy ran a home farm where they grew alfalfa, and kept horses and milk cows. They also raised pigs, chickens and rabbits. They primarily used their farm products at home but sold the surplus to local markets.

Earl worked for the highway department, and Dorothy put in a term on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Jack is a retired heavy equipment operator and Suzanne retired from the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, where she worked out of the Soldotna River Center.

Recently, Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Suzanne to the Natural Resources Conservation and Development Board. Her first meeting will take place in March in Juneau. The board meets quarterly, usually in Anchorage.

They give advice to the commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources and the Soil and Water Conservation Corps, as well as its federal counterpart, the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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