Community News

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2001

Open house focuses on dogs

The Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will hold an open house Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Responsible Pet Owners Month. There will be demonstrations in obedience, agility, clicker training, conformation, tricks and skijoring, plus videos and printed literature, all promoting fun and positive things to do with dogs.

Groups represented at the open house will include the Kenai Kennel Club, Kenai and Soldotna animal shelters, Peninsula Retrievers Association, 4-H Guide Dog Program and Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.

There also will be refreshments and prizes.

For more information, call 262-6846 or 283-7515.

Historical society re-elects members

All three officers of the Kenai Historical Society have been re-elected to the posts they held last year.

Gini Poore, president, is a 49-year resident of Kenai. The Poores developed a homesite in 1952 and homesteaded at Eagle Rock on the Kenai River in 1957.

Emily DeForest, vice president, came with her husband when the "Collier" ammonia-urea plant (now owned by Agrium) was new and she served as Kenai Community Librarian from 1971 until her recent retirement.

Nancy Egbert, secretary-treasurer, is a 31-year resident and also a Collier wife. She is a substitute teacher and tutor.

Class reunion planned

The 1991 Kenai Central High School class reunion will be held the weekend of Aug. 11. To R.S.V.P., or for more information, call Jennifer Halstead Dye or e-mail to

Ping pong tourney results

The results of the Soldotna Elks Club weekly ping pong tournament are:

First place -- Wayne Brooks and Gary Brumley

Second place -- Joe Szczesny and Ray Debardelaben

Third place -- Andy Szczesny and Skip Dove

The tournament, held every Wednesday night at the Elks Club in Soldotna, is open to anyone who'd like to play. There is a $5 entry fee, and partners are drawn at random before play begins. For more information, call Ray Debardelaben at 262-7415.

Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association results

1-mile 2-dog

First -- Bud Sparks 2:07

Second -- Merissa Osmar 3:04

Third -- Ryan McMaster 3:11

4-mile 4-dog, age 12 and under

n First -- Jacob Lester 25:46

4-mile 4-dog, age 13 and over

First -- Neil Strausbaugh 20:31

Second -- Elisabeth Haberman 26:17

Third -- Tiffany Morris 26:22

Fourth -- Shantelle Lester 60:00

IRS panel seeks volunteers

The Pacific-Northwest Advocacy Panel, which represents Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii, is seeking new members for its Citizen Advocacy Panel.

The panels, which have been in existence since 1998, are charged with:

Providing citizen input into enhancing IRS customer service by identifying problems and making recommendations for improvement with IRS systems and procedures;

Elevating the identified problems to the appropriate IRS official and monitoring progress to effect change; and

Referring individual taxpayers to the appropriate IRS office for assistance in resolving their problems.

The panel tackles issues that are important to the taxpaying public and make recommendations that receive serious attention by the Treasury Department and the IRS.

The panel is seeking applicants who are interested in good government, a personal commitment to volunteer about 300 hours a year and a desire to improve IRS customer service. Potential candidates must be: U.S. citizens with a residential address or business address in Washington, Oregon, Alaska or Hawaii; current with their federal tax fillings; able to pass an FBI name check.

IRS employees are not eligible to apply and the number of professional tax practitioner members will be limited.

Interested applicants should call (888) 912-1227 to request an application package. The deadline for returning completed applications is March 2.

Host families needed

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs are in search of area families to host students from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for the upcoming school year. The students speak English and are eager to learn about America through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language.

Each student comes to America fully insured, with spending money and expecting to bear their share of household responsibilities.

ASSE also is looking for area high school students to become ASSE exchange students abroad.

For more information, call (800) 733-2773.

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