Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Good morning neighbors.

Welcome to our winter wonderland. Just when you thought winter was about over, here comes the big snow. Allow me to express appreciation to all who labor many hours to plow, sand, clear, and remove the snow that local winter sports lovers are rejoicing over. While skiers, snowmachiners and dog mushers are thrilled, many residents are bemoaning the piles of snow.

For the department of public works, however, the snowfall constituted many hours of snow removal. Keith Kornelis, manager of Kenai Public Works department, said all of his workers, plus those of the water and sewer department, were called into service to try and keep ahead of the snow. Plowing began at 3:30 a.m. just to keep the major areas cleared, and by the time they had made one round, it was time to repeat the route. If it took a little longer for your street to be cleared, maybe you can understand why. In case you are irritated by the berm that sometimes is left across your driveway, here's an explanation:

The graders are equipped with gates on the sides of the blades that help keep the snow from being piled at the ends of your driveways, but when the snowfall gets to be above four inches, the excess goes over the top. Therefore, you end up with a berm in your driveway, but not nearly as much as there would be had the graders not been equipped with the gates. Sorry about that, Keith says. They do their best.

The Social Security representative will be at the Kenai City Hall council room from noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Congratulations to Kenai Central High School student Elena Bird, who was crowned Alaska's Junior Miss. She will represent Alaska at the national finals in Mobile, Ala., in June.

She also received the overall talent award for her vocal rendition and the self-expression award. Elena is the daughter of Robert and Rosemary Bird.

Linda Swarner, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, announces that nutrition classes are being held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the food bank. The sessions are taught by Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension Service. The subject is "Protect your Heart: Ways for Healthier Eating." It is open to the public. For more details, call 262-3111. Be watching for the CANstruction sculpture event beginning Feb. 28 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, also sponsored by the food bank.

This month's Dine and Discuss event sponsored by Central Peninsula General Hospital will feature Joe Tye, America's Values coach, who will present "How to Be Your Own Success Coach." Tye is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership and empowerment and the author of six books and dozens of audio programs on personal, career and business success and reaching your personal goals by living your values. The cost per person is $10 and includes your meal and the lecture and is held in the Paradisos banquet room in Kenai from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday .To make reservations call 714-4500 or e-mail

Dine and Discuss is a monthly community education program that provides health care information from area medical experts and invited guest speakers.

The big event in Kenai this week is the presentation by the Kenai Performers of the Lerner and Loewe musical "Brigadoon." Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium, with a sweetheart special on Friday night at $8 per ticket. The cost will be $12 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors. Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. offer prices for kids $5 and seniors $8.

The story line is about two jaded New York bachelors who get lost in the Scottish highlands, stumble on a quaint village that raises questions of truth, fantasy, life, death, love and romance, and they only have one day to get the answers right. If you have to miss it this weekend, it will run again Feb. 25 through 27. Tickets are available at the door, Old Town Music and Charlotte's.

Happy birthday to Venus Lambe, Gene Keith and Bob Pierce; Wednesday: Marge Pate and Elizabeth Hawkins; Thursday: Jeannette Tuttle. Friday: Beanie McGrady, Ron Fullinck and Stephanie Thompson; Saturday: Hope Mishler, Joshua Schwemley and Howard Hughley; Sunday: Colleen Jorgensen and Mike Schwemley; Monday: JO Seelinger, Brittany Nunez, Rica Swanson, Dean Atkinson and Margarita Diaz. Anniversary wishes go out to David and Kelly Moore on Saturday.

An e-mail from a very old friend last week came with a comment I'll share with you: "Life may not be the party we hoped for...but while we are here we might as well dance."

Drive slow and stay out of the drifts.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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