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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Show of Heart at Red Dress Fashion Show
Heart disease survivor Sharen Sleater, has started a new support network for women cardiac patients here on the Central Peninsula. And to promote the group, she and Jeanette Rodgers organized the first Red Dress Fashion show which was held last week at Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH). "To say that our first annual Red Dress Fashion Show was a huge success is almost an understatement," Sleater reported. "The event, sponsored by WomenHeart, the national coalition for women with heart disease, was the first of its kind on the Kenai Peninsula to highlight National Heart Disease Month and the Go Red campaign originally started by the American Heart Association," explained Sleater. According to Sharen, the purpose of the new patient support group is to support and provide education regarding heart disease while offering victims the chance to be with others suffering from the wide range of conditions under the umbrella of "heart disease". By increasing awareness, Sleater intends to make it known that contrary to popular perception, heart disease is not primarily a man's disease, but is in fact the number one killer of women in the United States. "We think pink when it comes to breast cancer, so for women with heart disease it's Go Red and that's where we got our theme for our first annual Red Dress Fashion Show," said Sleater.

Make John Peter Zenger proud
John Peter Zenger. Ring a bell? Perhaps not.

Avalanche victim still missing: Gage presumed dead; Bowles remembered
ConocoPhillips Alaska President Jim Bowles, who was killed in an avalanche in the Grandview wilderness area Saturday, was no stranger to the Kenai Peninsula, a company spokesperson says.

Turbine tips: Group will host conference on renewable wind energy
Considering recent action and discussion by the Soldotna and Kenai city councils, it seems wind turbines could be a significant part of the Kenai Peninsula's future.

Alaska's dealerships prepare for fix after huge Toyota recall
In the wake of a string of recent Toyota vehicle recalls, Alaska-based dealerships have their work cut out for them in replacing faulty accelerator pads and incompatible floor mats.

Beach day

Douglas 'D.R.' Raymond Rask
Longtime Kenai resident, Mr. Douglas "D.R." Raymond Rask, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at his home in Kenai with his wife and brother by his side. He was diagnosed with cancer on Nov. 13, 2009.

Best Friends
Sadie Jane very much enjoys the leftover skins from the smoked salmon processed by her folks, Pam and Gary Presol, of Sterling. They said, "She is very opinionated about the protection of her smoked salmon skin resource."

Pre-K programs growing: Flush with federal cash, district schools catch kids early
If the kids in school seem to be getting a little smaller, it might be true, at least in some Kenai Peninsula Borough School District buildings.

Travel; A rewarding experience or endorsement of fears, stereotypes
I wonder how people think when someone brings up the prospect of traveling. Are they thinking of taking a fancy cruise to the Bahamas, backpacking through Europe, or flying to Japan?

Around the District

School board to meet

New art exhibit opens at KPC
KPC's art department announced the opening of a show in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery that mixes found object art with miniature essays as a collaboration of space, form and prose. The exhibit is a result of teamwork by artist Margo Klass and her writer husband, Frank Soos.

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