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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2003

Area KOPS group honored with dinner

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss organization based out of Milwaukee, Wisc., honored its Kenai Peninsula KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) group with a dinner party Feb. 8. Members of The Star Sensations, including Makena Roesch, Molly Eastham, Courtney McIntosh, Elizabeth Pindras, Mindy Eastham, Sarah Kirkland and Natashia Seguin, performed prior to dinner. After dinner, Don Weller and JD Uponen played guitars and sang. Nancy Burton is the area captain of KOPS. Honored members included Wade and Altie Seward, Bob and Millie Evans, Shirley Aleckson, Martha Snyder, Lorraine King, Patsey Ulen, Betty Wait, Nancy Burton, Amber-Marie Udelhovern, Louise Schadle and Mae Hughes. Gretchen Morava, the state coordinator of the group, and her mother, Mary Thomas, came from Wasilla for the event.

Borough offers scholarships

The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for four $500 scholarships. The scholarships are available to all 2003 graduates in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, including students attending public, private or home schools. Applications for the scholarships are available from any local high school counselors' office, at the information desk at the borough building in Soldotna or online at

Applications may be mailed to or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669. Applications must be postmarked by March 31.

Soroptimists plan Young Women's Conference

Young women in grades six, seven and eight are invited to participate in the "Above the Noise" conference, hosted by Soroptimist International of Twin Cities. The conference allows young women to rise above the noise and clamor of everyday life to determine how they can effectively communicate and change the world for the better. For more information or registration forms, call Marita Parks at 262-5384. The deadline for registration is Feb. 24.

Red Cross to honor everyday heroes

The American Red Cross of Alaska is seeking local heroes to be recognized at its annual Real Heroes Breakfast. The event is an opportunity to not only acknowledge "ordinary Alaskans doing extraordinary things," but also to raise funds for American Red Cross programs and services across the state. Throughout the month of February, people statewide are invited to nominate a person, group, company or animal that has saved a life or done something courageous to assist someone in need. Full details of the event are available online at

Cooperative Extension plans security workshop

The Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forum, "In Time of Need -- Securing Alaskan Lives," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College. The purpose of the forum is to bring Alaskans together to share knowledge and exchange resources to achieve a greater sense of security. Cooperative Extension faculty will provide information on securing shelter, water and food. The forum also will include a share fair, featuring emergency preparedness information from area agencies and organizations addressing security issues.

The forum is free to the public, and lunch will be provided. Participants must preregister by Thursday by contacting the Cooperative Extension office at 262-5824.

AWEN plans 2003 conference

The Alaska Women's Environmental Network (AWEN), a program of the National Wildlife Federation, is seeking participants for its 2003 conference. Planned for March 14 and 15 in Anchorage, the conference will provide useful skills to help nurture an atmosphere of effective crosscultural communication. A variety of workshops also will be provided, covering topics such as alternative energy, environmental education and water quality.

Registration is $75 for general admission and $50 for high school and college students. For more information on the conference, e-mail Jaylene Wheeler at or Ann Loyd at or call (907) 258-4800.

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