Wednesday, February 17, 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.

It's fun to play with food
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

Sausage and Peppers
1/3 cup olive oil

Polenta
2 cups milk

Support helps in battle with cancer
On Feb. 4, I was honored to be recognized by many in this community in my battle against breast cancer. I want to extend a special thanks from my heart to all the people and businesses (Country Foods, AK Custom Meats, Froso's, Peninsula Christian Center, Coke, Kaladi's, SMS staff, SOHI staff, Three Bears, Central Peninsula Hospital and Kenai Safeway) who contributed to a wonderful spaghetti dinner. It was a great time to meet many of those who have touched my life over the 27 years I have lived in Soldotna and my 21 years of teaching at Soldotna High School.

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.

'The smell of blood and alcohol': Witness testifies against Jimmy Eacker
During emotional testimony at the Jimmy Eacker murder trial Tuesday, a woman who was 8 years old at the time Toni Lister was reported missing recalled her memory of watching Eacker wash blood off himself on March 6, 1982.

Schools to share course load: KPBSD plans to keep Skyview, Soldotna high schools viable
Two Soldotna area high schools that have been long time rivals will have to begin sharing their offerings in coming years if they both want to remain viable.

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.

Raymond Encelewski
Anchorage resident Ned Raymond Encelewski, 81, died from health complications, February 12, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

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."

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