Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Battle of the Books winners make rest of school proud


We would like to congratulate Soldotna Elementary Scool's Battle of the Books third- and fourth-grade team. This team won first place in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Battle of the Books competition.

The team consisted of Hannah Cristiano, Christina Tachick, Angela Ramponi and Katie Dutcher. The team was directed by Diane Bernard and Liz Cristiano.

Congratulations to the hard-working students! Your school is proud of your accomplishments. And thank you to Mrs. Bernard and Mrs. Cristiano for your time and efforts with the students.

Great job!

Lauri Lingafelt, Patty Rich,

Emily Nicholson and Debbie Carroll

Soldotna Elementary PTA

Those involved in Battle of Books show cooperation, sportsmanship

As a parent, I would like to thank all those who were involved in this year's Battle of the Books program.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has the most dedicated teachers, coaches, parents, community volunteers and students -- all who gave up much of their own time to prepare for this year's program. As a parent volunteer, I have seen many school district employees give up their lunch periods and planning periods in order to help coach our students and encourage the joy of reading.

This year I had an opportunity to be a part of the actual competition rounds. I saw and heard (via speaker phone) the cooperation, sportsmanship and enjoyment that the students demonstrated during the battles. It was great for students to have contact via speaker phone with remote schools in our district, as well as other local area schools who participated. The competitions were handled professionally and fairly and in a fun way.

A big thank you for all you who gave so much of your time to make this year's Battle of the Books such a positive experience!

An extra big thank you to the students themselves who read and reread the books, gave up many recesses and lunch periods to practice and showed true sportsmanship and cooperation with fellow students!

My mother always told me, "to be good at something, you have to practice, practice, practice!"

And what better way to become an even better reader along the way! Keep up the reading and we'll be watching for the Battle of the Books list for the next school year!

With thanks,

Sue Dukowitz, parent volunteer

Mountain View Elementary School

Community's generosity makes scholarship program successful

The Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program held its annual competition Feb. 1 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium in front of a

sold-out crowd. Twenty-one high school seniors from around the state converged on the peninsula for a week-long stint to compete for the coveted title of Alaska's 2003 Junior Miss.

Because we are a nonprofit organization, it takes the generosity of others to make our program a success. Therefore, I would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions:

Alaska Junior Miss Board: Mary Green, Reean Pitts, Rhonda Orth, Tracy Schmitt, Charlissa Magen, Kathy Gensel, Molly Mahurin, Sherry Gardner and Teresa Gamble.

Program Emcees: Katie Lockwood and JR Kitchens.

Production Team: Molly Mahurin, Martina Tovoli, Terry Ellington, Connetta Salmon and Linda Shirmers.

Program Judges: Robert Jackson, Martha Reinbold, Lauri Kapp, Pat Gilbreath and Kenny Leaf.

Scholastic/Essay/Mock Panel: Barbara Dilley, Chuck Crapuchettes, Gary Lindman, Cheryl Davis, Bill Reeder, Mary Rowley, Tom Anderson, Dorothy Gray, Sandra Ghormley, Bob Lambe, Marjorie Torgerson, Ryan Kapp, Rosie Reeder.

Tabulator: George Stein.

Host families: Scott and Sharon Merrill, Dan and Kathy Gensel, Curt and Patty Youngren, Fred and Gloria Hammon, Lai Lani and Robert Jolliffe, Bob and Lanie Hughes, Delaine Richards, David and Jane Stein, Don and Sharon Moock, Mike and Sylvia Reynolds.

Drivers: Don Moock, Bud Draper and John Steckel.

Other contributors-donors include Halcyon Spalon; Sweeney's Clothing; Jim Steffy and technicians; John Kobylarz, D.M.D.; Cook Inlet Academy; Kenai Senior Center; Soldotna Senior Center; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce; Three Bears; Lambe, Tuter & Wagner CPAs; Hutchings Chevrolet; Soldotna Dental Clinic; Bruce & Co. Real Estate; Great Bear Ford; Gottschalks; Coach Dan Gensel and KSRM Radio 92; Fred Meyer; Printers Ink; Allan and Alfie Norville; Christ Lutheran Church; Arby's of Soldotna; Peninsula Clarion; Signal Communications Inc.; Bill and Rosie Reeder; Krog's Kamp; Soldotna High School; George Stein, CPA; Tony Lewis; City of Soldotna; Kim Schmitt; Red Diamond Lumber; Spenard Builders Supply; G.F. Sherman Signs; Sal's Klondike Diner; Buckets Sports Grill; Safeway; Dreamcatcher's Photography; Soldotna, Sterling and K-Beach Elementary schools; Mike Frost; Petal Pushers; Chuck Waddell; Jim and Kit Miller; Hey Good Lookin'; Bridges Inc.; Wells Fargo Bank Alaska N.A.; University of Alaska; Rotary Club of Soldotna; Tesoro Alaska Company; Magic Moments Photography; First National Bank Alaska; GCI; Dr. Marshall Dotson; The Fitness Place; Healthy Changes; Peninsula Internal Medicine; Columbus Distributing Co.; Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic; Call of the Wild Cabins; G&S Construction; The Music Box; Janet Boyce; A Misty Memory; Coca-Cola; Brooke Bailey Hensley; Hannah Anderson; Kenai River Lodge; Debra Howell; Linda Cusack; Nicole Simpson; Christine Marinkovski; Keesha Freeman; Hans Klodt; and, finally, the community members who came out to support the event. Thank you all, and I apologize to anyone we may have missed.

Teresa Gamble, publicity chair

Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program

Kids begin to learn lots of life skills on basketball court

The Boys and Girls Club Third-Fourth Grade Basketball League just concluded another fun-filled, action-packed season. More than 200 third- and fourth-graders, playing on 22 different teams, ran up and down basketball courts throughout the central Kenai Peninsula not only demonstrating some great basketball but doing it with big, big smiles on their red, red faces.

And along the way, they started to learn some of the valuable life skills that sports can so readily teach: teamwork, responsibility, sportsmanship and a commitment to do one's best.

Many, many thanks to the wonderful coaches who volunteered to work with our kids, to be a positive role model, to be another caring person in their lives. Without them, there would not be a basketball program!

The Boys and Girls Club salutes these awesome coaches: Judy Johnson, Judy Klunder, Diane Duncan, Phil Sheridan, Kim Murray-Senn, Paul Ostrander, Lisa Duke, Dan Duke, Scott Coburn, Shanette Wik, Tim Sandahl, John Wensley, Tim Taylor, Bobby Clucas, Camille Clucas, Cedric Scott, Shelley Bormann, Dan Lynch, Mike Ashwell, Jeff Mills, Ken Mayer, Bill Severson, John Darrow, Marlene Meyer, Rob Meyer, LaRae Bartlowits, Darryl Byerley, Laurie Wood, Joe Murphy, Rick Wood, Ted VanAntwerp, Leonard Ball, Mike Tovoli, Doug Munn and Roger Phillips. Thanks for giving our kids the precious gift of your time!

Also, the Boys and Girls Club greatly appreciates the local community-minded businesses who gave their financial support by sponsoring a team: Joni Dykstra at Healthy Changes, Dr. Marshall Dotson, Dave Schilling at the Uptown Motel, Mike Navarre at Arby's, Mike and Kathy Flores of Ninilchik Traditional Council and Wells Fargo Bank, Alaska. Their support helps ensure our program is a quality one.

We are truly lucky to live in a place where people are so willing to get involved and give back to their community!

Kathy Ehrhardt

Athletic programs director

Boys and Girls Club

Event teaches kids ways to keep safe when riding snowmachines

Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids for the Central Peninsula area held the fourth annual children's snowmobile safety awareness event at Redoubt Elementary School Feb. 8.

The lack of snow and presence of rain certainly was a drawback this year; however, 90 parents and children attended this year's event. More than 50 children left with new helmets and information on ways that will help make them safer when riding snowmobiles.

We would like to recognize and thank our wonderful sponsors that made this event possible. The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, CHEMS State Alaska, Central Peninsula General Hospital, National Safe Kids Campaign and McDonald's of the Kenai Peninsula all provided funding that allowed us to purchase helmets and cover miscellaneous costs. Brian of A-1 Enterprises for the fourth year running made it affordable for us to purchase helmets and this year loaned a snowmobile for demonstration. Mountain Madness Inc., Burdick Enterprises and River & Sea Marine Supply Inc. provided great door prizes. The Daily Grind Coffee Coach was at the event and provided drinks and snacks. Appreciation goes to Soldotna Community Schools, KSRM-What's Happening and Mavis

Blazy-Lancaster of the Neighbors column for advertising our event. Thanks to Ken Meacham for allowing us to hold the event at Redoubt Elementary and Dennis Spinder for custodial services.

Volunteers always are a key element in order to pull off events, and we really appreciate and thank all who helped us this year: Gary Hale and Lynn Baker from Central Emergency Services; Sherry Spence; Madison and Morgan Cunningham; Phil France; Daniel Walker; Troy Adams; Larry Streiff; Pam and Tim Musgrove; Oscar Haynes; Michelle McKay; Mary Jane Hanley; Mary Jo Robinson; Gordon Glaser; Alaska Public Health and Alaska Safe Kids; Kim Christianson; Officer Escott from the Soldotna Police Department; Scott, Lela, Alyssa and Bailey Rosin; Carolann Barum; Bill Scarlett; Maryann Clark and Jim Fellman.

A very special thank you goes to Dena and Scott Cunningham, Lauri and Doug Lingafelt and Gary Hale for all their planning and time it took to put this event together.

In closing, thanks to anyone I forgot and especially to the parents and caregivers who took the time to bring their children to this event. Your efforts to keep your children and the children of the Kenai Peninsula safer are certainly well worth it. Thank you.

For questions about Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids, please call 262-8195, ext. 280 at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Jane B. Fellman, RN


Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition


Central Peninsula Safe Kids

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