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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Peninsula writers wanted

The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday for the 16th annual Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest, sponsored by the Homer News and Homer Council on the Arts.

There are three categories — fiction, nonfiction and poetry — and five age groups — kindergarten-third grade, fourth-sixth grade, seventh-ninth grade, 10th-12 grade and open-adult. The fee is $2 per entry for students and $5 per entry for the open-adult category.

Entries should be sent to the Homer News, 3482 Landings St., Homer, AK 99603, or the Homer Council on the Arts, 335 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 100, Homer, AK 99603. Writers should enclose two copies of each manuscript. The author’s

name must not appear on the manuscript.

Winners will be announced and selected entries will be published in a special section of the Homer News in May. Authors of selected entries will be invited to read their work at a public reading.

Entry forms and a complete list of contest rules can be found at the Homer News Web site:

For more information, call the Homer News at (907) 235-7767 or the Homer Council on the Arts at (907) 235-4288.

HEA to upgrade meters

Homer Electric Association’s contractor will install upgraded residential and small business electric meters in the central peninsula area. The locations slated for the meter upgrade include Mile 16 Funny River Road working eastward and Kobuk, Marydale and Redoubt areas in Soldotna.

The meter upgrade will require short outages of less then one minute at each location. HEA’s contractor will make an attempt to notify the occupants before proceeding with the meter upgrade.

Contractors will drive white trucks, with the logo for Alaska LineBuilders, and wear clothing that identifies them as a qualified HEA contractor.

HEA reminds residents that it is always a good idea to protect sensitive electronic equipment. Call (800) 478-8551 for more information.

Little League registration begins

Registration for Soldotna Little League will be held at the Soldotna Little League Bingo Hall by Sal’s Diner on the following dates: from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday and March 6, 7, 8,12, 13, 20, 21 and 22; and from noon to 5 p.m. March 17 and 24. Registration fees are $40 for tee ball and coach pitch and $50 for minors through high school.

Coaches are needed. For more information, call Vickie at 398-6363 or Jerry at 260-6650 or 398-7850.

CPCS board to meet

The Central Peninsula Counseling Services board of directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at 506 Lake St. in Kenai. For more information, call 260-3691.

Youth court o ffered

Kenai Peninsula Youth Court will hold weekly classes for new Youth Court attorneys from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning today, at the old Kenai courthouse. Classes are offered free to students in grades seven and up through high school. Classes end May 1. For more information, call Ginny at 398-4027.

Book club activity set

Kenai Library Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the library. The topic will be getting ready for the science fiction workshop with Dana Stabenow. The book of the month is “The Gate to Women’s Country,” by Sheri S. Tepper. It is open to the public. For more information, call Janell Grenier at 776-5684 or e-mail her at

Influenza surveillance, pandemic response to be discussed

The Alaska Public Health Laboratory presents a free community session on Alaska’s influenza surveillance and pandemic response planning at 7 p.m. today at Kenai Peninsula College. Dr. Lynn Lucher, coordinator of the special pathogens branch of the Alaska Public Health Laboratory, will be the featured speaker.

This is the opportunity for the public to participate in the Alaska Department of Health training that is being given throughout the state. There will be a question and answer session after the talk. For more information, call 262-0368 or 262-0330.

Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated

An informative meeting to learn more about Asperger’s Syndrome, a social disorder that makes it difficult to function in social areas, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Kenai Public Health. For more information, call 335-0109 or e-mail

Swim lessons offered in Nikiski

Nikiski Pool will hold semi-private swim lessons March 6 through 16. Registration ends Monday or until classes are filled. For more information, call Nigel at 776-8800.

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