Thursday, February 28, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules New owner New business Business workshops offered Healing touch, laughter classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Getting with T.A.T.U. can help smokers kick it
T.A.T.U. doesn’t mean tattoo at Peninsula Smokefree Partnership, it means Teens Against Tobacco Use whether it’s tattooed on your midriff or silk screened on a sweat shirt. “It’s a tat parents are proud to have their kids wearing,” says Peninsula Smokefree project coordinator Jennifer Olendorff, “We have a lot going on, last year we developed our first teen group of area high-schoolers that are going into our middle school health classes and giving tobacco education presentations, we have also sponsored an Iditarod musher this year Bruce Linton of Kasilof who will be making the trek tobacco free as well as going into our elementary schools with tobacco facts and daily race updates, and then April 5th we will be at the community health fair at SoHi and in mid May at Soldotna Safety Days and we are also an official sponsor of a Relay for Life team that will be walking 24 hours May 30th and 31st.”.

Meet the Class of 2025
It was the idea of Anna Selanoff and her friend Coral Hoffman who were both expecting a baby last year to get the other babies born in 2007 together for a little reunion. “When I found out I was pregnant it seemed like all my friends and a lot of other women were expecting babies at the same time, so I wanted to see all their babies and I thought it would be fun to invite them all to bring their babies together for a lunch at Froso’s so the newborns could all meet each other for the first time,” Selanoff told the Dispatch. Anna graduated from KCHS in 2003, and Coral from SoHi, but there is no cross town rivalry yet between their babies Ashlyn and Stella.

Seamus Kennedy concert supports local literacy
Tuesday night’s Seamus Kennedy concert at the Crossing in Soldotna was a sell out for the Irishman who loves to return to Alaska because of people like Michael Sweeney who promotes his annual trip to the Peninsula, “It’s been about 18 years now and what I truly love about coming here is how friendly and outgoing the Alaskan people are especially in the dead of winter. Alaskans don’t let the weather get them down and you’ve got to admire that spirit. It’s probably due to the ice leprechaun in front of Mike Sweeney’s store, they’re good luck you know and actually here in the North your good luck fairy little people are really billycans, leprechauns are found in Ireland and they get frozen here in Alaska, but the billycans do quite nicely,” Kennedy told the Dispatch. When asked how to properly wish upon a frozen leprechaun when seen in Alaska Kennedy replied, “Well if its like the one in front of Sweeney’s of course you should fill his mug with beer and don’t pass it through your kidneys first!”

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens named Republican of the Year
Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is a traditional time for Republican Party faithful to gather under the banner of “Honest Abe!” to extol the accomplishments of present day Republicans in office. On the Kenai Peninsula it’s the Republican Women’s Club who sponsors the event and according to Club president Carol Brenkel it’s an exciting time for Alaskan women of the Grand Old Party, “Republican women have a lot to be proud of in Alaska, we have a woman who is a U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski and we also have the most popular governor in the United States right here in Alaska who is also a woman, Governor Sarah Palin, so yes Republican Woman of Alaska have a lot to brag about,” Brenkel told the Dispatch. February 15th was also the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, “She was the woman credited with leading the battle to win the right for women to vote, so we feel it is very fitting to celebrate her birthday along side of Abraham Lincoln who is credited with freeing our nation from slavery,” said Brenkel.

Teen writer encouraged to see life from a different side
I was saddened and angered by Brittany West's article on Feb 12. It appears most of her guidance comes from the media who promote a Hollywood lifestyle that is irresponsible, risky and unworkable.

Reader misses Alaska, thanks to assembly action
My wife, and especially my two adult daughters, wish to thank the borough assembly for helping-forcing me to decide that my wife and I had to leave Alaska after 26.5 years.

Chilly day warmed by many contributions
Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank our sponsor, Soldotna Safeway, for its contribution and support of JA at the Peninsula Winter Games. Also, AK USA, Wells Fargo, State Farm Insurance, Marathon Oil Co., Tesoro, Harbor Enterprises, FNBA, Peninsula Winter Games, Soldotna Chamber, Nalco Incorp., Agrium, Soldotna Rotary and the Fred Meyer Grant Foundation.

Advocacy group rallies in Soldotna
As an organization that helps people with disabilities, Hope Community Resources Incorporated wants to make sure its clients can live as normal a life as possible. But because of an increase in fuel and health care costs and a stagnant supply of state funding, many are without the care they they need.

Kids ready to show off
Last year, Sonny and Cher hit the stage at Soldotna High School to perform "I Got You Babe." At least the performers looked and sounded like Sonny and Cher, if not slightly shorter.

Dilley to repay money
The Kenai bookkeeper who is spending five years behind bars for embezzling from Salamatof Seafoods and other Kenai firms was ordered by the court to repay more than one-quarter million dollars to her victims.

DNR staff tout AGIA process
Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources came to the central peninsula to give residents an idea of the progress the state is making toward the construction of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Alberta, Canada, under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA).

New tanker to ply inlet
A newly commissioned oil tanker specially built for transiting icy waters will soon begin operating in Cook Inlet.

Photo feature: Time to shine
J.C. Herbst washes the grime off his truck Tuesday afternoon at Auto Wash Express in Kenai. Colder weather and cleaner roads are driving many motorists to lather up.

Sea otter rehab training offered
Ask Randall Davis what the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill was like and he'll sum it up in two words: war zone.

Leona Grace (Black) Hawkins
Sterling resident Leona Grace (Black) Hawkins died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, in Oregon. She was 97.

More questions than answers: 'Green' equals science, accountability, responsible development
It's a small world after all. Global warming, climate change and soaring energy costs are the frequent subjects of no little debate these days, and right they should be. Trying to establish who to blame is easy. It is obviously everyone else except me.

Breakfast Lemon Cake
Recipe, with permission, by John Doherty, Executive Chef Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y. Breakfast Lemon Cake is just one of 120 recipes featured in "The Waldorf-Astoria Cookbook," by John Doherty with John Harrison; publishers, Bulfinch Press, 2006.

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust
Be forewarned. These delectable lemon bars are positively addictive.

Kitchen Ade's Creme Fraiche
Creme Fraiche (Pronounced krem fresh)

Around the Peninsula
Miners dig in Historical society to meet Child identification project slated AFS fundraiser dinner Sunday After-prom, after-grad meetings slated Charter school enrollment open Excellent teachers sought Canine Good Citizen test planned Counseling association to meet

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check slated Steak dinner fundraiser in Sterling Star party planned Miners dig in Beepkeepers to meet Potatoes to be discussed Rotary raffle offers hope Foster care, adoption meeting set Autism to be discussed Social Security reps to visit peninsula SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Cameras, photo printers sought

Tips for using fresh lemons in recipes
One medium-sized lemon will yield 2-3 tablespoons of juice.

Sweet on lemons
Last week's food column mentioned that Moroccan cooks consider preserved lemons an essential ingredient in many dishes native to their country.

Clean green with lemons
Environmentalists and others deeply concerned with the future of our planet continue to urge folks to "think green" by choosing eco-friendly products that will make our world a safer place to live.

Sports Brief
Austin Vanderford scored a game-high 24 points, Chris Smith added 16 and Cody Presley 12 as the Wolverines topped the visiting Warriors, 73-38, on Wednesday night in Peninsula Conference action.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

'Vantage Point' worth a second look
I remember a time when cellular phones were huge bulky things that you had to carry around in a bag, and were rarely seen outside of war movies and CIA sting operations. They certainly weren't the kind of thing you carried around in your pocket, much less into the movie theater.

A different point of view
So what does an artist envision as a response to the prompt "In Arrears?"

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Art Briefs
Performers wanted Climate change entries deadline looms Safety poster contest continues Cabaret singing workshop tuning up Photography contest begins Fiction contest offers $9,000 in prizes Writers' conference set Kenai Performers seek members Kids' reading program ongoing

Texas tops Brown Bears in overtime
Just as Kenai River and Texas appeared destined to be heading for a shootout, Tornado forward Sergei Korostin decided to start the party a little early.

Sports Briefs
Garnet, Robertia claim titles at PSDRA races CIA boys top Lumen Christi Homer-Kodiak game times change Soldotna-Skyview to play Thursday

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