Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, March 05, 2001

Students named to dean's list

Mario L. Bird of Kenai was named to the dean's list at the University of Notre Dame. Students must maintain a 3.4 grade point average during the semester to receive the honor.

He is a 2000 graduate of Nikiski High School and the son of Robert and Rosemary Bird.

Karl Massera of Kenai was named to the dean's list at Clark College for the fall 2000 semester. Students must earn a 3.65 grade point average or higher to be named to the list.

Residents complete training

Air Force Airman Andrea J. Hervey recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.


During the six weeks of training, she studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special training in human relations.

Also, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is the daughter of Dorthy Higbee of Seward.

Army Pvt. Donald B. Forbes graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.

During the training, Forbes received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history and traditions.

Forbes is the son of Gregory E. and Deanie M. Glaves of Soldotna.

Kenai man arrives in Japan

Air Force Airman First Class Joshua F. Blumenshine recently arrived for duty at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.

Blumenshine is an aerospace propulsion apprentice assigned to the 374th maintenance squadron.

He is the son of Kirk C. and Samm C. Blumenshine of Kenai.

Residents enlist in Army

Clint R. Healy of Soldotna has enlisted in the United States Army and recently left for basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. After training, he will be stationed in Korea.

He is the son of Carla Dee Theiness of Galveston, Texas, and Richard L. Healy of Washington.

Michael R. Brown has enlisted in the U.S. Army and recently left for training at Fort Knox, Ky. He enlisted as a cavalry scout.

He is a 1997 graduate of Soldotna High School and the son of Diane M. Brown of Anchor Point and William K. Brown of Wilmington, Del.

Laura and Mark Best of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Haven Alexander Best, at 7:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Frontier Midwifery Birth Center in Soldotna.

He weighed 8 pounds, 12.25 ounces and measured 21 inches. His grandparents are Jimmy and Susan Best of Soldotna, Sandra and John Wibbens and Marvin and Connie Wahlgren, both of Bow, Wash.; great-grandparents Norman Best of Buckley, Wash., and LaVaun and Robert Tvenstrup of Anchorage.

Doug and Mary Blossom of Clam Gulch announce the birth of their daughter, Brittani Jenae Hunter, at 8:27 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

She weighed 8 pounds, 13.5 ounces and measured 20.75 inches. She joins brothers Brian, 13, Brad, 11, and Brendan "Boomer," 8. Her grandparents are Douglas and Mitzi Blossom of Clam Gulch and Lil Lamm of Kasilof.

Board members named

The Soldotna Historical Society's Board of Directors for 2001 are:

Jim Fisher, president;

Dick Reger, vice president;

Richard Brown, treasurer;

Alice Hopkins, secretary;

Barbara Jewell, corresponding secretary;

Colleen Fassler, member;

Marge Mullen, member;

Joanne Odom, member;

Katherine Parker, member; and

Mae Ciechanski, ex-officio member.

Ping pong tourney results

The results of the Soldotna Elks Club weekly ping pong tournament are:

First place -- Brannon Ames and Ray DeBardelaben

Second place -- Wayne Brooks and Skip Dove

Third place -- Joe Sczcesny and Gus Guenther

Fourth place -- Gary Brumley and Andy Sczcesny

The tournament, held every Wednesday night at the Elks Club in Soldotna, is open to anyone who'd like to play. There is a $5 entry fee, and partners are drawn at random before play begins. For more information, call Ray DeBardelaben at 262-7415.

Pratt Museum announces award winner

The Pratt Museum announces that Joe Lawlor and Cook Inlet Keeper were presented the Pratt Museum Natural History Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in areas of natural history that reflect the spirit and the purpose of the society.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

New exhibits coming soon

The Alaska SeaLife Center has a few new exhibits planned for this summer. A wall mural depicting species injured by the Exxon Valdez oil spill will be on display on the first floor. Each species will have a number key, and visitors will be able to use an audio wand to choose the species they are interested in and hear about the current status of and research on that species.

Also in the works is an interactive computer kiosk for the Animal ER exhibit. The kiosk will explain how satellite telemetry works, why it is used to track released animals and what scientists learn from the satellite data they retrieve.

It also will contain the latest location for information on a number of animals that have been released from the center with satellite tags.

Showin' Off the Kids results announced

The annual Showin' Off the Kids lip sync contest was held Feb. 24 at Soldotna High School. The winners are:

Category 1

First place: Makenzie Moore, kindergarten

Second place: Robbie Smithwick, second grade

Third place: Sarah Rawson, kindergarten

Judges choice: Alex Weyanel, Shelby Anglebrandt, Melissa Trotter and Riley Ellison, first grade

Category 2

First place: Brit Emery and Jordan Love, fifth grade

Second place: Jessica Turner, third grade

Third place: Amie Smithwick and Sadie Arneson, third grade

Judges choice: Michael Reese, Michelle Turner, Tauna Reese and Erin Jones, kindergarten and fifth grade

Category 3

First place: Erica Rawson, eighth grade

Second place: Sarah Smith, Brooke and Jenni Jackson, first, second and sixth grades

Third place: Brooke Hensley and Hannah Anderson, seventh grade

Judges choice: Chelsea and Celia Baird, eighth and sixth grade

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