Good Monday Soldotna. If you haven't noticed, they're back! That's right, last week I spotted two motor homes, or, as I like to call them, land yachts. Granted, they had Alaska plates, but it is only a matter of time until we have visitors from all over. It was tempting to groan about the thought of clogged roadways, congested riverbanks and crowded campgrounds, but it is a great reminder that we live in a wonderful place so wonderful that people will travel thousands of miles to come and visit.
Still, with all of the cool outdoor activities available, I get to wishing for some big-city style entertainment. As luck would have it, Tuesday the Soldotna Sports Center figure skating team (and recent state champions) will present "Broadway Musicals on Ice." The show starts at 6 p.m. According to skating director, Madalyn McEwen, many famous shows such as "Annie," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Hairspray," "Grease," "Chicago," "The King and I," "Hello Dolly," "The Whiz," "Wicked" and many other Broadway hits will be spotlighted and are sure to be fun for the whole family. Tickets will be available at the door.
It is time for the bears to start emerging from their winter dens are you ready for them? If you would like to learn more about how to be a good neighbor to our large, furry fellow Kenai Peninsula residents, Larry Lewis of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will present "Living with Bears" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai River Center at Mile 1.6 Funny River Road, Soldotna. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jan Yaeger at 260-4882, ext. 23, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will host an open house for the newly completed and handicapped-accessible Fireweed Villa senior apartment complex, located directly behind the center.
The American Cancer Society will host its 10th annual Relay for Life Mardi Gras kickoff party at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Aspen Hotel. The event is sponsored by Aspen Hotels, Carl's Jr. and Green Burrito restaurants. There will be free refreshments and prizes. They welcome everyone to come by for more information, register a team or find out the many ways to support the May 30 and 31 annual Relay for Life event. For more information, call Amy Manuel at 394-1832 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also at the sports center this week, the Peninsula Brown Bears will challenge Minnesota's Alexandria Blizzard at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call the Soldotna Sports Center at 262-3151.
Happy birthday wishes to John Jenson on March 11; Jewell Wall on March 12; Marion Wilson on March 13; and Mary Rumfieldon March 14.
This week's Soldotna Spenard Builder's Supply reader board message is "A Child who knows how to pray, work and think is already half educated."
Alexander decorated for service
Army Sgt. Clint D. Alexander has returned to Alaska after being deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Alexander is assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Anchorage.
Sgt. Alexander has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. He also was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge.
He is the son of Virginia J. Alexander of Soldotna and husband to Kylan.
Soldotna resident Shiloh A. Schlung was named to the dean's list at Boston University.
Soldotna babies announced
* April and Justin Lunsford of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Delilah Grace, at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.
She weighed 8 pounds.
She joins sister, Isabella Marie.
* Monica and George Grinestaff of Soldotna announce the birth of their, daughter, Ruth Margaret, at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.
She weighed 9 pounds and 6 punces.
She joins brothers, Jacob, Levi, Joseph, Benjamin, David, Ethan, and sisters, Rachel and Rebekah.
Her grandparents are Dave and Melinda Osburn and George and Laura Grindstaff.
Scholarship winners announced
Winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial scholarship program are first place, Les Baker of Soldotna High School, $300; second place, Eric Dolphin of Soldotna High School, $200; and third place, Alyse Staley of Soldotna High School, $100.
The first-place winner's entry will be entered into state level judging to compete for the $1,000 scholarship award.
Elks table tennis results
The following are the results of the Soldotna Elks table tennis tournaments:
* Feb. 22 Gary Brumley and Darin Jones won the Soldotna Elks Lodge's doubles table tennis tournament. Steve Anderson and Matt Faris placed second, and Bob Sizemore and Joe Szczesny placed third.
* Feb. 28 Matt Faris and Steve Anderson won the doubles table tennis tournament. Darin Jones and Gary Brumley placed second, and Todd Eskelin and Chad Botirius placed third.
* March 6 Bob Sizemore and Tom Monnie won the doubles table tennis tournament. Matt Faris and Joe Szczesny placed second, and Gary Brumley and Steve Anderson placed third.
Hero of the Week
The Elks hold tournaments Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Bob at 262-5130.
On Feb. 24, I experienced a near fatal allergic reaction. As we started off for Soldotna about 3 a.m. (we live 35 minutes out of town) we realized I needed immediate help.
My husband called 911 and we were extremely fortunate to learn that this was only the second night that the Funny River fire station was manned. An ambulance met us within 10 minutes.
The EMT provided excellent assistance for a half hour until another ambulance arrived. They also provided another half hour of rescue work before transporting me to the Central Peninsula Hospital emergency room. Once there I again received professional, caring and good-humored assistance as they were able to stabilize me. I ended up spending three days in the hospital.
I just want to thank everyone the EMTs, the nurses, respiratory therapists and aides and doctors who provided excellent care. Your new facility is wonderful and I am extremely impressed with the staff. I wish I could remember all of the names, but I at least want you all to know how grateful I am.
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