Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Greetings from Kasilof.

Several days of sunny skies, warmer temperatures and gusty winds have melted inches of snowpack which in turn has made some mere puddles into great lakes, potholes of indeterminate depth and back roads into impromptu mud bogs. While I resent the sloppy conditions of breakup, I remind myself it is only temporary and eagerly await the end result, glorious springtime on the Kenai Peninsula.

Another sure sign of spring is the resonant, five note "whoo-hoo, hoo, hoo, hooing" of the great horned owl. These 18- to 25-inch birds of prey match and mate in early spring, typically in early March and their distinctive call can be heard in the dawn and dusk hours. Sometimes I play Karaoka with the ones in my backyard.

All Kasilof and Clam Gulch families are invited to bring their children to the seventh annual Wolk family Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. March 26 at the Tustumena Elementary School playground. Approximately 1,000 eggs will be hidden and prizes such as candy, books, toys and Jersey Sub tokens, donated by Kasilof residents Chris Fallon and Kathy Musick, will be sought by hunters ages 2 to 12.

Parents and community members talented in the art of stuffing and hiding eggs are more than welcome to volunteer their services. Call 252-1120 for more information.

The Tustumena Lodge and guest bartender Julie Soper invite the public to take part in the 15th annual Big T Easter scavenger hunt March 27. Sign-up is at noon and dinner will be served for hunt participants at 5 p.m. For further information, call 262-4216.

The Kasilof Eagles club invites the public to join them for traditional breakfast fare from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the clubhouse at the corner of Jason Street and North Cohoe.

Enjoy a visit with your neighbors this weekend.

The arrival of surveyors and the pink tape now adorning bushes and stakes adjacent to our existing bridge means that my neighbors and I on Crooked Creek and Running Water Avenue will soon have the added safety and ease of a new two-lane bridge over the creek.

Kasilof and Clam Gulch folks celebrating their birthdays this week are Nita Galloway, Gladys Casey, Ted Larsen, Reuben Kimball, Vera Olson, Clay Nelson, Jared Kruse, Sandey Yates Graham and Chris Baerresen (really).

A fond farewell to Cohoe homesteader and good neighbor, Jack Beesler. Jack died late last month.

Thanks, readers, for your encouragement, compliments and feedback, good and bad. If you have news, comments or event announcements do e-mail or call.

Until next week, "Erin go bragh, have a happy St.Patrick's Day.

Shawna Wolk can be reached by phone at 260-3152 or by email at swolk2001@yahoo.com

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