Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Sing this with me: "It's beginning to look a lot like breakup. Everywhere you go," and so on. Our driveway is actually visible, and most of the snow has avalanched off the roof onto our walkway, so that's gotta be a true sign of impending spring. Plus, not only is this St. Patrick's Day week, but Easter will fall in March this year, too.

We'd better start digging out our garden tools, because it's only a matter of time now before we need them.

The Social Security representative will be at the Kenai City Hall from noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday. He will see clients on a first come, first served basis, just so you know.

will be held Thursday at Paradisos Restaurant's banquet room at 5:30 p.m. This is an educational opportunity provided by Central Peninsula General Hospital for anyone interested in health issues.

The speaker will be ophthalmologist Pete Cannava, M.D., who will discuss nutrients and eye health and innovations in cataract surgery. The cost is $10 per person and includes the meal. To make reservations, call 714-4500 or e-mail

Did you know they have a Russian story time Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the Kenai library? Bring your kids and check it out. More information is available at 283-4378.

One year from this month, the Arctic Winter Games will be held on the peninsula. If you would like to volunteer, call the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. This truly is an enterprise that will take the whole village to make it successful.

There are many jobs that need to be done in order to make this a spectacular event. Check in and see where you can fit. Call 283-7989 for options.

A Business After Hours Chamber of Commerce mixer will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at First National Bank of Alaska in Kenai. Stop by and allow the hosts to share information about their organization.

Welcome to the world to little JaLeen Lemomi Gattenby, born Feb. 24 in Soldotna to Janet and Lee Gattenby. JaLeen entered the world with beautiful big brown eyes and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. She joins siblings, Jacob and Aaron Gattenby and Jacit Conright. Grandparents are Bill and Nancy Egbert of Nikiski. Lee is a member of the Kenai police force and Janet is an employee at the Nikiski pool. We congratulate them on the happy addition to their family.

The local Red Hat Society will march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Soldotna on Thursday at 4 p.m. Be sure to wear your regalia and meet the group at Bailey's Furniture Store so you can walk with sister Kenai River Reds (and some Pinks) and we ain't salmon group members.

The annual St. Patrick's Day party will be at noon Thursday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Join them for a party with food, Irish laughter and some great greenery. Dinner for seniors costs $4, and the company is priceless.

The Kenai Performers are offering a behind-the-scenes workshop Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. It will focus on costuming, makeup, set construction, stage combat and lighting. Fees are $10 per class. Call Jodene McAulliffe at 262-4855.

Birthday greetings go out this week to the following Kenai residents: Today: Ray Voth and Gladys Casey; Wednesday: Irvin Evenson, Roy Robison, Carol Leeper, Sharon Wilson, and a special 75th birthday wish to my fine neighbor, Bill Rackley; Thursday: Kelsey Booth; Friday: Robert Barnette and Lisa Rochon; Saturday: Mary Sanders, Kathryn Searle and Doris Williams; Sunday: Nadine Gabbett, Anita Necessary, Jeanne Kovacovich, Reece Nunez and Brittany Briggs; Monday: Mark Barnette, Gordon Baktuit, Cameron Smith and Ted Titus.

My quote to ponder this week comes from Dr. Phil McGraw, on the subject of curing negative behavior: "If it costs you something to do it, you'll stop doing it."

Meanwhile, think spring.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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