Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Soldotna seems to be affected by an outbreak of blue and pink hair. The first case was reported by Michelle Stenseng, a technician, who raised over $500 and fulfilled her pledge to cut her hair short and dye it Komen pink.

Then Kathy Lopeman, oncology nurse, has dyed her hair Polaris blue for the run. Dave Gilbreath, CEO of Central Peninsula General Hospital, then pledged that if an additional $2,000 was raised, he, too, would sport a head of Polaris blue hair.

Great job to the hospital's successful fund-raising drive for the Way Out Women Ride to fight cancer. They have raised over $2,500. I heard the hair color only lasts for several weeks, but others may benefit from the helping fund for a lifetime.

The Dine and Discuss Program will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Ophthalmologist Pete Cannava, M.D. will present Nutrients and Your Eye Health and Innovations in Cataract Surgery.

The cost is $10 per person. For more information, the location or to make a reservation, call 714-4500 or e-mail

If you know of anyone interested in becoming a child passenger safety technician, training dates are scheduled for April.

Interested community members should call Jane Fellman at 714-4539. Fellman is the coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula SAFE KIDS for the central peninsula area.

Peninsula Take A Break will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Solid Rock Conference Center. The meeting is open to the public. The cost is $8 and free child care is provided.

For more information, call Carolyn at 262-4214 or Linda at 262-4996.

Just a reminder that the St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bailey's Furniture and will continue down the Kenai Spur Highway to the "Y."

Call the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce for complete details on the St. Patrick's Day dinner, auction and fireworks display.

Hats off to the following community organizations for their contributions: The Performing Arts Society for the wonderful concert featuring the Turtle Island String Quartet; the Soroptimists International of the Kenai who held its annual Young Woman's conference and the dynamite presenters who volunteered their time; and I cannot leave out Bridges, for all the services it provided to the community at the Village Fair.

Spenard Builders Supply weekly quote is: "Do not pray for a lighter load but for a stronger back."

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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