Letters to the Editor

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2003

Birthday party for Dr. Seuss is wild, wonderful library affair

On March 2, the Kenai Community Library celebrated Read Across America with a birthday party for Dr. Seuss.

Through a generous grant from Conoco-Phillips, a wild celebration occurred in the library. A total of 247 people attended. Storyteller Carol Ford performed "Horton Hears a Who." Eleven-year-old Maya Chey was her opening act, performing a Dr. Seuss short story. Amanda North was "The Cat in the Hat," signing certificates of participation.

The Cake Lady created a masterpiece of Horton landing on the Cat, "just dropping in for Dr. Seuss's birthday." Prizes were awarded to all attending children, including plush "Cat in the Hats," Seuss cocoa mugs, finger puppets, bookmarks, tattoos and stickers.

I would like to thank everyone that worked to make this event a success. It is through their generous spirits that the birthday party was a success.

Corey Hall

Youth Services

Kenai Community Library

Mock Trial Teams say thanks to volunteers for their help

The Soldotna High School Mock Trial teams would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who have helped us this year. Each of these individuals gave freely of their time and expertise and we could not have experienced the success we had without them.

Our attorney coach this year was Dale Dolifka, our assistant coach was Eric Soderquist, and our chaperone and official photographer was Dorothy Gray.

We would also like to thank two individuals though they were not with us this year have helped over the years getting us to this point: Police Chief Shirley Gifford and attorney Allan Beiswenger.

We also would like to thank the administration of Soldotna High School for their support. We are thrilled to have won the state championship and are proud to represent our school, our community, and our state at the National Mock Trial tournament in New Orleans in May.

LaDawn Druce

SoHi Mock Trial coach

4-H appreciates Soldotna resident's time and video expertise

The 4-H Junior Market Livestock Program would like to thank Mr. Paul Gray of Gray Video Productions for his time and expertise in helping edit a video that tells about our program. He not only helped, he did so with grace and a wonderful smile!

Thank you, Mr. Gray, for the wonderful stories you tell of Alaska through your engaging videos!

For 4-H,

Nancy Veal

4-H/Youth Development Agent

AARP says thanks to all those who participated in Village Fair

AARP would like to thank every one who helped to make the Village Fair a success again this year. And thanks to all who stopped by Chapter No. 745's table for information and literature and to everyone who took time to fill out the information form.

Cynthia Upton from Kasilof won the $50 dinner for two at Peninsula Steak House. Her name was drawn from all the returned forms.

Kenai Peninsula Chapter No. 745 meets the third Thursday of every month at the Kenai Senior Center.

See you next year.

Vivian Swanson

Kenai Peninsula Chapter No. 745, AARP

Groups take CAN-do attitude toward conquering hunger

CANstruction was a big hit this year with four great entries. CANstruction was a wonderful example of teamwork. We really appreciate the Peninsula Center Mall hosting the CANstruc-tion event and want to thank Jim Mooing of Martin Mines for taking care of all the arrangements.

We also are grateful to Fire Marshal Gary Hale,and Central Emergency Services for loaning us the delineators and "caution" ribbon to make our CANstruction Zone safe for everyone!

Thank you to all those who purchased and donated food to make CANstruction 2003 possible. A total of 1,516 pounds of food was collected to help feed the hungry on the peninsula. CANstruction participants used their energy and imagination to help feed the hungry by using non-perishable foods to create original sculptures for this fun-filled food drive competition.

We extend a special thanks to our volunteer judges, Rick Abbott, Mavis Blazey-Lancaster, Soldotna Mayor David Carey, Tammy Kraxberger and Treece Tappan. Their thoughtful consideration of each CANstruction entry was greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Scout Troop 672 on winning the "Kids Can Too" and "Judges' Choice" awards. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Stephen Noble worked with his troop to construct a super Vegetable Soup Castle. Thank you to Scout Master Ed Daly; adult leaders, Robert Crowell, Mary Glaves, Pat Noble, Gary Williams and Margaret Williams; and Scouts, Charles Crowell, Zachary Daly, Martin Glaves, Richard Hatt, Ryan Hatt, Stephen Noble and Garret Williams!

Mary Arness, Jim and Gladys Deer, Ken Haakenson, Vonnie Hanlin, Pat Hutson, Jeanetta Johnson and Janel Murphy from Alaska Communication Systems teamed up with John Dombovy, Sally Hoagland, Debbie Hutson, Jenni Mishler and Charlotte Young from Enstar to create a very timely and attractive dogsled entry. Their entry made hitting the trail look like fun! It won the "Best AlasCAN Theme" award and the "CAN-Do" award for the most cans/packages used.

The "Ton-O-Tin" award went to Michelle Hoffman, Mitch Michaud, Amy Milburn, Meg Mueller, Mike Odegard and Sue True of the Kenai USDA office for their entry that made effective use of label colors to create a display spelling out USDA. We extend a heavy duty thank you for demonstrating how we CAN all fight hunger!

By popular vote, the Kasilof Community Church youth group's entry was chosen for the "People's Choice" award. Their CAN-oo (canoe) rode peacefully upon the waters at a CANstruction dock while awaiting just the right fisherman to use the CAN of worms and fishing pole.

Thanks to all of the CANstruction participants for exhibiting that AlasCAN spirit of caring for others! We will look forward to CANning together again next year.

Peggy Moore

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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