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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tsunami warning test planned

A statewide test of the tsunami warning communications system will be conducted at 9:45 a.m. today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The test will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local TV and radio stations and residents in some communities will hear warning sirens.

To avoid confusion with an actual alert, the test will be canceled if excessive seismic activity occurs 24 hours before the test.

Legislative town hall meeting on tap

Kenai Peninsula residents will have an opportunity to speak in an open forum town hall meeting with legislators at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers on Binkley St. in Soldotna. Sen. Tom Wagoner and Reps. Mike Chenault and Kurt Olson are scheduled to take part.

Toddler Fair planned

Sterling Elementary School and Sterling Head Start are hosting a Toddler Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Sterling Elementary School gym. The fair is designed for children ages 2 to 6 and their parents.

Pre-school round-up for Head Start and kindergarten round-up for the elementary school will take place during the fair, so parents should come prepared to register their children for school if they wish.

Registration for the 2009-10 school year will be from March 28 to April 1. Parents or guardians need to bring their child's shot record and birth certificate to register. Kindergarten visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. April 1 and is open to all children who are considering starting kindergarten at Sterling Elementary School in the fall.

For more information, parents are encouraged to attend the toddler fair, or call the office at 262-4944 to schedule an appointment with the principal, Christine Ermold.

Bears to feed people

All fans of the Kenai River Brown Bears are invited to the Second Annual Awards spaghetti dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The event will feature prizes, photos and player autographs as well as a jersey auction of green "away" jerseys. The event is for the entire family. For more information, call Gwen Johnson at 283-2799.

Wildfire season approaches

Wildfire season begins April 1, and burning permits are required in most areas for open burning of brush, grass, slash, and yard debris. Although many areas still have snowcover, it's important to understand that nearly all early-season wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula burn around patches of snow, catching people off guard, according to the Division of Forestry. Cured, dry grass becomes ignitable within a day of being exposed to sun and wind. As the snow begins to melt, fire awareness should rise.

Ongoing slash burning must be permitted if piles are still burning after April 1. Information about burning permits is available on Forestry's Web site,

Permits for small pile burning are available online. Large burns require an inspection prior to permitting; to schedule an appointment, call 260-4260 or 907-235-7734.

LeeShore fundraiser dinner set to dish

A gala dinner hosted by Charlotte's Catering, dancing to music by Bull Don and The Moose Nuggets and silent auction will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. April 4 at the Kenai Merit Inn. Tickets cost is $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit The LeeShore Center. For more information or tickets, call 776-5220 or 262-3908.

Waterfowl group offers scholarships

Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the Class of 2009. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and plan to attend a community college, university or vocational school in Alaska. Each applicant must complete and submit a one-page essay on the topic, "Why is it necessary to maintain waterfowl habitat in Alaska and why this is important to you." The deadline to apply is April 15. The awards will be based primarily on the essay. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A copy of the application and list of other requirements can be obtained from school guidance counselors or downloaded from the scholarship section of

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