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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Hoppy Easter: Spring revival: Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and a cake called "Mary Ann"
There's a closet in my kitchen devoted entirely to baking pans. It wasn't designed for that purpose but sort of happened when my collection of cake pans, muffin tins and Kuglehopfs outgrew the space that now holds the Tupperware collection inherited from my mother. Every once in while, and especially in spring, I venture to the back of that closet and discover a pan long retired, or one that's not been used at all. And, so began the revival of a still-wrapped egg-shaped cake pan purchased from Williams-Sonoma, in 1999, and the Chicago Metallic 10-cup Mary Ann cake pan picked up in a thrift shop a few years back. The recipe printed on the egg pan label produced fun egg-shaped cakes, ideal for filling with confections like whipped cream or lemon curd, and the Mary Ann pan turned out a large chocolate cake equally attractive as delicious. Already an edible artform, these cakes won't require much more to make them appear special for the Easter holiday, except perhaps for the company of some daffodils and a bunny. A chocolate bunny. One with ears, a tail, and a good nose for homemeade cake.

Glazed Egg- Shaped Butter Cakes
A version of this recipe appeared on the label for a Chicago Metallic egg pan. Once sold by Williams- Sonoma, the tin holds nine (-cup) wells.

Good luck is here for Alaska
Great news for Alaskans who value the governorship of Egan, Hammond, or Hickel. Great opportunity is here for high school graduates, home builders, teachers, small business owners, Alaska's major industries, and support business. Year-round Alaska families clearly see we need better, more confident leadership for our state. Bill Walker, candidate for governor is the best choice for us. Here's why:

2 plead guilty in 'flamethrower' incident
The two men accused of setting a 5-year-old boy's head on fire with a "redneck flamethrower" in Anchor Point last year pleaded guilty in superior court last week.

Report: Volcano eruption response good with a chance of improvement
One year after Mount Redoubt erupted, the National Weather Service released a largely complimentary critique of their response to the disaster, but pointed to several things they could have done better.

Troopers still sniffing for clues in pot bust
Alaska State Troopers are still investigating a large marijuana grow discovered off Tower Circle in Seward on March 20.

Felt waders banned
Anglers with felt-soled waders have two more years to spring a leak before they'll have to turn them in.

Man sentenced for sex abuse of foster child
A Soldotna man was given a 34-month prison sentence Wednesday in superior court for sexually abusing a girl he had taken in as a foster child.

Everett W. Hewitt
Soldotna resident Mr. Everett W. Hewitt, 49, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna due to lung cancer with his family by his side.

Mary E. Carmichael
Mary E. Carmichael, 90, of Victoria, Kan., died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at St. John's nursing home in Victoria.

Scrutiny part of the process
Homer Electric Association's interest in pursuing a plan to build and own power generation facilities is creating questions among some of our members. This is exactly what should be expected from a healthy and vibrant cooperative.

Around the Peninsula

Immunization clinic hours extended

Mike's call: 3 refs should be used for every basketball game at state
During my six days courtside at the state basketball tournament in Anchorage, I covered two Class 4A schools and four 2A schools. One major difference that jumped out at me -- besides the number of subs on the bench -- was the number of referees.

Poet's Corner

Broken Morning

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

SoHi teacher's original show playing this weekend
When Mike Druce wants to put on a show he just writes a script.

'Bounty Hunter' skips bail
I had assumed that Kevin Smith, in his debacle "Cop Out" of a couple of weeks ago, was unique in his misguided desire to return to the glory of 1980's action comedies. Not so, apparently, as Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler proved this weekend with the completely predictable, completely pointless buddy/chick pic, "The Bounty Hunter." This movie worked in 1988 when it was called "Midnight Run" and starred Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin. Twenty-two years later, this current tale of a deadbeat ex-cop who is delighted at the chance to apprehend his oblivious ex-wife falls completely flat.

Arts Briefs

Youth art show seeks entries

Ice Hawks win state title
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Bantam U-14 ice hockey team won the 2009-10 Alaska State Hockey Association Bantam Tier III State Championship on Monday.

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