Community News

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Jason Johnson

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth?

Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

The Community page is a way to highlight activities and events that happen with a photo. If your group or organization has a photo of an event to share, submit the photo and the following information for print: Who took the photo, who's in it, when and where it was taken, a brief description of what's happening, and a name and phone number in case we have questions.

Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Mondays. Submissions are printed in the order they are received and as space is available. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241.

Kids' activities sought

The Clarion is seeking information for its annual Just Kidding section with listings of summer events for youth. Organizations, businesses, individuals or churches planning summer events open to area youth May 18 through Aug. 18 may submit activities.

Information needed: Name or group or organization; age of youth who may attend; time of activity; date of activity and deadline for registration; place activity will be held including address; cost of activity and/or fees; contact name and phone number for people to call; e-mail address (optional); Web address (optional); and a brief description of the activity. The deadline to submit information is April 30.

E-mailed submissions are required. E-mail Just Kidding information to In the subject line write Just Kidding. For more information, call Nancianna Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at

Reunions slated

The following reunions are planned:

* KCHS, 1979 -- 30th reunion will be held June 19 through 21. Classmates addresses and contact information is sought. For more information, e-mail Sandra at

* Skyview, 1999 -- 10th reunion will be held July 17 through 19. Classmates may e-mail planners their physical address and phone number at, and or e-mail

* SoHi, 1989 -- 20th reunion will be held July 24, 25 and 26. Classmates are invited to share ideas and gather former student's phone numbers and addresses. Updates are being posted on Facebook. Search for Sohi class of 89. Contact Stacey Herr at 260-3747, Barbara Shipps at 283-4030, Brooke Straume at 394-2938 or Kelly Griebel at 398-7293 or for more information.

* KCHS, Nikiski 1989 -- A joint 20th reunion will be held Aug. 8. For more information or if you know of lost classmates, contact Sheila (Pollard) Best at 260-6999, Stacie Krause at 252-3086, Penny Power at, Rodney Peterkin at, Sheila Best at, e-mail or visit

* USS Maddox Destroyer Assoc. (DD-168, DD-622 and DD731)-- Sept. 9-13 in Phoenix. For more information, contact Cliff Gillespie, 2118 Hines Road, Jennings, La., 70546, call 337-616-8450 or e-mail

Lacrosse club seeks volunteers

The Central Peninsula Lacrosse Club is looking for a couple of people to run a middle school lacrosse program. Interested community members may e-mail,

Youth bereavement camp offered

Applications are available for Hospice of the Central Peninsula's Camp Mend-A-Heart, a free bereavement camp for children ages 6 through 12 years old. The camp will be held Aug. 17, 18 and 19 at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

Limited space is available. Deadline for applications is April 13.

For more information or an application, call Hospice at 262-0453.


Tops group meets

Tops AK No. 220 meets in Kasilof on Thursdays at CES Station No. 6 at Mile 110 on the Sterling Highway. Weigh-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 252-3436 or 262-7319.

Immunization fundraiser continues

In conjunction with his race to Nome in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt, and his wife, Evy, are collecting pledges to benefit the Soldotna Rotary Club's "Rotary To Rural" program.

The campaign supports immunization programs in rural Alaska. Pledges matching the 1,000 miles that Paul raced in the Iditarod are being accepted through Tuesday.

For more information, visit and view the "Rotary to Rural" tab, or call Evy at 398-1481.


Mills become grandparents

Cathrine Jael Mills and Christopher Owen Cushman of Homer announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Alexander Cushman, at 7:49 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces. His grandparents are Karen and Chuck Cushman of Anchorage and Mary Jane and Jeff Mills of Kenai.

Watkins named to dean's list

Hannah Christine Watkins of Kenai was named to the dean's list at the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester.

Watkins is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering and is a graduate of Kenai Central High School.

She is the daughter of Jed and Chris Watkins of Kenai.

Library events slated

The Kenai Community Library regular hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 163 Main Street Loop. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit

Library fundraisers planned

The Friends of the Kenai Community Library will host an Afternoon High Tea fundraiser, catered by Charlotte's, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Merit Inn. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available as advance sales only at the Kenai Community Library or from library board members.

Senior events planned

The Kenai Senior Center located at 361 Senior Court will host the following events: Monday -- Exercise at 9 a.m., Grow Stronger and line dancing at 10 a.m., Wii games at 11 a.m. and pinochle at 12:30 p.m.; and Tuesday -- Strong Women at 9 a.m., TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bingo at 12:30 p.m., bridge at 12:35 p.m. and bowling at 1 p.m.

Menus (all meals include, soup, salad bar and choice of beverage: Monday -- Chinese chicken salad, egg roll, rice and dessert; and Tuesday -- baked ham, acorn squash, mixed veggies, corn bread and dessert.

Outdoor soccer registration begins

The Boys and Girls Club is taking registrations for outdoor soccer for ages 4 years old through 12th grade. The cost varies with age. Players must be a 2009 member. The deadline is at 5 p.m. April 24 at the Kenai Recreation Center. Coaches and referees are needed.

For more information, call 283-3318.

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. Saturday 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.

Immunization clinics available

The Kenai Public Health Center offers walk-in immunization clinics from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the center and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Cottonwood Clinic in Soldotna. For more information, call 335-3400.

A special immunization walk-in clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at 630 Barnacle Way, Kenai. Parents are reminded to bring their child's immunization records. Call 335-3400 for more information.

Cribbage tourney continues

The Cook Inlet Lions annual cribbage tournament is held at 3 p.m. Saturdays through this week at the 902 Cook St. in Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.


Seniors plan fundraisers

The Nikiski Senior Center will hold the following fundraisers:

* Two Alaska Airline tickets (up to 40,000 air miles per ticket). Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will be held May 1. Need not be present to win.

* "Children Of Alaska" queen size quilt raffle. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held June 20. Need not be present to win.

For more information, call 776-7654.

Pool, rec center offer events

The following events will be offered at the Nikiski pool and the Nikiski Community Recreation Center:

* Teen Night at the recreation center from 7 to 10 Friday. Activities include open gym, basketball, Teen Center, movies, popcorn and more. For teens ages 13 to 18 years old. The cost is $2 per participant.

* The recreation center is starting a free book exchange. Community members who have books they would like to donate may drop them by the center or the pool. All appropriate books in good condition will be accepted and appreciated.

* The recreation center will offer arts and crafts classes from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Fridays for first- through sixth-graders. The cost $3 per session.

* The recreation center offers; women's gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, the cost is $1; teen gym from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, the cost is $1; family gym from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, the cost is $1; home-school gym from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the cost is $1; full swing golf from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, call for fee amount; and teen center from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for students ages 13 through 18 years old students, the cost is $1.


Senior events slated

The Sterling Senior Center will host the following events: Monday -- Exercise at 10 a.m.; and Tuesday -- quilting at 10 a.m.

Menus (meals include, soup, bread, rolls, salad and dessert): Monday -- Teriyaki chicken, steamed rice and vegetables; and Tuesday -- chili dogs and Jo Jos.

For more information on center events and menus, call 262-6808.


Kauffman to represent Alaska

Alex Kauffman, a junior at Soldotna High School has been awarded an all expense paid summer study trip to Germany.

Kauffman was one of 26,00 students to compete for a study trip prize and one of 44 students to win.

Kauffman also will go on excursions of cultural and historic interest while in Germany.

He is the son of Jim and Lois Kauffman.

Johnson graduates

Jason Johnson of Soldotna graduated in December with a masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

He is the son of Robert and Laurie Johnson and a 1999 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Winners of American Flag Poetry program announced

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 announce the winners of its flag poetry program.

Fourth grade winners were all from Aurora Borealis Charter School. The first place winner and recipient of $20 was Savannah Clark; second place winner, Jackson J. Meyer, received $15; and the third place winner, Becki Power, received $10.

Coreson joins Navy

Navy Seaman Recruit Thomas F. Coreson, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Coreson completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". The exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

He is the son of Kimberly J. and Robbert A. Coreson of Soldotna and a 2008 graduate of Skyview High School of Soldotna.

Senior activities set

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center located at 197 W. Park Ave., will host the following events this week: Monday -- art class at 10 a.m. and dancing at 10:30 a.m.; and Tuesday -- board meeting at 12:30 p.m. and cards and board games at 1 p.m.

Menus (meals include, bread, rolls and beverage: Monday -- herbed filled pollack, garden rice, sliced carrots and chocolate pudding; and Tuesday -- Spaghetti with meat sauce, vegetables, garlic bread and assorted pies.

Women's barbershop strikes a chord

A women's barbershop chorus will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Church of God in Soldotna on the corner of Binkley and Redoubt Avenue.

For more information, call Helena at 262-4504 or Susan at 335-6789.

Safety Day planning continues

Nancy Mitchell's State Farm office is gearing up for the 2009 Soldotna Safety Days event May 16. Parties interested in participating should call Nancy Mitchell at 262-4440.

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