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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Charlotte's Kenai Catering plans Easter Bunny Brunch
Want to meet the Easter Bunny in person? This will be the year to do it thanks to Steve and Bobbi England, owners of Charlotte's Kenai Catering. Kenai Catering will be offering a full Easter Brunch at the Kenai Merit Inn this Easter Sunday, April 4th. "We invite you to celebrate Easter with your family and friends, and bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny," England told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, "The buffet will feature Hickory Smoked Ham, Alaskan Seafood Strudel, Rosemary Pork Tenderloin, Garlic Herb Chicken Breast, and Peel & Eat shrimp, as well as traditional brunch fare such as cheese blintzes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, and sausage. There will also be fresh fruit, salads, and breakfast breads and fabulous freshly prepared desserts," added England. The Brunch will be open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kenai Merit Inn, 260 S Willow and reservations will be available in advance due to limited seating.

Italian Vegetable Soup
1 pound ground beef

Fresh, new and a surprise, or two: Waiting at a Market Near You
Wanting to use nothing but baby Vidala onions in a couple of my "to try" recipes, I've had to wait until spring, when Vidalias are harvested, to make "Zucchini Patties with Feta" and "Fresh Dill Salad," from The Fresh Market's "25th Anniversary The Fresh Market & Friends Cookbook. So, from the moment the onions were first spotted at Hilton Head Island's The Fresh Market, the wheels were set in motion to prepare a meal I'd been thinking about for months. Besides perfect onions, the market also had everything else I required for the recipes -- a spectacular bundle of fresh dill (a memember of the carrot family), brightly-colored orange carrots (with their feathery green tops still intact), zucchini (free of nicks and scrapes), and some very nice cucumbers. At this point, I was ready to leave the produce section and venture over to the dairy case for Greek yogurt for the salad, when something totally unexpected caught my eye. There, just beyond the produce, amongst flowers like tulips, lilies and irises, were bunches of pussy willows, a vision I've not seen in a very, very long time. Onions notwithstanding, in that moment, I knew spring had arrived. Yes, for sure, it was spring, and the wait for zucchini patties, finally over.

Zucchini Patties with Feta Cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil

Fresh Dill Salad
1 cup Greek yogurt

Health foundation allows camp to blast off
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) would like to express our deepest thanks to the Central Peninsula Health Foundation's (CPHF) support of our summer Cosmic Adventure Camps. Last year we earned American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation, and this year the ACA required that all accredited camps have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site. CLCA is a non-profit organization that does not receive any regular city, borough, state, or federal funding, and we work to keep our costs as low as possible. Through CPHF's generous donation, we were able to secure an AED without having to absorb the costs or pass it onto camper families. In fact, CPHF's generous sponsorship allows us to continue offering our camps to Alaska's youth and families for the least possible out-of-pocket cost to them. Additionally, while the AED is required for our summer camp accreditation, it is available in the facility year round. Thank you very much CPHF for your support!

All Alaska Gas Line good for Peninsula
Homer Electric Assoc. recently announced an increase in rates of approximately 16 percent. I decided to look into what causes this. Mainly the increase is a "pass through" cost of fuel adjustment from Chugach Electrical Assoc. The proposed Independent Light Program that HEA proposes looks like a good way to give us better control of our costs. By installing the steam unit in Nikiski, we can get about 18 megawatts of power without using any more Natural Gas. The addition of turbines in Soldotna will add to our capacity enough that we will be independent of Chugach Electric, and not dependent on the ageing transmission line that ties us to them. This line is old and in need of up grades, so why not spend the money on turbines here in our own back yard.

Fire on Big Eddy
Central Emergency Services is investigating the cause of a chimney fire that burned part of a Big Eddy Road home Tuesday morning.

KNWR gets new manager: Loranger makes long-awaited return to the Kenai Peninsula
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a new manager, Andy Loranger, and he's no stranger to Alaska or the Kenai Peninsula.

Bryan Wayne Weber
Former Kenai resident Bryan Wayne Weber, 52, a law enforcement officer, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont., from cancer.

Carol Mary (Vath) Moss
Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Carol Mary (Vath) Moss, 85, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Carol Mary (Vath) Moss
Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Carol Mary (Vath) Moss, 85, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Around the Peninsula
The KPC Phi Theta Kappa and KPC Showcase lecture with Fulbright Scholar Dr. Asma Al-Kitbi was held Monday.

Volunteers needed for Kenai triathlon
The Kenai triathlon is currently seeking volunteers for all three events. The race will be held Sunday, June 13. If interested and/or for more information, go to trithekenai.com or send an e-mail to volunteer@trithekenai.com.

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