Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Have you made the transition into daylight-saving time yet? It might take a few days to lose that "out of sync" feeling.

Along with our joyous journey into spring comes the inexorable march towards April 15, when all of our tax struggles must be surmounted and bundled into a neat form to mail or e-file. If you need extra tax forms, they are usually available at Kenai Community Library.

If you are a senior citizen, you can visit the AARP Web site for information on tax preparation, law changes and where the area AARP tax-aide site is in our community.

Everyone can use the tax preparation checklist on the H and R Block Web site to get you started on completing your taxes at www. or visit, an Internal Revenue Service Web site that has all the forms, publications and information you may need to complete your taxes, whether you are filing as an individual or for business.

A sure sign of spring is the note in my e-mail from Kenai Central High School coach Jim Beeson with the announcement that his football team is looking for odd jobs in the community to make money for football camp.

They are willing to do just about anything from sweeping parking lots, to raking yards, to clearing lots and anything else people need strong young men to help with. Coach Beeson also will work with the boys.

To schedule your work party or for more information, call 283-7524 or 283-4285.

First Thursday events in Kenai this week include a reception for ceramic artist Libby Berezin at the Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts on Forest Drive from 6 to 7 p.m.; the Midnight Sun Trio will play from 5 to 7 p.m. at Already Read books; David and Keeley Boyle with their music at Veronica's Coffee House beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the Kenai Peninsula Borough student exhibit will be on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center until 7 p.m., with its opening reception Friday night; and an exhibit by Jim Evenson, as well as the quilters exhibit is still on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. Make Thursday your day of culture.

Attention, families with young children. Frontier Community Services Early Intervention, Kenai Public Health and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will offer free developmental screenings for children ages birth through 5 at the Kenai Public Health Office, 630 Barnacle Way, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

They will screen your child's movement, speech and language skills, social development, early learning concepts and vision and hearing acuity. A public health nurse will be available to update your child's immunizations. To make an appointment, call 262-3144, ext. 227.

Area members of the Embroiderer's Guild of America Inc. and people who do or would like to learn needlework might be interested in starting a local needlework group.

Call Mary E. Lane at 262-8839 if you would like to help start a group here.

Have you ever thought about sharing your home with a high school student from another country? AFS, a foreign exchange student organization, is wanting to place students who will attend Kenai Central High School next year. Call Ms. Sievert at KCHS if you'd like more information.

Belated birthday wishes for Barbara Durocher, Kenny Tyler, Mary Glynn Walters and Paul Coulter, whose big day was Friday, and Betty Coulter, who celebrated Sunday. Nedra Evenson's birthday was Monday.

Happy birthday today to Deanna Beauchamp and Steven Peterson; Wednesday: Joyce Hernandez; Thursday: John Pierson and Dee Hamilton; Friday: Rose Wheeler, Willie Shugak and Jean Brockel; Saturday: Ed Goggia, Steve Hillyer, Maurice Stearn and Laura Munroe; Sunday: Heather Dukowitz and Robert Lee; and Monday: Linda Bierdeman, Kierstin Carlson, Taylor Lovett and Shelly Scarlett.

A point to ponder as you finish your breakfast: "Moments are the molecules of eternity. Our lives are the sum totals of our decisions. We should pay more attention to what we are, than to what we do." Neal A. Maxwell

Consider making a pledge for the KDLL public radio. Call 283-8433 to renew your membership.

Also, if you pay with a credit card charge of $91.90 or over, Country Foods, Peterkin Distributors, Safeway of Kenai and Soldotna and Fred Meyer have committed to donating food per each credit payment to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

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