Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

There is so much daylight left after 5 p.m. that I don't exactly know what to do with it all. It seems rather wasteful to not do something productive with it. I could justify being an after-dinner slug when it was dark by that time, but now the guilt kicks in and I remember how we all whined about the darkness.

Same thing in the morning. The sun shines in my eyes when I try to sleep under the crossword puzzle. Me thinks there is some serious behavior modification that needs to be done here.

Kenai neighbors might be interested in checking out a sport that gives you a workout in the fresh air and is open to folks ages 14 on up, it is rowing. The Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association will hold an introduction to rowing meeting from 7 to 9 tonight in the Soldotna Middle School library.

You can find out more about this family sport and sign up to take classes, all of which are held on Mackey Lake in 62' long boats. Call Donna Rea at 262-6037 if you need more information.

Another sign of spring is preparation for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life to be held June 3 and 4. There are many people who have been affected by this disease and it is a way for the community to get together and support those who are fighting cancer, as well as, help those who are working to find better treatment and cures.

Team captains will meet Friday at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna at 6 p.m. For more information about teams, call Sylvia Andrus at 262-7581.

If you haven't got a team yet, it's not too late. Plan to start a team or join a team of friends, neighbors, family and coworkers for this community event that demonstrates a commitment to the fight against cancer.

The Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner Cheerleading registration will be Saturday at the Kenai and Soldotna Safeway locations from noon to 4 p.m. Girls ages 5 to 15 who are interested in cheerleading can register to be part of this group. Practice doesn't start until the end of July and the football season will run from August to October.

Needed at registration is the fee, a copy of the child's birth certificate and a completed registration packet. Call Sandy Cyr at 260-8022 with questions. Scholarships are available, as is online registration at

Kenai families with little children are invited to slide on over to the child safety seat inspection station at Hutchings Chevrolet on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get a free car seat check up.

The Kenai Central High School choir recently returned from spending spring break touring Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. They sang for the holy week service of Maundy Thursday at the Salzburg Domed Cathedral and for the Easter service at the Anglican Church in Prague, Czech Republic.

The students will perform music from their tour at a concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at the schools auditorium that was named for the woman who is brave enough to take all of these teenagers around the world to provide them with a possibly life-changing experience, Renee C. Henderson.

Kenai residents are invited to celebrate the end of tax season at the Kenai Elks Lodge with a halibut dinner and entertainment. Called tax and comic relief, the event offers a break after the tax season, dinner for $10 a plate and open mic comedy with master of ceremony Wayne Floyd.

All proceeds will benefit the Elks youth activities, which include scholarship programs. The lodge is at Barnacle Street between the Kenai Recreation Center and the post office. Phone 283-7776 to order tickets or call Annalea Lott at 398-9038. Bring your jokes and prepare to have fun.

Birthday greetings go out Wednesday to Jason Demello; Thursday: Karen Godfrey, Jerry Moore and Gloria Dornberger; Friday: Betty Johnson and Brian Robinson; Saturday: Harry Boutiler; Sunday: Brian Hack; Monday: Debra Stephens, Bud Loftstedt, Bob Fulton and Patricia Reilly. Best wishes to all of you.

A point to ponder: "Let us turn from the negativism that so permeates our culture and look for the good. Let us speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another's faults."— Gordon B. Hinckley

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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