Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Soldotna Hardware and Fishing (Trustworthy) reopens today in its new location with those neat carved bears. I'm told it will still have the nostalgic flavors of the old store — wood floors and friendly people.

The grand opening begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Kobuk and the Sterling Highway, with dignitaries, a flag ceremony and surprises.

Congratulations and good luck to the Miller family and their employees.

The Safari Club's 14th annual fund-raiser and banquet is April 23 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Auctions, raffles and door prizes that include firearms, optics and artwork, including hunts in the United States, Mexico, Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Dinner includes prime rib and stuffed shrimp catered by Charlotte's.

To enter the photo contest and have a chance to win a digital photo printer, call Beth Meier at 262-4601.

All funds raised are dedicated to wildlife conservation, humanitarian efforts and protecting a hunting heritage.

Tickets are available at American Trophy Taxidermy, Homestead Jewelers and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

It may be spring but some are thinking fall. The Kenai Peninsula Pop Warner football and cheerleading registration will be Saturday at the Soldotna and Kenai Safeway stores from noon to 4 p.m. Online registration is available at It's for ages 5 to 15. The season runs August to October, but practices start sooner.

The cost is $150, plus a $25 nonvolunteer donation. For football information, call Wendy Dutcher at 260-3989 or for cheerleading questions, call Sandy Cyr at 260-8022.

Cook Inlet Academy is having a fund-raiser for a new playground Thursday. A dollar pizza feed extravaganza will begin at 6 p.m. Pizza, drinks, a children's carnival and dollar bucket auction, with chances to win an array of prizes, are some of the planned activities. Raffle tickets for fishing— fly-in, halibut and salmon— and a day at a spa will be available. Tickets can be purchased for $10. The drawing will be held Thursday.

If you have questions or would like to donate your time, prizes or buy tickets, call the school at 262-5101, Kerri Nelson at 262-9642, Dee-Dee Fowler at 262-4410 or Jan Fenton at 262- 7084.

Calling Relay for Life team captains. On Friday, there will be a team captain meeting for Relay for Life at 6 p.m. at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

The relay is set for June 3 and 4, so people might want to think about putting away their snowshoes and getting out their walking shoes. For more information, call Sylvia Andrus, 262-7581.

Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association, which trains on Mackey Lake, is starting classes for those who may be interested in trying the sport of rowing. An introduction to sweep rowing and sculling rowing will be held at Soldotna Middle School today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Midas on the Sterling Highway is donating a portion of every oil change from now to Friday to the Girls Scouts. The store also will have a limited supply of Girls Scout cookies for sale.

Roses for a special day were delivered to Colleen Denbrock last week, by none other than her special man, Denny. The couple was celebrating their 30th anniversary.

The Spenard Builders Supply quote is: "Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, others stay awake and do them."

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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