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Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

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Delainie Burford

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

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 Monday.

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


Little League begins

Kenai Little League is taking registrations. Players must be 5 years old by May 1. The cost is $40 to $50 depending upon age group. To register, visit or call 283-6507.

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

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.

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. Saturday at 630 Barnacle Way, Kenai. Parents are reminded to bring their child's immunization records. Call 335-3400 for more information.


Senior center announce events, menus

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will host the following events: Monday -- Pinochle at 12:45 p.m.; Tuesday -- hand and foot at 12:45 p.m.; Wednesday -- hand and foot at 12:45 p.m.; Thursday -- Pinochle at 12:45 p.m.; and Friday -- Game Night at 6.

Menus (all meals include salad bar, milk, juice, iced tea, water, bread and dessert.) Monday -- Ham, potatoes au gratin, peas and carrots and gingerbread cake; Tuesday -- beef stew, buttermilk biscuits and chocolate cake; Wednesday -- fried chicken, blackeyed peas, rice, collard greens and corn bread; Thursday -- Hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw and cake; and Friday -- Chicken and rice soup, roast beef sandwiches, chips and cookies.

For more information, call 776-7654.

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.


Burford graduates

Former Soldotna resident Delainie Burford graduated in February from the Paul Mitchell Academy in Costa Mesa, Calif. Burford went on to pass her California State Board exams and became a licensed esthetician.

She is the daughter of Tonja Whitney and sister of Kelcy, Aidan, and Maia, all of Soldotna and David Burford of Kasilof.

Burford is a 2008 graduate of Skyview High School.

Montoya joins Army

Soldotna resident Army Pvt. Levi T. Montoya graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of basic combat training, Montoya received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Rick Montoya of Soldotna.

Glick honored

Soldotna resident Deana Glick, a junior in the UAA University Honors College majoring in biological sciences, was awarded the Truman Scholarship. Selections were announced by Madeline K. Albright, former Secretary of State and president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Glick is one of 60 scholars named from 601 candidates. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 in support for graduate study.

She is a 2006 graduate of Soldotna High School, Glick initially attended Washington State University but returned to Alaska to attend UAA. Upon graduating next May, she plans to continue her education by pursuing Master of Public Health (MPH) and medical degrees.

Glick is getting hands-on experience in biomedical research with WWAMI (Alaska's Medical School) program faculty mentor Dr. Cindy Knall. Glick's research project is titled "The Effects of Benzene and Its Metabolites on Epithelial Lung Cells."

Glick also serves on the University Honors College Student Advisory Board where she is helping to develop a peer-mentoring program. Among her community-based projects is a nonprofit organization she founded in Soldotna called ABC Help (A Backpack Can Help). With the support of the local Rotary Club, Glick supplied new backpacks, filled with age-appropriate supplies for grades K-6, to students in five elementary schools and two homeless programs in her community.

Driver safety course offered

A AARP driving course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 30 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The cost is $14 per person or $12 for AARP members. For reservations or more information, call 262-2322.

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.

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