Community News

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2003

CARTS receives grant for Kinder program

The Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. Kinder program recently received a $500 community grant from the Fred Meyer Foundation. The Kinder program provides free rides to and from school for about 40 area kindergarten students, transporting the children to Soldotna Elementary, Montessori Charter, Redoubt Elementary, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Aurora Borealis Charter, North Star Elementary and Tustumena Elementary schools. The Fred Meyer Foundation grant will be used to pay for the rides.

Volunteer conference slated

First lady Nancy Murkowski will host the second Alaska Conference on Volunteerism at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel April 28 and 29. Sponsored by the Alaska State Community Service Commission, the conference will include sessions for volunteers, volunteer managers and organizations interested in building community.

The Rev. Mark Scott, director of the Center for Faith and Service, will lead a panel and workshop on the Faith Based Initiatives Other panel participants will include Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, Deputy Commissioner of Health and Social Services Karleen Jackson and the director of two AmeriCorps programs, Ruth Schoenleben.

There also will be a workshop presented by trainers from The Points of Light Foundation, and additional workshops on accountability, time management and publicity.

The First Lady's Volunteer Awards will be presented at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 28.

To register for the conference, visit or call (907) 269-4637. For more information, call (907) 269-4674.

ACT registration deadline approaches

The ACT Assessment will be administered nationwide June 14. College-bound high school students must register for the college admissions and placement exam by May 9. An extra fee will be charged for late registrations, which will be accepted through May 23.

ACT scores are accepted by almost all U.S. colleges and universities, including all Ivy League schools, and are used by colleges along with grade point average and other application information for admissions decisions and course placement.

The test fee is $25. Students can register by getting a packet from a high school counselor or registering online at the ACT's Web site: The site also has helpful information, sample tests and test preparation materials for students.

Boy Scouts honor troops

Members of the Western Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor area service personnel and reservists by tying red, white and blue ribbons on trees throughout the community. The Boys Scouts of America invites all members of the community to show their support of the troops by tying red, white and blue ribbons in their neighborhoods. People with friends, family members or colleagues in the armed services are encouraged to write the name of that person on the ribbons.

KCHS classes plan reunions

The Kenai Central High School class of 1973 is planning its 30-year reunion for Aug. 9. For more information, call Dave at 262-1468 or e-mail

The KCHS class of 1983 will hold its 20-year reunion Aug. 8 to 10. The reunion committee is seeking information on the following "missing" classmates: Steve Atkins, Alison Barnsley, Carla Beller, Jim Bennett, Kim Briggs, Rose Calvin, Doyle Crane, Sandy Cowie (Alex), Stan Dahl, Brad Delany, Gary Dudley, David Emerson, Gayle Glassy, Teresa Gossman, Cynthia Herr, Shirri Hawkins, Brenda Hays, Keri Jo Jacobson, Mary McCown, Ray McDonald, Tricia Magsayo, Maria Mattila, Dan Moody, Crystal Nichols, Sandra Oak, Tammie Parker, Robbie Paulk, Shellie Paxton, Renae Pickarsky, Mark Quint, Denee Randa, Tom Ray, Hope Renney, Lisa Rockhill, A.J. Seims, Bambi Smullen, Jann Stringham, Cory Waltrip, Laney Wheeler, Lisa White, Dan Winton, Richard Woodford and Terry Young. Anyone with information on these individuals is asked to call Kim Kimball at 262-8840 or 398-7093.

Navy announces upcoming reunions

The U.S. Navy Reunion Group is planning the sixth annual reunion for the Asheville and Tacoma Class Navy Patrol Gunboats. The reunion will be open to crew members from all 17 patrol gunboats and will be held Aug. 20 to 24 at the Sheraton Park Ridge Hotel in Valley Forge, Pa. The reservation deadline will be in late July. For more information, contact Terry W. McManuels by mail at 1673 Kilt St., Virginia Beach, VA 23464; by phone at (757) 479-2261; by fax at (757) 479-0849; or by e-mail at

Other upcoming Navy reunions and contacts include:

USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13/DDG-44), first reunion scheduled for August 2004 in Valley Forge. For more information, contact Rodger Hall by mail at 1453 39th St., Rock Island, IL 61201; by phone at (309) 778-3348; or by e-mail at

USS Dale (DLG-19/CG-19), first reunion scheduled for July 2004 in Valley Forge. For more information, contact Mike Pensinger by mail at 2424 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk, VA 23513-3975; by phone at (757) 857-3767; or by e-mail at

USS Dale (DD-353), reunion scheduled for May 1-3 in Billings, Mont. For more information, contact Pat Olson by mail at 1111 . 23rd St., Billings, MT 59101; or by phone at (406) 259-2140.

USS Savannah (AOR-4), first reunion planned for May 2003 in Valley Forge. For more information, contact by mail at Dale Ebersold, 2223 E. Shawnee Drive, Vincennes, IN 47591; or by phone at (812) 886-4252.

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