Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Peninsula Job and Career Fair a big success

Kenai Peninsula College would like to thank each and every attendee of the first peninsula Job and Career Fair. Without you, there would be no reason to put together the biggest collection of employers ever assembled under one roof on the peninsula. Thanks to each business and organization that took time on a beautiful spring Saturday to come to the college to offer opportunity to their community.

We would also like to thank our partners, Peninsula Job Center, KPEDD, and APICC, which helped put together what turned out to be a wonderful day for everyone involved. Additional thanks to those businesses that helped sponsor the event: Peninsula Clarion, KSRM radio, Safeway, Kenai River Sport Fishing Association, KDLL radio, and the Alaska Workforce Development Office.

A big pat on the back for all the Peninsula Job Center staff (and Rick English) who not only recruited the majority of the employer vendors and did the bulk of the preparations for the day's activities, but also helped move furniture for the set-up and dismantling of the fair.

Special thanks to KPC staff (and their families) for all the help they provided in preparation and cleanup for the event. Nothing happens without a vision and a team to do the work to make the vision a reality. Fortunately, the partners formed a winning team, had the vision and did the work to put this important event on our community map.

Kenai Peninsula College is proud to be on the team, and we're already looking forward to next year.

Suzie Kendrick

Community Relations Coordinator

Kenai Peninsula College

After the Bell spring break program appreciates recent help

Soldotna After the Bell Boys and Girls Clubs celebrated spring break at Soldotna Middle School by sampling the uniqueness of Alaska's diverse cultures. Adults and students worked together throughout the week creating a homestead, a Russian Village, Old Town Kenai and "Our Alaska" as it exists today.

Students were immersed in a variety of hands-on, participatory activities along with recreation and good eating over the course of the week. None of these events could have taken place without the assistance and cooperation of the individuals and groups listed below.

A loud cheer of appreciation goes out to:

Amber Glenzel, Amanda and David from the Kenaitze staff for the songs, language lessons, survival information, coloring books and more; The Native Youth Olympics for their incredible demonstration; The Kenaitze Dance Group for performing the beautiful dances for us on Friday; Marge Mullen for an incredibly informative presentation on homesteading; Nichole Johnston and Gary Titus from the wildlife refuge headquarters for showing and telling us about the Andrew Berg cabin as well as some very interesting places of history about our pioneers' tough beginnings; Olga Vaissenburg for sharing a variety of Russian culture with a slide show, toy making, a Pirogi cooking lesson and serving Russian tea at our finale on Friday; The Kenai visitors center for taking us on a tour; Dorothy Gray for arranging a visit in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Also, Jim Stogsdill's generous donation of the use of the Soldotna Elks Club gym for our Friday Finale; and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Soldotna Community Schools for their collaborative participation in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant that makes After the Bell possible.

We also offer a gigantic thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Linda Overturf, who is the family and consumer science teacher at Soldotna Middle School. For over two years she has generously given After the Bell the use of her classroom five days a week after school, each no-school day, all school breaks, and summer.

It can truly be said that the amount of people sharing time, energy, rooms and community spirit make many things possible for After the Bell. Thank you one and all for helping us serve our youth in this capacity.

Jeanne Waldren, program director,

and After the Bell Boys and Girls Club-Soldotna Staff

Landscaping workshop owes success to volunteers, participants

I would like to express thanks to the Soldotna Enhancement Group and the beneficiaries who made the recent landscaping workshop at Soldotna City Hall a success. This workshop was made possible through the generous gift of a Soldotna resident.

Thank you, to the city of Soldotna for supporting this project and making city hall facilities and staff available to the Soldotna Enhancement Group. Special thanks to Anna Johnson, administrative assistant to Planning and Zoning, who spent many hours making arrangements with Land Design North, insuring that the workshop met the expectations of the Soldotna Enhancement Group and that the best value for money spent was received. Anna took the time to personally recruit businesses to attend the workshop and made sure that pictures of their properties were made available at the workshop.

Thanks also to the following businesses that took advantage of the workshop by participating and came away with a plan and ideas for enhancing their properties that could benefit all: The Cornerstone Market, Hutchings Chevrolet, city of Soldotna DOT Property, Aspen Hotel, Timber Wolf, Children Medical Clinic, Blazy Mall, Dairy Queen, C&M Muffler, McDonald's, Godfathers Pizza, Log Gifts, Jersey Subs, Petro Express, Napa Auto Parts, Midas Muffler, Four Seasons Fence.

Linda Story

community coordinator, VISTA

Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District

Soldotna chamber says thanks for St. Patrick's Day Celebration help

The 11th annual Soldotna St. Patrick's Day Celebration was truly a successful event enjoyed by many in the community. Special thanks to everyone who entered the parade, to those who lined the streets to watch as the procession went by, to Bailey's Furniture for the use of their lot for the parade staging area and Mike Sweeney for organizing the parade and line-up.

We also would not have been able to do the parade without the help and support of our local police force -- thank you.

Many local merchants filled out the Lucky Leprechaun Dollars, which were handed out to the spectators and deserve a big thank you for participating in the event.

Many people attended the corned beef and cabbage dinner, prepared by the Sterling Senior Center. We wish to extend our sincerest appreciation to all of the businesses that provided merchandise and services for this function, as well as to those who bought the items throughout the night.

Thank you also needs to go the Skyview Mock Trial Team and Future Problem Solving students for serving all of the dinners and helping with the cleanup.

The grand finale fireworks display was better than ever and enjoyed by the residents of our community. Special thanks to the following fireworks sponsors: Wells Fargo and Phillips Alaska Inc. We would like to extend our appreciation to Griz Smith (Fire Art by Griz) for the spectacular show as well as Central Emergency Services staff for all of their help.

We appreciate all of the coverage provided by the local media. Norm Blakeley (Blakeley's Auction Co.) also deserves a huge thank you as he donated his auctioning professionalism, which contributed to the success of our auction. And, last but not least, kudos to the decorating committee, Sammie Cole, Barbara Elson, Betty Obendorf and the chamber staff -- another wonderful event.

On behalf of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, our thanks to everyone who helped to make this year's celebration a memorable occasion.

Justine Polzin, executive director,

Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

Voznesenka School students appreciated visit from state trooper

The students and staff at Voznesenka School were very fortunate to have Sgt. Jim Hibpshman come to our school for a full day to give us a heads up on the laws for (and common sense for) vehicle safety and personal safety.

He also told us about some of his experiences being an Alaska State Trooper, answered our questions, and let us see and sit inside his car.

Some of us would like to think about being a trooper. The girls were disappointed that women troopers do not wear skirts.

We appreciate that the trooper would take time to visit with us. Thank you very much, Trooper Hibpshman.

Ray Hillman, principal,

Voznesenka School

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