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Friday, April 16, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Imagination Library for Greater Kenai, Soldotna communities
The Imagination Library for the greater Kenai/Soldotna area is now up and kids that have registered are receiving their brand new books in the mail addressed to them personally, according to Sadie Updike, rural outreach support specialist with Thread, "Thread is an agency of the AK Child Care Resource & Referral Network known as the CCR&R, and the Imagination Library is one of our community projects," explained Updike. Thread's mission is to advance the quality of early education and child development by empowering parents, educating child care professionals, and collaborating with communities.

Imagination Library for Greater Kenai, Soldotna communities
The Imagination Library for the greater Kenai/Soldotna area is now up and kids that have registered are receiving their brand new books in the mail addressed to them personally, according to Sadie Updike, rural outreach support specialist with Thread, "Thread is an agency of the AK Child Care Resource & Referral Network known as the CCR&R, and the Imagination Library is one of our community projects," explained Updike. Thread's mission is to advance the quality of early education and child development by empowering parents, educating child care professionals, and collaborating with communities.

Here comes the 31st Annual Home Show
For the last 31 years the Annual Home Show sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply has been a stimulating balm for spring fever. A time to meet local contractors and vendors of the latest gadgets and building technologies, as well as a chance to run into your old friends that you haven't seen since last year's Home Show. The theme for this year's show says Cindy Rombach, executive officer of the Builders Association is "Building a Strong Community." "It is with this theme in mind that we pause to celebrate the caring community we live in, and the many ways we're involved that help to make the Kenai Peninsula such a special and unique place to call home," said Rombach.

Here comes the 31st Annual Home Show
For the last 31 years the Annual Home Show sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply has been a stimulating balm for spring fever. A time to meet local contractors and vendors of the latest gadgets and building technologies, as well as a chance to run into your old friends that you haven't seen since last year's Home Show. The theme for this year's show says Cindy Rombach, executive officer of the Builders Association is "Building a Strong Community." "It is with this theme in mind that we pause to celebrate the caring community we live in, and the many ways we're involved that help to make the Kenai Peninsula such a special and unique place to call home," said Rombach.

Kenai River Purse CoOne stop Bling Boutique!
If you are looking for a bling fling, but not an on line pop-up plus shipping and handling experience, and you don't want to travel to Anchorage or Seattle, cozy up to Laone's Kenai River Purse Company and Boutique in the Central Peninsula Mall across from the Triumvirate Theatre in Soldotna and get your fashion freak on!

Kenai Chamber gets new executive director
Standing ovations at Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheons are few and far between and most often for visiting dignitaries or returning military heroes. However, as executive director Tina Baldridge attended her final meeting before moving with her husband to Alberta, Canada, appreciation for her service over the last two years was expressed by a resounding standing ovation and wishes of "Come home soon!" "It was a wonderful send off, I was caught off guard and got a bit emotional, but while I'm sad to leave our community my family and I will be pursuing new endeavors with ConocoPhillips in Alberta, but we hope to return someday. I'll cherish my experience as the Kenai Chamber's executive director forever. I do want to deeply thank the community for its support over the years, it's been a wonderful ride and we truly are so fortunate to live in this community that is so committed and supportive," said Baldridge.

Kenai Chamber gets new executive director
Standing ovations at Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheons are few and far between and most often for visiting dignitaries or returning military heroes. However, as executive director Tina Baldridge attended her final meeting before moving with her husband to Alberta, Canada, appreciation for her service over the last two years was expressed by a resounding standing ovation and wishes of "Come home soon!" "It was a wonderful send off, I was caught off guard and got a bit emotional, but while I'm sad to leave our community my family and I will be pursuing new endeavors with ConocoPhillips in Alberta, but we hope to return someday. I'll cherish my experience as the Kenai Chamber's executive director forever. I do want to deeply thank the community for its support over the years, it's been a wonderful ride and we truly are so fortunate to live in this community that is so committed and supportive," said Baldridge.

Kenai River Purse CoOne stop Bling Boutique!
If you are looking for a bling fling, but not an on line pop-up plus shipping and handling experience, and you don't want to travel to Anchorage or Seattle, cozy up to Laone's Kenai River Purse Company and Boutique in the Central Peninsula Mall across from the Triumvirate Theatre in Soldotna and get your fashion freak on!

Indoor sports facility a worthwhile venture
Current spring time weather with its wind, rain, snow and freeze and thaw temperatures are a way of life on the the Peninsula. We experience very similar weather during our unpredictable fall. These two seasons coupled with our Alaskan winter, yields but four quick months to enjoy predictable outside warm weather.

Support helps raise awareness of autism
I would like to say a very big thank you to all the people and businesses that donated and came to the 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk! The three walks that took place in Fairbanks, Soldotna, and Juneau were a success and I fully believe that it is due to our amazing communities.

Health care has been a long time coming, will continue to evolve
The USA has been working on health care reform since the days of Teddy Roosevelt and now we finally have a health care system that will be open to all with no restrictions, this is a great thing. I look forward to the evolvement of this system over the years as our use of it points out better ways of prevention and delivery. The system will never be complete, as people, demographics, population and a host of other factors change so will be system, it will hopefully, accomodate all that come to need it. Over the years, with fine tuning and consolidation of services economies of scale will be realized that will greatly reduce the cost of health care.

Response too slow
I would like to talk about the fact that when one of our elderly passed away her husband was left for 3 hours with her until they showed up to do what needed to be done. I understand that there are steps and rules that have to be followed when someone passes however, that is totally ridiculous.

Steps for a positive choice appreciated
On March 31st, the LeeShore Center held a "Choose Respect" awareness walk event in support of Governor Parnell's initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. LeeShore wishes to thank all those who contributed their time and energy to help make our event a great success. Thank you to Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop, Mayor Pat Porter and Mayor Peter Micciche for leading the event and providing words of encouragement and support. Many thanks to Kenai Police Department, Soldotna Police Department and Alaska State Troopers for their assistance in helping us ensure participants had a safe walk. And to all those who participated in our event, thank you for coming out to walk with us and lend your support in our efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Code clean up?: Like borough, Soldotna considers ethics changes
The City of Soldotna is taking a hint from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in looking to clean up its ethics policies. At Wednesday night's council meeting, an ordinance was introduced to amend the conflicts of interest code for city council members.

Donald R. Smith
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Donald R. Smith died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at home surrounded by his family. He was 78.

Hopeful attitude for North Kenai LNG plant
Word last week that ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and Marathon Oil Co. are asking for a two-year extension of their liquefied natural gas export license for the Kenai Peninsula LNG plant sounds like some much needed good news.

Halibut fishing made easy
There's a hard way to fish for halibut, and there's an easier way.

Around the Peninsula

Wilderness first responder class planned

Brown Bears send players to college: Musselman to compete at Division I
Jake Musselman has made Kenai River Brown Bears history.

Wehrstein, Peterkin lead playoff charge
Brandee Wehrstein, of the Good Morning Monday league, led her team, the Goofy Girlz, to a fourth-quarter win and a playoff spot in next Monday's roll-off. Brandee, a 134-average bowler, rolled 108 pins over average for three games, with scores of 149, 177 and a dominating 184 game, for an enormous 510 series.

Basketball gives Flanagan a head start

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