Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hello neighbors.

As if still having daylight at 10:30 p.m. isn't proof enough that spring is here, hearing that there were beluga whales in the Kenai River last week sure is.

Bud Lofstedt, newly returned from spending the winter in Oahu, reported that there were belugas and seals in the river by his place on Beaver Loop the day he arrived home.

My friend Kacky Wells, while cleaning up burned campaign signs on the beach, also noticed the wales in the mouth of the river.

Another sign of spring is the Boys and Girls club taking registrations for its coed summer soccer program. The deadline to register is April 29. This program is for kids ages 4-18. Forms may be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the clubhouse.

Call 283-2682 if you have questions and ask for Jackie Cason.

Spring also is the time of year for newborns, and we congratulate Tim and Stephanie Green on the birth of their daughter, Lily Rae Green. She joins brother, Noah, 2, and sister, Kendra, 7.

Also deserving congratulations is Alise Bowen and Rob Jordan, who tied the knot recently in Kenai. Originally from Holland, Rob moved here from California. He says he likes the quiet and lack of traffic, as well as his new bride, of course. Alise is one of the faces you will encounter if you visit the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.

Speaking of the center, plans for a summer Saturday market will be discussed at a meeting open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday at the center.

The market will be held on the greens around the parking lot by the center for anyone interested in selling their wares. No garage sale items will be allowed, but just about anything else you can come up with from antiques, crafts, collectibles, food items, produce, fishing and hunting products, Alaskana and woodcrafters wares.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays this summer. Call Jan Stiers at 283-1991 to obtain more details or attend the meeting.

After watching that little cabin on Frontage Road by Dan's TV and Olga's Jewelry all winter, and wondering if it would ever open, I'm happy to announce that it has.

Called Foget About It, it is the newest addition to the Kenai business community. It is the dream child of Russ Robinson, doughnut master, and Ron Epperson, grill master. They said their goal is to provide the best doughnuts and burgers in Alaska, as well as authentic old-fashioned Coney Island-style hot dogs. Nothing is precooked, so be patient while they get into the rhythm of operating a drive-up eatery. Hours are still being negotiated but for now are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Congratulations to the pair for bringing a new business to town when many in the area seem to be closing.

Central Peninsula General Hospital's Dine and Discuss event for April will feature Doug Wehrli, director of imaging services. The topic will be advances in imaging technology at CPGH. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the banquet room at Paradisos in Kenai. The cost is $10 per person and includes the meal.

To make reservations, call 714-4500 or e-mail

The Dena'ina Health Clinic will host a walking for wellness activity from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the waterfront beach on Dunes Road off Cannery Beach Road.

There is no cost. Walkers are reminded to dress for the weather and that this is a family event. For more information and complete directions, call the clinic at 335-2100.

If you have wondered where all those red hats and purple outfits come from, they belong to the Kenai River Reds, Some Pinks and We Ain't Salmon chapter of the Red Hat Society. They will hold a parade at 3 p.m. Monday.

The parade will commence at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center and travel down Frontage Road to the visitor's center. The public is invited to participate. Call Queen Mother, Marlene Duffy at 283-5319 or Patsy Clifford at 776-5382 if you have questions.

Kenai Mayor, Pat Porter has proclaimed Monday as Red Hat Day.

One of the best things about living on the Kenai is that we seem to be a close-knit community. That said, one of our community members is in need of help.

Kathy Romain, an administrative assistant at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, is beginning 33 cancer radiation treatments in Anchorage. She will have to travel there five days a week for over six weeks.

A medical benefit fund, called the Kathy Issak Romain Fund, has been opened at First National Bank of Alaska. The account number is 30432371. If you have questions, call Rachael Craig at 283-4156. Hang in there, Kathy.

Happy Birthday today to Camille Taylor, Lois Bell, Bill Bullington, Stan Wells and Eugene Rhyner; Wednesday: Edna Gleason and Don Eide; Thursday: Helen Rodgers and Crystal Nelson; Friday: Mae Stanley, Charlene Leininger, Tate Chadwick, Alexis DeMello, Ralph Rector and Carlee Rizzo; Saturday: Lisa Demello, Tracy Eckert, Janell Kemp and Ada Nelson; Sunday: Molly Musgrove and Marshall Mahurin; Monday: Aundrea Moulton, Janet Lucas and Chidester R. Scott.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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