Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Sherry Bradshaw, owner of Sterling Needleworks, aka The Needleworks Shop, reluctantly said "I have to quit. I must close the doors, for good this time April 27."

Thanks, Sherry, for helping so many get into the needle arts.

The children of Bobby and Buttons Bush gave their parents a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party Saturday at Alaska Great Skate. Among the many surprise guests helping to celebrate was Carol Popper, formally of Soldotna and Peninsula Roofing, who came in from Bakersfield, Calif.

Carol's husband Joe was handling their business in Bakersfield and was not able to attend.

Very recently, I have heard about Joe Donahue getting chance to live one of his dreams — something about running across the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, watch for more details.

The Peninsula Take a Break is going to the birds Wednesday. O.J Johnson from Birds of a Feather will share tips for attracting and feeding the Kenai Peninsula's feathered friends. Danielle Severson, an Alaska Junior Miss talent winner, will sing, and Kitty Romersberger of Fairbanks will be the speaker

For reservations, call Carolyn at 262-4214 or Linda at 262-4996.

The Central Peninsula General Hospital auxiliary is seeking community members interested in donating historical pictures of the central Kenai Peninsula area for its newly planned historical wall.

The auxiliary will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the Iliamna room at the hospital. The public is invited to attend and bring photos. For more information, call 714-4500.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will host the Funny River Road Ladies biscuit and gravy fund-raiser. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the food bank.

Diners can eat biscuits and gravy and participate in the Funny River Quilters raffle. A queen-size quilt by Elaine Rohloff of the Funny River Quilters, Kenai Fabric Center and the Forget Me Not Quilters is up for grabs.

Then at 12:30 p.m., everyone will take a break for the unveiling and dedication of the mural designed, painted and assembled by Celia Anderson's intermediate painting students from Kenai Peninsula Community College.

The Safari Club will host its 14th annual Midnight Sun dinner and auction fund-raiser Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Auctions items include hunts and artwork. There also will be a photo contest with a chance to win a digital photo printer.

Proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation, humanitarian efforts and protection of hunting heritage. Tickets are available at American Trophy Taxidermy, Homestead Jewelers, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 260-9266.

There is a new game in town — lacrosse! The Central Peninsula Lacrosse Club will hold registration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai and Soldotna Safeway stores.

The club is coed. Children must be 10-years-old by Aug. 1 and no older than 18. The cost is $20 for children 10-14 and $35 for children 15-18. For more information, call Scott Cunningham at 252-1592.

A benefit for Soldotna resident Russell McLaren will be held at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Food, entertainment, a raffle and auction are some of the planned activities. Proceeds will help defray the cost of his cancer treatments.

A raffle for a nonguided caribou hunt is in progress and will be drawn at the dinner. The cost for the benefit is $15 per person at the door. For more information, call 262-1468.

An account also has been set up at Wells Fargo under the name Russell A. McLaren benefit.

With Earth Day to be celebrated Friday, here are some recycling factoids to help you keep it healthy and spinning: Recycling the Wall Street Journal every day for a year can keep an estimated 13 pounds of air pollution out of the atmosphere; recycled telephone books can be made into textbook covers and insulation; a recycled aluminum can is generally reprocessed and back on the shelf in less than six weeks; and glass can be recycled forever.

The Soldotna Landfill has made some changes as to what it is now recycling. Beverage and cereal boxes go into the mixed paper category and PET 1 plastic bottles normally used for water and soda, also are now accepted.

Only you can change your consumer habits. Rethink, reuse and recycle.

Spenard Builders Supply quote is: "Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, others stay awake and do them."

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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