Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ConocoPhillips makes $25K commitment to youth
ConocoPhillips' Superintendent of the Kenai LNG Facility, Peter Micciche presented a generous check to the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Tuesday. The $25,000 check is intended to supplement ConocoPhillips' support for youth development programs at all seven Boys & Girls Club locations on the Kenai Peninsula. Micciche praised the Boys and Girls Club mission and staff. "For a job very well done and for the well-being of the youth of the Kenai Peninsula for over 20 years," he said. "I am proud to be a career employee of a company willing to invest in stronger communities. The company philosophy has been to determine where the Peninsula community feels support is most important, and they have provided generously to those organizations, which is why we have supported the Boys and Girls Club, The United Way, The Food Bank and many other community-sustaining organizations," added Micciche.

Kenai Chamber's "Up Your Alley" has striking results
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce 2010 Bowling Tournament has rolled into history with striking results! Over 100 bowlers turned out to try their skills at winning the coveted "Up Your Alley " title, while enjoying a fun-filled evening of games, costumes and prizes at Alaska Lanes in Kenai. "It was pretty much elbow to elbow bowlers, volunteers and characters from across the state. It was a total blast, and we are already eagerly anticipating and considering just what next year's 'Up Your Alley' might bring," said Kenai Chamber executive director Carol Bannock.

Skyview hosts 2nd Annual Alaska Walk for Autism
April is Autism Awareness Month and last weekend the local Autism Society, headed up by Community Liaison Tonja Updike held the 2nd Annual Alaska Walk for Autism at Skyview High school. "April 2nd was actually World Autism Awareness Day but for the whole month we have been incorporating different activities to build local awareness in our community," Tonja Updike told the Dispatch. The Autism Society of America Golden Heart Chapter (ASA) serves people experiencing Autism in the state of Alaska. Updike says the walk at Skyview was a fundraiser for the local Golden Heart Chapter as well an awareness building activity. "We had a variety of agency tables set up with information on everything having to do with Autism in the state of Alaska. And we had sensory activities for the children in the gymnasium in addition to the walking areas," she said.

Sacred Icons move from historic Kenai Russian Orthodox Church
Last week under sunny skies, a small group of parishioners participated in a "Moleben" prayer service and processional to prepare sacred objects being moved from the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (KVCC), where the religious icons will remain through September, while the historic Kenai Church undergoes renovation. Upon arrival at the KVCC, Father Thomas performed a special blessing and sprinkling of holy water where the sacred objects will be on display through out the summer as part of the exhibit titled: "Sacred Space: Sacred Time".

Letter writer apologizes for incorrect information
It has been brought to my attention that I was very wrong (letter to the editor, April 16). The letter I wrote in reference to response time was wrong. I want to appologize to everyone that this hurt. I'm guessing the family was so upset that they were unarware of how things really where. Again, I am sorry.

'Buy local' message getting out
Heads up folks, we've got a great bunch of teenagers living here! I know this because what seems like a billion of them trekked to my little log cabin in Sterling in search of the perfect prom dress, pair of shoes or flawlessly co-ordinated tuxedo. Mayor Micciche, you're message is getting out! You're not the only one that walks his talk and shops local. Our kids get it! And, they do so with respect and honesty.

Mayor's actions refreshing
Referring to your article (Clarion, April 19) about Mayor Micciche, personally I find it a bit refreshing to find a politician who will put his name on the line to bring on public awareness. In the radio ads I hear, he says he is willing to pay for the recognition of other public employees at his own expense.

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