Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Success of peninsula job fair not possible without a lot of support

The Kenai Peninsula Job and Career Fair was the place to be on March 30. With more than 60 businesses hawking their wares and at least 500 eager job seekers and career shoppers looking toward their futures, there was indeed a palpable buzz of excitement permeating the building.

It started at about 8:10 am. and didn't stop until well after 3. It was obvious that people serious about business believe that the early bird catches the worm. Vendor after vendor entered the lobby with carts, bags, display gizmos and giveaway goodies to share with their captive audiences. They scurried about with purpose to be ready for their visitors promptly at 10. That was phase one -- the setup.

At 10 a.m., phase two began. They came in waves from all walks of life, armed with resumes and questions and dressed to succeed.

They came from as far away as Anchorage and Homer and all points between. Everyone had a good time. Smiles and good comments were heard everywhere.

To all who came, I say, thank you. You are the reason this event was a success.

I would especially like to thank all of the people and organizations behind the scenes who provided support to make this all possible:

Thank you Workforce Investment Act Office, Kenai Peninsula College, KSRM, KDLL, Peninsula Clarion, APICC, KPEDD for providing superb media coverage and economic support.

Thank you Safeway/Carrs and KPBSD Culinary Dept. for your generous donations of refreshments.

Thank you to all the vendors who donated the many prizes given away at the fair.

Thank you Peninsula Job Center staff, Kenai Peninsula College staff, Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium, and Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District for being the brawn and brains that put this event together.

We'll see you all next year!

Marie English, Job Fair Coordinator

Peninsula Job Center

Republican women say thanks to all who helped with fund-raiser

The Kenai Peninsula Republican Women want to say a special thank you to the communities of the Kenai Peninsula and the businesses and individuals who donated items for our Patriotic Dinner and Auction, held on April 6 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

It was a huge success, and we appreciate all of those who attended and purchased items as well.

A special thank you to Sen. Frank Murkowski, our featured speaker, to Sen. Jerry Ward, our auctioneer, to Mike Silba and Stephanie Bouchard for providing the music, to the Young Marines for presenting the flag, and to Zorbas, for catering the event.

Contributors: Ace Automotive; Alaska Railroad; Appollo's Pizza 2/Marina; Arctic Tern Charters; Aspen Hotels; Aunt Janet; Barbara Fairchild; Bardarson Studio; Blockbuster Video; Cindy Clock; Connie Stephens; Debbie Bagley; Debbie Joslin; Debra Holle; Diane Bagley; Edgewater Hotel; Emily Grossman; Era Aviation; Fireweed Herb Garden; Frontier Physical Therapy; Good Books & More; Grace Merkes; Habor Dinner Club; Judy McKinley; Kaladi Brothers; Kenai Princess Lodge; KPRW; Malston's; Merkes Enterprises; Mayor Dale Bagley; Midnight Sun Tanning; Mykel's Restaurant; Napa Auto; Nathan Bagley; NW Basketball Camps; Papa Murphy's; Rainsong Charters; Schuck's Auto; Sen. Lyda Green; Starbird Studio; Talon Air Service; The Chase is Over Catering; Tustumena Smoke House; Urbach's Clothiers.

Jennifer Richardson,

Kenai Peninsula Republican Women

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