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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

Soldotna scouts appreciate opportunity to tour inlet oil platform

On April 6, a few lucky Boy Scouts from Soldotna Troop 1616 were the guests of Unocal Oil and Gas, as they were invited to tour the Steelhead Platform in Cook Inlet.

The day began with a helicopter ride to the Steelhead, where the boys and their scoutmaster, Curt Buchholz, were shown first hand how oil and gas operations are conducted on an offshore facility. As part of this tour they were also shown what is involved in working in the oil industry -- all the safety devices that are in place and the effort it takes on the part of everyone on the facility to insure a safe and environmentally clean operation.

Unocal also provided a great pizza lunch, after which the scouts boarded the helicopter for the return trip to the heliport. Once at the heliport, Mr. Ken Holmes, Era Aviation pilot, gave the boys a lesson on the Bell 212 helicopter and allowed them to sit in the driver's seat while he explained the controls.

I would like to say a special thank you to Unocal for making this experience possible for these adventuresome and growing young minds. It was definitely an experience they will not forget. Unocal is a great community and working partner for the state of Alaska. They are "doing it right."

Also, a big thank you to Mr. Ken Holmes for volunteering to spend some extra time with the boys explaining the operation of the Bell 212 helicopter. The word the scouts used a lot on this outing was "awesome." I know it was very much appreciated.

Larry Fisk

Soldotna

Food bank says thank you to all who helped with Easter dinner

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's first Easter Dinner was a tremendous success thanks to the help of many kind-hearted people. We really appreciate the Peninsula Clarion and KSRM radio's efforts to let the community know about the dinner. We were blessed to have approximately 175 guests join us for a wonderful ham dinner with all the "fixins."

A special thank you is due to our cooks, Brenda Dunn, AltoLee Dunn and Gloria Wisecarver for preparing such a sumptuous feast. We would also like to thank our fantastic food donors, Jimmy Frazier, Sharon Tallman, Pat Vincent, AltoLee Dunn, Kaladi Brothers and The Moose Is Loose. And thank you Echo Lake Lockers for slicing the ham to make cooking and serving easier. The food was great!

The success of any function usually depends on the quality of service, and we are grateful to have had a very special group of volunteers who cordially welcomed our guests, helped serve meals, washed dishes, worked in the warehouse and kept things cleaned up throughout the afternoon. Thank you to Joe and Helen Donahue, Brenda Dunn, Mel and AltoLee Dunn, Tim Moore, Duane and Pam Olson, Todd Polluck, Pan and Nick Russell, Sharon Tallman, Shane and Spencer Tachick, Pat and Tom Vincent, Gloria Wisecarver and Dayne Clark for their gifts of service.

The spirit of the Easter celebration certainly contributed to the friendly fellowship. It was a joy to see the children's eyes light up when they received one of the beautiful Easter baskets donated by the youth from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and everyone appreciated the cheerful daffodil and tulip table decorations from the Kasilof Community Church. Thank You!

On behalf of all our dinner guests, we offer a huge round of applause to those who gave so generously from their hearts. Because no one deserves to be hungry.

Peggy Moore, executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Sterling Elementary School Spring Carnival a great success

To all the people who helped make our Spring Circus Carnival a huge success, a big thank you! Sterling Elementary has the best volunteers and teachers. This year we changed our theme and many of our old games.

Thank you to Beth and Todd Braxling for the construction of some new and old games. Thanks to everyone for following the circus theme with costume and decorations. Once again, we would sincerely like to thank our fantastic kitchen staff -- Pan Breakfield and Cathy Patterson -- and to those great kids from SoHi's National Honor Society. Not only did they help in the kitchen, they jumped right in wherever needed.

Again a huge thanks goes out to Blakeley Auctioneers for the fun and profitable benefit auction.

To all those parents, teachers and volunteers who arrived early and stayed afterwards for cleanup, thank you so much.

Most importantly we would like to acknowledge our local businesses for their most generous donations. They are: Alaska Flying Network, Alaska Trading & Loan, Artworks, At Ease, Audio Concepts, Roy Baldwin (Willow Picker), Beemun's, Bing Browns, Blakeley's Auction Company, Carr's, Charlotte's, Chubby Chickens, Claudette's, Coca Cola, Coffee Concepts, Columbia Paint, Cook's Corner Tesoro, Craftsman's Hobbies, 4D Interior, D & M Gifts, Don's Hobbies, Don Jose's, Fishing Hole, Fitness Place, Footworks, Fred Meyer, GNC, Ganders, Gloria's Hair Salon, Good Books, Godfather's, Golden International, Haircutters, Hair Force, Harley Davidson, Vicki Harrison, IGA Country Store, The Incense Burner, Jersey Subs, Kmart, Margo Keating, Kenai River Nursery, John Lund, Magpye's Pizza, Martin Mines, Leon Merkes, Mohawk Floor Center, Mom & Dads, Mykel's Odie's Bead It, Olga's, Napa Auto, Paradisos, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Nutrition Center, Pepsi, Radio Shack-Kenai, Regal Interior, River City Books, Nina Robinson, Sadler's, Safeway, Sal's Diner, Scent Sensations, Soldotna Trustworthy, Sterling Greenhouse, Sterling Needleworks, Suga Magnolia's, Suzi's Place, Sweeney's, Tammy's Flowers, Trinity Greenhouse, Uptown Hotel and Zumwalts.

For those businesses that would prefer to remain anonymous, thank you so much.

And to the parents, kids and community, with your participation we were able to have a successful fund-raiser. We are anxiously looking forward to next year's carnival, see you there!

Lynn Lund, Charlene Oakes

Sterling Elementary PTA

Soldotna Enhancement Group gets thanks for landscaping workshop

I would like to express thanks to the Soldotna Enhancement Group and the benefactor who made the recent Landscaping Workshop at Soldotna City Hall a success. This workshop was made possible through the generous gift of a Soldotna resident.

Thank you, to the city of Soldotna for supporting this project and making city hall facilities and staff available to the Soldotna Enhancement Group.

Special thanks to Anna Johnson, adminstrative assistant to Planning and Zoning, who spent many hours making arrangements with Land Design North, insuring that the workshop met the expectations of the Soldotna Enhancement Group and that the best value for money spent was received. Anna took the time to personally recruit businesses to attend the workshop and made sure that pictures of their properties were made available at the workshop.

Thanks also to the following businesses that took advantage of the workshop by participating and came away with a plan and ideas for enhancing their properties that could benefit all: The Cornerstone Market, Hutchings Chevrolet, city of Soldotna DOT property, Aspen Hotel, Timber Wolf Lodge, Children Medical Clinic, Blazy Mall, Dairy Queen, C&M Muffler, McDonald's, Godfather's Pizza, Log Gifts, Jersey Subs, Petro Express, Napa Auto Parts, Midas Muffler, Four Seasons Fence.

Linda Story,

Community Coordinator, VISTA

Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District

Area Red Cross chapter remembers National Volunteer Week

What do you call people who spend their free time taking classes with names like "Mass Care," who consider themselves on-call at virtually all times, who leave their warm beds in the middle of the night to help another family find a place to sleep -- and who don't get paid a dime for the trouble?

What do you call people who pack their bags, kiss their families goodbye and depart for a community thousands of miles away that has been devastated by disaster?

What do you call people who show up on a regular schedule to support our office staff, lend us their leadership expertise, teach strangers how to save a life, assist military families desperate to get word of an emergency to a loved one far away and much, much more -- with no monetary compensation?

You call them American Red Cross Volunteers. Without them, this community would be deprived of a host of life-saving services. This year, volunteers right here in Southcentral Alaska provided nearly 20,000 hours of service to our community, helping hundreds of families recover from disaster and teaching more than a thousand life-saving classes.

April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week, and we want to thank the scores of local residents who chose to serve our community this year through volunteer service with the American Red Cross. The theme of National Volunteer Week this year is "Celebrate the American Spirit -- Volunteer," and it is particularly appropriate at this time. In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies, local volunteers poured forth to help shelter and comfort stranded travelers, answer phones, raise funds and seek training to be better prepared for future emergencies.

Helping others during a disaster is just one of the many ways you can volunteer with the Red Cross. A blend of talent and skills from people of all ages and backgrounds are needed in providing our life-saving services to the communities we serve. Please call our volunteer office at 262-4541 to join the team. Together, we can save a life.

Debra Holle

South Central Alaska Chapter

of the Red Cross, Kenai Peninsula Branch



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