Community News

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Lyman McBride

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.


McBride has a son

Teea McBride of Kenai announces the birth of her son, Lyman Ellis Gordon McBride, 9:43 p.m. February, 10, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19.25 inches. His grandparents are Malcolm McBride of Kenai and Sherry McBride.

Pazars welcome a new addition

Courtney and Jospeh Pazar of Sterling announce the birth of their daughter, Kayliauna Lexus Pazar at 1:23 a.m. March 5, 2010, at Woman's Way Midwifery, in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces.

Her grandparents are Morgan and Tammy Evans and Joe and Brenda Pazar.

Ratliffs have a girl

Jenna and Derek Ratliff of Kenai announce the brith of their daughter, Lilian Grace Ratliff, at 8:41 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 6.9 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Her grandparents are Charles and Kristy Standridge of Kasilof and Dale and Renee Ratliff of Havre, Mont.


Send us your photos!

Pet photos can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai office, mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611, or e-mailed to A brief explanation of the photo, the pet's and owner's names, owner's address and phone number must be included.

Only photos with an address written on the back will be returned. For more information, call 335-1251.

Cardiac support group to meet

The Cardiac Patient Support Group will meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Redoubt Room, located in the lower level at Central Peninsula Hospital. The group invites male and female patients dealing with heart disease and their family members to participate. For more information, call Sharen Sleater, WomenHeart Support Network coordinator at 398-7763.

La Leche group to meet

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Frontier Community Services Playroom in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome.

For more information, call Amorette Payment at 260-6141 or visit

Recipes wanted

The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at

Recipes will be printed in the order received and as space is available.

Immunizations available

The Kenai Public Health Center at 630 Barnacle Way, Kenai, provides walk-in immunization services from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Soldotna Cottonwood Clinic. For more information call 335-3400.

Community ping pong continues

Public ping pong is held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Redoubt Elementary School. For more information, call Ron at 262-7899.

Sterling Head Start now enrolling for fall

Sterling Head Start is a free child development program that serves young children, three to five and their families. Sterling Head Start offers a.m. or p.m. classroom options, consisting of four, 3 1/2 hour classroom days (Monday - Thursday). Head Start has bus service that includes pick up in Soldotna and also serves the children breakfast, lunch, and snack. Sterling Head Start is located on the Sterling Highway at Mile 81.5 next to Cook's Tesoro. Call 260-7446 for more information.

Russian story time canceled

Due to expansion activity at the Kenai Community Library its Russian story times are canceled indefinitely.

Teens will work for donations

The Skyview High School Football team is available for spring cleaning projects on a donation basis.

Call Eric Pomerleau at 260-2315 for more information.

TOPS plans open house

TOPS #AK 182 Sterling has changed its meeting day and time to Mondays at 4:30 p.m. weigh in. Call for location.

The group also will host a open house April 26 at 5 p.m. For more information, call Suzanne Goodwill at 262-3514 or e-mail her at

Mother's Day event slated

A Mother's Day Russian Tea and vintage clothing fashion show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 8 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. The cost is $35 family of four or $15 per person.

The event is co-sponsored by the Kenai Senior Connection and the Kenai Russian Orthodox Church National Historic Landmark. For tickets, call 776-5220 or 283-4156.

The fashion show will be compliments of Curtain Call Consignments.

Watershed fundraiser slated

On May 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Seward, the Kenai Watershed Forum will host a dinner cruise and tour aboard Major Marine's Kenai Star to benefit its capital building campaign.

Attendees will cruise the waters of Resurrection Bay amidst a backdrop of the Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges for an evening of wildlife, glaciers, prime rib and salmon dinner.

The fundraising event will be hosted by Major Marine Tours and the Kenai Watershed Forum. Proceeds benefit the KWF's Capital Build Campaign. There will be a silent auction on board and the bar will be open. This tour is narrated and will include entertainment.

The cost is $65 per person or $100 per person including deluxe bus transportation from Kenai/Soldotna area.

For more information, call Josselyn O'Connor at 260-5449.

Swim lessons make a slash

The Soldotna High School pool will offer water aerobics Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 262-7419.

Neighborhood watch forms

A Neighborhood Watch program in the Nikiski area and will hold a meeting Saturday at the Aurora Heights Church at 6 p.m. For more information, call Bud Sexton at 209-648-4878.

Greenhouse Gardening

A free class called Intro to Greenhouse Gardening is being offered by the Cooperative Extension Service through the Neighbor to Neighbor program. Tom Jahns will discuss greenhouse site selection, design, layout and planting options. The class will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula College MAPTS building. Pre-registration by Tuesday is requested.

Contact the Cooperative Extension Service office at 262-5824 for more information and to pre-register.

Longest drive contest begins

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area is hosting a golf simulator longest drive competition at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center through April 30. The contest includes two attempts on Pebble Beach Hole two.

The winner receives a gift certificate for two hours of free golf on the simulator. One entry per person per day when simulator is available. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.

Library host tile fundraiser

The Kenai Community Library has a limited number of fireplace tiles available during the construction and renovation phase of the library expansion project. Forms are available at . Small, medium, and large tiles are available with the name of the individual, business, or organization engraved. Prices range from $500 to $5,000. Proceeds from tiles sold before June 30, will be used for matching a Rasmuson challenge grant. Call Donna Peterson, at 398-4335 for more information.

Biker blessing set

Kenai Christian Church will host its annual Biker Blessing May 2 at the church. The blessing will be held after the 11 a.m. worship service. Coffee, doughnuts and a light lunch will be served. For more information, call 283-4559.

Soap box derby is coming

The 2010 Kenai Rotary Soap Box derby speeds its way to Kenai on May 22. Local youth will compete in downhill, gravity-powered racers that they build themselves with an adult for a chance to win great prizes! Join the Kenai Rotary Club on Spruce Street in Kenai May 22 starting at noon for this year's race. The Kenai Rotary Club is looking for sponsors to help us with this exciting event. To sponsor the race call, Jeff at 283-5116 or Tim at 394-1630.

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