Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Could it truly be an early spring in our fair country? Lots of clues allude to that possibility. For instance, there are tulips blooming on the south end of First National Bank. Mine are up and growing about two inches a day, and Connie Nelson's were producing buds until the neighborhood moose decided they would make a good breakfast. Will nipped off tulips come back again?

I noticed there is a rather large number of eagles living in our area this spring. My mail delivery person Grace Nelson said there were so many eagles around her lake home out north, that they have scared off all the ducks, swans and geese. I guess they are predators, at that. Anyway, they're fun to watch.

The bike paths along our are highways have been loaded with people out doing something springy. Just last week, I had the pleasure of watching neighbors Bill and Trish Thomson Rackley giggling as they rode a bicycle built for two around the block. My grandkids are now tracking grass and gravel into my house instead of snow and sand.

And as if that wasn't spring like enough, I've already had car trouble because I had to turn on the air conditioning in my Alaska car last week when the temperature hit 70. Plus, we've seen some of our peninsula youth return from college already, while are college students are finishing up final projects.

Several area parents ran into each other attending the graduation of their children from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Kenai parents Dennis and Susan Lovett, along with Sterling residents Jim and Heidi Peterson cheered on their son, Nathan Peterson. Kenai's Dave and Bobbie Spence were there to watch daughter, Nicole and her husband, Dan Welch, graduate. Stan Steadman from Soldotna also attended the ceremonies to support his son-in-law, Ryan Broderick, husband of Dana Steadman. Congratulations to the students who worked to meet their educational goals and to the parents who stood behind them.

The Kenai Community Library Commission meeting planned for tonight has been canceled. The Writers' Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday (Cinco de Mayo) at the library.

Also, if you are a newbie at cyber surfing, you might be interested in the Internet class being held Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Spring's ability to bring people out of their igloos also manages to uncover the litter from winter. Now is the time to consider pitching in to help bring the countryside back into shape. Kenai Community Cleanup will be held from Sunday through May 14. This is a volunteer community cleanup that is organized, coordinated and sponsored by the area Lions Clubs and ConocoPhillips. Grab a bag, spend a couple of hours picking up litter and join the groups May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free barbecue on the Green Strip on Main Street Loop. You may start early. There's lots to do.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. Remember to be aware motorcyclists are on the highways and they have the same rights and responsibilities as car and truck drivers.

The Performing Arts Society will close its season with its third annual jazz cabaret, Melissa Bledsoe Fischer's Quartet. Jazzmom returns Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn. Tickets are $40, and include the show and hors d'oeuvres.

You can get tickets at Charlotte's, Sweeney's, the Merit Inn or by calling Freddie Billingslea at 262-4856.

This is Cover the Uninsured Week, in case you didn't know.

Happy birthday today to Hevyn Demello-Rice and Paul Grimsley; Wednesday: Pam Saltzgiver and Robin Zindel; Thursday: Scott Carlson, Bobby Boze and Kacky Wells; Saturday: Cori Franklin; Sunday: Connie Nelson and Chantelle Johnson; and Monday: Robert Doty.

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