Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Greetings from busy Kasilof.

A tip for folks traveling through Kasilof: Construction zone signs where up by the Kasilof River Park and boat launch last week, alerting motorists of slow moving trucks entering the roadway. It is hard to miss all the heavy equipment at the park.

A smooth, blue-black ribbon of pavement was being laid last week. Just another step in creating an improved oasis for park users.

For those folks living in the vicinity of Kasilof River Road, a draft assessment folder regarding proposed changes and relocation of the road is available at Tustumena Elementary School in the Kasilof Public Library.

Also available in the library are Firewise community action program packets put together by the Alaska State Department of Forestry to inform homeowners about many things, including wildfire dangers, the creation of defensible space and using burn barrels.

For any burning questions you may have, call 260-4222.

Remember Smokey says: "Only you can prevent forest fires."

Tustumena Elementary will host a visitation today for preregistered kindergarten students at 1:30 p.m.

For further information, call 262-4844.

Sign-up for participants, volunteers and prize donors for the public library's summer reading program is going on. Children ages 5 through 16 are welcome to take part in a weekly activity, read-a-thon and story hour at 3 p.m. beginning June 2.

For more library information, call 252-1120 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

The Kasilof Regional Historical Association will meet and present a program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at the school at Mile 110 of the Sterling Highway.

The KHRA welcomes folks interested in the area's history to become a member. To learn more about it and how you can join, call 262-2999 or stop by the museum at Mile .5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Summer hours for the museum are every day from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning June 1.

Kasilof folks celebrating their birthdays this week are Anissa Marie Knowlton, Ruth Wynkoop, Wanda Kitchen, Jeff Hughes, Sharon Smyth and Cameron Harvey.

For those out there counting, there are only 13 school days left, and those are perfectly punctuated by two weekends with which to rev up your dual end candle burning engine and head for that school year finish line.

Parents of Tustumena student alumni may remember former principal Mick Wykis. Wykis is retiring and a special program and reception to follow has been planned in his honor at Sears Elementary beginning at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. All those wishing to honor him are welcome to attend.

Most area folks already know the Tustumena Lodge, a fixture in Kasilof is about ready to change ownership. This Sunday afternoon (16 years to the day since they took over what was the Cekinark) John and Suzie Cook will throw their last party. For further information, call 262-4216.

Until then, I'll see you in the pits.

Shawna Wolk can be reached by phone at 260-3152 or by email at swolk2001@yahoo.com

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