Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hello, neighbors.

Funny how fast our opinions and priorities change, isn't it? For instance, just a month ago we were wanting the snow to all melt away so we could see the grass and the thawed countryside again. Then last week we were all tsk-tsk-tsking because of the forest fires and the litter everywhere. Here is a chance to help with the latter.

This week is the Kenai Peninsula cleanup project. Area Lions Clubs and ConocoPhillips encourage community members to help clean up your community and then join them for a free appreciation barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Parkstrip on Main Street Loop. Bags are available at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Filled bags are placed alongside the road for Peninsula Sanitation to pick up. A boys and girls bicycle certificate will be drawn for children ages 10 years and under who help with cleanup. Call Bob Frates at 283-3692 or Terry Linebarger at 283-2880 if you have questions. It would be interesting to know what the most unusual item people find while cleaning up. Call me if you find something amazing, funny or just unusual.

You are invited to celebrate the retirement of Sears Elementary school principal Mick Wykis. Join the staff and students Wednesday to honor and celebrate the retirement of their beloved principal. A special program will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the gym with a reception to follow from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the library.

If you know of a teenager who needs clothes, you might be interested in the Kossack Korner. This is a new venture at Kenai Middle School to help out kids who need school clothes. Sharon Moock had the brainstorm for solving the problem of what to do with the outgrown clothing many kids have hanging in their closet and filling a need for students who don't.

You can donate clean and folded items at a drop box outside the middle school there for just this purpose. Kids needing clothes can shop for free. Call Jean Dixon at 283-4896 if you have questions.

Saturday is Stamp Out Hunger food drive being put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Place nonperishable food items in a bag and place it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. No out-of-date or glass containers, though.

An Internet computer class will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. This class is limited to the first six people who sign up. Call Kathy Romain or Rachael Craig to reserve your seat by calling 283-4156.

Area family man Dave Goggia, continues to be a patient at the Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle due to severe burns he sustained in late April. His wife, Mary, has been with him. A fund has been established at Alaska USA Credit Union, account No. 1212280, if you would like to help ease the way for the extensive skin grafts and other expenses that will doubtlessly be incurred by a lengthy stay in the burn center. Dave is a longtime Kenai resident best known for his happy nature and willing helping hands that he has extended to so many over the years. He has been a river guide for the last few years and worked for Agrium before that. Your prayers would be appreciated.

You may call his parents, Ed and Margaret Goggia, for more information. To send cards write to Harbor View Medical Center, 325 9th Ave., Seattle, WA. 98104.

Kenai Municipal Airport in conjunction with DOWL Engineers, invites the public to attend an informative meeting scheduled with the airport commission and representatives of the city council. DOWL has been leading a planning project that addresses airport and community land use issues, strategic, financial, and facility planning, and property management issues at the airport.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at city hall. For additional information, call the city clerk at 283-8231 or Tom Middendorf of DOWL Engineers at (907) 562-2000.

The Totem Tracers will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Kenai Community Library conference room. This will be the last meeting until September. Totem Tracer volunteers are available to help with genealogy research from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday during Resource Saturday.

Happy 47th anniversary to Jo and Leon Gough. Celebrating their 36th anniversary today are Art and Barb Waters of Kenai.

Birthday celebrants this week include Taylor Calderwood, Gordon Dempsey, Gordon Waterman and Doris Boomer, today; Wednesday: Glenn Huestis and Roger Pearson; Thursday: Jena Belanger, Don McGhee, Aaron Duvall and Camberly Jackson; Friday: wishes to my youngest granddaughter, Jenna Joy Hansen, Jacklyn Brewer, Marvin Roofe and Brian Spotts; Saturday: Breeanna Saltzgiver and Arlene Enfield; Sunday: Kathryn Buffaloe and Christine Burnham; and Monday: Joshua Brewer, Jonathan Rice, Ruth Hibpsman and Betty Malmquist. Happy returns of the day to all of you.

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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