Births Graduates News and notes

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hacks welcome daughter

Jennifer and Brian Hack, of Nikiski, announce the birth of their daughter, Kri Ann Hack, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at 8:29 a.m., at Central Peninsula General Hospital, in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 7.6 ounces, and measured 18.5 inches. Kri joins sister Lynna, 4; and brother Alan, 1. Her grandparents are Vern and Candie Miller; and Frank and Laurie Hack, all of Nikiski.

Three matriculate from UAA

Three students from the central Kenai Peninsula are among the 2,270 graduates of the University of Alaska Anchorage Class of 2011. They were honored at a celebratory ceremony at the George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on May 1.

Johnelle Cooper of Kenai earned an Associate of Applied Science in nursing. Her parents are Phillip and Jill Cooper.

Levi Hollers of Soldotna graduated Cum Laude with Associate of Applied Science degree. His parents are Loren and Dianna Hollers.

Sheila Oelrich of Soldotna was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology (Honors). Her parents are Paul and Doris Oelrich, and James and Brenda Johnson.

Nikiski Resident to graduate from OBU

Nikiski resident Callie Rae McAnally will receive a bachelor's degree in elementary education/early childhood education during Oklahoma Baptist University's 2011 Spring Commencement on Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in the university's Raley Chapel. She will graduate with the scholastic predicate magna cum laude for maintaining at least a 3.70 grade point average.

Safari Club scholarship awarded

Cody Warfield has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship by Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Chapter Safari Club International. His scholarship essay topic was, "How I would promote hunting in my age group, and why it is important." Cody is a 2011 graduate of Soldotna High School. He plans to attend Mesa State College in Colorado and major in Engineering and Science/teaching.

Garden club plans busy May

* Central Peninsula Garden Club Friday evening speakers (all programs are free and open to the public):

May 20, 7 p.m. -- Vertical Gardening, How To Make the Most of All Your Gardening Space. Guest Speaker, Fran Durner will discuss the role of color and how your eye works in the garden as well as hardscape, sculpture and some of the best tall plants, vines, trees and shrubs. Fran Durner is an award-winning photojournalist and Advanced Master Gardener who wrote the popular garden column and blog "Talk Dirt to Me" for the Anchorage Daily News. She loves visiting summer gardens around Alaska. Fran keeps her finger on the pulse of the gardening community and is a valuable resource of gardening information. Location: Soldotna Methodist Church on Binkley Street in Soldotna.

* "Workshop Weekends" Saturday workshop schedule :

To register for Central Peninsula Garden Club workshops, email Marion Nelson at More information may be found online at, or call 283-4632 or 398-8669. There is a $5 per person for most workshops; a few have a supply fee. The money goes to cover the month's overall expenses.

May 21

4-H tree sale, SOHI Parking lot 11 a.m. til gone -- they go fast.

10 a.m.-noon -- A Time with Natural Fibers Including Local Plants. Presenters: The Fiber Circle, Leader: Lee Coray Ludden. Demo of spinning, trying the drop spindle, information on natural Alaska fibers and dye plants to raise or gather. Do a hands-on project, using natural-grown and gathered items. Bring at least one item from your garden or the forest that you regard as beautiful or special. Last year's growth preferred, such as a branch or grasses. Group size limit: 12 people. Location: Arc Loop.

Noon -- Backyard Pharmacy. Presenter: Linda Albers, RN Naturopath. Linda says, "After this workshop, you may look at those pesky weeds differently, with the discovery of the mighty secrets each of them hold." She also says, "Our yards, gardens, surrounding woodland, beaches and "wastelands" are a true pharmacy." You will explore a yard and adjacent natural areas. The yard is easily walked. Linda has had a life long interest in the natural world and the healing properties contained therein thanks to her father's influence. Her interest and enthusiasm in natural medicinals has never waned and eventually evolved into her current business as an RN Naturopath. Group size limit: 15 people. Location: off the Spur Highway.

1p.m. -- Composting Process and More. Presenter: Curly Gere. Curly does it all with a greenhouse, well planned garden, and his own special composting process. His prize chipper is one of the keys to how he processes his various compost ingredients. This is another fascinating way clever gardeners like Curly, figure out how to get quality nutrients into their soil. The proof is his beautiful, well planned and productive garden. Take a lesson. Group size limit: 12 people. Location: Off the Spur Highway.

1-3 p.m. -- Growing Peonies for Profit. Workshop & Field Visit. Presenters: Sue Kent-Clay Sullivan, of Midnight Sun Peonies, commercial peony farm. This workshop is designed specifically for people who are considering commercial peony growing. There won't be any flowers out, the plants will be barely out of the ground. We will discuss potential startup costs and other considerations to take into account before you invest. We will spend a lot of time discussing field preparation, including soil testing, layout, drainage, fertilization, and making beds as well as how to plant and care for your peonies. Our goal is to help you make good decisions so you can end up growing peonies for profit! Group size limit: 20 people. Location: Sue & Clay's peony farm in Sterling area.

1-3 p.m. -- Recycled Glass Garden Totems. Presenters: Margaret Simon and Marion Nelson. This is going to be FUN! Bring 12-20 recycled glass or pottery pieces to use, share or trade. One tube of sealant provided to each participant (should be enough). Bring items such as plates/platters for the base, interesting glass or pottery pieces, bottles, glass ware, cups, tea pots, topper pieces, flat back marbles, and your imagination. FYI - the finished piece may develop condensation in parts and cut glass pieces don't show it as much as plain; Colored glass is sometimes just "painted" on the inside that may peel with condensation; These creations will not winter over in the garden, so consider storage space. Depending on how tall or fragile your creation is, you'll need to put it together in sections with final assembly at home. We'll all work around a big tarp or two. Please wear safety glasses. You may want to wear snug fitting garden gloves. Group size limit:15 people; Location: Marion's paved driveway, off the Spur Highway.

Kri Ann Hack

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