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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To cut a fresh pineapple
Twist off pineapple's crown

Pineapple Chicken
1 pound (16-ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

Luscious Tropical Pineapple Cheese Pie
1 (9-inch) prepared cookie or graham cracker crumb crust

Prime Time for Pineapples is Now: Symbol of Hospitality for Centuries
We're about midway into prime pineapple time. From March to July, when pineapples are at their peak, you'll find beautiful plump pineapples at the market, with a sweet fruity fragrance and a crisp green crown. Pineapples will not ripen once picked, nor will they sweeten once you get them home, so be sure to select your pineapple carefully. While a little brown on the leaves is acceptable, the leaves should not pull out easily. Choose pineapples with a little "give" when pressed, without soft spots, or bruises. Refrigerated, whole pineapples will keep up to three days. If cut, store them in an airtight plastic container or bag for no more than a week. Fresh pineapple can be frozen, with their juice, in a freezer-safe container for up to six months. Fresh pineapple, an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, also contains an enzyme called bromelain, which acts a meat tenderizer by breaking down proteins. The bromelain in fresh pineapple will also prevent gelatin from setting, so if you're planning to use pineapple in a recipe that includes gelatin, be sure to use canned pineapple. (The heat of the canning process destroys bromelain.) Canned pineapple has many uses, but for dramatic effect and taste, there's nothing like a fresh pineapple. Pineapples are easy to cut through and once the shell and core are removed, ready to eat.

Denise Lake restoration plan well researched
After reading a letter to the editor, I feel the need to respond.

False disability claims disturbing
It is deeply disturbing to have read recently about the number of false claims for disability being filed by a minority of troops returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones and the apparent inability of the Veterans Administration to detect those dishonorable claimants. As a combat veteran of the Viet Nam war I am doubly concerned because I well remember the poor performance of the VA during the 1960s and 1970s and I must wonder that things have not improved much in 40 years.

Support helps students in transition
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition Program, I would like to recognize those who have given so kindly to the homeless students in our community throughout this school year:

Volunteers make prom a wonderful night
Kenai Central High School would like to thank all the volunteers for their invaluable help during our 2010 KCHS Prom. Without their help we would have not been able to put on such a wonderful event. On the night of April 17 the Junior Class put on the Senior Prom. In light of the recent catastrophic events occuring in Haiti, the Junior Class decided to turn this years prom into a coorindated fundraiser. Instead of spending money on an expensive promenade theme we decided to save that money and put it towards the Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts. With all of the valuable help from our parent volunteers we would have not been able to put on such a successful event. We would also like to thank all the local businesses and familys who donated items to our Prom and Promenade. Without their gracious donations we would not have been able to put on such a beautiful promenade. It total we raised more than $3,200 to go toward the Haiti relief efforts. We could not have put on such an amazing event with out the help of such a wonderful community.

HEA board expenses should be published
During the most recent Homer Electric Board meeting a motion was made to require the Homer Electric Board to publish their expenses in the Kilowatt Courier. It was then amended to include the Internet in the motion. I believe both the amendment and motion passed without a dissenting vote by the 400 or so attending.

Town hall meeting appreciated
I would like to thank the Kenai City Council and administration for holding the recent City of Kenai Town Hall Meeting. The experience was a positive one for me on many different levels. It made me feel like I had a voice in what was happening in my city. It confirmed my belief that positive change could be effected through a respectful, mutual exchange of ideas. It allowed community members from very different backgrounds to find some common ground. Perhaps most of all, it highlighted the level of dedication by our elected officials who were willing to sacrifice a beautiful Saturday morning to listen to the vision of their residents. Thank you.

Woman found with serious injuries on Swanson River
Rescuers had to wade through part of the Swanson River on Tuesday afternoon to reach a woman who sustained "life-threatening injuries," according to Alaska State Troopers.

Budget discussions lead up to June 8 decisions
At a budget work session inside the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers on Monday, assembly member Bill Smith had a pointed exchange with Robert Craig, the Anchor Point service area's administrator.

Gardeners amp up for season
When Bill Osborn plants his small vegetable garden at home he has to worry about those 1,200-pound Alaskan pests.

Borough names new director: Mohrmann to lead the Office of Emergency Management
Before he was even asked a true question last Thursday afternoon, Eric Mohrmann already had a pen in hand and had begun sketching an incident command diagram. The Kenai Peninsula Borough's new Office of Emergency Management director looked like a war general as he drew up the plan that most organized emergency units follow when doing battle against fire or other major disasters.

Flames consume cabin
An apparently abandoned home off of Mackey Lake Road was consumed by a blaze on Monday.

LNG plant looks ahead: Conoco seeks 2-year extension
ConocoPhillips is confident they'll secure an extension to their current export license, due to be submitted to the Department of Energy by the beginning of next month.

Soldotna Safety Day teaches vital lessons
Kenai Peninsula residents learned Saturday how best to be safe rather than sorry at Soldotna Safety Day.

Photo feature: Spring cleaning
Kevin Rowe gives winter's dirt the heave-ho Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot at Bailey's Furniture.

Jesse P. "Cotton" Moore
Longtime Moose River homesteader Jesse P. "Cotton" Moore, 87, died May 15, 2010 surrounded by his loving family at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Clifford Bond
Kasilof resident Clifford Bond, 67, died unexpectedly, Friday, May 14, 2010 at his home off North Cohoe Loop in Kasilof.

Around the Peninsula

Pools announce schedules

Mariners topple Panthers
The Homer softball team swept host Skyview 24-2 and 21-1 on Monday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Kenai Central downs SkyHi
Kenai Central's softball team scored six runs in the fifth inning to notch a come-from-behind victory over host Skyview on Tuesday. The Panthers remain winless on the season while Kenai improves to 4-4 overall.

Golf season under way at Kenai Golf Course
Hello and happy golf season, golfers. It's our favorite time of year again - gardening, fishing, and fun, fun, fun at the Kenai Golf Course. The course is looking great and the greens are filling in very well, and the nets are up at the driving range. My better half and I have already managed to squeeze in a couple of rounds on the course plus time on the driving range I wish I could say that my game had improved, like fine wine, from resting over the winter but sadly that would not be the case. It was great to be back and see so many familiar smiling faces. It was also great to hear that yours truly was the recipient of the early bird drawing for a season pass from the KGC. I'm not sure who was more excited, me or Gordon.

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