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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2007

Burning prohibited on western peninsula

The Division of Forestry has closed the entire western Kenai Peninsula to permitted burning until further notice. Burning yard debris in barrels also is suspended until a change in weather allows the suspension to be lifted.

Campfires are allowed, but individuals must use caution: build the fire in a dirt area, in a fire ring away from vegetation, including moss and peat. Water for extinguishment must be on site, and the fire must be attended to until it is completely out. Never light a fire during windy conditions.

Forestry reminds residents to check burn piles that were ignited during the winter or earlier this spring to ensure they are completely out. Smoke may not be visible, although the ash pit may be hot and several feet deep. Look for fresh white ash on the surface of the pit. Put any hot pile out by opening the pit and applying water.

Can sealer clinic offered

The Cooperative Extension Service will offer a walk-in clinic for can sealers to be checked from noon to 5 p.m. today at its office on Kalifornsky Beach Road. It takes a approximately 30 minutes. Cans will be provided. For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-5824.

CPHC board meeting slated

Central Peninsula Health Centers Inc. board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Salamatof Centre at 150 N. Willow St., Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call 335-2022 or e-mail

Anger to be discussed

Central Peninsula Counseling Services continues its series of free resiliency-building classes with part one of “Diffusing Anger: Personally and in Others” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Redoubt Room at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Beth Selby will instruct. It is open to the public. For more information, call 260-3691.

Classes set to reunite

· Nikiski High School class of 1997 will hold its reunion Friday and Saturday. The classes of 1996 and 1998 are invited, as well as attendees of all classes even if they did not graduate with the class. Events scheduled are dinner at Paradisos at 7 p.m. May 25, Family Day at Nikiski pool at 1 p.m. May 26, and bonfire and optional campout at Captain Cook State Park at 7 p.m. May 26. RSVPs are needed, call Shanda Kitchens (Hall) at 398-9177 for more information.

· Kenai Central High School class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion July 6 and 7. The committee is seeking information on former classmates. For a list of classmates or to check in with the committee, e-mail or visit

· Kenai Central High School class of 1987 will host its 20-year anniversary July 13-15. Reunion organizers are seeking classmates. For more information or to check in, call Sherrie Barlow at (602) 264-3319 or e-mail

· Skyview High school class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion July 27-29. Events scheduled are: happy hour at Hooligans July 27 at 7 p.m.; dinner at Paradisos July 28 at 6 p.m.; and a family picnic at Soldotna Creek Park July 29 at noon. Everyone is invited to the picnic who attended Skyview even if they did not graduate with the class. RSVP is required for dinner and picnic. For more information, e-mail Kanani at

· Soldotna High School class of 1997 is planning a class reunion for July 27-29. Class members are sought for updates on how they have spent the past 10 years. Anyone who attended SoHi with the class is invited to the reunion, whether they graduated with the class or not. For more information, call Theresa Sin at

Military reunion planned

Aluetian Island veterans, spouses and guests will hold reunions June 3-7 in Cillicothe, Mo.; Aug. 11 in Clio, Mich; Sept. 4-6 in Williams, Calif.; Oct. 26-28 in Archbold, Ohio; and Nov. 11-13 in Laughlin, Nev. For more information or registration application, send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope to Al King, P.O. Box 130327, Sunrise FL. 33313, call (954) 423-1852 or e-mail him at

Working digital cameras, photo printers sought

The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney’s Clothing or Joe Kashi law office.

For more information, call 398-0480.

Youth club seeks donations

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula is seeking donations of arts and crafts materials, puzzles, books and gently used sports equipment. For more information, call Kim Lee at 398-9669. Donations are tax deductible.

Alzheimer’s information available

The Kenai Senior Citizens Center has an Alzheimer’s resource center. Material is available for lending free of charge to families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Social Security reps to visit peninsula

The Social Security Administration makes monthly visits to the peninsula at the following times: first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenai City Hall; third Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer Senior Citizens Center; and the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seward City Hall. For more information, call (907) 271-4829.

Kids reading program continues

Kids are invited to join the Triumvirate Bookstore Frequent Reader Program. Upon signing up, kids can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Each time a reader returns their initialed calendar (weekly or monthly) to the bookstore, they can pick out another free book and get their calendar punched. Get up to four extra punches each month for special activities like reading to a younger sibling, attending a storytelling session, reading to a nonparent adult or filling out a “kid’s pick” sheet on your favorite book. For more information, call 953-7262.

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