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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Take the Bitter with the Sweet with Zesty Marmalades
A recent trip to Florida placed me on Interstate 95 where numerous citrus centers offered in-season Valencia oranges and Vidalia onions for purchase. With prices and supplies good, I bought several bags of each with plans to make marmalade. The oranges were juicy, thin-skinned and contained minimal seeds, making them ideal for my purpose. And, the onions, as anticipated, were sweet and packed with flavor. Besides the oranges and the onions, little else is needed to make marmalade, and most of us will have all the ingredients we need already in the house. Orange marmalade, for instance, consists of nothing more than fruit, water and sugar. You don't even need extra pectin (the substance that causes gel formation) for making orange marmalade, because there's plenty of natural pectin already in the peel. Marmalades are easy to prepare and are a key ingredient in many other recipes for marinades, glazes and sauces. If you are one of those people who think they don't like orange marmalade, I'll hope you'll try this recipe. Commercially prepared marmalades can be bitter and a ghastly off-color. They are expensive, too. An encounter with bad orange marmalade can seriously put a person off, but a good marmalade will transform a marmalade-hater into a marmalade-eater (and maker), for life.

Pioneer Potluck

Picnics in the Hayfield -- 1943-1945

Bike rodeo was good, safe fun
The Kaleidoscope bike rodeo day this year was a blustery, cold one but was a wondrous experience for everyone. The students learned about bike safety from Kenai Police Officer Mitch Langseth, had helmets checked or purchased them from Nurse Jane Fellman with Safe Kids and enjoyed riding bikes on the course.

Change might not feel good
How do we measure success? It appears it is all about feelings. If it feels good it must be right and successful.

Track and field event a success
The annual Hershey Track & Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success. On Friday May 13, approximately 300 participants from local area schools came to compete in both running and field events at the Nikiski High School Track. Thankfully, this year we were blessed with clear, sunny skies for the duration of the track meet. As a result of the cooperative weather we had a stadium full of happy participants and fans. We were also graced with an abundance of helpful volunteers.

Do we really want more tourist dollars?
Recently, I noticed the debate over funding the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Proponents maintain we need to market the Kenai Peninsula by directing funding to the KPTMC by our tax dollars to insure a healthy tourism economy.

Parnell: bad faith in coastal negotiations
Gov. Sean Parnell is lashing out against legislators who fought him on the Coastal Zone Management Program and defending the hard-line negotiations that led to the program's impending demise.

Open burning suspended due to high fire risk
The state Division of Forestry has suspended open burning permits for all areas of the Kenai Peninsula, including Homer and the south Peninsula, until further notice. The Fire Danger Rating is very high for all areas.

Tlingit leader Walter Soboleff dies at 102
JUNEAU (AP) -- Long time Juneau and Alaska Tlingit spiritual leader, elder statesman, and native icon Walter Soboleff died early Sunday morning in his home, surrounded by family.

Time to watch out for wildlife: Hungry bears, calving moose likely to be ornery
After a long winter hibernation, bears are starting to be out and about -- and they are hungry -- says Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kenai area wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger.

Bail set for robbery suspects
A Kenai judge set bail Tuesday for two men implicated in the April armed robbery of Nikiski's 4-Lands Bar and Liquor Store.

Timeless fashion: Club a reason to get dressed up
Last Thursday night, a group of women traded sewing tips and fashion advice around a table at Louie's restaurant in Kenai.

Budget takes shape; Assembly to consider $71 million spending plan at June meeting
Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor David Carey said he had one goal in mind when he began to address the borough's 2012 fiscal budget five months ago.

Photo: So long, farewell

A.L. 'Al' Hudson
Former Kenai resident A.L. 'Al' Hudson died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, Wash. He was 89.

Jan Monroe Wright
Longtime frequent Kenai Penisula visitor Jan Monroe Wright of Klamath Falls, Ore., died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Klamath Falls. She was 51.

Kelley Guy Baker
Clam Gulch resident Kelley Guy Baker died in an automobile accident in Clam Gulch on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. He was 52.

Opportunity of a lifetime
Across the state, Alaska's high school seniors are humming the march, "Pomp and Circumstance," as they prepare to receive diplomas that will launch them into the next part of their life.

Around the Peninsula

Musicians, vendors wanted for music festival

Around the Peninsula

Fencing project under way

Sports Briefs

Kenai Central softball splits with Kodiak

Bears sign David for 2 more: Kenai River coach to return after record-breaking season
Kenai River Brown Bears coach Oliver David, who guided the team to its most successful season in club history last season, will return for the 2011-12 campaign.

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