Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alaska distillery releases it's smoked salmon flavored vodka
Anchorage/Wasilla - Alaska Distillery, the state's first local vodka producer, announces the release of their newest product, Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka. It is the first Smoked Salmon flavored vodka ever produced and has a rare and complex character.

Chocolate Raisin Walnut Pie
Best of Show, Professional Division

Lemon Swirl Cream Cheese Pie
Best of Show, Amateur Division

Make Pie -- For Memorial Day
If you are looking for a dessert idea to complete your Memorial Day meal plans, I hope you will consider making pie. Of course, enjoying pie made from an old family recipe is wonderful, but bringing a new pie to the table, especially one selected as the best of the best by the 200 judges of the 16th Annual American Pie Council (APC)/Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships, is very exciting, too.

A reason for optimism
I recently lost my keys. I looked in all the usual and not so usual places but couldn't find them. I wasn't too worried though; they usually show up. And they did but in a most unusual way: I got a call from the Fitness Place saying someone had found them at the park, saw a Fitness Place tag on the ring and took them there.

Gulf of Mexico spill tragic
This is it! Another oil spill, lives lost, then what happens?

Kagan worthy of confirmation
Elena Kagan is a representitive of all minorities and will respresent diversities of not only gender but racial and unpopular challenges and issues of America's mainstream judicial system. President Barack Obama's agendas are, so far, proven to be healthy for America, and reasons for his selection of Ms. Kagan to the U.S. Supreme may also be good. We must give Our Commander and Chief a fair chance to implement his (unselfish) plan for the good of all America.

Bike rodeo a fun, safe day
The Kaleidoscope bike rodeo was a great success. The students learned a lot about bike safety from officer Mitch Langseth, had helmets checked or purchased them from nurse Jane Fellman with Safe Kids, and had fun learning on the course. This event could not have been such a great event without volunteers. Special thanks go out to the following terrific contributors: officer Mitch Langseth, nurse Jane Fellman, the Moose Lodge volunteers (Governor Joe Stanford, Bob Monroe Sr., Adreann Baker, Sadie Larson, Gretchen Larson and Brett Roller) who brought the barbecue and cooked for all the students and staff. Steve's Chevron provided the propane. Brad Carver from the Bike Shop loaned bike maintenance tools, Kaleidoscope PTA provided refreshments for the volunteers as well as snacks and beverages for the students. Last but not least I would like to thank the parent volunteers: Jen and Sam Satathite, Luke Jackson, Jason and Lysa Diorec, Marian Austin, Erin Miles and Molly Sansotta, Misty Hamilton, Maria Shaginoff, Jessica and Terry Bookey, Gerri Litzenberger, Jan Marquis, Michelle Olson and Will Morrow.

Skyview commends fit students
The Skyview High School PE Department would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2010 Mr./Ms. Skyview Fitness Contest: Fantastic Freshman - Sam Janorschke; Super Sophomores - Melissa Trotter and Cody Williams; Ms. Skyview - Jaci Lamborn; Mr. Skyview - Tyler Nichols; Best Guns - Ivy O'Guinn and Tyler Nichols; Best Back - Ivy O'Guinn and Freddie Pollard; Best Abs - Jaci Lamborn and Brandon Jones; Best Poser - Jaci Lamborn and Tyler Nichols.

Brownie troop learns through service
I'd like to introduce Nikiski Brownie Girl Scout troop 545. They were asked how they could help their community this year in a Brownie Quest.

Alaska will benefit from spill
The good and bad of it all:

Oilfield firms see pockets of activity
Business is down for many firms in the state's oil and gas support industry but there are pockets of activity on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet, so it's not all bad news.

Moose Federation to transport calves after mother dies
All day on Monday, neighbors could hear the two young moose wailing.

DOT details where drivers can find construction work on the Kenai this summer
While summer usually means fun trips with family and friends, it also means increased road construction that could slow down vacation travel. But motorists who know where to find those pesky orange cones on the Kenai Peninsula will also have the best shot at avoiding them.

Around the Peninsula

Relay for Life events coming up

Stars take 2 from Mariners
The bats of the host Soldotna baseball team were a little off on Tuesday in a Southcentral Conference game against Homer. That didn't matter, because Stars starting pitcher Josiah Covey was on.

SoHi softball tops Kenai
The Soldotna softball team defeated Kenai Central 15-4 in four innings in nonconference action on Monday in Kenai.

Kenai Golf Report: Grandparents share their love of golf with the next generation
What a great week this has been -- wonderful weather and a lot of opportunities for golfing at the Kenai Golf Course. My better half and I had the pleasure of taking our 8-year-old grandson, Levi Rosin, to the KGC for some quality bonding time on the driving range and practice green. Levi's knowledge of golf, other than that of the miniature variety, came solely from his beloved video games and occasionally watching the professionals on TV with his papa. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the excitement on his face when he connected with the ball. Watching him watch some of the other folks on the driving range was priceless -- especially the young man who was easily hitting the balls to the end of the range. I will never forget the look on Levi's face as he watched the balls sail down the driving range, bouncing off the back net. It was an afternoon to be treasured and one of many more I hope to come.

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