Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

Kids' soccer program possible only with community support

The Boys and Girls Club Indoor Soccer League just concluded another hugely successful season! The Indoor Soccer Program continued to grow again this spring with nearly 450 boys and girls, from all over the central Kenai Peninsula, ranging from 4 years to fifth grade, participating. This fun and positive opportunity for the kids of our community was only possible through the efforts and support of a lot of different people.

Many, many thanks to the truly great coaches who volunteered many, many hours to work with the kids: Mark McGarry, Holly Norwood, Ginny Litchfield, Denise McCamon, Lisa Zulkanycz, Kelly Williams, Lara Ross, Phil Sheridan, Bill Mabrey, John Mohorcich, Ashley Duwe, Veon Kiech, Phil Sonnichsen, Lori Wagoner, Teri Ostrander, Lisa Schmitter, David McCamon, Chris Bruner, Jay Griffel, Debbie Pearson, Jimmy Love, Tamara Bronner, Alan Holt, Jennifer Senette, Doug Emmerich, Melissa Ziehmer, Mary Driscoll, John Hammelman, Janine Carlough, Riz Arbelovsky, Dennis Dunn, Brian Springer, Roger Phillips, Diane Duncan, Shannon McGillivray, Joyce Duwe, Darryl Byerley, Mike Ashwell, Vanessa Gabel, Dave Boyle, Kathy Smith, Bob Shirley, Kenny Leaf, Tim Taylor, Rod Ritchie, Horst Haunold, Ted Pearson, Teresa Saner and Charles Ross.

Without their willingness to give of their time, there would not be an indoor soccer program.

Also the Boys and Girls Club greatly appreciates the local community-minded businesses and individuals who gave of their financial support by sponsoring a team: Michelle Steinbeck at JC Penney, Tesoro, Claudia Furlong at Healthy Changes, Scott McLane of McLane Consulting, the Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706, Kristie Leaf of State Farm Insurance, Dave Schilling of the Uptown Motel, Mike Navarre at Arby's, Alaska's Best Water Products, Offshore Systems Kenai, Kevin Lane of Lifetouch Photography, Dr. James Julien, Family Dentistry, Peak Oilfield Services Co. and Olga's Fine Jewelry. Their support helps ensure our program continues to be a quality one.

Special thanks to Bob Frates and the city of Kenai Recreation Center for the donation of Saturday morning gym time. Also, kudos to Tony Lewis and Kenny Leaf for their help getting the program up and running.

Kathy Ehrhardt, Athletic Program Director Boys & Girls Club

Contributions help give KCHS seniors fun-filled night to remember

On behalf of the Kenai Central High School graduating class, we would like to thank the school staff and community for a fantastic graduation celebration including the wonderful ceremony at the school and a fun-filled after-graduation party at the Kenai Rec Center. These deserving students truly had a night to remember thanks to hours of volunteer effort and generous donations from the community.

Special thanks to Hank Overturf and Lisa Gabriel at KCHS for their assistance in coordinating the After-Grad events. To Scott Slavik and the staff at the Rec Center, we so appreciate your help and hospitality. Thank you also to Gina Kiel for creating crazy hairdos that kept us laughing at three in the morning.

We would particularly like to thank and recognize the following businesses for their contributions to the graduation party which kept the graduates safely celebrating their graduation that night: Baldwin and Butler, Freedom Realty, Boys and Girls Club, Weaver Brothers, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Don Jose's, Ultimate Tan, Kenai Vision Center, KDLL -- Pickle Hill Broadcasting, Loyal Order of the Moose -- Peninsula Lodge 1942, Kenai Air Alaska Inc., city of Kenai, Paradisos, Arby's, Golden Tan, Corporate Express, Signatures Salon -- Kenai, Signatures Salon -- Soldotna, Hertz Rent a Car, Halcyon, Haircutters, State Farm Insurance Agency, Preferred Plumbing and Heating, GCI, Key Bank, Tesoro Alaska Co., Fireweed Herb Garden, Kenai Golf Course, Phillips Alaska Inc., Charlotte's, Era Aviation, Three Bears, Pizza Hut, Summit Cleaners, Kenda's Studio, Williams Express, Taco Bell, Coffee Time Expresso, River and Sea Marine Supply, Wings Cafe, Expresso Barn, Blockbuster, Pizza Pete's, Buckets Sports Grill, Unocal Oil and Gas, KSRM, Healthy Changes, Audio Concepts, Mailboxes Etc., Shucks Auto Supply, Jersey Subs, Coffee Concepts, Gottschalks, Foto Quick, Bridges/Healthy Communities, First National Bank of Anchorage, McDonald's, ACS Wireless, Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson, Napa Auto Parts, Kaladi Brothers, Kenai Peninsula College, ANCO, Agrium, Country Foods, Carrs, Uptown Motel, Echo Lake Superior Meats, Subway, Kmart, Kenai Chrysler, and Lambe, Tuter, Wagner, and Moore.

For the outpouring of support from the community for the graduating seniors, we are grateful.

Elaine Larson, Bekkie Jackson and Bobbie Baldwin

For the After-Graduation Committee Kenai Central High School

'Take a Student Fishing Day' big hit with students, parents

May 20 was the first "Take a Student Fishing Day" on the Kenai River. The concept began as a simple idea to reward students who are putting forth a good effort at school. The idea quickly blossomed with tremendous community involvement and enthusiasm among a variety of organizations and businesses.

The success of the fishing day is credited to many different people within our wonderful community. The Kenai River Professional Guide Association and their guides deserve a big pat on the back for their support of "Take a Student Fishing Day." Scott and Dena Cunningham with McDonald's donated breakfast for the kids and parents. Kaladi Brothers donated coffee. Rueben Hanke at Harry Gaines Fishing Lodge hosted a barbecue sponsored by Coke and Fred Meyer. Brett Huber with Kenai River Sportfishing Association made certificates for all students and guides who participated. Joe Connors, president of the guide association, was instrumental in coordinating all efforts with many different agencies. Joe and Brett both were emcees at the awards ceremony. Herman Fandel did a beautiful job with public relations and coordinating with the media. Custom Seafood Processing in Soldotna (across from Beemun's) donated free processing for the students' fish and made a fish print on a canvas for the second biggest fish.

Thanks to Mike Dinkle from American Trophy Taxidermy for donating a trophy fish mount for the big fish of the day. Mark Glassmaker worked very hard behind the scenes to help launch this program. Jamie Lyons from Lyons Photography took professional pictures of all the events and students with fish. Fish and Game and State Parks gave support to the "Take a Student Fishing Day" by allowing the guides to take the students fishing on a Sunday. Bill Berkahn gave a safety demonstration to all anglers before departing to the rivers.

The following guides donated their services for the "Take a Student Fishing Day": Herman Fandel, Joe Hardy, Tim Hiner, Peter Mueller, Doug Morris, Cliff Chamberlin, John Cho, Bob Estes, Gary Hull, Terry Sappah, Joe Connors, Rick Wood, Kyle Hall, Adam Reid, Jeremy Baum, Tad Waltrip, Gary Chamberlin, Steve McClure, Nick Fortney, Tyland VanLier, Don Ressor, Dave Forester, Bill Whitney, Gary Early, Val Early, Ross Harding, Kyle Hall, David Fandel and Conal Weisman.

The kids and their parents had a great time with the "Take a Student Fishing Day." Many of the participants had never experienced fishing the Kenai or Kasilof rivers, and this day provided them the opportunity to take a closer look at the resource, conservation, environment and the fun that a family can have together while outdoors. Many of the student's are already eagerly awaiting next year's second annual Take a Student Fishing Day.

On behalf of all the students, I thank each and every person who helped make the first "Take a Student Fishing Day" a huge success!

Lee Young Principal, Soldotna Middle School

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