Posted: Friday, May 31, 2002

Boys and Girls Clubs appreciate support received from United Way

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula United Way for its generous support. Thanks to the United Way, our organization is able to provide a safe, fun and enriching place for more than 2,200 youth across the peninsula.

With the United Way's help, more than 350 children next year will walk through our clubhouse doors every day after school to receive tutoring and homework help, eat a snack, play games, learn to make good choices and create art projects. More than 1,000 local children will play basketball, soccer and other team sports. Other kids will learn to play guitar, dance, act in a play or practice karate. In the summer, hundreds of youth will have a fun, supervised place to be with their friends and make out-of-school time productive.

The United Way and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula make good partners. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our youth. Thank you, United Way.

Tina Herford, Acting executive director,

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula

Moose lodge congratulates this year's scholarship winners

Each year, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose are proud to award a total of $6,000 worth of scholarships to graduating seniors of the four high schools in Kenai, Soldotna and Nikiski. We at the Moose Lodge feel that education is one of the most important building blocks for a successful life, and we want to support and encourage those outstanding students who choose to continue their educations, to become the very best citizens they can.

The selection criteria for these scholarships reflect the values we at The Moose Lodge feel are important to promote among our youth, such as community service, life goals and participation in school activities. Financial needs also played a large part in the selection of our scholarship winners.

The recipients of the 2002 Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose Scholarships are as follows:

Kenai Central High School: Walter C. Ward and Hana Hurley;

Soldotna High School: Todd E. Ghormley and April Locke;

Nikiski High School: Ryan Wicker and Kassie Thomson;

Skyview High School: Bobby Eugene Childers and Oneida Cason.

We at the Moose Lodge congratulate all of this year's scholarship winners for the hard work that earned them these honors, and wish them the very best of luck in their continuing educations and in their lives.

We would also like to encourage all of next year's seniors to apply for the 2003 Moose Scholarship Competition beginning next February, so that the most deserving students can be discovered and recognized for their achievements in their lives and in our community.

Marty Foulger, Scholarship chair, Peninsula Lodge No. 1942, Loyal Order of Moose

Jackie Waldrip, Scholarship Chair, Chapter No. 1120, Women of the Moose

Sterling Elementary PTA says thanks for community help

Sterling Elementary is the best! We are so fortunate to have teachers, staff and parents that truly give everything they have to our children and community.

The end of the school year field day picnic-bike rodeo was once again a huge success thanks to Dr. Byron McCord, Jane Fellman, and all those who volunteered with the rodeo. Thanks also go out to Safeway for its cooperation with the picnic supplies and to all the energetic folks preparing and serving food in the kitchen.

Lana Barnes, we can't thank you enough for your generous contribution of plants for our gardens in front of the school.

The Sterling Elementary Yearbook would not have been possible without these wonderful continuous supporters: Peak Oilfield Services, Moose River Auto & RV Parts, Alaska Wedding Brokers, Tots-N-Teens, Sundog Graphics, F&F Safety, Magpey's Pizzeria, Robinson Hay Ranch, Mom and Dad's Grocery, Alaska SPCA, Strungalong by Jean, Sal's Klondike Diner, Bing Brown's, Sterling Moose River Kennel, Bill & Sons, Sterling Tool Rental, B & D Auto and Denny's Auto Body, Abundant Life Assembly of God, Sackett's Grill, Oakes Enterprises, Gloria's Beauty Salon, Sterling Baptist Church, Merkes Builders Unlimited, C and C Inc., Sadler's Home Furnishings, Soldotna Animal Hospital, Regal Interiors, Suzie's Cafe, Printer's Ink and the Sterling Elementary PTA.

Thank you,

Lynn A. Lund, PTA President 2001/2002, Sterling Elementary School

Volunteers help make end-of-year barbecue at K-Beach big success

We want to thank all of the following businesses for their part in making our end-of-the-year barbecue at Kalifornsky Beach Elemen-tary, held on May 22, such a success. Many thanks to Coca Cola of Kenai, Peterkin Distributors, Agrium, Short Stop, Hostess and Frito Lay for their donations.

Also, we want to thank the many volunteers who worked so diligently to get all 500-plus people served.

And an especially big thank you to James Senn, John Burcham, Paul Oelrich, Rick Oelrich and Jason Daniels, the cooks who stood out in the rain to barbecue all of the hamburgers and hot dogs for our kids.

We really appreciate all of your support. Have a safe and fun summer!

Kathy Howard, PTA secretary, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School

Kenai visitors bureau appreciates support for 'Science on Kenai'

On behalf of the board of directors of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau I would like to applaud Brett Huber and the Kenai River Sportfishing Inc. board of directors for the continued support they've shown us over the years.

Mr. Huber and KRSI are again generously supporting our Monday afternoon "Science on the Kenai" summer interpretive programs, something they've done for three years.

Science on the Kenai is one of three weekly one-hour interpretive sessions from 3 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in June, July and August. The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau features "Art on the Kenai" Wednesdays and "Alaska Heritage" Fridays.

Science on the Kenai will feature bear expert Steve Stringham talking all about living with our bruin neighbors on June 3. Robert Ruffner of the Kenai Watershed Forum will discuss Kenai River water quality surveys on June 10. Janice Chumley of the Cooperative Extension Service will discuss gardening on the Kenai with integrated pest management on June 17. And on June 24, Mike Fastabend of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Spruce Bark Beetle Task Force office will discuss the socio-economic impact of the beetle infestation and what is being done to mitigate it.

Without the generous support of Mr. Huber and KRSI, we would not be able to offer these programs to the public at no charge.

Ricky Gease, Executive director, Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau

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