Annual Safety Day was held at local Fred Meyers

Posted: Tuesday, June 01, 2004

It was another sunny day in Soldotna for the annual Safety Day event held at Fred Meyer May 22. This year's event featured not only Good Neigh Bear from State Farm insurance but Smokey the Bear from the Forestry Department as well. The annual event is co-chaired by State Farm agent, Nancy Mitchell, and the Soldotna city police. It is open to all participants peninsula wide who promote safety and safety issues.

Kenai Racing Lions gave demonstrations, racing their quarter midget racers around the parking lot. They demonstrated correct safety gear for the head/neck, hands (and seat belt).

Trooper Brad Nelson brought some of his fellow officers with the helicopter, so people could see, in a "safe way", up close and personal, just some of the equipment that our law enforcement uses statewide.

This years event had local police sergeant Marvin Towell actively promoting the DARE program by selling hot dogs and sodas'. The response was tremendous. He actually sold out of hot dogs and sodas'. The Soldotna police department had officer Jesse Stoneking, as well as state trooper Brad Nelson, handing out and demonstrating to parents the DNA kits, for small children. Hopefully, the information that is recorded and kept only in the parents possession will never be needed, but if it is, it is the most accurate identification devise currently available.

The Safe Kids Coalition was out in full force. The many volunteers of this organization checked and double checked the correct installation of the child restraints in vehicles. Around the peninsula this organization has other events that they participate in, if you could not make it Saturday, contact Central Peninsula General Hospital, Jane Fellman. If she and her crew cannot check your safety seat at the hospital, she can advise you when the next Safe Kids Coalition-child safety seat inspection program will be held.


City police officer Jesse Stoneking & Good Neigh Bear.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough brought their earthquake cottage which simulates the destructive power of earthquakes. Volunteers were on hand, to distribute and give helpful information in case of an earthquake. The earthquake cottage can be seen at other events through out the year if you missed it at the Safety Day event.

Soldotna is a town of volunteers for good causes. Some local singing artists volunteered their time for our entertaining pleasure. Nancy Anderson has performed her own compositions and is looking forward to producing more of her songs. Sherry Morris is a local artist who has performed nationally, she is looking forward to producing more CDs. It was a delight to have these ladies attend and it added a nice touch to our "Safety Day".

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Because we are all neighbors-lets just be safe-out there!

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