Many thanks to those who participated in this year’s Soldotna Safety Day. The gray weather could not stop the smiles of the Gold Wing Road Riders and Peninsula Disaster Responses team as they hoisted both tents in place.
The tents were donated by the watershed forum and with so many participants this year, they were needed. The SoHi Swing Choir lent their singing talents to this year’s event. The choir is truly a reflection of our many talented peninsula young people.
We thank the Coast Guard for its boat inspections, both personal and commercial. They make our home waters a safer place for all of us.
Many thanks to our co-sponsor, the city of Soldotna and Mayor Dave Carey and City Manager Tom Boedeker. The Soldotna Police Department D.A.R.E. program officer was present, as well as the Alaska State Troopers with Robbie the Robot, which traveled all around, including in the Fred Meyer store.
This year, the Matrix church brought its puppet show. It entertained the young and young at heart with lively music. Many thanks to Midnight Sun for the stage; the dynamic duo called Grey Heart; singing sensation Nancy Anderson; and acoustic vocalist Katie Evans. All of them donated their time.
Thank you to CES who brought their ladder truck, paramedic vehicle, KPB and the emergency command vehicle, so we could tour them. Thank you guys for your hard work in making our lives safer and for the management of the tents.
The 4-H folks relocated their annual tree sale and brought llamas and alpacas. Thank you for teaching us animal safety and husbandry.
I appreciate the participation of Holly Mercado with her crew of ladies from the office of Children’s Services, Glenda and Mike with CERT Borough Disaster Preparedness Relief, Red Cross and the free smoke detectors made available to those who wanted them, as well as LeeShore and NAMI.
The CocaCola trailer was available with drinks. Thank you Whitey, for donating your equipment from Whitey’s Music store and setting it up, making it possible to listen to our local talent.
Congratulations again to our Soldotna Safety Day Coloring Contest winners and thanks again to Fred Meyer for the award certificates, as well as the location to hold the event. Fred Bear, Good Neigh Bear, Smokey Bear, the Arctic Winter Games’ Rascal the Raven handed out balloons, hugs and handshakes.
Many thanks to those who contributed giveaways, helmets from HEA, smoke alarms from Liquidation Sales and bike helmets from Beemun’s. Last, but not least, this annual event would never get off the ground without the intense effort of my office at Soldotna State Farm and chief coordinator, Renee Duncan. Thank you one and all! I truly am thankful it was a fun-filled and safe day.
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