Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rise above the mix
Cake lovers, I've heard you. After two weeks worth of columns containing recipes for pie, you've told me that you're ready to eat some cake. So, here you go -- two stunnnig recipes for scratch cakes, one chocolate and one vanilla, from the recently published "Cakes to die for!," by Bev Shaffer, author of "Brownies to die for!," "Cookies to die for!" and the "Mustard Seed Market & Caf Natural Foods Coobkook." Shaffer's impossible-to-resist square-shaped "Fluffy Peanut Butter-Frosted Chocolate Cake," with its unmistable homemade taste and texture, will become a fast family favorite. And, her easy to prepare "Ricotta Vanilla-Bean Pound Cake" is the kind of moist pound cake that gets even better with age.

For the frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Redoubt students make a difference
The students, parents and staff at Redoubt Elementary are to be applauded for their generous contributions and effort put forth during their Community Service Project Fundraiser. Earlier in this year, the students voted to help the animals at the local animal shelters as a way to give back to the community. They were able to raise over $2100.00! Those funds were then used to purchase various items needed at our local animal shelters. In addition to their fundraising, they also received donations and discounts from the following business: Cadre Feed, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Save-U-More, Wal-Mart, Soldotna Animal Hospital, Twin Cities Veterinary Hospital and Our Best Friends. A big "thank you" to those businesses for partnering with Redoubt Elementary in their effort to make a difference in our community. It has been a joy and privilege to be a part of this project!

SoHi after-grad grateful for support
The after graduation committee at Soldotna High School would like to thank the following businesses and people for contributing to an incredible event on May 18:

Scholarship assistance will pay dividends
Nikiski High School would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that so graciously gave scholarships to our students this year and their representatives that attended Nikiski Awards Night May 11.

Memorial service focuses on military members sacrifices for America
Speakers at this year's Memorial Day Services held in Kenai wanted their audience to remember what the holiday's true meaning was.

Swanson Lake fire ongoing
The fire reported Monday at 5:20 p.m. two miles west of Swanson Lake continues to burn, according to officials. Bud Sexton, fire information official, said that the Alaska Division of Forestry and US Department of Fish and Wildlife requested additional firefighters and air support to assist the eight choppers currently fighting the 60-acre fire and received two village crews to assist.

Dividend stock values healthy
Rising stock values are paving the way for a healthy Permanent Fund Dividend this year, despite earlier fears there wouldn't be enough money available to legally pay the full dividend.

K-Beach road closure slated
Kalifornsky Beach Road will be closed at Milepost 2 starting Wednesday through June 15 due to construction work on the Coal Creek Fish Passage project.

Bonebrake retires after nearly 25 years
During his nearly 25 years with the city of Soldotna, Steve Bonebrake wore a number of hats.

Hydro input sought
Meetings are being held Wednesday and Thursday in the village of Moose Pass for members of the public to voice their concerns about the impact of a proposed Homer Electric Association hydroelectric project on Grant Lake in the mountains nearby.

DOT: Roadwork not a do-over
A stretch of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof will be closed starting today until June 15 as crews put in a wider culvert, allowing for better fish passage.

Jack H. Brewer
Longtime Nikiski resident Jack H. Brewer died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 52.

Around the Peninsula

Relay bank nights begin

Twin City Raceway holds 1st event
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Circle Track Division held its first event of the season Saturday at Twin City Raceway. The results follow:

Kenai Golf Report: All 18 greens in play at Kenai Golf Course
Could we have asked for better weather for the Memorial Day weekend? Last week when I submitted the column, I never even realized the holiday weekend was upon us. The Memorial Day holiday unofficially marks the beginning of summer and officially commemorates the U.S. servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate price for our personal freedoms. I would like to thank all the past and present members of the military, as well as our local fire and police departments, for keeping us safe. Some of my favorite people are veterans.

Former Brown Bears move on
Former Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman, Jared Beers, will play for NCAA Division I Notre Dame next year. Beers skated with Kenai River during the 2008-09 campaign. Last season, Beers played for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in the United States Hockey League.

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