Cooper Landing

Posted: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A sunny good morning.

Congratulations to Matthew Smith for graduating in the top 10 of his Skyview High School class last month. A family friend said Matthew is attending the University of Alaska Anchorage this fall. He was awarded a tuition scholarship for his class standing.

Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc. continues to work toward its first six-plex housing unit above Snug Harbor Road. The CLSCCI board will select a contractor soon from the bids received. In the meantime, they are still working on access road plans with the Kenai Peninsula Borough .

"Into Brown Bear Country" is Will Troyer's latest book and is published by University of Alaska Press in Fairbanks. Books will be available at the Cooper Landing Museum as soon the publisher receives another shipment. Folks at the museum are looking forward to having Will visit when the books arrive for a signing party.

And speaking of Will, he gave the grass and dandelions at Helen Rhode Park a much needed trim last week. Took a lot longer than he expected, though, because many friends stopped by to chat when they saw him at work. I was one of them. We talked about his bear book and about working on the park.

He told me about another time when he was mowing the grass and a young woman stopped by with her goats and offered to do the mowing for him. Seems like the goats were immediately attracted to the wild flower bed planted and tended by Jim and Pinkie Richardson, so Will had to do some goat herding, too.

TelAlaska, Moose Pass, Mountain Madness, Avalanche Acres and Alaska Rivers are still in the softball tournament as I write this. Kenai Princess Lodge, Summit Lake Lodge, Wildman, Alaska Wildland Adventures and Cooper Landing Floating and Fishing were eliminated. TelAlaska is the only undefeated team so far. The playoffs were Sunday, so I will let you know next week what happened.

The Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance volunteers were busy providing dinners and snacks and raffling off many donated items.

Mayme Ohnemus was in charge of the first softball tournament held in early June 1995 and sponsored by the Cooper Landing Community Club. Proceeds from the sales of food and team sponsorships benefited the area ambulance squad by funding the health fair, emergency medical technician training and uniforms. Eventually the parent advisory committee took over the food concessions with the playoff dinner remaining with the community club.

The tournament was increased in length and numbers of teams over the years. By 1999, Dave Westerman headed the softball tournament. Dan Michels took over from Dave two years ago. The teams traditionally pay $75 each to the community club and this helps with tournament expenses. Did you know the men and women hit different kinds of softballs? The women use a harder ball and you can hear a loud crack when someone connects with a hard line drive. I think the men were hitting too many over the fence so theyhad to go with a squishier softball.

From the June Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center newsletter comes information about Mary Louise Molenda's new business, Peaks. Peaks is located in the former Sackett's Kenai Grill and offers pizzas, appetizers and entrees.

There's a collection of 1949 magazines at the Cooper Landing Museum. On a cool, windy day when I was volunteering, I looked through issues of Farm Journal, House Beautiful, Saturday Evening Post and others. I particularly liked the illustrated articles on table manners, the advice on milk-feeding tomatoes for a higher yield and the advertisement for the chromed brass hot and cold water mixer.

My favorite vehicle advertisement was for a Kaiser Traveler, "2-cars-in-one," for only $2,088. The accompanying photograph show a pony and a bale of hay in the back to the car but said it was a luxurious six-passenger sedan. Looks like it would have been a good car for Alaska in 1949.

Mona Painter can be reached by phone at 595-1248 or by email at

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