Monday, June 11, 2007

Family grateful for community support
Thank you to all who spent time to help with making soups and pies for the fundraiser for Jacob Eckerman. A special thank you to the ladies who helped make the fundraiser happen and be so successful. A big thanks to the community, as well. There are so many people out there that I don’t even know who to thank. So if I’ve missed someone, know that all of you did a great thing, and Jacob and his family are very thankful for all of you.

Clubhouse making difference for students
It is not often that an organization impacts a great number of children in the way that the Boys and Girls Clubhouse of Nikiski has. For the past three years, I have watched as Shanette Wik and the other members of the clubhouse have worked endless hours on behalf of our Nikiski children. Shanette’s leadership and ability to see beyond the basic scope of the program has given us a program that affects children from 5 to 12.

River runs through festival
Despite weather that was cool and cloudy, organizers of the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Kenai River Festival knew on Saturday morning that moving the annual event from Kenai to Soldotna Creek Park was a good idea.

ACT seeks term limits
The grassroots group Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, well known for its past initiative efforts aimed at borough taxes, has now targeted lengthy stays in public office. The group filed applications for initiative petitions with the borough clerk’s office seeking to impose term limits on assembly and school board seats.

State money aimed at playground equipment
As school children and their teachers probably know too well, all work and no play is less likely to make Jack and Jill dull as it is to have them bouncing off the walls.

Grant money sought for teacher housing
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is set to submit an application to a state grant program seeking financial help in building new teacher housing in the remote Kachemak Bay village of Nanwalek.

Roads, bluff erosion, heart surgery on residents’ minds
The response: “I don’t know. I just had heart surgery,” was not exactly what Kenai pollsters expected to hear when they asked what people consider to be the most important issue facing the city of Kenai today.

Wagoner recaps work in Juneau
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, delivered a recap of this year’s Juneau session to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

United Way exceeds funds goal
Kenai Peninsula United Way far exceeded its 2006 fundraising campaign goal of $600,000, as peninsula residents, businesses and corporations had contributed more than $820,000 by the April 15 deadline, according to Executive Director Tina Marie Herford.

Flighty: Rare bird hard to track down
With a conspicuous red breast, frequent habit of foraging on the front lawn, and distribution range from Barrow to the Florida Keys, the American robin may be a familiar sight, but one rare specimen spotted around town recently is worth taking notice of.

James E. Carter Sr.
Longtime Alaskan James E. Carter Sr. died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, from heart failure at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Gilbert Nelson
Seward resident Gilbert Nelson died Sunday, May 27, 2007, in Seward. He was 56.

Francis Andrew ‘Bud’ Knapp
Lifelong Alaska resident Francis Andrew “Bud” Knapp, died Thursday, June 7, 2007, at his home in Kasilof. He was 73.

It’s only Natural...: Baseball gets what it deserves in lost fans from scandals
Coming soon to a television near you, Barry Bonds as “The Natural.”

Construction class helps build future
Kenai Peninsula high school students are not only building a booth for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in a construction class this summer; they’re building their futures, as well.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
Has something your mother taught you stayed with you so clearly that you have become obsessive about it? We all remember to wear clean underwear in case we’re in an accident, and not to run with pointy sticks, lest we fall and put an eye out. Many of us still don’t swim until an hour after eating and we always eat our carrots so we can see in the dark.

Peninsula Reflections
Alaska Nellie Lawing is featured in the Cooper Landing Museum in pictures, a model of her home, and newspaper articles, but the exhibit is evolving to capture the spirit of this unique woman. Nellie Neal came to Alaska in 1915 and worked for the railroad feeding workers and travelers, mined, trapped, drove dog teams, hunted big game, and eventually settled in Roosevelt on Kenai Lake east of Moose Pass. The community was renamed Lawing after Nellie became the postmaster. She married William Lawing, known as Billie, on the stage of the Liberty Theater in Seward in the fall of 1923.

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons make a splash Garden club digs in Luau fundraiser ready to entertain Classes set to reunite Magic in the air Father’s Day brunch Special delivery

Alaska youngsters get opportunity to learn the ins and outs of forensics
If a human torso washed up along Cook Inlet, would you be able to determine the sex, height and ethnicity of the person based solely on their remains? Students at the Grace Christian School in Anchorage will be able to before the month is out.

Heros of the Week
My heartfelt thanks go to this generous group. We have been shipping food items, cards, cribbage boards, throw away razors, etc. to an Alaskan unit in Afghanistan, whose commander is 1st Lt. Randal Russell.

Around the Peninsula
Stress to be discussed Nutrition classes available Wednesday market stocks up Social Security to visit peninsula Stem cell health to be discussed Alzheimer’s information available Teachers ready to learn Spit run set to start Walk for Hope fundraiser planned Cameras, photo printers sought

· Amber and Bud Meeks of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Marcus Alexander, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Humphries followed God’s vision to ministry post in Soldotna
Leaving California for a remote place like Soldotna was not high on Alan Humphries’ list of things he wanted to do, but he came anyway. When he and his wife Miriam arrived with their two sons in the dead of winter 20 years ago, it was so cold that ice cube would have been a better way to describe the city.

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Twins take twin bill from Eagle River
Steven Mabeus is conscious of the sporadicity of Alaska weather.

Twins learn the hard way vs. Oilers
Call it a learning experience for the American Legion Post 20 Twins.

Run takes new course
The running community on the central peninsula is small enough so pretty much everybody knows everybody. That’s why when Adam Reimer stayed on the tail of Kenai’s Mark Blanning and passed him for the victory at the Run for the River in Soldotna on Saturday, Blanning figured Reimer was from Anchorage.

Oilers ready for title defense
First impressions are always important.

On June 4, Kristy Wisniewski and Jim Hayes of Toledo, Ohio along with Kristy’s parent’s Tom and Karen Wisniewski, also of Toledo, decided to hike Skyline Trail on the Kenai Peninsula with Kristy’s cousins Lacey, Grant and Justin Wisniewski, who they came to visit in Kenai.

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