Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2001

KCHS choir's 30-year reunion celebration makes new memories

While I look forward to personally thanking every individual who participated in the celebration of my 30th anniversary as Kenai Central High School choir director, I very much want to publicly recognize here a few specific people.

"How Do I Love Thee? -- Let Me Count The Ways"

Donors: Time and materials of corporate and individual sponsors, including paid advertisements in the programs: AirTek, Inc.; Alaska's Best Travel; Alaskan Gift & Gallery; Arby's; Agrium; Pierce Bassett; Duane Bannock -- Kenai City Council member; Bishop Lake Studio; Body Master; Cherie Brewer -- KSRM/WHQ Marketing; Charlotte's; Connie's Salon; D & W Tank; Diamond M Ranch; Paul Fischer -- KSRM Sound Off; Hultberg Chiropractic Clinic; Will Jahrig family; Kenai Spot Shop; KSRM-WHQ-K-KIS-KSLD Radio; Carrol Martin; Milepost; Marion K. Nelson; Mike's Appli-ance Repair; Nelson Amen's Kenai Dixieland Band; Peak Oilfield Service Co.; Peninsula Clarion; Peninsula Memorial Chapels; Peterkin Distributors; Professional Home I.V.; Red Cabin B & B; USANA; R & K Industrial, Inc.; Save-U-More; Seekins Ford Peninsula; Snug Harbor Seafoods; Struempler Plumbing; Tesoro; Three Bears.

Dignitaries: U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, Gov. Tony Knowles, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Tim Navarre; Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly; Kenai Mayor John J. Williams; Kenai City Council; Robert T. Peterkin II, president, Kenai Chamber of Commerce; Kenai Chamber of Commerce; Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson; Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board; Dale Sandahl, master of ceremonies.

Reunion Committee: Hundreds and hundreds of hours and months and months of preparation: Margaret McCubbins; Lisa McCubbins Thompson; Mary McCubbins; Woody McCubbins; Connie Carlson Shinn; Chris Herrick Tapley; Marion K. Nelson; Jacquie Imle Steckel; KB Imle; AvaNell Bassett; Mariannell Bassett-Dilley; Brenda Zubeck; Noel Lyse Jones.

Auditorium Committee: Charles Cran-ston; John Dahlgren; Margaret McCubbins; James Montgomery; Tim Navarre; Marion K. Nelson; Dale Sandahl; Jacquie Imle Steckel; Walter Ward; John J. Williams.

Extended Thanks: Charles Bailey, Web master; Mark Burgener, program and T-shirt design; Leonard Efta, podium wood work; Greg Daniels, photography and slide presentation; KCHS PTSA; Rosemary Bird, ushers; Joan Hansen, Kenai Neighbors column; Carrol Martin, chef extraordinaire; A. Kearlee Wright; Jay Smith, Jay Smithmusic; Kurt Riemenn, Surreal Studios CD Recording; Gordon Griffin, KCHS theater manager; Tim Elder, KCHS theater technician; Sam Stewart, KCHS principal; Hank Overturf, KCHS assistant principal; Will Hubler, KCHS swimming pool manager; Jim Beeson and the KCHS girls basketball day care services; MK Knudsen, KCHS girls basketball sponsor; Blair Martin, Agrium grill coordinator; Michelle Leighton; Mariannell Bassett-Dilley; Margaret Simon; M. Scott Moon, Peninsula Clarion, photographer.

Flowers: A. Kearlee Wright; Dorothy, Bobby and Jeri Besch; Paul and Troy Larson; Sherry Taylor Sanders; Richard and Virginia Hallmark.

KCHS Choir Director's Chefs: AvaNell Bassett, Margaret Simon, Jacquie Imle Steckel, Joy Ward.

Musicians: Rosemary Bird, soprano soloist; Elna Bird, mezzo soprano soloist; Maria Allison, piano and violin; Susie Lee, viola; Geri Brigham, piano; Tammy Vollom-Matturro, clarinet; Aaron McCubbins, Steven Campanella, James McCubbins, Micah Houtz, Quinn Brown, Todd Jackson, vocal soloists.

Music Feeder Programs: Elaine Larson, J.D. Uponen, Rosemary Bird, Boyd Holland (posthumously).

And last but most importantly, The Singers: The 160-plus singers from Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and beyond.

"How Do I Love Thee? -- Let Me Count The Ways"

How do I say thank you to the wonderful Kenai/Soldotna community? How do I say thank you to the former Kenai, North Kenai (Nikiski now), Soldotna and Sterling students for coming back to Kenai Central and singing: Once again, you made the forest sing; every note from every person was a treasured gift. What a joy for me to be able to conduct you one more time -- one very, very special time. Thank you.

I am overwhelmed and humbled at the honor bestowed on me; and, though I am most unworthy, I am very grateful. Thank you to all of you. It was quite a night. To quote Steph Arbelovsky, '00, "It was, it was, ... magical!"

Rene C. Henderson KCHS choir director, 1971-2001+

Mother's Day tradition a big hit

The Boy Scout Troop No. 357 Mother's Day Breakfast was once again a huge success! Thank you to Duane Bannock, Kevin and Judy Walker, Walt Ward, Sam and Beth Strange, Bill Parker, Jack and Troy Castimore, Lance Necessary, Len Jansen, Boy Scout Troop No. 672, Karen Kester and the Kenai Elks Lodge, Country Foods, Big Kmart, Petal Pushers flower shop, Art Waters and Deans Printing, Jim Bookey and his awesome Coffee Time sign, and especially all those who showed up to eat those great pancakes. We could not have succeeded without all of you.

Dan Castimore Scoutmaster Boy Scout Troop No. 357

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