Safety message gets across with lots of help

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2005

A hearty thanks to all who made the 2005 Soldotna Safety Day one of the best ever.

First of all, to our participants who make it their business to protect our lives and community: U.S. Coast Guard Officer Chris Ellison, Alaska State Troopers Search and Rescue, pilot Trooper Mel nading, Trooper Brad nelson and Kazan, Soldotna Police Department Officer Mark Berestoff and his wife, Liz Berestoff (the cotton candy was delicious), Central Emergency Services Fire Marshal Gary Hale and fireman Josh Thompson, Kenai national Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Division of Forest Service.

A huge thanks to those who take their time to promote safety in many different activities; Lisa with the Kenai Racing Lions, Barb with the LeeShore Center, Mike Moore with the Peninsula Driving Academy, Alex Zerbinos and the Gold Wing Road Riders, and Mike Hancock with Peninsula Martial Arts.

Lastly, this event would not be nearly so fun without the many entertainers who gave their time and talent. This year they gave above and beyond in their dedication (in the torrents of rain) to making safety a fun time; Peninsula Christian Center, youth Pastor Mike Butler, natalie Kohler for giving demonstrations on roller blades, singer-songwriter nancy Anderson, JD Uponen, The Blue Moon Revue and singers-performers Whitey and Liz Dyment entertained us along with some of their friends. Whitey owns Zumwalt's Music Store and is the magician who made sure the speakers and microphones didn't give an electrical performance of their own. Country and Western Hall of Famers Judy and John Hall gave their time and talents, as well as those of their friends. Thank you all so very much.

Congratulations and thank you to those who participated in the coloring contest. We all are winners when it comes to supporting safety.

This community involvement opportunity and, once again, many in the community came together to help and support us. Thank you to Glen Martin of Martin Mines and the Peninsula Center Mall, Steve Beeson and Beemun's and to Dorothy Seaman with Fred Meyer.

Thank you to our special speaker, Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker and a big thanks to my dad, Dwain Gibson, who even though he is actively retired, was persuaded to MC in the pouring rain, under the tent donated by the Kenai Watershed Forum.

Thank you again. next year will be even more fun and much better weather, we hope.

nancy Mitchell, Chair, Soldotna Safety Day

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