Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Hello neighbors.

Happy Flag Day.

Something to think about: It is summer in Alaska and along with the beauty and the fun of summers come not only the mosquitos, but many road construction and sightseers, also. They are here to marvel at the wonders that many enjoy all year long.

A reduction in speed (and a few extra minutes) should still get where you are going on time without getting in a fender bender.

Registration for the Kenai Performers summer theater camp is through Monday. Each session will create and produce its own musical. Session one is open to kids who have finished grades one through six and is from 9 a.m. until noon July 5 through 22. Session two is open to youth who have finished grades six through 12 and is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 5 through 22. Call Carol at 776-8308 for more information and cost.

Registration is at the playhouse in Kenai and at Family Fun in the Midnight Sun in Nikiski this weekend.

It's baseball season and the Kenai Oilers are playing ball at home almost this whole month. Friday is Ladies Night at the park. Ladies will receive a rose and free admittance.

The gals in the Red Hat Society will be there in their purple and red finery to join the fun. I think this is one of the best kept secrets in Kenai. The game starts at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Kenai Elks annual open golf tournament will be held at the Kenai Municipal Golf Course with a 8 a.m. shotgun start. Registration forms must be received at the lodge by 5 p.m. Friday.

Scramble play teams will be drawn Friday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Tournament fee is $60 and includes registration, green fees, door prizes and a lunch buffet at the lodge.

Cash awards will be for the top three teams, prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, and the last place team. Call the Elks after 4 p.m. at 283-7776 with your questions. Proceeds will benefit the Kenai Elks youth programs.

New owners of the Kenai Mail Station, Inc. are Tristan and Terri Saito. The Mail Station is located in the strip mall next to Safeway. Good luck to the Saitos in their new endeavor.

Congratulations are in order for Brian and Peggy Millyard, who have been blessed with their first grandchild.

Son, Brian, and his wife, Brittany Millyard presented them with a granddaughter, Hannah Luzie Virginia Millyard. She was born in Anchorage in May.

Peggy has all the earmarks of becoming a grandmother extraordinaire. She's been training for it for years.

This weekend is a chance to hear 12 hours of the live music on the peninsula — blues, bluegrass, country folk, jazz and rock and roll. It's the KDLL Art and Music Festival on Saturday from noon to midnight at the Diamond M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

There will be vendor booths and plenty to eat and drink. Some of the entertainment scheduled to appear are Worth Much Cattle, Spur Highway Spankers, Mabrey Brothers, Gottsche Family Band, Katie and the Cousins, North Road Pounders and the DNA Band.

Like to get in free? Volunteer to help. Call Allen Auxier at 283-8433 for more information and admission prices. It is open to the public.

The summer interpretive program this week will feature: Alaskan Baladeer, Hobo Jim. He will perform ballads about his life's experiences in Alaska. He will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center; Friday, Dave Atcheson will demonstrate fly-tying for use in fishing in the lakes, rivers and streams on the peninsula. Dave is the author of "Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula," and he also was one of the organizers and instructors of the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai Fishing Academy. His presentation will be at 3 p.m.; and Monday's program will feature Mike Adlan speaking about Kenai Canoe Trails.

These programs are open to the public free of charge. Bring your visitors and your kids and see what you can learn about life on the Kenai.

Happy birthday today to Anne Nash, Mechelle Stelljes, Elmer Koskela and Marilyn Bannock; Wednesday: Esther Rhines, Pat Robinson and Daniel Hutchens; Thursday: Hazel Wade, Gloria Huckabay, Susan Lovett and Debra Mullins; Friday: Anthony Olick, Jacob Carlson and Bobbie Spence; Saturday: Kitty Swanson, Velda Geller and Sheena Demaris; Sunday: Darrel Payment and Jaime Rodriguez; and Monday: Mary Lewis, Bernard Strahmann, Idamarie Mann, Barbara Basas and Paul Wilson.

Best of the best to all of you.

Point to ponder this week: "If you're on the right track, it's probably uphill."

Joan Hansen can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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