Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2007

Per Osmar was honored in the afternoon of June 24 by dedication of a dock on the lower Kasilof River. Vince Goddard of Inlet Fisheries owns the dock and had drift fisherman Greg Tikka install a brass plaque inscribed “Per Osmar Dock” on a concrete monument. Per built the dock years ago when he was involved in the fish processing industry. I asked individuals in the crowd when the dock was built.

“I tied up to it in 1968 or ’69,” Frank Mullen said. Frank is a drift fisher whose parents were Soldotna pioneers.

I asked Per the same question and he responded with a strong voice and hearty handshake, “A long time ago.”

At the ceremony, Per and Vince were sort of a mirror image of processors. Per walks with ski pole-like stabilizers and Vince had crutches. His leg was broken and ligaments torn in a bicycle accident earlier this year.

Per’s son, Dean, was on hand. I inquired of him why the dock was being dedicated now.

“Per will be 90 in September,” he told me. “We didn’t want to wait ’til he is 100.”

Eric Connor, Bobby Corriea, Jennifer Dulmage (Per’s caregiver), Andy and Jill Fox, Vince’s wife, River, Erik Huebsch, Chris Johnson, Gary Katsion, Larry Meyer, Dean’s wife, Sara, Matt Tikka and his mother, Elly Tikka, Sally Waechtler, Linda Wright and Per’s dog, Pojken (Swedish for “Boy”) were among the dignitaries at the long-procrastinated event.

Speaking of leg injuries, Cohoe fisherman Tim Osmar broke his leg and ankle in multiple places from a four-wheeler crash he suffered while trying to save cabins in the Caribou Hills. Tim was successful in saving his and his dad’s main cabins, but the family lost other buildings to the fire.

Our condolences go to Tim, who will be facing major surgery. (Editors note: An account to help defray the cost of mounting medical bills has been started at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Tim Osmar. The account number is 8581-79-6409. Checks also can be mailed to: Tim Osmar Recovery Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 44552 Sterling Hwy., Soldotna, AK 99669.)

Larry Meyer of Yukon Road is just back from a 90-day tour of Europe and North Africa. Among the sites he visited were Auschwitz and Birkenau, the death camps Hitler built in Poland. Larry said displays there were grim reminders of their function.

In Tunisia Larry found the people “really nice.” These folks were Muslim and poor, he said. “They would go out of their way to help you, and then not accept a dime.”

In St. Petersburg, Larry’s traveling companion was robbed of $1,600 by jostling pickpockets.

The Kasilof Public Library will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. This summers “Get a Clue” program is being featured to inspire children up to 12 years old to read.

“It involves a little friendly competition,” said librarian Terri Josephson.

Prizes are on display at the library, which is housed at Tustumena Elementary School. On Mondays a story time is held between 4 to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts are taught during the same hour Thursdays. The playground is open, but young children need to be accompanied by an adult. High-speed Internet access also is available.

Other submitted news:

Syliva (McEwen) Schaeffer and Micheal Schaeffer of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Abygale Christine, at 6:35 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

She joins sibling Kaidence Maria. Her grandparents are Jim and Madalyn McEwen of Soldotna, Kathy Hill of Newport, Wash., and Greg Schaeffer of Kennawick, Wash.

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