Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2007

Readers, you got what you wanted. After listening to comments like, “I don’t like the new format” and “I liked the old columns better,” the Clarion has decided to combine the old with the new, and we would appreciate your suggestions and recommendations. We will be allowed to talk about community events more.

Problem is I’m out of the loop now. I don’t get the newsletters, faxes and e-mails like I used to, telling me what was going on in our community. So, if a more “newsy” column is what you want, you’re going to have to help me. That means if you’ve had happy events, accolades and attaboys you wish to extend about upcoming events or projects, new people in town, old friends coming and going, special classes or activities to suggest for keeping guests and kids busy this summer and just basic neighborhood news, you need to call me. My fax number is the same as my phone number, and if you have a newsletter you would like to send me, call and I’ll give you my address. If this new format is going to succeed, you have to help, so please do.

This is the week to get out your patriotic colors and come to the Kenai’s Fourth of July celebration. Janie Odgers, Kenai Chamber of Commerce executive director (whose birthday is today), told me this could be the “best ever” celebration. In past years, there were events after the parade, but aside from the 4-H petting zoo, not a lot for kids in particular. Therefore, this year’s focus is on the kids, following through with the old-time circus theme, “Under the Big Top.” Penny Furnish, chairman of the celebration, has worked nonstop to see there are scads of things for kids to do, lots of great prizes to be given away and all sorts of new additions. There are more than 50 entrants so far in the parade, led by grand marshals George and Mary Ford. Sponsors will give away 1,500 balloons, 500 pennants, flags, bags for kids to put candy in, and more. Events on the green strip park after the parade include arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, food (of course, the Kenai Senior Citizens Center pie booth will be humming) and musical entertainment. The music will go on until 4 p.m. on the new stage, built for the chamber by Spenard Builders and Udelhoven Oil Field Service Co. It was painted by Dunkin and Bush. There is still time to enter the parade, so get out the chicken wire and Kleenex and build your float. The Best Float traveling trophy will be awarded at 1 p.m.

Happy birthday today, July 2 to Richard Demello and Jeremy Bon; July 3 to Jocelyn Hansen; on July 4 to Gilbert Hunt and Fiocla Wilson; and to Dallas Hansen, Beth Mishler and Matt Quiner on July 5.

Other submitted news:

Janson graduates

Kenai resident Kaci L. Janson graduated from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. on May 24.

Janson received a degree of doctor of physical therapy degree and bachelor of science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004.

She is the daughter of Lynn and Len Janson of Kenai.

Classes to reunite

The following Kenai Central High School class reunions are scheduled:

· The class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion Friday and Saturday. The committee is seeking information on former classmates. For a list of classmates or to check in with the committee, e-mail or visit

· The class of 1987 will host its 20-year anniversary July 13-15. Reunion organizers are seeking classmates. For more information or to check in, call Sherrie Barlow at (602) 264-3319 or e-mail

· The class of 1977 will hold its 30-year reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight July 21 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 398-9319 or e-mail her at


Lindzy and Nick Williams III of Kenai, announce the birth of their son, Kaden Nicholas, at 1:02 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.

His grandparents are John and Joyce Mullican of Soldotna, Tim and Veronica Thomas of Federal Way, Wash., and Nick Williams Jr. of Auburn, Wash. Her great-grandparents are Clyde and Roseann Mullican of Soldotna, Corkey Moore of Soldotna, Maryellen Guarin of Federal Way, Wash. and Nick Williams Sr. of Auburn, Wash.

· Heather Floyd and Benjamin Hanson of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Elliot Williams Hanson, at 5:01 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2007, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

He joins brother, Hayden.

·Tracie and Chuck Seater of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Elijah Charles, at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 1.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.

He joins sister, Melanie Rose, 1. His grandparents are Doug Nightingale, Dena and Steve Tanner and Chuck and Kelly Seater, all of Nikiski. His great-grandparents are Lola and Joe Nightingale and Nadine Gabbett, all of Nikiski.

· Kimberly Rodgers and Andrew Whipple of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Jayden Andrew Rodgers-Whipple, on Friday, June 15, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

His grandparents are Carl and Kathy Rodgers of Kenai and Karen Glenn of Seward. His great-grandparents are Fiocla Wilson of Kenai and Blair and Sandra Whipple of Yuma, Ariz.

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