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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cab drivers keep public moving
I wrote a letter a few weeks ago about the cab drivers requesting a extra token, from the people using the red tokens, for a tip. This extra token s a $5 tip, so they are requesting from the people taking a discounted ride a $5 tip to assist them with their groceries. I don't tip $5 even when I pay cash.

Rain doesn't dampen festival
There is a saying, "it will rain on the just and the unjust." There is a song, "Rain is a Good Thing." It rained on the ninth annual Summer Solstice Music Festival June 19 at the Diamond M Ranch. However, the spirits of the dedicated volunteers who organized the event could not be dampened because of the good feelings about the effort extended. The crowd was smaller than desired but they had a good time eating, drinking, contra dancing and listening to super music and winning fantastic door prizes.

Beware of door-to-door salesmen
Beware of door-to-door salesmen. They are from out of state, and after you sign on the dotted line, they are gone.

New organization bowled over by support
Matti's Farm, a new non-profit through Bridges Community Network, was absolutely bowled over by strong community support during our recent raffle fundraiser. Many people did so much to help make the raffle a success, but we would especially like to thank the President of the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association, John Steckel, for his tireless efforts and warm heart. We also extend a deep appreciation to the following Bed and Breakfast Association business owners, who took the time out of their busy summer schedule to sell raffle tickets for Matti's Farm: Forrest and Oscar Nelson at A River's Edge B&B, Richard and Uta Thomas at Alaskan Serenity B&B, George and Tina Showalter at Blonde Bear B&B, Kevin and Valerie Morin at Bridgekeepers Inn, John and Ardee Buckman at Buckmans B&B of Alaska, Gary Katsion and Geoffery Katsion of the Clam Gulch Lodge, Carrol and JoAnne Martin of the Diamond M Ranch B&B, Kathleen and Gary Foster of Foster Landing B&B, Bob and Dot May of Gallery Lodge, Diana Lofstedt of Harborside Cottages, Dick and Stephanie Erkeneff at Kenai River Raven, Chuck and Leora Gibbons of Longmere Lake Lodge B&B, Kathy Carlisle of Ocean Bluff B&B, John and Jacquie Steckel of Red Cabin B&B, Steve and Monika Anderson of Soldotna B&B Lodge, Chris and Delora Garcia of Tanglewood B&B, Heidi and Wayne Wong of The Moose Is Inn, and Bob and Gail Knobf of Tundra Bob's Cabin.

Family Fun shines through rain
Rain or shine, fun was had by all at the annual Nikiski "Family Fun in the Midnight Sun" event. Each year it's truly amazing how much the community steps up to make this a successful celebration.

Local Independence Day festivities carry different significance for many
Melita Efta turned 7 yesterday, so you'll have to excuse her if she was unimpressed that Kenai celebrated its 50th year or that July 4, 2010, marked America's 234th birthday.

'Hobo' finds new home: Local music icon plays different venue after BJ's closure
On a stage in the corner of the Riverside House in Soldotna, "Hobo" Jim Varsos plays against a backdrop of the Kenai River.

Fish fix: Department changes sonar counting procedures
The Department of Fish and Game on Friday announced changes in its sonar counting procedures for Kenai River salmon.

Workers sign up for credit protection services after identity crises
More than 25,000 anxious public employees and retirees have signed up for credit protection services after a state contractor last year lost personal data on 77,000 current and former state, municipal and school employees, state officials say.

Alaska, Canada, Northwest collaborate
It's hardly well-known -- in fact, "obscure" comes to mind for most Alaskans -- but a tightly-run Seattle-based nonprofit plays a big role in helping political leaders in U.S. Pacific Northwest states, Alaska, and Canada's western provinces get to know each other and mesh their priorities.

Janett C. Garrett
Longtime Soldotna resident Janett C. Garrett died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Around the Peninsula

Youth grief camp slated

Both girls go to horse camp
This is my daughter, Penelope, and our miniature horse, Mukluk, at a trick show that he did. We have trained him to do tricks, and he sometimes does little shows for camps, 4-H, and churches. He's a wonderful pet to have, lovable and silly at the same time. He is three years old, and a full grown horse.

Sports Briefs

Ostrander wins at Mount Marathon

Goldpanners continue red-hot play: Fairbanks squad comes back to defeat Oilers, extend lead in ABL
The home cooking of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks is fast becoming too hot for the Peninsula Oilers and the rest of the Alaska Baseball League.

Twins win 2 in 1 day for 1st time all year
The American Legion Twins swept a doubleheader from Eagle River on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. This was the first sweep of a doubleheader for the Twins (7-7, 10-18) this season.

Sports Briefs

Football camp starts Monday

Oilers beat Fire, lose to Panners
The Peninsula Oilers split an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader on Sunday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks, falling to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-2 before beating the Athletes in Action Fire 9-1.

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