One of the greatest things about living in a small town is being a part of that town's traditions. Last week's Independence Day Parade was one of those distinct pleasures. As is traditional, I packed up a bag of soft drinks and healthy snacks (this year I took bing cherries to offset the tons of candy I knew my grandkids would gather along the parade route), and headed for my favorite parking spot a whole hour early.
It never ceases to amaze me how people support community events in our little town. Chris Holmes' little girl had on a pair of starred and striped fairy wings. Of course as is also traditional, two tall guys positioned themselves directly in front of my vehicle just as the parade began, but I could almost see everything.
Welcome to home to Brandon Goggia, who returned from spending his junior year in Nova Andrina, Brazil as a foreign exchange student. His family is thrilled to have him home. His parents, Dave and Mary Goggia, said he's grown a lot, gotten even more handsome and seems glad to get some of his mom's cooking again. Also visiting at the Goggia home is Mary Jane Perrucci, here from Oroville, Calif. She came back with Mary, who had attended a cousin's reunion there. Mary Jane plans to get out on the river, along with taking in local sights.
Trish Thomson's sister, Judi Carey, is here visiting from Ft. Wayne, Ind. Also accompanying her is Teri Martin, from Leo, Ind. The gals are teachers. Judi retired this year after teaching middle school art classes for the last 30 years. The ladies visited Mt. McKinley on a perfect, clear day, visited the new museum at University of Alaska Fairbanks, spent some time in Chena Hot Springs and took in the sights all the way back to Kenai. Their adventure afforded what Trish described as "fabulous photo opportunities" the whole trip. Next plans include a jaunt to Homer and Kodiak. You go, gals.
Happy birthday to Kristen Peless on July 11; and Marian Austin and Mollie Kent on July 12.
Happy Anniversary to Dick and Shirley Morgan on the July 13.
Other submitted news
· Former Kenai residents Kayleen (O'Sullivan) Stockman and Marc Stockman, of Lime Springs, Iowa, announce the birth of their daughter, Justyce Mae-Anne, at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in Cresco, Iowa. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches.
Her grandparents are Tina Showalter of Nikiski, Robert O'Sullivan of Reno and Marc and Maxine Stockman of Iowa. Her great-grandparents are Phil and Gail Evans.
· Charlotte Salvador Saavedra and Natanielo "Fred" Saavedra of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Eve, at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured and 19.5 inches.
She joins siblings, Nathaniel, Marlayna, Sergio and Cristian. Her grandparents are peninsula residents Kathy Hoff and Chris Salvador and Aurea Saavedra of Seattle. Her great-grandparents are Verna and Howard Owen of Sultan, Wash.
Resource directory available
The LeeShore Center's 2007-08 Community Directory of Central Kenai Peninsula Resources is available for purchase. The directory contains information on emergency services, family support agencies, health facilities, senior citizens services, veteran's organizations and more. The cost is $25 each or $15 for refill pages. For more information, call 283-9479.
Classes to reunite
The following Kenai Central High School class reunions are scheduled
· The class of 1987 will host its 20-year anniversary Saturday through Sunday. Reunion organizers are seeking classmates. For more information or to check in, call Sherrie Barlow at (602) 264-3319 or e-mail email@example.com.
· 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 Kathy Kenner at 398-9319 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior center a buzz with activity
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events this week: Today Exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and Pinochle at 12:45 p.m.; Tuesday TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bingo at 12:30 p.m. and bridge at 12:35 p.m.; Wednesday Exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday Walking and line dancing at 10 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m. and council on the aging at 7 p.m.; and Friday Exercise at 9 a.m., garage sale crawl at 9 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m. and Bible study at 3:30 p.m.
Kenai resident Antonio William Limon received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.
Mills named to president's list
Kenai resident Travis Mills was named to the president's list at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.
To be named to the list students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and have maintained a grade point average of at least 4.0.
Chay looks to the future
Kenai resident Freya Chay, a sixth-grader from Aurora Borealis Charter School, placed fifth in the junior individual competition at the 33rd International Conference of Future Problem Solving International held at Colorado State University in June.
Approximately 1,800 students from seven countries and 40 states attended the event.
Her parents are Dan and Heidi Chay of Kenai. Chay was coached by Julie Ball.
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