Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2007

Traci Davis of South Cohoe Loop has retired from her position as health service coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Traci started working as a nurse at Tustumena Elementary in 1985. She has also served as a nurse in schools at Ninilchik and Sterling as well as Soldotna High School. Her husband, Bill, retired a couple years ago after working on the North Slope many years. Traci has already been active in retirement. She just returned from Houston where she helped their son, Billy, his wife, Holly, and their three girls move back to the peninsula. Billy, who works for Marathon Oil, will live in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Traci is the daughter of Kasilof pioneers George and Jeanne Jackinsky.

  Alaska Jolene Laster

Meanwhile, Bill and Traci's daughter, Molly, and her husband, Jeff Aley, recently sold their house to Kasilof's New Life Christian Fellowship Church. The house is immediately behind the church. Jeff stepped down in June after about six years as youth pastor at Kasilof Community Church (KCC), where he also led singing in the worship service. He and Molly were very popular with the youth and all the members of that congregation. The Aleys are living in Soldotna and helping Jeff's dad, who operates a greenhouse. They also are investigating possibilities in future ministry. Nate Smith and his wife, Melissa, have joined KCC, where Nate has become the new youth pastor.

More retirement congratulations go to Pollard Looper Larry Marsh, who just fetched up a retirement from the Department of Fish and Game. A party on his behalf was held Sunday at Johnson Lake. Larry joined "Fish and Feathers" as a temporary employee about 1977. Larry's wife, Carol, works at Kasilof Post Office.

A wonderful outpouring of Kasilof care was shown at a March fundraiser for Jamie Leamon. In spite of everything that humans could do, Jamie passed away from cancer. Our sympathy is expressed for Jamie's mother, Nancy Leamon and their many friends. Nancy has been in Florida where Jamie was receiving treatments. Donations on Jamie's behalf may be made to Wings Of Life, a nonprofit charity. Information on that account will be available at www.JamieLynnLeamon.com. The money will go toward people in the Florida Keys and Alaska who are battling illnesses and need help with their living expenses.

Congratulations are due to Ann Letzring, who attended her 50th high school class reunion in Anchorage recently. Ann has been on a roll of good luck since a health scare this spring turned out to be less serious than suspected. She also won a trip to Hawaii from an Anchorage car dealership.

Kirsten Alexander of Portland, Ore. plans to be in Kasilof on July 26 through Aug. 8 to catalogue items in Larry Meyer's collection of pioneer cabins. She is the niece of Byron Alexander, who formerly owned the Clam Shell Lodge. Kirsten lived in Clam Gulch most of the time between 1969 and 1982. She and Larry Meyer are the parents of 24-year-old Margaret Stagtenborg.

Submitted Kasilof news


Alaska Jolene Laster

Destiny and Rocky Laster of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Alaska Jolene, at 9:24 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

Her grandparents are Buddy and Heidi Heidemann and Bob and Mari Laster.

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