How many times have you run the new four-way stop sign at the intersection of Willow Street and Main Street Loop in the last two weeks? If you are a long-time Kenai dweller, probably several times. The new stop will take some getting used to, because we may have barreled past the police station on the way to the airport for years, with hardly a glance in either direction. The change will make getting through that intersection way faster, so it's a good change. This old dog will have to learn a new trick, because I have an idea that the grace period for not getting ticketed for running that stop sign is about over.
Speaking of old dogs, Kenai Peninsula's own official Alaska Balladeer, Hobo Jim, will present a free concert at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. If you haven't had an opportunity to hear one of the area's favorite sons belt out his own special kind of musical tribute to Alaska, this may be a good chance for you to gather up your visitors and kids for some great entertainment at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Keep an eye out for future Sports Illustrated magazine features. The crew from SI was in Kenai recently for several days doing a story on the Alaska Baseball League that will feature our very own Oilers team. They weren't the only visiting fans attending local games. All-American football great Herschel Walker was spotted, as well as scouts from the Red Sox organization and visiting families of Oilers players.
Did you know that Kenai has personalized postage stamps? The 41-cent stamp features the Russian Orthodox Church and the 26-cent postcard stamp features a scene from Wolverine Creek on the West side of Cook Inlet. You can find them at the Kenai visitors center.
New Kenai resident Amanda Attla Morrow will participate in the World Eskimo Olympics this summer. We wish her well in her events. Her daughter, Chelsea, will accompany her.
Kathy Romain from the Kenai Senior Citizens Center will help anyone interested with information regarding the new senior benefits program introduced by the Legislature. You can stop by the center for an application or call 283-4156 for answers to questions.
It looks like dipnetting season is in full swing. Let's hope that it is a good harvest for anyone who loves filling their freezer with salmon.
Birthday greetings go out to Frankie Nordmeyer on July 17; Olga Juliussen, Fred Glenn, and Ida Cockroft on July 18; Chester Cone, Mabel Larson and Sam Henley on July 20; Louisa DeMello on July 21; and celebrating July 22 are Andy Selanoff, Connie Lucas, Jean Olson, Fran Kilfoyle, and Ireta Musgrave, my mom, who will turn 96 years young.
Submitted Kenai news
Parade winners announced
The following prizes were awarded for the Fourth of July parade: Overall: Kenai Peninsula 4-H Club and Skyview Future Farmers of America; Organization: first place, Grace Lutheran Church and School, and second place, Kenai Senior Center; Commercial: first place, Diamond M Ranch RV Park, Bed and Breakfast and Cabins, and second place, Kenai Landing/Kenai River Seafood; Automobile: first place, Greg and Judi Bartlett, and second place, Larry Harvey; Individual: first place, Molly Watkins, and second place, Pat Porter and Company; and Youth: first place, Nikiski North Star Elementary, and second place, Young Marines.
Senior center abuzz with activity
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: 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 wallhanging class at 1 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., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m.; and Friday: Exercise at 9 a.m., senior connection at 9:30 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m. and Bible study at 3:30 p.m.
Library activities announced
The Kenai Community Library will host the following events this week: Today: Friends of the Library at 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday: Preschool story time at 2 p.m.; Wednesday: Wee Read at 11 a.m. and invasive plants presentation at noon; Thursday: Summer reading at 1 p.m.; and Friday: Art contest submission deadline. For more information, call 283-4378 or visit www.kenailibrary.org.
Classes to reunite
The Kenai Central High School class of 1977 will hold its 30-year reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday 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.
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