Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Sweeneys rule roost at 'royal' residents

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2004

Mike and Gloria Sweeney know plenty about parades. After all, Mike has sat on the Soldotna Progress Days board of directors for the majority of the time he's been in Soldotna and he's the organizer of the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

"The parade has always been a big part of what goes on in our lives in the summer," Gloria Sweeney said.

The Sweeneys have been chosen as this year's Progress Days king and queen, an honor that Mike Sweeney said he was a little surprised but happy to hear about.

"This is a real nice honor," he said.

Mike Sweeney runs Sweeney's Clothing in Soldotna, while his wife is an elementary school teacher. Both have definitely put in enough time on the peninsula to be genuine Progress Days representatives, as Gloria has lived on the peninsula since 1974, while Mike came to Soldotna in 1980.

In his nearly 25 years in Soldotna, Mike has spent much of his time as part of Progress Days, having sat on the board for 16 of those years.

"Mike has been involved in the parade forever," Gloria said.

Gloria volunteers her time around town during the summer, but Mike admitted that he is the one responsible for getting the couple involved with the big community celebrations.

"I'm more the parade guy," he said.

Although this is not the first time the couple have received a community honor and certainly not the first time they've been in a parade Gloria said it is the first time the couple will be front and center as the king and queen of an event.

"This is a lot different," she said.

Sweeneys rule roost as 'royal' residents

Mike and Gloria Sweeney are king and queen of this year's Progress Days. Photo by M. Scott Moon

By MATT TUNSETH

Peninsula Clarion

Mike and Gloria Sweeney know plenty about parades. After all, Mike has sat on the Soldotna Progress Days board of directors for the majority of the time he's been in Soldotna and he's the organizer of the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

"The parade has always been a big part of what goes on in our lives in the summer," Gloria Sweeney said.

The Sweeneys have been chosen as this year's Progress Days king and queen, an honor that Mike Sweeney said he was a little surprised but happy to hear about.

"This is a real nice honor," he said.

Mike Sweeney runs Sweeney's Clothing in Soldotna, while his wife is an elementary school teacher. Both have definitely put in enough time on the peninsula to be genuine Progress Days representatives, as Gloria has lived on the peninsula since 1974, while Mike came to Soldotna in 1980.

In his nearly 25 years in Soldotna, Mike has spent much of his time as part of Progress Days, having sat on the board for 16 of those years.

"Mike has been involved in the parade forever," Gloria said.

Gloria volunteers her time around town during the summer, but Mike admitted that he is the one responsible for getting the couple involved with the big community celebrations.

"I'm more the parade guy," he said.

Although this is not the first time the couple have received a community honor and certainly not the first time they've been in a parade Gloria said it is the first time the couple will be front and center as the king and queen of an event.

"This is a lot different," she said.



CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS