In our home this past week the smells, sounds and tastes announce summer is really here. Rhubarb strawberry jam bubbling in the kitchen, giggling, visiting cousins and the highlight of all, devouring tasty, succulent, fresh-caught red salmon.
With all the rain lately, everything is so beautiful. The trees are lush and green, the flowers brilliant and the gardens are popping out. Visitors are coming from all over the world to enjoy salmon fishing here on the peninsula.
Gabby Merry, daughter of Martha and Don Merry, was called to serve a voluntary mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ukraine, Keiv Mission. She will speak Russian and live there for 18 months at her own expense.
Gabby exclaimed, "I'm excited to go!"
She will depart Oct. 24. Gabby is a 2004 graduate from Skyview High School and has visited Ireland and attended Dixie State College, Massage Therapy School and the Skin Institute since graduation.
Harry Potter has been a worldwide spooky sensation and even hit in Soldotna last Friday at midnight. There were there were hundreds of fans at River City Books celebrating the boy wizard. Some were thrilled at what they thought were "special effects" when outside in the dark they saw bats swooping down to celebrate. Katelin Christenson, 12, thought the special effects got even cooler when she realized the bats were real!
Free luncheon concerts will be held at noon courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer Music Festival today at Kaladi Brothers and Thursday at The Crossing. An evening performance will be held Friday 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. For complete details, visit www.kpoalaska.org.
The first day of school may be Aug. 22 but high school sports seasons have already begun.
For Skyview High School the following practices begin today and athletes need to bring their sports physical and completed paperwork: Football at 9 a.m., cross-country at 3 p.m. (coach Peterson, 260-6230) and cheerleading at 3 p.m.
Soldotna High School volleyball tryouts will be held Aug. 6 and 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. Players should wear a numbered shirt, bring court shoes, snacks, water and obtain a sports physical prior to participating. Paperwork packets are available at the SoHi gym from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 262-9501 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Have a great week fishing and let me know any Soldotna news you'd like to share.
Other Soldotna news
Michels gets published
Jacqueline Michels of Soldotna wrote an original short story that has been published in the "Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul Character Building Stories to Read with Kids,"
Titled "Pink Jelly Glasses," the story is about how a girl learns to move on after her grandfather's death by remembering the good things.
Wyant makes debut
Caitlin Martin and Adam Wyant of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Scout Louise Wyant, at 1:16 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.
Her grandparents are Lou Martin and Gary Martin of Soldotna and Kim Salacina of Newaygo, Mich., and Calvin Wyant of Fremont, Mich. Her great-grandparents are Thomas Shatney of Hisperia, Mich., Calvin Wyant Sr. of Fremont and Mindy Wyant of Fremont.
Nutrition class serves up information
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will offer free nutrition classes "Putting Local Food Resources to Work" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the food bank at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna.
The classes will be taught by Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension. For more information, call 262-3111.
Boys and Girls Club deadline looms
The Soldotna Boys and Girls Club is taking registration for the 2007-08 school year. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Packets are available from 2 to 6 p.m. through Friday at Redoubt Elementary School. For more information, call Kim Lee at 398-9669.
Historical society to meet
The Soldotna Historical Society will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the main museum building on Centennial Park Road in Soldotna. It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-4157.
Krispy Kreme fundraiser slated
Climbing for Kids will sell Krispy Kreme donuts from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna. The cost is $12 per dozen. Donuts may be preordered by calling Amy at 398-7453. Proceeds will be used to help children with cancer attend camp.
La Leche sponsors picnic
The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai and Central Peninsula Breastfeeding Task Force will host a Family Fun Day picnic at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at Soldotna Creek Park in honor of World Breastfeeding Week from Aug. 1 through 7.
Families are invited to bring a picnic meal. For more information, call Amorette at 260-6141 or Tami at 398-6667.
School registration to begin
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's public school's first day of classes will be Aug. 22.
Parents with students in private schools should call their school for start dates. Below is a list of dates and times for individual school's registrations submitted for the Soldotna area.
Connections Homeschool: Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, call 714-8911 or visit http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
IDEA Homeschool: Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, call 260-7551 or visit www.ideafamilies.org.
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary: Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. For more information, call 262-1463 or visit www.edline.net/pages/K-Beach_Elementary.
Redoubt Elementary: Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 8-10; and open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. For more information, call 262-9006 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Redoubt_Elementary.
Skyview High: Registration Sophomores from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13; freshmen from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 13; any student from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14; seniors from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and juniors from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 14. For more information, call 262-7675 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Skyview_High.
Soldotna Elementary: Registration from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 through 10; Open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. For more information, call 262-4919 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Elementary
Soldotna High: Registration from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. For more information, call 260-7000 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_High.
Soldotna Middle: Seventh-graders Aug. 9: Last names A through L from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; M through Z from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and any seventh-grader from 2 to 4 p.m.; Eighth-graders Aug. 10: Last names A through L from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; M - Z from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and any eighth-grader from 2 to 4 p.m.; New students Aug. 13 : 9 a.m. to noon; Open house The school will hold a welcome back barbecue and open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28. For more information, call 262-4344 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.
Donations sought for military personal
The Peninsula Yellow Ribbon club is in the process of making thank you gift baskets for returning soldiers and Marines. Community members interested in donating a gift, a gift card or making a thank you card for the baskets may call Bill and Carol Keller at 262-0492 or 394-1072. Arrangements can be made to pick up donations.
Canner gauge testing available
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service offers free pressure canner dial gauge testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at its office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in the Fish and Game building.
Weighted gauges do not need to be checked. For more information, call 262-5824.
KPC council seeks members
Kenai Peninsula College is seeking interested community members to serve on its college council. The 15-member council serves as an advisory board to the college director and advocates for the interests of the college to the community and Legislature. Members serve three-year terms.
Available seats this coming academic year include two from the central peninsula and one from the southern peninsula. Those applying for the positions will be asked to attend the 6 p.m. Sept. 13 council meeting at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna to discuss their qualifications with the council. Applicants may submit a letter of interest and resume by Aug. 17 to: College Director, Kenai Peninsula College, 34820 College Drive, Soldotna AK 99669.
For more information, call 262-0318.
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