When I came to Kenai 18 years ago this month, yard work didn't seem to be a priority to a whole lot of people. I wondered if a nice lawn would even grow in this weather zone. Since that time, there has been a very nice change here. People seem to have greatly increased their civic and neighborhood pride, and the town is beautifully tended. Much of the credit for the city flower beds goes to the Parks and Recreation Department, and also to hard working volunteers. I had to chuckle when I saw one of the Kenai city employees dressed in a hooded slicker watering the plants in the rain a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, you guys. Guess that's what it takes to make a city bloom.
Dottie Fischer, president of the George H. Plumley Memorial unit No. 20, American Legion Auxiliary of Kenai wrote to share news of an upcoming event, which promises to be fun and exciting for the community. The auxiliary is offering a pancake breakfast Sunday and is titled "Christmas in August." The banquette hall will be decorated for Christmas and the buffet will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs and ham. The price of breakfast is a new toy suitable for a child ages 12 and under. The event is at the American Legion building at 902 Cook St. in the Old Town area. There will be lots of Santa's helpers receiving toys and placing them under the tree, as well as serving food and flipping the pancakes. This is a first for them, and will help the group in its efforts to provide a Christmas party for children of the community each December. Last year nearly 90 children came for Santa Claus, presents, games, food and punch. Each year the need increases.
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will host its annual Old Timers' luncheon Thursday at noon. This is for everyone who considers themselves to be an "old timer" and may be a great time to catch up with old friends and enjoy a turkey dinner. The Homesteaders group has a long-standing tradition to encourage old and new faces at the event. Call the center at 283-4156 to RSVP.
Kenai's swinging Golden Girls have been busy dancing all over the state this summer. They were in the Kenai 4th of July parade, at the Eagle River Bear Paw festival, the Anchorage Saturday Market, at Heritage Place in Soldotna and now will head to the fairs in Ninilchik and Palmer. What a moxy bunch of gals!
Happy birthday to Krista Chadwick, Mary Ford, Irene Hegwer, Ray Osborne, and Clarence Duncan on Aug. 15; Dennis Lovett and Lonnie Kay Brooks on Aug. 17; Melody Rowley and Lucy Mishou on Aug. 18; and Peggy Millyard, Gloria Humble, Darleen Morrison, Bill Casey and Larry Dean on Aug. 19.
Other Kenai news
Due to incorrect information submitted to the Peninsula Clarion, the first-place winner in the automobile category for Kenai's Fourth of July parade, printed in the July 16, Kenai Neighbors, should have listed Freddie Pollard.
The Clarion regrets the error.
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