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Monday, August 15, 2005

How to pack lunches kids might actually eat
ST. LOUIS — Sherry Lassa-Claxton is a registered dietitian whose twin 7-year-olds are the yin and yang of kids’ eating. Nick likes healthy food like fruits and vegetables. And Jack?

Teaching math at home can be as easy as 1-2-3
We can find lessons in math in everyday activities such as a trip to the grocery store, cooking dinner or planning and planting a vegetable garden. The National Education Association of Alaska offers these suggestions for turning everyday activities into fun math learning experiences between parents and children.

Back to school: Gadget shopping
NEW YORK — For a lot of kids, back-to-school shopping means checking out the latest technological gadgetry. These gizmos, though, aren’t always welcome in classrooms.

Meet your school board

Schools try attracting more male teachers
WASHINGTON — When she interviews teaching candidates, principal Laurel Telfer favors the ones who show they have a heart for children, not just solid instructional skills.

Getting started:
The following is a listing of Kenai Peninsula Borough district schools, contact numbers, start and stop times, Web addresses and registration times.

Make sure kids get required immunizations
Prior to school entry, a child must be immunized as required by Alaska state law against the following diseases: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, and any other immunizations as required by law.

KPBSD facts: Did you know ...
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District covers 25,600 square miles.

School supply lists
The following are school supply lists available as of the Clarion’s deadline for central Kenai Peninsula schools.

2005: A school year of changes
Several firsts are on tap for this school year. Three of the changes deal with schedules.

2005-06 KPBSD board meetings
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the Borough Administration Building at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna. There are rare exceptions, so check first to be sure.

KPBSD 2005-06 school calendar

Tween wardrobes are first declaration of independence
NEW YORK — In many households, the tween years are the quiet years. Kids whisper with friends behind closed doors and clam up even more around adults.

Safety first: Teachers, parents working together
A safe and orderly school environment is essential for student learning, and parents can play a key role in helping schools achieve that environment.

Buses still safest form of school travel
WASHINGTON — Every time Monroe Elementary students misbehave on a school bus, they get a written warning — and a verbal one from the head of their school.

Critical incident plans prepare schools for crisis
The safety and well-being of all students in the educational system is a top priority of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Dis-trict.

Freshmen roomies: How to live, get along with one
Brandon Gordon was a low-key New York City kid, his freshman roommate a Southern preppy boarding school grad who partied hard when he got to college. The year they spent living cheek-by-jowl in a Brown University dorm room produced few fond memories.

High school rigor? Bring it on, students say
WASHINGTON — The campaign to make high school more demanding seems to be picking up support from the people who have the biggest stake in the matter: the students themselves.

What’s cooking?
The Student Nutrition Ser-vices team for the Kenai Penin-sula Borough School District is eager to begin another year of preparing and serving a wide variety of appealing meals to all students in the district.

Williams homers to lead Yankees to victory
NEW YORK — Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the New York Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera's first blown save in more than four months to beat the fading Texas Rangers 7-5 Saturday.

Palmeiro gets mixed reactions in return to lineup
BALTIMORE — Rafael Palmeiro went 0-for-4 in his first game since returning from a 10-day suspension for using steroids, making the final out with two runners on Sunday in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pedro just misses no-hitter, victory
LOS ANGELES — Pedro Martinez took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Antonio Perez's triple and Jayson Werth's two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 victory Sunday over the New York Mets.

Cardinals' Carpenter becomes first to 17 wins this year
CHICAGO — Chris Carpenter pitched a complete game to become the first 17-game winner in the major leagues, and Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

NOW PLAYING: March of the Penguins
I must admit, I have been more than a little discouraged by the Hollywood fare offered at the theatres this summer. Granted, they started strong with Star Wars and Batman, but since then it’s been one disaster after another. And they wonder why ticket sales are down.

Don't trash the Kenai — put butts where they belong
After a brief walk near Bridge Access Rd. and the Spur Highway, I noticed a big problem that needs to be addressed. There were numerous cigarette butts lining the sidewalk and road. Why is it that smokers can't seem to use their ashtrays? The ground is not the place to be disposing your garbage. This is littering and there are fines for this, even though I doubt people get fined very often for this careless act of disrespect to the environment.

Reading program was bound to be fun with volunteer help
This year a great group of volunteers made it possible for more children to enjoy the Kasilof Public Library's summer reading program than ever before.

Stewart keeps on winning
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — A broken alternator couldn't keep Tony Stewart from blowing away the field one more time.

Stewart is road master
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart showed why he's the best road-course racer in NASCAR, and was on his way to winning two poles in qualifying before rain ruined his chance Saturday at Watkins Glen International.

Filing deadline looms for election hopefuls
The candidate filing deadline for municipal offices ends Monday and the races of three open seats on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are beginning to shape up.

Funding means freedom
Kathleen Muller believes life is about choices, and she does not want to be told what to do. Because she was born with cerebral palsy, the 50-year-old Kenai woman does not have good use of her hands. She is confined to a wheelchair, cannot cook or feed herself and cannot use the restroom or bathe herself. But she can think as well as anyone and right now, she is not thinking too highly of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Borough: Keep off private land
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Gary Superman wants borough code amended to prevent the exercise of eminent domain where that power could take property from one private owner for the exclusive use by another private party.

Schools short of performance benchmarks
With three years of data, schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have made progress in meeting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to information released Friday by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Fire ruins garage
A fire destroyed a garage off Lou Morgan Drive in Sterling on Friday morning, but a passing motorist's quick action prevented any injuries to the family sleeping in a home next to the structure.

Celestial streakers
A meteor cuts through the bowl of the Big Dipper high above the Kenai Mountains near Cooper Landing early Saturday morning as traffic on the Sterling Highway lights a path through the trees below. Meteor activity has been high the last few days as the earth moves through a dust cloud left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. The annual Perseids meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus, from which many of the fireballs radiate.

Summer not a break at KPC
Many students and teachers took a break this summer, but that doesn't mean work stopped at Kenai Peninsula College.

Games plans moving ahead
With seven months remaining before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the event's general manager presented a comprehensive report to the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday laying out plans for meeting fund-raising goals and pointing out intangible gains the city will realize.

Cushy conversation
Ava Buffington, Crystal Walsh, Amanda Hudson, Allison Ralston and Hannah Hutchison use a blocking sled to chat during a football game at Skyview High School last weekend. The unconventional seating was more comfortable than the metal bleachers.

The Sky Guy
The astronomy season starts out in grandeur as the first major planet visible will be Mars at its best. It'll be joined by Venus and Jupiter early this fall and Saturn later this year.

Feeling batty?
Hate annoying in-sects? Then you ought to love bats because just one of these flying mammals can consume 5,000 bugs in one night, according to studies.

Coast Guard rescues man outside Homer
A crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory plucked a man from the water who was clinging to an overturned sailboat in Kachemak Bay on Wednesday.

Andrew Robert Roby
Longtime Soldotna resident Andrew Robert Roby Sr. died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005 at his home. He was 90.

Bridge projects will cost Alaska plenty
Alaska Congressman Don Young was mighty proud of the big federal earmarks he put into the transportation bill, especially for two big Alaska bridge projects. With help from U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Young bagged $229 million for the Knik Arm Crossing and almost as much for a project connecting Ketchikan to Gravina Island.

Daylight savings change not much use to Alaskans
Right now daylight-saving begins at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April and ends at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. The change is part of the energy bill and, beginning in 2007, would start daylight time three weeks earlier and add a week at the end.

Back to school means return to driving safety
Despite the recent sunny skies and warm temperatures, our brief Alaska summer is rapidly nearing its end. And nobody knows this better than our area's school children, most of whom are looking forward to the first day of school with the usual mix of excitement and dread.

House has a lot going for it
Michelle and Howard Koenig's home at 1602 Woodside Ave. was selected as the Kenai Garden of the Week. To nominate a home, contact the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department at 283-3692 or the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989.

Around the Peninsula
Homer immunization clinics set CPHC board meeting slated Blood Bank seeks donors Flag football registration set CES seeks volunteers LeeShore radiothon fund-raiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts set CPHC board meeting slated Toddler hour set Bridge project to be discussed Montessori presentation slated EMS benefit dinner set

Tour de endurance
Your legs are numb. Your lungs fill with oxygen, but never enough. Your heart pounds and your head aches as sweat pours from your weary body. How do you go on? What keeps you pushing to the top? Can you make it? The questions haunt you. Is it really worth it?

Weddings
Brueggemeier, Benson announce engagement Saltzgiver, Weisz marry in Kenai

Community Events
Lodge plans garage, bake sale 'Old Timers' to meet Food bank seeking volunteers Citizen scientists sought

My best friend
Jacob Caligan, 9, was feeling tired when visiting his great-grandmother, Maxine Howard of Sterling, so he took a nap under the watchful snout of Howard's 1-year-old pug, Muffy. Howard said Muffy loves kids.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Seward Soldotna

Senior Activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racing results announced

Lefty, Love lead tight pack at PGA
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Phil Mickelson was drenched in sweat before he hit his opening tee shot in temperatures that hit 100 degrees Saturday at the PGA Championship.

Falcons slip past Ravens using field goals
ATLANTA — Atlanta newcomer Todd Peterson made three field goals and Ty Detmer threw an 18-yard pass to Mark Anelli for the lone touchdown in the Falcons' 16-3 exhibition victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

Lightning postpones PGA finish
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Phil Mickelson soared and then stumbled, and somehow finished ahead of everyone else Sunday in the PGA Championship. But thanks to a band of storms that rolled into Baltusrol, his work is not done.

U.S. track team sees lots of gold
HELSINKI, Finland — The United States is bringing home a record haul of gold from the world track and field championships. They won't win one in the women's 1,600-meter relay, though.

Everybody is a winner
Rachel McCartan and Debbie Cropper ran to victories Saturday at the 18th annual Kenai Peninsula Run For Women in Kenai.

Sports views
He's not going to beat the drama of last time. Not even close. That one came complete with a rainbow poking through the clouds on the final putt and tearful memories of a father who taught him the game. That one helped lift one major burden from his shoulders.

Panthers shut out Seward
Talk about double trouble. Skyview's backfield tandem of Gregor Bosick and Clark Buffington each ran for 114 yards on 12 carries as the Panthers rolled to a 49-0 nonconference win over the Seward Seahawks Saturday in Soldotna.

Americans take 14th gold
HELSINKI, Finland — Fittingly, the last event of the world track and field championships went to the Americans.

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