There's nothing quite like the sight of those big yellow Bluebird school busses lined up in front of the school to bring autumn to our country.
The Kenai Seniors Citizens Center will have its annual picnic Thursday at noon at the Agrium picnic grounds on Keystone Drive on the other side of Soldotna. This lively event promises lots of good food and fun activities. Call the center at 283-4156 if you need a ride.
Dixie Renfrow, daughter of Brandon and Laurie Renfrow, begins 10th grade at Kenai Central High School this year. Recently she spent several weeks on Catalina Island near Simi Valley, Calif., at the Marine Biology Sea Camp. At camp she learned how to sail, windsurf, skin dive, kayak, and took classes in ichthyology and other marine studies. Dixie plans to be a marine biologist and is using this camp to narrow her field of endeavor. Goal oriented and determined, she has known since she was 9 what she wants to be, and a trip to the Alaska SeaLife center in Seward clinched it for her. She hopes to do an internship there the summer after her junior year.
Kathleen Muller would like to offer her services to speak to your group or family to help them understand what it is like to be severely disabled. Kathleen, suffering from cerebral palsy and unable to use her hands and legs, she would like to help educate people about living with a disability. If you would like to have her address your group, call her at 283-7367.
Welcome to the world to a tiny pair of twin brothers. Aiden Jacob Douglas Martin and Alexander Kurt Dale Martin were born Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. The happy parents of these tiny sons are Jacob and Lisa Rochon Martin of Kenai. Called "Miracle Babies" these tiny twins were born at just 29 weeks of gestation, after their mother spent more than eight weeks of total bed rest. Aiden weighed 2 pounds and 7 ounces at birth, and Alex weighed in at a whopping 3 pounds and 9 ounces.
Lisa says, "They are so tiny. Together they don't even make one baby, weight-wise."
The twins developed twin-to-twin transfusion problems in utero and will spend substantial time in the neo-natal intensive care department at Providence.
"I could never have done all of this without the constant and unending help from my church, family and friends. The outpouring of love, service and prayers are what helped make the miracle," Lisa said.
The twins will join siblings, Catherine, 4, and Maxwell, 2, when they are big enough to leave the hospital. Mailing address for the family is 2821 Watergate Way, No. 4 Kenai. Their phone number is 283-6163 if you have an encouraging word or wish to help in any way. I'll keep you posted on the twin's progress.
Birthday wishes today, Aug. 27 to Emily Deforrest, Ray Carlson, Joe Gleason, George Navarre, Robert Korngiebel, Delphia Nelson and Bertha Waskey.
Other Kenai news
Kenai babies abound
* Crystal and Justin Trickel of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Destin Matthe Lee, on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.
He joins siblings, Rebecca Jean and Charles William Scott. His grandparents are Becky and Greg Fite and Debbie and Troy Trickel. His great-grandparents are Frankie and Joe Watkins, Shirly and Donald Simmons, Calvin Fite, Mary and Charlie Winters and William and Arty Trickel.
* Sarah Hanson and Jason Halcombe of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Laone Halcombe, at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces.
She joins sister, Elizabeth and brother, Dillon.
Harris earns top honors
Duncan A. Harris
Kenai resident Air Force Airman Duncan A. Harris graduated with honors from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, he studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, Harris earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Dave and Debbie Harris of Kenai.
Scouting information night set
The Boys Scouts of America will hold Cub Scout information nights at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain View Elementary School.
For more information, call Camille Sun Vega at 283-1699.
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