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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2000

Troopers stepping up holiday patrols

Alaska State Troopers are reminding motorists that extra patrols have been scheduled for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

"The extra patrols will be concentrating on traffic and seat belt enforcement and will be more focused on DWI enforcement, excessive speed and careless driving habits," said First Sgt. Nils Monsen of the E Detachment in Soldotna.

Monsen said the increased patrols are scheduled for Friday through Monday.

Firefighters fight muscular dystrophy

Firefighters and volunteers from Central Emergency Services in Soldotna will hold their annual "Fill the Boot" campaign Friday to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Alaska.

Boot coordinator Gary Hale is striving to reach $15,000 in donations this year.

Money collected for MDA-Alaska will provide services and clinics for more than 200 Alaska families. Checks are accepted and can be made payable to MDA.

When firefighters approach your vehicle Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., remember that they are collecting donations for MDA-Alaska, and any amount you give counts.

Mobile mammogram unit visits central peninsula

The mobile mammography van will visit the central Kenai Peninsula next week to help screen for early signs of breast cancer. Patients must have referrals; appointments are on a walk-in basis.

The service will be available in Kenai from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and in Soldotna during the same hours on Sept. 7 through 9. The van will visit Seward Sept. 11 through 13.

For more information, call the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska at (800) 464-4577.

Grief support for bereaved mothers offered

On Tuesday, Hospice of the Central Peninsula will begin the fall 2000 session of the Healing Hearts grief support program for mothers who have experienced the death of a child. Registration is required.

This is a closed group that meets for nine weeks.

Hospice also will conduct a Share Support group, beginning Sept. 14, for women who have experienced miscarriage, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or other infant loss. Registration is required.

Hospice will be offering programs for homicide survivors, widows and an ongoing grief support group.

For more information or to register, call Sue Bezilla, bereavement coordinator, at 262-0453.

Radiothon for WRCC planned

The 16th annual KSRM/WRCC Radiothon fund-raiser, to support the Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center, will be Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on KSRM Radio 92 AM. This is the WRCC's only fund-raising event.

Cash and in-kind donations pledged during the radiothon support the center's services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their community and school prevention programs.

To make a pledge during the radiothon, call 283-5811 on Sept. 11, or mail a pledge to: Women's Resource and Crisis Center, 325 S. Spruce St., Kenai, AK 99611.



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