Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2007

Everyone I talk to is rushing around to get all the outdoor chores finished up before fall sets in. Sure hope some of you are having a last fling of summer today. We ought to at least burn a hot dog or a marshmallow to celebrate Labor Day.

  Sarah Jane Baisden

Building activity in the area seems to be buzzing right along. Have you been watching the rise of the beautiful log edifice there on the first block of Main Street Loop just past the intersection?

It's been interesting to watch the progress on a place that looks like it belongs in Alaska. Also looking progressive is the construction site of the new Alaska USA Federal Credit Union building just in front of the Kenai Recreation Center. There is hope for a January completion date. And to all of us who have groused about the loss of the bank's former drive-up window, the good news is that there are definite plans for a return of that amenity.

Now, if there was just a drive-up service where you could buy bread and milk, we could have it all without having to unbuckle our seat belts. Sedentary society? Well, maybe.

Kenai Community Library welcomes Mary White, the new children's librarian. She has lived in Kenai for 30 years and is a retired teacher, as well as a mother and a grandmother, so her face may be familiar.

You may want to stop by the library to introduce yourself and let her know how she may serve as a resource for families and educators.

It's the time of year for tickets to be on sale for the Friends of the Kenai Community Library's annual raffle/fundraiser.

This is a traditional event whereby each $100 ticket buys a catered dinner for two and one chance to win $7,500 or 15 other cash prizes. Drawing and dinner will be on Oct. 26 and 27. Tickets are on sale at the library or from any member of the board of trustees. Call Nora Satathite at 776-5433, as these tickets go fast.

Patrons of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to participate in the Performance Management Program, a visitor analysis administered by the American Association of State and Local History. A visitor survey will be conducted in the summer and winter and the results will allow them to compare statistics against other facilities within Alaska and throughout the U.S.

Happy birthday today, Sept. 3 to Barb Elder, Carl Carlson and Ken Hamilton; Kayleen Ireta Hansen on Sept. 4; Robert Day on Sept. 6; Dawn Barnette, Adam Demello, and Nate Salzgiver on Sept. 7.

Happy belated birthday to Angie Poage, whose big day was Sept. 1.

My deadline for this column is Wednesday evenings. I need a two-week head start on date-specific items. I'd be happy to share your news with our neighbors. My fax and my phone are 283-5872 and my e-mail is Thanks!

Other Kenai news

Kenai babies announced



Sarah Jane Baisden

Rhonda and James Baisden of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Jane Baisden, at 8:24 a.m. Tuesday, Aug, 21, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

She weighed 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

She joins brothers, James Cullen II, 4, and Samuel James, 2.

Her grandparents are Margie and Carl Baisden Sr., and Bonnie and Don Vannatter, of Verdunville, W.V.

* Kayla Massera and Eric Price of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Emilie Kay Price, at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

Her grandparents are Shelly Price and Dewayne Baker and Mary and Joel Macrander of Kenai and Karl and Vera Massera of Kasilof. Her great-grandparents are Emma and Tom Whitaker of Oklahoma, Nancy and Richard Massera of Idaho, Shirley McDonald of Oklahoma and the Akes of Florida.

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