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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Nursing assistant training set Fisheries business assistance available

‘Chipping’ in
There’s been a lot of grass growing under Gordon Griffin’s feet since he retired for a second time from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and purchased the Kenai Golf Course. Something that has been greatly appreciated by local golfers and duffers alike who are quick to proclaim that the course has never looked better and the condition of the greens is truly at tournament quality, “It’s been a nice summer but what’s amazing is that at the beginning of the year we added a new blend of grass that included a red fescue that is a creeping grass that germinates quickly and you can see even by looking at the practice green that everything filled in nicely and is really in perfect condition,” said Griffin. As director of the Kenai and Soldotna auditoriums for the school district Griffin earned a reputation of being a creative visionary who always got the job done even when he had to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.

Outdoors
Our summer days are definitely numbered as fall draws closer with each sunset. As the summer ends and winter is just around the corner it is a time to harvest berries and vegetables from the garden and process other food items such as moose and caribou or even small game; items that can really help cut the food cost down at the grocery store.

Bath and Body Boutique gets a facelift
Retired engineer Susan Stephenson of Sterling is now the proud owner of Susan’s Bath & Body Boutique next to Riverside Books at the “Y” in Soldotna. “When I was in college studying to be an engineer I worked in a little boutique very similar to this and enjoyed it very much, so when I saw the Bath & Body Boutique was for sale it brought back some great memories and I realized that having my own boutique was really what I wanted to do while I was still in my prime retirement years,” Stephenson told the Dispatch. Formerly owned by Amy Manuel the popular Bath & Body Boutique has carved out a niche for unique specialty items and apparel not available at box stores and Susan says she has a lot of new ideas that she’s bringing to the shop, “For instance the same style robe that Brad Pitt wore in the movie Fight Club is still very popular after all these years and after receiving several inquiries from gentlemen interested in having that particular bath robe, I contacted the manufacturer and soon we’ll have the Brad Pitt robe available plus other styles that I think will be very popular among the gentlemen in addition to our full line of bath and body products for men,” said Stephenson.

These boots weren’t made for fillin’
Motivated by a record breaking Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) campaign last year in which $18,000 was collected Central Emergency Services firefighters once again spent Friday and Saturday of their Labor Day Weekend at the “Y” intersection in Soldotna attempting to raise just one dollar more than they did last year. “That was an increase of $1,500 over the previous record setting year. Our firefighters were awesome last year and the community responded with an outpouring of their generosity, so our goal was to beat that record by just a hair because last year when I was unable to be here the guys really surprised me,” said MDA Coordinator and CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, aka Capt. Burn-ee the clown. “They certainly put the pressure on Capt. Burn-ee, but with the help of CES employees, family members, and friends, the community came through for Jerry’s Kids and the old Captain & Edith and we were able to collect an overwhelming $21,000 in just two days, and thanks to the generosity of this community those funds will be used to help kids in Alaska with neuromuscular disease go to summer camp and get assistance from MDA,” announced Hale.

Kenai Veterinary Hospital gets major make over
For 29 years dog and cat lovers on the Kenai Peninsula have come to rely on Dr. Richard McCartan, DVM and his Kenai Veterinary Hospital for their pet’s emergency and medical care needs. This June McCartan and his associate Dr. Curt Wisnewski, DVM opened the newly remodeled and expanded Hospital with many new state of the art additions. “The new addition includes office space, a new handicapped accessible bathroom, another exam room, a new kennel room for cats only so the dogs and cats are kept in separate rooms, and a cremation room,” McCartan told the Dispatch.

Reader: You can believe Thompson
With the announcement that former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson has thrown his hat into the presidential ring, it should be noted that Mr. Thompson does not wear a hat. Nor do any of the other candidates of either gender. The last candidate to campaign in public with a hat was President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. But I digress.

Think about raising taxes on oil companies
If the U.S. continues to increase the tax rates on big oil companies, then they are going to have no choice but to look elsewhere to make capital investments to continue to make the profits needed to fund new oil exploration efforts and refinery upgrade.

Growing pains
The city of Soldotna wants to grow, but by just how much?

Cleared for landing
Moving an airport runway, as most could imagine, is no simple task, but $12 million and 16 months after beginning, construction workers at Kenai Municipal Airport have accomplished just that.

Public input wanted
The public is invited to weigh in on a new design for Soldotna's premier park in the heart of town on the banks of the Kenai River.

District receives good marks
The hot news at the school board meeting in Homer on Monday was the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District made AYP adequate yearly progress, the measuring stick of No Child Left Behind, a federally mandated program.

Couple dies at home
Robert Gepner, 74, of Kenai, and his wife, Natalie Gepner, 71, were electrocuted outside their Kenai home Monday.

Remembering heroes
Tears flowed and heads bowed as the first clear note of the bell rang out above the crowd. In memory of the firefighters who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Battalion Chief Greg Coon struck the bell five times, paused, and struck it another five times, paused again and repeated the sequence two more times.

Trial set in Seward cold case murder
A Kenai Superior Court judge, on Tuesday, set the trial of Jimmy Eacker for the week of Dec. 3 in Seward. Eacker is accused of murdering a Seward woman 25 years ago.

Keystone Drive funds secured
Located along the Kenai River, Keystone Drive is a vital collector road in need of major improvements, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough is set to accept a $3.4 million federal grant for the state-borough upgrade project.

May the best duck win
If you're at Cunningham Park this Saturday around noon and 1,000 or so rubber duckies float by, don't bother looking for Ernie. You're not having a bad Sesame Street hallucination, you just stumbled upon the Kenai Lion Club's 14th annual Rubber Ducky Race.

Youth sleuth: Teens introduced to law enforcement
Sam Caswell always wanted to be a police officer, but didn't take the idea seriously until last year.

Laynah Beth Myers
Former Kenai resident Laynah Beth Myers was found dead Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, near Wapato, Wash., after having been missing for three weeks. She was 25.

Donald Gene Baxter
Former longtime Soldotna resident Donald Gene Baxter died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at his home in Irrigon, Ore., from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. He was 55.

Robert and Natalie Gepner
Longtime Alaskans and Kenai residents Robert and Natalie Gepner died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at their home. They were 74 and 71, respectively.

Determining Alaska's oil value: Governor committed to working with legislators as a team
Excited and grateful to tackle the issue, my administration and the 25th state Legislature owe it to Alaskans to determine the value of Alaska-owned resources, declare that value and move the state forward as we share that value with producers of our resources.

Surviving reality TV: You gotta have a gimmick
I am an admitted reality show addict. I used to try to limit it to one show at a time, but I've lost control. It's bad enough that "Top Chef" is must-see for me, but I'm watching "Big Brother" three nights a week, and I've even found a cable channel devoted to nothing but reality shows.

Healthy Bites
Maybe not.

Around the Peninsula
Senior garage sale fundraiser today College council meeting scheduled Hockey registration slated Fishing documentary to show Web log class offered ACT hosts candidate forum Historical society to meet Developmental screening offered Watershed to host party

Around the Peninsula
Scouting nights set Foster care seminar set Cheer camp slated Agrium live fire training continues Special Olympics potluck Saturday Walk/run set for Kasilof CPHC meeting set

Baja Tequila Shrimp Rolls with Tomatillo Sauce
Tomatillo Sauce

Mexican Bananas Foster
3/4 cup light brown sugar

Pasta Il Pompiere
This recipe was served the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, by Joseph Bonanno to the members of Ladder 3 for a Ronzoni Firefighter Cook-Off live-TV appearance. Says Bonnano, "Twelve firefighters of Ladder 3 were lost in the World Trade Center disaster. This recipe is named in honor of them, may God rest their brave souls."

firefighters' food fun
The events of 9/11 changed us. It was a day for hanging onto family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and being grateful they we were all right.

Skyview netters handle Soldotna
Skyview volleyball coach Sheila Kupferschmid took a bold step leading up to a road game at Soldotna on Tuesday night, instilling a new defense prior to the rivalry contest.

Poet's Corner
Red currents nestle in the crook

A cornucopia of creativity
Who, what, where, when

The Western rides again: Russell Crowe shines as bad guy in remake of '3:10 to Yuma'
"3:10 to Yuma"

Art Briefs
Teen writers sought Artwork wanted Gaede-Penner to give presentation Watercolor workshop planned Artists in Schools seeking applicants Poetry out loud luring students Kids' reading program ongoing

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

A 'water' sport?
Since when did golf become a water sport? Since association members decided that staying dry wasn't nearly as much fun as playing in the Combined Tournament between the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Kenai Golf Association for the honor of displaying the trophy and being declared the winning team.

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