Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Disabled Veterans meet Thursday

Disabled American Veterans holds a regular chapter meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kenai National Guard Armory. Disregard the date listed on mailouts. The new veterans' clinic will be discussed.

Refuge to burn Funny River slash piles

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge plans to start burning debris piles along Funny River Road today. Residents can expect to smell smoke, especially during early morning hours. If smoke becomes a problem, the refuge will stop lighting piles and take appropriate action.

The piles result from cutting beetle-killed spruce trees from Mile 3 to Mile 9.6 Funny River Road. The thinned and piled area adds a 150-foot-wide fire break to the break provided by the road itself. It will improve egress for Funny River residents in case of a wildfire. Hardwoods and the healthiest spruce trees have not been cut.

The planned burn includes about 30 piles created last year that have had time to dry. The remaining piles recently were completed and covered to dry for burning next year. Allowing the wood to dry reduces smoldering and allows more wood to burn. For more information, call Doug Newbould at the refuge at 262-7021.

Hockey referees must be certified

USA Hockey-certified referees are needed for the coming youth and adult hockey seasons. To be certified, referees must attend a certification seminar each year. This year's seminar will be Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The seminar will include time on the ice, so participants must bring skates and a helmet. Bring a whistle if you have one. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Dick Waisanen at 262-6298.

All-you-can-eat dinner planned

An all-you-can-eat halibut dinner will be held Saturday at American Legion Post No. 18 in Ninilchik. The dinner will begin at 2 p.m. and donations of $8 are requested. There will be live music, a raffle and live, silent and Chinese auctions.

To donate items for the auctions, contact Katherine at 398-1773 or drop them off at the Legion. When leaving donations, attach your name and the estimated value of the item. Proceeds will aid Ron Garroutte, who has cancer. For more information, contact Darla Peterson at 567-3990.

Church will give away clothes

The Nikiski Church of Christ at Mile 25.5 Kenai Spur Highway will give away clothing for free this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Homer chamber plans mixer

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Coal Point Trading Co. host the next Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer, planned Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the center's Carl E. Wynn Nature Center on East Skyline Drive.

This mixer offers the chance to learn about the center and its environmental education programs. Participants can stroll the handicapped-accessible boardwalks and visit the new Elliott Fischer Memorial Viewing Platform and the 5-acre expansion across Skyline Drive.

Refreshments will be served. Chamber members and business owners are invited to attend. For more information, call the chamber at 235-7740.

Hospice schedules grief support programs

In October, Hospice of the Central Peninsula will begin the fall 2001 session of the "transitions" grief support program for women who have experienced the death of their husbands, and "Healing Hearts," which offers support for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child. Both groups will meet for nine weeks. Registration is required.

Hospice also offers support for homicide survivors, women who have miscarried and an ongoing grief support group open to individuals with a variety of loss through death.

There is no charge to those who attend hospice bereavement programs.

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

Safe Sitter class full for October

Central Peninsula General Hospital Safe Sitter classes are full for the October dates. The next Safe Sitter classes will be held Jan. 3 and 4. Cost is $50 per student and includes all class material. Class size is limited and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 262-8172.

State offers birth control services

The Kenai Public Health Center on Barnacle Way in Kenai now offers birth control services.

The fees are on a sliding scale, and there generally is no charge for women with no health insurance, said Nurse Practitioner Kami Hutchins of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

Hutchins offers family planning clinics Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and sometimes also can see patients on Tuesday or Wednesday. Patients receive a physical exam and birth control. For an appointment, call 335-3400, a free call from central peninsula phones.

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