Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Vineyard blooms in a new location
Brenda Clyde is the new owner of The Vineyard; formerly The Master’s Vineyard located at the Mooring Plaza on the Spur Highway in Soldotna, and has moved The Vineyard to an all new location on the opposite side of the Spur Highway next to Columbia Paints and Sweeney’s Clothing Store. “I wanted to create a place where people could come in and relax, take a few minutes to sit down and look through a book or listen to some music and have a cup of coffee,” says Brenda, and one stop by the new store and you’ll quickly agree that she has done just that, “The coffee pot is always on and I encourage people to come in and look, take their time look for a gift or just visit with a friend or come in and visit with me. I absolutely love visiting with folks and hearing the incredible things God is doing in their lives, that’s what we’re here for,” added Brenda.

Despite running late and getting to Homer almost 1 and a half- hours later then our pilot ,John Berryman of Beluga Float Plane Service, wanted us there, things looked good. We spotted several goats in the mountains while flying over which gave us renewed excitement before we even landed. My hunting partners were 17-year-old Damian Collum and my 12-year-old son Travis. This was perhaps the youngest crew I had ever left with on a mountain hunt and it seemed a little scary to think I am 23 years older than the combined age of my two hunting partners. With that thought in mind, I wonder if they make a 4 wheel drive all terrain wheel chair complete with a winch and brakes?

Iraqi children receive Alaskan T-shirts
School is back in session, the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack has past and Soldotna Mayor David Carey is again facilitating patriotic activities for community members of all ages. “For our fifth year, we are sending monthly packages and letters to our uniformed troops serving in harm’s way as part of the ‘Red, White & Blue Program.’ This month we are once again collecting canned or vacuum sealed smoked fish, for our 2007 Taste of Alaska drive,” announced Carey. The canned fish may be dropped off at Soldotna City Hall on Birch Street during the month of September. Only tin canned or vacuum sealed fish will be sent abroad, however glass canned fish will also be accepted but saved for local troops who return home on leave.

Chevron puts fuel into United Way’s tank
In the footsteps of the record breaking 2006 Kenai Peninsula United Way Campaign that raised over $800,000 under the chairmanship of Sue Carter, Joe Gallagher 2007 campaign chair, announced last week that this year’s goal will be $700,000, “That’s a huge amount of money, but by no means is it insurmountable and we are fully confident that we will reach our goal,” Gallagher told the Dispatch. Gallagher seems content to let Sue Carter’s record stand at least for another year but added, “Sue’s such a dear friend that I just can’t think about exceeding her record, she did a great job and I fully intend on following in her footsteps and will work to raise as much money as possible, but our goal of $700,000 is a lot of money and we’ll be happy to reach it,” said Gallagher.

Rounding up fun & funds at Soldotna Senior Center
As any western cattle rancher can attest to September and the coming of autumn means its Roundup time, a tradition of bringing in the strays and sharing the summer’s bounty that is as American as Thanksgiving. Eight years ago the Soldotna Senior Center decided to adapt the Fall Roundup theme for a fun filled evening and an opportunity to roundup some cash to support their endowment fund. With the infamous Spur Highway Spankers blue grass band as a headliner, last weeks Fall Round-Up was a sell out event, according to executive director Jan Fena.

Junk cars issue questioned
I'm presently outside (northwest Michigan) and found interest in Tuesday's report on junk cars. Primarily because in this locale junk haulers will come to a private residence, or for that matter business, hook up as-is any vehicle with a title, pay the owner as much as $150 and it's gone. And they are obviously making money on this because they advertise in the local papers daily.

Jr. Classic goes swimmingly
Thanks to all who made the Kenai River Jr. Classic such a huge success. On Aug. 15 you made it possible for 76 youth who may not normally get an opportunity to go fishing to fish on the Kenai River. Youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southcentral Alaska, our local Young Marines and children from Elmendorf Air Force Base who had a parent who was deployed were all smiles.

Help with FASD event appreciated
Thank you to all who participated in the ninth annual International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day ceremony on Sept. 8 during the Recovery Rendezvous. It is encouraging to see so much community participation at this important event.

Take a stand and take action
Alaska is the only state in the Union that does not have a Safe Haven Law in place. This law enables a person to safely surrender a baby shortly after birth at a safe location without fear of prosecution by the law.

Term limits can't be OK for some, not others
How can term limits for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and School Board be unconstitutional? We've had term limits on the borough mayor since 1993. Our governor has term limits. Our president has term limits. It would seem that the legislative branches of government (in this case, the borough assembly) love to impose term limits on the executive branches such as the mayor, governor and president.

Reader celebrates freedom of choice
I have read a letter regarding the business Pye Wackets. I must say I am one of the many patrons of the mentioned business. I am also one of the many "witches" in today's American society. My beliefs may not coincide with the Christian faith that is so dominate in our society, however, many of the morals and values I myself hold true. For example, thou shalt not steal, kill, lie, cheat, etc.

Vote 'No' to keep voting rights
An element of serving on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly or school board is running for office. Because, by law assembly and school board member boundaries are adjusted after each census, so each member represents the same number of constituents, those whose area change by more than 10 percent must stand for election, even though their term would not normally be up. That occurred to me in 2002.

Splash of color
Red and gold leaves stand out against a gravel road just outside Sterling earlier this month. Even though fall is in full swing here in Alaska, Sunday marks the first official day of Autumn.

Hydrocarbons back on agenda
Kenai Vice Mayor Joe Moore hopes to leave today's city council meeting with his colleagues' support as he and the Kenai River Working Group bring a resolution to the State Board of Fisheries.

Election: Prop 4 would build fire station
Ballot Proposition 4, which seeks voter approval for issuing up to $1.4 million in general obligation bonds to help build a new fire station, concerns only voters within the Bear Creek Fire Service Area, but it would require those residents to agree to an increase in their annual property taxes.

With help, friendship grows
When Graydon "Skipper" Cowgill and his wife, Mary Anne, bought the property formerly known as Eadie's Frontier Club, there were no less than 60 abandoned cars and trucks on the lot. Now, four years and a lot of hard work later, the Friendship Mission has helped 70 men since October 2005 and, with donations and volunteers from the community, is slowly growing.

High and dry
Cordova High School swimmers Derek Hammer and Drew Lindow find an unconventional place to take a break from a swim meet last weekend at Soldotna High School. The perch gave them a good if not inconspicuous place to carry on a conversation.

A good thing: Couple to appear on Martha Stewart
When Helen Tubbs attended the Pfaff Convention 2007 in Dallas earlier this month, she wasn't expecting to pack her bags for New York City so soon after she got back. But when she won an all-expense-paid trip to appear on Martha Stewart Living, she almost sold it on eBay.

Non-oil tax money increasingly important
As oil production continues to decline, Alaska will become ever more dependent on tax revenue sources other than black gold, according to a state economist.

Arlene S. 'George' Rhodes
Longtime Kenai resident Arlene S. "George" Rhodes died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Jill Johnson
Longtime Soldotna resident Jill Johnson died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 64.

Jezreel Shayna Herr
Jezreel Shayna Herr died Sept. 14, 2007, at home in Meadow Lakes due to complications of Merosin Deficient Muscular Dystrophy. She was 9.

Bananas Foster
5 1/2 teaspoons ground

Mexican Bananas Foster
3/4 cup light brown sugar

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

Be clever with your cleaver
I'll cut to the chase your knife skills scare me.

Healthy Bites
Did you know if you consume 100 fewer calories per day you could lose 10 pounds in a year? If you burn another 100 calories every day through exercise, you could lose up to 20 pounds per year.

Original Nilla Banana Pudding
3/4 cup sugar, divided

Around the Peninsula
Agrium live fire training continues Women invited to take a break Developmental screening offered Girls Scout roundup planned Breastfeeding classes offered Little League to vote on board LeeShore board meeting set Volunteers to get party SoHi offers lifeguard training Soccer coaches sought Life guard class available Bowling leagues forming Hospice seeks volunteers Community resource directory available

Around the Peninsula
Tutors sought Park meeting slated Raffle fundraiser continues KPBSD seeks volunteers USDA food programs offered

Split decision on bananas
When bananas were introduced to this country in the mid-1800s, they were considered an exotic dessert and were eaten on a plate with a knife and a fork.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

Stay true to your school
Where have they gone, passersby wondered. Ninilchik tourists even stopped school principal Terry Martin to ask.

Students get chance to air college positives via video contest: Kenai Peninsula College
KPC students promote University EMT 1 class added Professor invited to air views

Kenai Golf Report
Hello, Golfers. The fall weather has been very accommodating with the brilliant sunshine that makes these days so special and so enjoyable even though the mornings are crisp. The colors are already starting to fade and it won't be long until the leaves have fallen and we begin to get anxious for the first snow.

Oilers name Hickman new head coach
The grass at Coral Seymour Memorial Park has yet to brown for the winter. That doesn't matter to new Peninsula Oilers head coach Brian Hickman. He's ready to roll out the balls on the 2008 season right now.

Sports Briefs
Bird Homestead to host glow ball event Results posted from Tustumena Fun Run

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