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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2006

Messages of hope offered

First Baptist Church of Nikiski will host Terry and Debbie Baxter from the Messengers of Hope. Terry will speak to families at 9:45 and 11 a.m. today and at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Debbie will speak to ladies and teens at 9:45 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Island Lake Road. For more information or to arrange a ride, call 776-8623 or 776-8679.

Recipes sought

The Clarion is seeking recipes to included in its 2006 Let it Snow special edition, including salmon, halibut, moose and other wild game recipes, as well as desserts made with local berries. The deadline to submit recipes is Wednesday. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her

Nikiski neighbors to meet

The Nikiski Neighbors will have its first meeting of the 2006 season at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. This will be an organizational meeting and anyone is welcome to come and be a part of a program that provides presents to needy children in Nikiski. For more information, call Laura Skiba at 776-8732.

Quilt raffle fundraiser

The Kasilof Community Church will raffle a handmade quilt to help raise funds to offset the cost of cancer treatment for Kasilof resident Pat Shields. Shields has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The cost of a ticket is $5 and tickets will be limited to the first 500 sold. The drawing will be held Friday. Tickets are available at Kasilof Community Church and by calling Jerie Best at 260-2910, Sheryl Neel at 262-5663 or Dave Horn at 262-9666.

Bus route changes announced

Skyview High School and Soldotna Middle School students riding buses 22, 36, 38 and 40 may be affected by route changes beginning Friday morning. Notices and bus schedules were sent home with students.

Route information is available at Skyview High School and Soldotna Middle School. For more information, call Nema at 714-8834.

Marathon seeks runners, volunteers

Organizers for the first Kenai River Marathon are seeking volunteers to help run the race, staff water tables and many other jobs. Runners also are needed.

The race will cover a 26.2 mile course beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center parking lot. The course closes at 4 p.m. Individuals or teams of three may enter. An after-race party is planned.

For more information on the race, call Bob Frates at 283-3692; Dr. Hansen to volunteer at 283-4611; or Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau for registration or sponsorship information at 283-1991. Registration is available online at

Horse council activity planned

The Peninsula Horse Council will host a Horse Education Day from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. The council is seeking interested horse groups willing to set up a table to help educate area youth about horses. There is no cost for tables. For more information and location of the event, call Katy at 776-7638 or Hara at 776-3415.

Dog jog fundraiser unleashed

The Susan Butcher Memorial 5-kilometer dog jog will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School in Soldotna. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. The cost is $5. Other donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit children diagnosed with cancer to attend camp through the Cancer Survivors on Mount Aspiring charity.

For more information on the race, call Patti Berkhahn at 262-5618 or Jane Handy at 262-8408. For more information on the charity, visit

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