Thanks to all of you who have been informing me of things going on in our community. It's great to hear a variety of news items and what people in our town have been doing. If you have news to share, you're welcome to e-mail me or call me at 260-7882.
Stars and Stripes a Navy update: Welcome home to Airman Apprentice Joshua Byrd, an avionics technician, who is the son of Richard and Zetta Byrd.
He was serving in Pensacola, Fla., and returned to Soldotna on Sept. 10.
I am happy to also congratulate him on his marriage Sept. 13 to Kristin McKenitt. They will move to Whidbey Island, Wash., in November where he will serve three years working on radar systems.
I appreciate those in the military who serve our country.
One hundred and sixty children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade from the Montessori Charter School picked up more than 720 pounds of litter on Sept. 14.
Their annual City Park Clean Up Day tradition is to pick up litter at all the parks in the Soldotna city limits. They split into groups and have chaperones with them to keep the kids safe, but the children pick up all the trash.
Principal Mo Sanders said, "The sun was in our favor this year so the kindergartners had a picnic at Farnsworth Park before they went to work cleaning up. Our kids managed to pick up 720 pounds, not up to our record of 1,400 pounds, but that is actually good news. It means the parks had less litter left behind by the public."
What a great job kids!
I want to wish a very happy birthday to Kathryn Metteer today, Sept. 24; Don Bradford on Sept. 27; and Donna VanLone on Sept. 28.
If you'd like to have local friends, family or yourself wished birthday greetings let me know the name and birthday month and day. You're welcome to send it in a few months ahead, but be aware that if it is upcoming, I need to receive it no later than 10 days before the birthday.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge invites you to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at its Fall Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center in Soldotna. They will have kid's activities identifying wildlife by signs and tracks, games, a "take home" craft project and a scavenger hunt. For all ages, there will be a native hunting tools display and an arrowhead making demonstration, displays on hunting opportunities on refuge and information on upcoming hunter safety classes. Wild game snacks and hot cider will be provided and there will be a drawing for door prizes. Guided nature walks are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Walks are 30 minutes and a half a mile long. Call 262-7021 to pre-register for walks or more information.
Other Soldotna news
Spaulding makes dean's list, travels abroad
Soldotna resident Amber L. Spaulding was named to the dean's list at the University of Hawaii, Hilo.
She is a junior studying nursing with a minor in communications.
Spaulding also attended Peking University in China. While there she studied Chinese culture.
She is the daughter of Gemi Spaulding of Soldotna and a 2004 graduate of Skyview High School.
Cy Kingston Garcia
* Laura and Rocky Garcia of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Cy Kingston at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.
* Maria and Matthew Dammeyer of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Clare, at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.
She joins sister, Isabella, and brothers, Joseph and John Paul.
Raffle fundraiser continues
The Skyview High School volleyball booster club is holding a raffle fundraiser. The prizes are a locally handmade log rocker, a large hand-carved and hand-painted wooden salmon and a rustic handmade wooden welcome sign. Tickets are $5 each and available for purchase until right before the drawing which is Oct. 5 before the varsity game at the school. For more information, call Lesley West at 260-6666 or Kit Lamborn at 260-3083.
Senior center plans activities
The Soldotna Senior Center will hold the following activities: Today - Art class at 10 a.m., dancing at 10:30 a.m. and piano music at 11:45 a.m.; Tuesday - Cards, board games and caregivers support meeting at 1 p.m.; Wednesday - Cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m., craft workshop and shopping at 1 p.m. and hula practice at 6 p.m.; Thursday - art class at 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks at 11 a.m. and shopping ,, cards and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday - Music at noon.
Ping pong returns
Ping pong is available to play for free from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 1 and runs through mid-December at Redoubt Elementary School on Binkley Avenue.
Adults and kids (at least 6 years old) and of any skill level are welcome.
Tables and equipment provided by the Boys and Girls Club and the school. Players are asked to bring a have a paddle if they have one. Supplies may be limited.
For more information, call Ron Levy at 262-7899 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student housing to be discussed
A meeting to discuss housing for Kenai Peninsula College students will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Mining and Petroleum Training Building at the college at 34820 College Drive. For more information, call 262-0300.
Donations sought for military personnel
The Peninsula Yellow Ribbon club is in the process of making thank you gift baskets for returning soldiers and Marines. Community members interested in donating a gift, a gift card or making a thank you card for the baskets may call Bill and Carol Keller at 262-0492 or 394-1072. Arrangements can be made to pick up donations.
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