Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Head north to Alaska Fudge
Back in the 1970’s folks with VW’s and other foreign autos depended on Bill Ischi Motors at the bridge in Soldotna to keep their vehicles running over Alaska’s pot-holed roads. Today the Ischi family tradition of service and fair prices continue at the Dairy Queen and the new Alaska Fudge and Gifts shop at the very same location. For more than two decades Peter Ischi and his wife Val have owned and operated the DQ in Soldotna, and last month opened the new Alaska Fudge and Gifts right next door. “We’ve been talking about a fudge shop for years and this summer my son, daughter and sister decided it was time to give it a try, the space was open the time was right so we decided to go for it. The fudge seemed like a great idea because no one was doing it yet and we could produce it right next door at the Dairy Queen and combining it with a nice selection of Alaskan gifts seemed to be a perfect fit and so far it’s worked out great, many folks come in pick up their favorite fudge and go next door for an ice cream,” said Ischi.

Giving peace a chance
In an effort to share their feelings about peace, tolerance, cooperation, and unity, students of the Soldotna Montessori School participated in the September 21st International Peace Day at Soldotna Elementary School. Through the international Pinwheels for Peace project students made a public visual statement about their wishes for peace. According to the organization a pinwheel is a childhood symbol that reminds us of a time when things were simple, joyful, and peaceful. Simple instructions for making a pinwheel were provided by the project and were easily made using just about any type of material.

Raising instruments to raise money
An Evening of Classics is in store this weekend at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the Spur Highway, “Our concert is a fund raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and we’ll be featuring many local musicians who will be performing classical music and that’s why it’s being called an Evening of Classics,” said pianist Maria Allison. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra has become well known for blending local talented musicians with the expertise of professional groups such as the Southwest String Quartet and virtuoso Paul Rosenthal who thrilled a large audience last summer at the Kenai Auditorium with their unique musical styling’s and a full 80 piece orchestra, “It was an honor for me and a thrill for our orchestra to accompany the piece Paul performed, he is an incredible talent and a fabulous musician, the result was a mesmerizing performance,” said Mark Robinson the director of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.

Outdoors
As a young man I ventured out into the business world by selling worms and night crawlers each spring and summer. Staying out late at night and catching hundreds of these night crawlers was a regular occurrence for me and through the years I became pretty good at it. The longest night crawler I ever got was stretched out to 17 inches long! I also dug angleworms to be used as fishing bait too. These to could be found in abundance and great for fishing bait for almost any species of fish.

New owners turning the Music Box crank
For more than a quarter century Mike and Trish Silba have owned and operated the Music Box in Soldotna and Homer, but now as Trish and Mike focus their talents on video and audio duplication with their Memory Lane business, Scott and Gena Stahlecker, formerly of Austin, Texas, are the new Music Box owners. Throughout the years the Music Box has become famous among students and musicians as a place to buy the latest sheet music, quality name brand instruments, and just about any item related to the world of music. Coming from Austin, Texas a city known as one of America’s musical centers, the Stahlecker’s intend to continue what the Music Box has become known for while adding their personal touches to the stores, “Mike and Trish have done a great job running the stores for the last 26 years and we don’t plane on a lot of changes here in Soldotna, however in Homer we have a major expansion underway at a new location off Lake Street in Homer and we will be more than doubling the square footage and bringing in a lot more inventory to that store,” Scott told the Dispatch.

Coalition's research limited
The Kenai Area Fisherman's Coalition claims to be an organization composed of only scientists and nonguided anglers who fish on the Kenai Peninsula. The KAFC is self-proclaimed as existing to provide objective scientific information on fisheries issues that impact Kenai Peninsula rivers and streams.

Spirit comes through, thanks to contributions
Soldotna High School would like to thank the Clarion and the local businesses Agrium, Cornerstone Books and Supplies, Four O Six, Gentle Dental, Manny's Driver Education, Napa, Hutchings, XTO Energy, Alaska's Hairlines, Doors/Windows, Kenai Caf, Stanley Ford, Soldotna Chiropractic, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Halcyon, Jersey Subs, The Fitness Place and attorney Dale Dolifka for their support of the schools on the peninsula for helping with the layout of the school's homecoming page.

Most dipnetters not local
Of the 6,330 dipnetters surveyed in Kenai this year, 90 percent said they live elsewhere.

Kenai Peninsula Borough polling sites for today's municipal election
House District 6 (Senate C)

Threat found at Skyview
A written threat was discovered Monday afternoon on a bathroom stall at Skyview High School.

Program opens eyes to horrors of meth
A Methamphetamine Awareness Program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Kenai Central High School.

Post Agrium: Now what?
Leaving a job after more than 17 years isn't easy, especially when you had no control over events that will soon have you collecting unemployment.

All 4 borough ballot propositions pass
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters have chosen to limit members of the assembly and school board to no more than two consecutive terms.

Kenai woman to defend trees at council meeting
At least one Kenai resident is championing the cause for urban trees currently facing the ax wielded by economic development.

Could court be next?
All three Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly incumbents were solidly re-elected Tuesday, but the concurrent success of Proposition 2 establishing term limits on assembly seats has the perfect political and legal storm looming on the horizon.

Crawford retains board seat
In the only race for the only school board seat being contested in Tuesday's election, incumbent Sammy Crawford defeated challenger Gene Dyson for Seat 1 representing Kalifornsky in Tuesday's municipal election.

'Tis the season
John Wensley is framed by signs of the times as he walks into the Kenai Senior Citizens Center to cast his ballot Tuesday afternoon.

Runoff needed in Soldotna?
Barring a surprise after absentee and questioned ballots are tallied, voters in Soldotna will be going to the polls once again at the end of the month to determine who replaces Jane Stein on the city council.

Porter wins another term
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said she is "just really glad" to be re-elected to a three-year term as mayor.

Barbara Dominick
Longtime Nikiski resident Barbara Dominick died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 63.

Stores offer natural foods
Organics are going more mainstream.

Around the Peninsula
Electronics recycling to be discussed Quilt guild to gather Gardeners to meet Hospice training, events set VFW holds scholarship contents Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel Community resource directory available Bowling leagues forming

Healthy Bites
Can vegetarian eating supply your body with enough nutrients?

Hershey's 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar

The science of the cake
You're about to read of a masterpiece and how to create it.

Around the Peninsula
Steak dinner, auction fundraiser planned Election results to be discussed Hockey registration Saturday Fair board meeting slated Women invited to take-a-break

Skyview tops Nikiski for 2nd time
Owning a 2-0 lead in a non-conference match-up against visiting Nikiski on Tuesday, Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid figured it was the ideal time to mix things up.

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

Around Campus
Editor's note: Due to an editing error, the Kenai Peninsula College column, which runs in the Tuesday Schools section, was omitted. The Clarion regrets the error.

Bowling up breakfast
There's lots of reasons why a student might come to school with an empty stomach, but volunteers from Love INC are doing what they can to make sure they don't go to class that way.

Altered perception leads girl down road of tough choices
About a year and a half ago I was introduced to someone, who I thought was a great friend at the time, named Crystal.

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