Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002

Historical association to hold meeting

Historical societies from around the Kenai Peninsula will gather Saturday at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai for the semi-annual meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association. The speaker will be Dorothy Gray, who in 1996 spearheaded the effort to renovate the Russian Orthodox rectory in Kenai. Gray, whose maternal grandparents came from what used to be Czechoslovakia, was born and baptized in the Russian Orthodox faith. She moved to Alaska 25 years ago and recently retired from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The Kenai Historical Society will serve refreshments beginning at 9 a.m. and a lunch at noon. The business meeting will start at 10 a.m., with the program scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 283-7700.

Kayaking class to be offered

Homer Community Schools is offering a 10-session kayaking skills class. The pool and classroom sessions are from 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday from Oct. 15 to Dec. 17. The class is appropriate for novices to advanced paddlers. A free demonstration and introduction period will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Homer High School. For more information, call Daryl Farrens at 235-6090 or see the community schools catalog.

School program to hold dinner next week

The After The Bell staff invites the public and families to join them and after-school programs across the country in turning on lights and rallying community support for after school-programs. The program will hold a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Middle School to show support for after-school programs. The date was incorrectly reported earlier this week. The community is invited to show Soldotna and policy-makers how After The Bell keeps students safe, helps working families, and improves students' academic achievements.

For more information, call 260-7085.

Public meeting to be held for watershed

The Kenai Watershed Forum, the city of Soldotna and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center to learn about and discuss contaminated site management for the Kenai River Watershed.

There are over 40 documented contaminated sites between Sterling and the city of Kenai. Recently, public awareness and concern for the protection of groundwater and the Kenai River has increased. The DEC will provide an overview of the status of and processes used to address six of the more high-profile contaminated sites and outline possible changes to the existing contaminated sites strategy. Site maps and statuses of contaminated sites will be available at the meeting. For more information, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.

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