Thursday, October 4, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules QuickBooks workshops set Homer halibut derby awards party hooked Wage, hour seminar slated Fisheries business assistance available

Internet buzz: O.J. vs. the Internet round two
Grab some hairspray and dig up that Ace of Base album it's 1994 again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Life lesson: Friends play important role
For most people, life is a maturing, educational process, acquiring values, living through puberty, discovering sex and the passion of courtship, getting a job, selecting a mate, sometimes having/raising children, sometimes acquiring a home, sometimes acquiring many unnecessary "toys" (big boats, sports cars, sports trucks, four-wheelers, snowmachines, airplanes, jet skis, etc) and rarely obtaining the monetary and other resources necessary for a comfortable retirement.

Family appreciates tribute
We four children of Fred Chambers would like to thank the community of Soldotna and the Peninsula Clarion for their involvement in honoring Fred's life. We also want to give our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Public needs to be made aware of Web site
Did you know the Sport Fish Division of the ADF&G formed a committee to look into Kenai River Guide Limitation? Unfortunately, most of the public is unaware of this committee. Also unfortunately, it is made up entirely of guides. Shouldn't other user groups have a say on this very important matter?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Election presents dilemma
Assembly President Ron Long will convene a special meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly this morning to decide how to react to Tuesday's conflicting election results.

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.

Man convicted of abusing toddler
A 20-year-old Nikiski man has been convicted by a Kenai Superior Court jury of sexually assaulting the 2 1/2-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2006.

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.

Phishing scheme mimics IRS site
A new phishing scheme involving the Internal Revenue Service is turning up in peoples' e-mail inboxes. The scam asks for social security and credit card numbers and directs people to a Web site entitled "Get Your Tax Refund!" a phony imitation of the IRS's "Where's My Refund?" Web site.

Districts elected incumbents, split on term limits
District 3 Assemblyman Gary Superman faced no opponent in Tuesday's election and won with 77 percent of the vote the rest were write-ins. Assembly term limits were turned down in Nikiski, his home precinct, and in Salamatof. Term limits found support in Tyonek and Kachemak Bay precincts. The districtwide tally was 399 for term limits, 428 opposed.

Work halted at Homer hospital
Homer News

Skyview quiet despite threat
Even though rumors are rampant regarding a threat that was found scrawled onto a bathroom wall at Skyview High School on Monday, things are slowly getting back to normal. School officials are still searching backpacks and lockers while teachers are keeping a close eye on hallway activities, but nothing out of the ordinary has happened.

Life's a beach
Chris Cook soaks up some sun while throwing sticks to her dog Ramsey on the Cook Inlet beach at the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies today.

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

Stores offer natural foods
Organics are going more mainstream.

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

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.

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.

Something to say: Documentaries offer a mixed bag for comments
I've found that when you go see a movie in a theater, much of the effect it has on you can be determined by the audience around you. For example, Disney's "102 Dalmations" won't ever be considered in the pantheon of great children's films, but going to see it with an audience of delighted 5-year-olds will definitely buoy your spirits. This weekend, I went to see two films, both issue-oriented, and both of the sort that garnered audience commentary. Unfortunately, only one of the movies benefited from it.

Fundraiser features musical evening
Classic cars, classic beauty, classic movies: People look at something timeless, and they call it classic.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

Poet's Corner
One o'clock, they should be here.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Graphic novel, art workshops planned Book club to meet Design contest begins Artists in Schools seeks applicants Poetry out loud luring students Kids' reading program ongoing

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.

It's not over 'til it's over
It ain't over 'til it's over. You hear it a lot, especially in sports and certainly on the golf course. So, I'm here to remind you once again. It ain't over 'til it's over. Even though our official golf season is over, it isn't really over until the snow flies or the frost settles in for good or the darkness takes over, whichever comes first. So hang in there Birch Ridge golfers. Take advantage of the continuing nice weather and the beautiful condition of the course, grab your golf clubs and come on out to get in as many strokes as you can. OK, let me rephrase that. Take every opportunity you can to continue to reduce your number of strokes. Call to check on play times since they are subject to change daily.

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