It's that time again. Don't forget to get your flu shot. If you don't, you may wish you would've if you're miserable in bed this winter. The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will have flu shots available for seniors Oct. 16. There's no charge for Medicare patients, but for those who are not, the fee will be based on a sliding scale. For more information and to set an appointment, call 262-2322.
To celebrate National 4-H Week, 4-H Round Up will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road. It's an open house to meet other leaders and 4-Hers. 4-H is an educational youth program where youth work with adult volunteer leaders to learn and practice skills. If you have questions, call 262-5824.
Soldotna 4-H winners from the Palmer State Fair were Mariesha Derkevorkian, Cassy Dobson, Daniel Lewis and Katrina Truesdell. Good job kids.
Happy Birthday to brothers Brent Christenson, 11, on today, Oct. 8 and Ryan Christenson, 18, on Oct. 9.
Where are they now? Many people have expressed interest in wanting to hear more about what our local graduates have accomplished. Drop me a line if you have information.
Susie Franklin, retired librarian from Kenai Central High School, shared these gems with me about graduates she knew and what they are up to.
Susie said, "With so much being said about No Child Left Behind, it's fun to reflect on the options that have been open to our young people locally thanks to the good education they have received. It is definitely good to see them moving forward in the world, whether it be having a family or finding interesting careers."
Blacksmith and equine dentist and champion barrel-racer, Anna Coy Selanolff; teacher, Cassie Smith; slot machine odds programmer, Christmas Parker; best boy for CSI-Las Vegas, Kenny Parker Hanson; attorney, Martin Jackson, Jenny King, Jason Bergevin and Alaska Turner; accountant, Karen Karsten; broadway lighting specialist, Travis Richardson; rocket scientist, Eero Alla; actor, Chelito Decastro; dentist, Jerry Hu, Tommy Kobylarz, Chris Hudson and Brian Kallas; doctor, Derek Anderson and Jeremy Anderson; proball player, Marshall Boze and Travis Hall; professional musicians, Tim Inabnit and Micah Budreaux of This Hope; and economist, Reid Steadman.
Speaking as a former librarian, Susie said, "If you want a good read, check "Swimming to Antarctica", by Lynne Cox. Cox writes about her adventures as a long-distance swimmer who began by swimming the English Channel and ultimately swam off the coast of South America to Antarctica. She also extended glasnost by swimming between Alaska and Russia. Her writing will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Have a great week everyone.
Other Soldotna news
Library to host pumpkin contest
The Soldotna Public Library is hosting its annual pumpkin carving and painting contest through Nov 1.
Entries must represent a fictional book character. Prizes will be awarded for preschool, elementary, teen and family categories. One grand prize also will be awarded for Best in Contest.
Entries must be dropped off at the library and must include: (on the front of the card) name of character, title and author of book the character is from; and (on the back of the card) participants' name, mailing address, phone number and category pumpkin is entered in.
Painted pumpkins may be dropped off through Oct. 28 and carved pumpkins may be dropped off Oct. 22 through 27 only.
Judging and awards will be given Oct. 27. Pumpkins will be on display through Nov. 1. Any entries remaining at the end of the day will be discarded. For more information, call 262-4227.
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 and board games at 1 p.m.; Wednesday Cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m., craft workshop 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 and fashion of the past dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Nikko Garden.
SMS students honored
The Soldotna Middle School September Students of Character are: Cole Aaronson, Connor Aaronson, Catherine Afonin, Coty Anderson, Austen Armstrong-Winkler, Thomas Azzara, Krystal Baer, Caelan Bailey, Daniel Baldwin, Braeden Bates, Alyse Beal, Robert Bearheart, Chelsea Belden, Nathan Belden, Christine Blackburn-Long, Blair Blades, Garrett Bosick, Matt Boulette, Robert Bowman, Swan Brooner, Alex Brown, John Brown, Whitney Burcham, Kyle Cansino, Christian Carrico, Cory Carver, Lacey Cashman, Timothy Checketts, Tyler Christler, Braden Chumley, Marcus Cisneros, Katy Clonan, Ruscia-Lea Colton, Kade Cooper, Hannah Cristiano, Marlee Cunningham, Aleigha Davidson, Dallas Derflinger, Daniel Diaz, Elissia Dobbs, Derian Dreyer, Olivia Duran, Trevor Earll, Ashley Eby, Jake Eckerman, Michael Erickson, Holly Eyre, Olivia Fair, Allison Farrington, Katherine Flanders, Noah Fowler, Madeline Fox, Claire Gabler, Ashley Gerola, Stormy Gill, Drew Golden, Denali Goodwill, Jonathan Granger, Makinna Halverson, Alicia Hamilton, Natawni Hammack, Hunter Hamrick, Alea Hanley, McKenzie Hanson, Amber Haselow, Jerramy Hatten, Joe Ben Hawkins, Christopher Henrie, Alex Henry, Morgan Hinz, Riley Hinz, Brooke Hughes, Aaron Jackson, Rae Jackson, Sam Janorschke, Josh Jansen, Dillon Jensen, Asa Johnson, Ginger Johnson, David Jones, Jang Kim, Devan Kincaid, Deann Knight, Johnathon Kreider, Morgan Lancaster, Carol Larrow, Shara Leaders, Jackie Leavitt, Taylor Legg, Courtney Lewis, Daniel Lewis, James Littell, Cadi Marckesano, Tyler Marcuson, Emily Mattfield, Jack Matthews, Skyler May, Ashley McCamon, Hayden McDermott-Johnston, Amanda McDowell, Cass Mckenzie, Maranda Merkes, Kiara Miller, Shayne Miller, Zane Miller, Sarah Mokracek, Paul Moore, Alissa Musto, Kristen Nagle, Megan Neill, Jordann Nelson, Mickey Nelson, Angelica Nolden, Brianna Payne, Brianne Pearson, Dalton Pearson, Preston Penrod, Travis Perkovich, Janas Perletti, Jason Phipps, Noah Pinske, Anders Pokryfki, Dustin Poole, Isabeau Posey, Michael Powell, Rose Price, Jason Ramirez, Holly Ramsell, Joseph Rife, Tyra Rivera, Marcus Roberts, Luke Rohl, Gunnar Romatz, Sidney Roumagoux, Seth Sanders, Jordan Sass, Jayson Schmelzenbach, Emily Schneider, Davina Schultz, Janice Scritchfield, Brittney Sears, Karlie Self, John Shirley, Angela Sibayan, Matti Silta, Kalea Sloan, Christina Smith, Savannah Smith, Alexis Sorrels, Molly Steffy, Troy Streiff, Kyle Stropes, Vicky Tachick, Sheila Thayer, Riley Thompson, Carl Thornburgh, Olivia Tice, Dillon Tondre, Sydney Tonione, Jamie Topp, Jared Tovoli, Nicolina Tromblee, Michael Tucker, Mariah Ulen, Shelby Vitt, Taylor Vonheeder, Destiny Watkins, Matt Weber, Catherine West, Heidi Westerman, Britanie Whipple, Montana White, Alena Wiljanen-Neugren, Evan Withrow, Shannon Wyatt, John Wynkoop, James Wysong and Nicholas Yannikos.
The Soldotna Middle School September Students of the Month are: language arts Kyle Kanarowski, Jamie Topp, Mysteri Turnbull-House, Kiara Hauck and Christopher Works; physical education Tyler Moody, Shelby Vitt and Tony Dombovy; band Rose Price; choir Olivia Duran; math McKenzie Hanson, Hunter Koch, Braden Chumley, Ruscia-Lea Colton, Kiara Hauck, Karlie Self, Allison Farrington, Travis Perkovich, Matti Silta and Lacey Cashman; algebra Megan Neill, Gabe Connor and Olivia Fair; science Breann Huff, Katie Hawkins, Jelly Nolden, Jonas Perletti, Braden Chumley, Alexis Sorrels, Claire Gabler and Britt Whipple (Woodgeard); study skills Alex Henry, Jonathan Meade and Elissia Dobbs; homeroom Austen Armstrong-Winkler, Aleigha Davidson and Kelty Fair; social studies Lacey Cashman, Kendra Ahlers, Heidi Westerman, Alex Jicha, Alejandro Rodriguez, Clayton Atterberry, Calvin Baxter, Brendan Baalke and Christopher Henrie; art introduction Ava Buffington; ceramics Anthony Crawford; graphic design Ashley McCamon; sculpture Deann Knight; reading Brian Kollm, Rose Price; office Mysteri Turnbull-House; teacher aide Mary Hauptman, Lauren Steffy and Brooke Hughes; leadership Trace Braxling, Taylor Forbes, Catherine Wolk and Jayme Christian; keyboarding Olivia Tice, Cole Aaronson and Shara Leaders; digital storytelling Karina Hauck; yearbook Kayla Hanson; and athletic director Tyler Marcuson.
USDA food program offered
The Little People's Education Center in Soldotna announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For income eligibility requirements, call 262-4113.
Cameras, photo printers sought
The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi's law office. For more information, call 398-0480.
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 may be made to pick up donations.
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