Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2007

Hello Neighbors. It's that time of year once again for all of us to raise our arms to the skies above Alaska and offer a heartfelt thanks to the powers that be and have been, for the bounty of oil and investment savvy that allowed me to call that 800 number at my bank last week and offer up a loud "Wahoo" at the newly deposited plus in my savings account the permanent fund dividend.

I appreciate the financial perk we receive for no other reason than we have been fortunate enough to live in the amazing state of Alaska. I am indeed grateful for our permanent fund and to our resources that contribute so generously to it.

Yep, I'm in Wyoming again to get a refresher course on surviving life from the intrepid Ireta, my 96-year-young mom. The day we arrived, although thrilled to see us (especially my hero), she seemed tired and rather frail.

However, when I heard commotion first thing in the morning just a day or so later, I padded into the kitchen in my nightgown to find her peeling tomatoes and boiling jars, saying that if I didn't plan to sleep all day maybe I could help her make chili sauce. And so we did. The house was soon redolent with the aroma of tomatoes, peppers, onions, vinegar, cinnamon and apples, filling the air with childhood memories of canning with my mother. Who says you can't go back home? One whiff of that concoction made me a kid again.

While dining in Cody, Wyo., I found myself watching a beautiful young woman at a nearby table. When she got up to leave I stopped her for a hug, because I had recognized her as Abby Pope, daughter of Wayne and Yvonne Pope of Kenai. Abby grew up on the peninsula and graduated from Kenai Central High School. Now she and her husband, Craig, live in Cody with their three, soon to be four, kidlets, where he teaches history at Cody High School. She asked me to give her best to old friends in Kenai.

Back in Kenai, my e-mails tell me there are still tickets left for the Kenai Community Library Friends annual raffle and fundraiser. The dinner and drawing will be Oct. 26 and 27, and you can get your ticket (which includes a catered prime rib dinner for two) from the library or by calling 776-5433.

The Totem Tracers genealogy group will offer Ancestor Research help from 1 to 3 p.m. in the library's conference room Saturday.

The Kenai Performers will appear for the second Sunday stories Sunday at 1 p.m. This talented traveling tale troop will present "Tales from Around the World." You're invited.

Happy birthday Oct. 11 to Mary Goggia: Oct. 12 to Jennifer Giles; and Derek Brown, Darla Mamaloff and Jim Mullins on Oct. 13.

Other Kenai news

/h3>Senior center plans events

The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: Today Exercise at 9 a.m. and walking at line dancing at 10 a.m., pinochle at 12:45 p.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Tuesday Strong Women at 9 and flu shots at 9 am., TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bridge at 12:35 p.m. and bowling at 1 p.m.; Wednesday Exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and shopping and float meeting at 1 p.m.; Thursday Strong Women at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m. and council on the aging at 7 p.m.; and Friday Exercise at 9 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., bowling at 1 p.m. and Bible class at 3:30 p.m.

Nicks' have a son

Constance and Joe Nicks of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Logan Walker, at 7:44 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 10 pounds.

He joins sisters, Aedreena and Giaseena.

Ruffridge honored

Kenai resident Brandon James Ruffridge became a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors organization at Eastern Washington University.

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