Halloween lurks in the twilight of October and casts a shadow across the whole month. Kasilof can be a foggy river in the fall ghastly, really.
Summer excitement delighted Louise Hann of South Cohoe Loop. She went to Kansas to visit her son, Stuart, who retired Aug. 1 with 28 years in the Air Force. Stuart spent several years in Alaska stationed at Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force bases.
"He has fruit salad up here like you wouldn't believe," Louise said, speaking of her son's decorations on his uniform.
Stuart, who was a master sergeant, plans to become a registered nurse and hopes to return to Alaska.
Meanwhile, Patti and Mike Murray, also of South Cohoe, announced the birth of granddaughter Amara Bryn Murray. Patti is Louise's daughter.
Patti, Louise, Linda Wright and Jody Toombs staffed the Tustumena polling center for the recent election. Once sequestered in my booth, I attempted to remove the ballot from its privacy envelope. Unfortunately, someone had cast a staple hex on the envelope and the sucker was stuck. Returning to the women for help, it turned out that they were adjusting envelopes with staples to achieve precise tab margins for voter ease in using the machine which snatches ballots away, unseen by human eyes.
I returned to my booth and darkened a few boxes.
For the benefit of the local phone folks, I must say that Toombs was none to happy to hear that other Cohoe Loopers had received DSL ahead of her house. I suggest running wires over to narrow, Carol Road immediately and shudder to think of what could happen if the little lady starts messing with her magic wand. Please keep an eye on Dave Hopkins, Cohoe's longtime expert phone company employee. If you see a frog driving his truck, you'll know they were too slow.
Adult basketball has bounced into action at Tustumena Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Teams are divided according to ability before each game. The results are usually close scores and great games. Women and novices are welcome. If you're out of shape a "fast break" may mean you need a "spell."
The bench often has backsiders eager to take your place. Corey Kruse (262-9082) of Clam Gulch is in charge of the gig.
Trent Dodsen of Territorial Way has gone to work for Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC). Dodsen worked for Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) for six years and was the senior biologist there. CIAA gave him a round of applause at its September board meeting and several members voiced appreciation of his accomplishments. Three years ago Dodsen initiated a program bringing college biology students to CIAA to work as interns. The students gain field experience and fill a niche for enthusiastic workers. Dodsen will be a public relations person at CIRCAC.
Donation cans are open at Jersey Subs and the Laughing Wolf Express for 15-year-old Gabby Browning, who was seriously hurt in a four-wheeler accident. Send get well cards to: Providence Children's Hospital, 3200 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Attn: Gabby Browning Room 317.
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