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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth facility workers honored Wage, hour seminar slated Bioneers in Alaska conference set Made in Alaska adds peninsula permit holders Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations accepted Fisheries business assistance available

Filing for disability online
Applying for disability benefits from Social Security is easier than it's ever been before. Until recently, the disability report had to be completed manually. Now, you can save time by completing it online and sending it to Social Security electronically.

Internet buzz: The rudeness of Internet discourse
I've always been skeptical of columnists who preach about the educational value of the Internet. Sure, the Internet started out as a forum for academics and scientists, but in the past 10 years the Net has evolved into a hodgepodge of amateur and commercial sites, presented more for entertainment and commerce than anything else.

Lucky draw lands locals with Martha Stewart
For over 20 years Jesse and Helen Tubbs of J&H Vacuum in Soldotna have been the local and Anchorage exclusive distributor for Pfaff sewing machines. Their loyalty paid off this year when Helen was the lucky winner of a trip to New York City and an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show where the new top of the line Pfaff sewing machine was to be unveiled. “I was at the Pfaff 2007 convention in Dallas, Texas and they held a drawing for two of their dealers to go to see Martha Stewart Live in New York City. The drawing was held at the end of the gala and I was totally shocked when they called my name,” Helen told the Dispatch. Helen’s husband and partner Jesse was invited to accompany her and actually postponed a trophy moose hunt to make the trip. “It was worth it though. We were seated in the VIP area and were suppose to appear as Pfaff representatives from Alaska, but two of the prior segments ran over and being a live show that cut into our segment so folks watching probably didn’t get to see us, but we did get to meet Martha and have photos taken with her, she was very pleasant and a real nice person,” said Jesse.

Elegant supper club opens at the McLennan House in Kenai
Truly unique to the Kenai Peninsula is the new McLennan House Supper Club, “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for years and now we’ll open starting Friday October 19th in my beautiful new kitchen at the McLennan House,” said Lori McLennan. Formerly Lori Chase of the Chase is Over catering and The Family Table, Lori’s culinary talents have become well known on the Kenai Peninsula. “Our idea was to create a fine dining experience slightly reminiscent of a Benihana table where people can watch me create their meal and I can watch them as they enjoy their dinner,” explained McLennan.

Local Youth gets liver transplant and a new lease on life
Jacob Eckerman was a normal, active, soccer playing 12-year-old boy a year ago. Today Jake, now 13, is working his way back to that normal life after a very traumatic six months of medical procedures that culminated with a liver transplant. “He went from being a normal funny little dude that loved to play soccer, to being very sick in a real short period of time, and it scared the you-know-what out of us, because he became so sick so fast. We took him in thinking he might have an appendix problem like his brother did, but soon learned that he was in liver failure and our insurance quickly maxed out,” explained Jacob’s father Keith.

Outdoors
I have never been a big fan of watching TV or even going to watch a movie whether at home or at the theater. I have probably watched less than 5 whole movies in my life but about 20 minutes of about 500 others. I have always felt like there was a whole lot more interesting things in life for me to do then to sit some place and watch TV or a movie of any kind. In fact I would rather pull weeds in my garden then have to watch TV unless the Green Bay Packers or Wisconsin Badgers are playing football. I chalk that up to being part of my Wisconsin heritage. Other then that I really wouldn’t care if I even had a TV. In fact at my home in the summer unless it is really nasty weather I don’t even allow the TV to be on.

Put up your docks instead of your dukes
As Alaskans prepare for another winter, memories of last year’s ice floods and the damage to private and public property remain fresh. According to Janet Yaeger, education coordinator for the Kenai Watershed Forum at the Kenai River Center, it could happen again. “Just because last year was an unusual event, it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen again. Last year’s event was caused by the Skilak Glacier Dam Lake that released, but we also have the Snow River Glacier Dam Lake that is presently pretty full and the word we are hearing is that it could release this fall, so we need to be prepared for it,” said Yaeger.

CIRCAC opposes permit
In a letter sharply criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has expressed disappointment in a proposed inlet oil facility discharge permit, saying it failed to address numerous public concerns and would allow increased dumping of pollutants.

Assembly plays musical chairs
Three assembly candidates re-elected Oct. 2 by large margins within their respective districts, but who are affected by the concurrent boroughwide voter approval of a term-limit ballot proposition, were prevented from taking the oath of office Tuesday by the remaining members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

On the waterfront: Center produces guide
Whether you own waterfront property overlooking Cook Inlet, the Kenai or Kasilof rivers, or any of the other numerous rivers and lakes on the Kenai Peninsula, there is a new book available that may be worth obtaining.

Responders drill for worst-case scenario
If you're driving on the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday and a cadre of ambulances speed past you with sirens blaring, don't be alarmed.

SAD rules up for debate
In an attempt to bring the city code up to date as it relates to special assessment districts, the city of Soldotna this evening will be recommending tossing out the existing chapter and replacing it with clearer and less cumbersome rules for those seeking local public improvements.

Pleasant day, fowl weather
Duck hunters hike across the Kenai River flats in search of fowl Wednesday afternoon.

Ninilchik gets a new heart monitor
Mike Chihuly's department will be better able to serve Ninilchik now that they have the money for a new high-tech heart monitor and defibrillator. The fire chief for Ninilchik Emergency Services showed up at Soldotna's Alaska USA Bank to receive an oversized check worth $16,782.

Eldridge retains edge in Kenai
Kenai City Councilman Joe Moore gained ground toward reelection Tuesday following a count of absentee and questioned ballots, but not enough.

Voices lifted in song
Students participating in Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Borough Honor Choir concert are reflected on a piano as they rehearse a piece of music before the performance. Dr. Andre Thomas, of Florida State University, conducted the concert and worked with the students, who came from across the district, for two full days.

School board to seat Hilts, Crawford
The Oct. 2 re-election of two Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board members and the passage of Proposition 3 limiting the terms of school board members caused a confusing wrinkle and left board president Debra Mullins wondering what to do at Monday's meeting.

Kenai firefighters honored
When Kenai firefighters first arrived on the scene of a horrible crash a year ago, they didn't find the driver or anyone in the front seat of one of the cars.

Southern Pecan Pie
Recipe and photo courtesy Jason Kennedy, www.freshpecans.com

Around the Peninsula
Depression screening available Public health plans one-day closure MOPS to meet Library seeks volunteers Halloween carnival set for fun

Pecan Pointers:
How to keep pecans fresh

Champagne tastes
ATLANTA - If you knew nothing about baseball, you might well have wondered what on earth was happening inside the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium Monday night. With TV cameras capturing every moment, the Cleveland Indians were dousing themselves in champagne, dancing and hollering as they sprayed the stuff around the room.

Fried Coke: The unreal thing
HUTCHINSON, Kan. Deep-fried Coke is it.

Healthy Bites
Healthful eating includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. What about juice? Check the label.

Best Pecan Tarts
The crust

Flaky and Tender Pie Crust
Makes two (nine-inch) pie shells

Nuts about pecans: This year's crop expected to be perhaps the 'best in 15 years'
I'm just crazy for pecans, so when pecan grower Jason Kennedy invited me to visit him at the family's pecan orchards in Lyons, Ga., I was delighted to accept.

Soldotna netters defeat Seward
Fresh off back-to-back conference wins over Kodiak and Skyview this past weekend, Soldotna was hoping to carry that momentum into Game 1 of its contest with visiting Seward on Tuesday night.

A sense of self
n "Self" will run at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Kenai, until the end of October. The Kenai Fine Arts Center is open 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 283-7040 for more information.

'Kid' leaves critic feeling heartbroken
Have you noticed when you go into the video store, lately, that almost every new release on the shelf is boldly labeled as being the "Unrated-Unedited-Super-Sexy-Too-Hot-for-Theaters-Director's-Cut?"

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