Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2000

'Salmon for Seniors' program continues despite poor season

Poor season or not, our Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association once again ran their "Salmon for Seniors" program, donating salmon to the seniors in our community.

The Kenai Senior Center seniors say thank you to our area fishermen who remembered those who can no longer fish for themselves!


Kellie Kelso, director

Kenai Senior Center

Kenai Watershed Forum thanks its members, many volunteers

A grand thank you to all the Kenai Watershed Forum members and volunteers that have helped us and the Kenai River out over the past year.

While more than 80 of you were able to attend our thank you barbecue and slide show last weekend, we also wanted to formally express our appreciation to all that couldn't make it. A special thanks to those businesses that helped us throw such a successful party: The Nature Conservancy of Alaska, Harvest Traditions Bakery, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, McDonald's Restaurant, Odies Restaurant and Snug Harbor Seafoods.

School is well under way, and we've led quite a few field trips this fall. We're all looking forward to seeing more of the kids and parent helpers in classroom visits this winter. Also, keep an eye out for our volunteer water quality monitors that continue to gather data year round on those small salmon streams that flow into the Kenai; please take a few extra minutes to thank them as many of these streams are being monitored by no one else.

Let's not forget to also thank all those that helped us put on the 10th annual Kenai River Festival and our Summer Program this past year; we look forward to doing it again next summer.

I'll also take this opportunity to invite you to attend our upcoming meetings and forums held the first Monday of each month at our office in the Blazy Mall. If you're interested in becoming a member or getting involved, please give us a call or stop by the office. Our phone number is 260-5449 or our e-mail address is

Thanks again,

Robert Ruffner

Kenai Watershed Forum

Many create successful picnic for Kenai Peninsula veterans

If you are a veteran and did not attend the Third Annual Veterans Picnic Sept. 30, then you missed out on a tremendous event. Approximately 300 veterans and their families stopped by the National Guard Armory to enjoy barbecue ribs, hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, and soda, coffee or tea. Local businesses, service organizations and fraternal organizations donated a plethora of door prizes. Volunteers donated their time and energies to ensure a successful event.

As a veteran and the Vet Center's office manager, I sincerely appreciate the sacrifices of time and energy of everyone who contributed anything for the picnic. I also appreciate those who attended and took part in the festivities, food, entertainment and fellowship. I encourage all veterans, when shopping any of the below businesses and fellowshipping at any of the service or fraternal organizations, to be sure and thank them for their generosity and support of our Kenai Peninsula veterans.

Fraternal or service organization contributors: American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 5, American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 16, American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 18, American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 20, AMVETS Post and Auxiliary No. 4, Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 5, Eagle Aerie No. 3525, Elks Lodge and Auxiliary No. 2425, Elks Lodge and Auxiliary No. 2706, Moose Family Center No. 1942, VFW Post and Auxiliary No. 10221, VFW Post and Auxiliary No. 10046, Young Marines Platoon Alpha 1, Alaska Military and Veterans Affairs -- Emergency Preparedness, and Army National Guard Armory;

Business contributors: In Anchor Point --

Anchor River Inn, Anchor Point Hardware, Anchor Point Tesoro, Bev's Northwood Gifts Warehouse; in Ninilchik -- Deep Creek Custom Packing, Deep Creek Sports Shop, Ninilchik General Store, Tesoro; in Cooper Landing -- Princess Tours Wilderness Lodge; in Kenai -- Alaska Petroleum Institute, Big KMart, Body Master, Carrs' Quality Center, Coca Cola, Odom Corp., Forget-Me-Not Quilting, KSRM Radio, NAPA Spur Highway, Peninsula Clarion, Petro Express, Robinson's Mini Mall, Trans Northern Aviation; in Soldotna -- Fred Meyer, Harley Davidson, Midas, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Red Diamond Lumber, Shucks' Automotive Supply, Sikorski Consulting, Spenard Builders Supply, The Fitness Place, Trustworthy Hardware; and in Homer -- Eagle Store;

Volunteers: Michael Bell, Ed Call, Junetta Call, Lynn DeLong, Paul Drummond, Bobby Keith, Bubba Moore, Fran Pease, Betty Porter, Betty Randall, Bruce Randall, Jean Shandy, Tom Shanrock, Michael Sheehy, Bill Shelton, Diana Shire, Herb Stetler and Color Detail, Scott Simmons, Sue Singleton and Bill Williams.

If I missed mentioning you, your organization or business, I apologize. Your donation was sincerely appreciated. A huge thank you to all of you on behalf of veterans.

David Caswell, office manager

Vet Center

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