Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

Defensive driving class offered

A 55 Alive defensive driving class for people age 50 and older will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center. People who complete the course are eligible for auto insurance discounts, ticket dismissals and two points off their records for any recent citations.

There is a $10 fee to cover materials. To register, or for more information, call 260-3966 .

KPB superintendent to speak at chamber lunch

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon will be Wednesday at noon at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. The guest speaker will be Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. She will speak about a "status report on the district and state education direction and its effects upon the entire community." For more information, call 283-7989.

Small business workshop offered

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a workshop entitled "Starting a Business -- Getting Past Go," Wednesday at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. It will provide training and counseling services to business owners and prospective business owners.

Social Security representative to visit communities

A Social Security representative will be at the council chambers in Seward from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Kenai City Hall from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and at the Homer Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

DAV meeting slated

Chapter 5 of the Disabled American Veterans will meet Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Kenai. The meeting starts at 6 p.m., and all veterans are welcome. For more information, call 262-0497 or 283-4359.

AARP meeting planned

There will be an AARP chapter meeting Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road.

Snowmachine party to be held

A snowmachine kickoff party will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Kenai. There will be a pot luck, door prizes and a no host bar. Donations will be taken at the door.

Hospital service board meeting to be held

The Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Central Peninsula General Hospital. For more information, call 262-9892 or 398-0297.

Festival of Bacchus slated

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce 17th annual action, wine and beer tasting fund-raiser, the Festival of Bacchus, will be Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Diamond Rose. Proceeds support the community Christmas festivities held the day after Thanksgiving, including the Christmas Comes to Kenai, Village of Lights, Electric Lights parade and the Fireworks Display. For tickets or more information, call 283-7989.

Forest Service cabin to be closed

The Manitoba Cabin, on the Kenai Peninsula near Summit Lake, will not be available for public use after Dec. 31. The Forest Service special-use permit issued to the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage for the operation of the cabin will expire Dec. 31. The permit will not be renewed. Forest Service Facility Engineers inspected the Manitoba Cabin in July. The inspection report revealed numerous safety and structural defects. Short-term rehabilitation costs are estimated at more than $24,000. Long-term rehabilitation costs are higher than replacement costs. The existing cabin is located on land that will be transferred in the near future to the State of Alaska.

The Forest Service hopes to build a new cabin in a slightly different location. The new cabin location is on land that will remain National Forest Service land. The new cabin is expected to be available for public use by 2004.

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