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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Realtors were big selling point of fundraiser
Hospice of the Central Peninsula board of directors, volunteers, and staff would like to recognize and express out heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors and their affiliates. The annual Hospice Fundraiser Barbeque and Auction, held this past spring at Birch Ridge Golf Course, was a huge success, due to the incredible coordinated efforts of the Realtors and their affiliates. They volunteered many months of their valuable time seeking donations, and asking for participation from our community for the event. We appreciate Jim Brenton and Steve Crane for donating their time and labor to build the storage shed that was raffled.

School rocks with help of community
Last year the Sterling Elementary PTA set a goal to buy our school a rock wall. This was a huge goal for us and initially we decided it would take us two years to raise enough money to be able to make this purchase. Thanks to the hard work of Dinah Mahan and Beth Braxling along with the generous donations from our community our rock wall has been purchased and is set to be installed in this fall!

Business didn’t miss a beat in helping customer
As a retired resident on fixed income I was helped greatly by the team at NAPA Auto here in Kenai. My car was missing and I went down and got plugs and replaced them. Still having a miss in the motor, I returned to NAPA to ask for some advise. They suggested that I also replace my distributor cap and rotor. In talking to them about this it became obvious to the manager that I wasn’t all that familiar with what it entailed. He said if I would bring the car in they would replace the items for me. Being on fixed income and crippled with arthritis you can imagine what this meant to me. Thank you TEAM NAPA for your help. May God bless you.

Benson, community support was breath of fresh air
What a privilege it was to meet Diane Benson, candidate for U.S. House a few weeks ago. She is an articulate candidate who cares about all Alaskans and deserves our vote. We appreciate Charlotte’s, who graciously allowed us to host a Meet and Greet at the Kenai Merit Inn banquet room, Kaladi Bros., where folks could meet Diane while enjoying a cup of coffee, and Marge Mullen, who provided lodging for Diane.

Application seeking recall of borough mayor denied
Allegations of incompetence, misconduct and failure to perform official duties lodged last month against Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams by a grassroots group seeking his removal do not rise to a level sufficient to justify approving a recall petition, Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs ruled Thursday.

Crews dig out Seward bridge
City crews working to repair flood damage in Seward have found the Lowell Point Road bridge and hope to have access restored to the outlying community today.

Soldotna election decided by less than 1 percent
Only three one-hundredths of a percent of the vote made the difference in the municipal election in Soldotna where candidates for city offices must receive more than 40 percent to be elected.

Man crushed to death while working on car
A 27-year-old Funny River man was found dead Thursday morning, lying beneath a vehicle he had been working on.

Soldotna Council thinks snow
Bare trees, cooler temperatures and a memo from the Parks and Recreation Department got the Soldotna City Council thinking snow Wednesday night.

Photo feature: Wild blue yonder
A high-flying jet leaves its mark as it crosses the sky above the Kenai Peninsula recently.

Fire Prevention Week reminds cooks not to get in hot water
It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 8-14 Central Emergency Services is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat.”

Disaster response starts long before the floodwater hits
Planning ahead is nothing new in today’s busy world. Juggling the demands of jobs, kids, pets, household duties, commutes, social activities and community involvements requires an organizational effort that would do the military proud.

Variety is spice of life, as seen in plant, animal diversity of Kenai refuge
George Shiras III, a famous nature photographer for the National Geographic Society, once wrote that “were all of Alaska erased from the map except the Kenai Peninsula and its immediately adjacent waters, there would yet remain in duplicate that which constitutes the more unique and that which typifies the whole of this wonderful country.”

Beach rocks came from long ago, far away
Over the ages, the Kenai Peninsula has had one makeover after another as glaciers have waxed and waned over Southcentral Alaska like phases of the moon.

Outdoor Briefs
Kenai-Soldotna advisory committee to meetGuide academy announces class datesOpen house on strategic plan slatedWhat’s your story?

Around the Peninsula
Hospital auxiliary bazaar todayPassport information offeredGenealogical society meeting setCookware, jewelry fundraiser plannedActors sought for dinner showGrief to be discussedGED help available in Ninilchik

Sports Briefs
Seward netters top Nome

Stars seek first state football title final
If the Soldotna High School football team can clinch its first state title Saturday in Anchorage, it would be a win for 23 years of players who have come up just short in the championship game.

Church Briefs
Church photos wantedAddictions group meetsSunday healing classes beginKids’ night out plannedClothes availableMissionary conference set to inspire

With God, nothing is impossible
Here is a riddle for you. Do not feel bad if you don’t get it right off, because many college students from Stanford didn’t either, although a large number of kindergarten students did.

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