Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Hello, neighbors.

That's a snazzy new sign at the Kenai Central High School. It is visible to drivers coming from both directions, and we appreciate that. Everyone at the high school is thrilled and grateful and so are the rest of us who like to keep abreast at what's happening at the high school.

Flu shots are being given today at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Call to inquire about times. They also will administer the vaccine Oct. 26. Talk to Kathy at 283-4156 about the availability of these immunizations.

Wednesday from noon until 4 p.m., a representative from the Social Security Administration will be at Kenai City Hall to discuss issues and answer your questions. You will find him in the council chambers.

Rehearsals are under way for the thriller, "The Uninvited," a play in three acts that will be performed at the Old Town Playhouse (formerly Gary King's). Performances will be Oct. 29-31, as well as Nov. 5-7. Tickets are available at Charlotte's, Coffee Roasters, River City Books and M & M Market. Pumpkin pie and whipped topping, along with hot apple cider, will be available. Put it on your calendar.

This weekend is the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's annual beer and wine festival and auction. They invite you to help them celebrate the chamber's 50th anniversary of community service. The auction will include locally donated artwork, intriguing travel opportunities, items from our businesses and a special cruise for two. Tickets are $35 and the function happens at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Mall. Call 283-7989 for more information.

Time is running out to purchase your Friends of the Library raffle ticket. There are only 300 of these tickets available, selling for $100 each. Before you swallow your tongue, know that these tickets not only entitle you to a prime rib dinner for two catered by local chef Aquio Purugganan, but also give you an opportunity to win one of 15 cash prizes ranging in amounts from $100 to $750 and culminating in the grand prize of $7,500 for the last ticket called.

Even if you don't win, you can rest assured that the proceeds from this raffle go to improvements for our local library, which benefits all of us. Grab three friends to split the ticket with you and call 283-4378 for more information or stop by the Kenai Community Library. The drawing will be held Oct. 29.

Allen Auxier with KDLL public radio for the central Kenai Peninsula sent me an e-mail to remind you the KDLL on-air membership drive will continue through Friday. Call and make your pledge to support public radio, a place where you can find programs worth listening to. The number is 283-8433.

Wow, this is quite a week. The Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers will sponsor its annual fund-raising concert Friday at the KCHS auditorium. It will feature '60s rock and roll music by Paul Revere and the Raiders and Michael Johnson. Call Leo Siefner at 283-9302 for tickets.

I'm always amazed at what a small world we live in. It was an interesting experience to be in line for jury duty this month where I met a man who was born in the hospital across the street from my childhood home.

Gary Timlin not only remembered the area, but his father worked for the same company my father did. When I told my mom, the intrepid Ireta, about the meeting, she enthusiastically recognized the name and enjoyed a little stroll down memory lane.

Birthday greetings go out today to Brandon Goggia; Wednesday: Emil Bartolowits, Lyle Lange and my son, Derek Hansen; Thursday: Ray Standridge, Dell Templeton, Bernie Geary, Brant Ellis and Stuart Stretch; Friday: Rochelle Stretch, Syd Fleishauer and Elaine Kox; Saturday: Linda Gjosund and Tom English; Sunday: Terry Allen, David Barnette, Chris Hack, Helen Stewart and Flossie Morey; and Monday: Tiffany Ley, Ramona Groomes and Carol Titus.

Happy anniversary on Friday to Sandy and Emil Wilson.

Have fun this week with your new-found wealth, but don't forget to stick some away for a snowy Saturday in February. You might need a pick-me-up by then.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 283-5872 or by email at

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