Community News

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2004



October proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, right, presents LeeShore Center Executive Director Cheri Smith, center, and LeeShore board President June Harris with a copy of a proclamation making October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey and former Kenai Mayor John Williams also awarded proclamations to the center.

Fire safety equipment available

The Kenai Fire Department is piloting a program to reduce fire deaths by improving home fire safety. One hundred homes in the city of Kenai will be chosen through an application process to receive smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and other items.

Selected residents will be contacted the week of Nov. 8 and need to set up an appointment with the project personnel for the Home Fire Safety Survey for placement of needed equipment.

Applications are available at the Kenai Fire Department. The deadline to return completed applications is 5 p.m. Nov. 5. The information gathered in the survey will be used to fine tune and promote similar programs in Alaska in the future. For more information, call the fire department at 283-7666.

Mascot contest begins

The Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society is sponsoring a name the mascot contest. Its mascot is a costumed caricature of a Raven dressed in athletic attire. The mascots duties will be to visit sports venues from Alyeska to Homer and encourage athletes.

The contest is open to all Kenai Peninsula students in grades kindergarten through 12. The winner will receive four Super Sport passes, four tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies and $100 in Winter Games merchandise. Judging will be done by the host society.

Entry forms are available at all Kenai Peninsula Borough Schools and Wells Fargo Banks and also will be run in the Peninsula Clarion. Deadline for submission is Oct. 29.

Completed forms can be dropped off at any Wells Fargo Branch office on the peninsula or mailed to 2006 Arctic Winter Games, Attn: Name the Mascot Contest, P.O. Box 1659, Soldotna, AK 99669 or faxed to 335-3367.

Auction fund-raiser set

An auction fund-raiser to benefit a nursing education scholarship fund at the Kenai Peninsula College will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Kenai Citizens Senior Center. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, entertainment, auctions and prize giveaways are some of the planned activities. The cost is $35. Tickets are available at Heritage Place in Soldotna and the KPC director's office. For more information or to make a donation, call 260-3111.

Parenting teens class slated

The Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center Family Support Program will present a video-based parenting program titled "Active Parenting of Teens" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays beginning Nov. 5 for eight weeks in the Borealis Room at the Central Peninsula General Hospital.

The program will explore the issues of effective communication, importance of relationship development between parent and teen, ideas for raising teens in today's world, alcohol, substance abuse and sexual behavior. There is no fee. Class materials are provided. For more information, call 283-7635.

Host families needed

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for 22 Alaska families willing to host high school students from various countries for a semester. The students range in age from 15 to 18 and will arrive in January. All exchange students are prescreened, speak English and have medical insurance. They also have money to cover clothing, school supplies and entertainment costs.

Single parents, retired individuals and families with or without children are eligible to host students. Host families are not paid, but may be able to claim $50 per month in charitable contributions on their income tax. For more information, call (800) 894-7633.

Soroptimist selling discount cards

Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities is selling discount cards to benefit its scholarship funds and other charitable activities.

The cards contain discounts for many area businesses and are valid until Aug. 31. The cost is $10. For more information or to purchase a card, call Lyn Hodel at 262-9253.

SoHi class reunion planned

The Soldotna High School class of 1995 reunion committee is gathering a roster list for the 10-year reunion scheduled for next summer. Many graduates are still missing. For more information, visit

Weight loss support group forming

A weight loss support group based on Dr. Phillip C. McGraw's (Dr. Phil) best selling book, "The Ultimate Weight Solution," is forming. There is no fee or age restrictions.

For more information, the location and meeting times, call Marlene at 262-9346.

Trapper orientation set

The Kenai Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will host a trapper orientation class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. This class is mandatory for anyone wishing to trap on the refuge. Community members who have attended a past class need not retake it.

This is not the same class as the snaring seminar, which is required to extend the trap check requirement dates from every four days to every seven days. A snaring seminar has not been scheduled. For more information, call 262-7021.

Ptarmigan presentation slated

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center will present "Capturing Battlefield Ptarmigan" from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Refuge biologist Steve Ebbert will describe live capture of a rare subspecies of rock ptarmigan on Attu Island for release onto a nearby island they once inhabited. Images of Attu, the most distant Aleutian Island and how the former World War II battlefield looks today will be featured.

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center's winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call Marianne Kronk at (907) 226-4619.

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