Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Greetings from Kasilof.

Don't forget to vote. It counts.

Longtime owners of Cohoe Cove, Chuck and Louise Snyder, have officially become snowbirds.

Louise has retired, they sold the "cove," and kept their house. They found a nice place in Arizona to spend the winter among friends and they will be back in the spring. Best wishes to the Snyders.

There will be no school Thursday or Friday due to parent-teacher conferences. The scholastic book fair is going on now in the library at school.

All are welcome to peruse the wide selection of new children's books, adult fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks and kids' software through Friday at Tustumena Elementary School.

For information regarding the book fair, call 262-4844.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please be examined regularly by yourself and your physician.

Sunday the school is the place to be for Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best "dressed" vehicles and the master of ceremonies is a surprise. This is a fun way to meet your neighbors and let the kids safely trick-or treat for the heaps of goodies we know they think they need.

For more information, call Jim Russell at 262-5291.

Down the road at the Decanter Inn, the Haunted Swamp begins at 7 p.m. with a spooky photo booth, tricks and treats for the kids and a scary walk through the swamp.

There is still time to stake out your space to decorate for the swamp, with electricity for black lighting and special effects. It should be a lot of fun.

Those wishing to participate can attend the last planning meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Decanter Inn.

For more information, call 262-5917.

A belated happy birthday wish to Carla Coker. She celebrated Sunday. These Kasilof folks are having a birthday this week: Kay Sundvik, Donna Rea, Elijah Eason, Dean Osmar and Cage Shire. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Earlier this month, Kasilof was featured in the Alaska Digest section of the Anchorage Daily News. I was surprised when Kasilof was described as, "Not so much a community as a geographic location where most residents are nonnative and tied to the diverse economy of the area centered on Kenai."

I think we are a community. Who did they get their information from?

Kasilof's population was listed as 571 people.

During the April 2000 U.S. census, about one in 10 homes in Kasilof was used only seasonally and only 181 residents were listed as employed.

Kasilof's median household income was $43,929, the per capita income was $21,210 and 26 percent of residents in Kasilof were living below the official U.S. poverty level.

Kasilof's history was described as "an agricultural settlement of Kenaitze Indians that grew around a stockade built by the Russian Kolomin of the Lebedof-Lastochkin Company. A partial excavation of the area in 1937 found 31 well-preserved houses."

Thanks to the folks who send me their news. I appreciate it. If you would like to see your news, announcement or event here, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Until next week, keep the rubber side down and God bless.

Shana Wolk can be reached by phone at 260-3152 or by email at swolk2001@yahoo.com

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