Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Donine Grigsby of Issaquah, Wash., was home for a visit last week. Donine timed the trip to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Boutique held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, the craft show-sale she participated in from 1980 to 1985.

Although she wanted to spend time with her parents, Nina and Don Pearson, her dad turned it into a girl's weekend as he went off on a hunting trip. He will be home for her return Christmas holiday trip, however.

Don and Ila Weed completed their first summer as camp hosts out at the Captain Cook State Recreation Area campground. They greeted campers and kept the campground looking nice for all to enjoy.

They will be back next year for round two, so if you didn't get a chance to get out to the campground this summer, put it on your list to do next summer.

There has been a change in the speaker for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Sen. Ted Stevens will address the chamber at noon today at the Riverside House. He will give a congressional update followed by a question-and-answer session. Everyone is invited.

The Skyview hockey team is sponsoring a benefit bazaar Nov. 6 and 7. To reserve your booth space, contact Barb at 262-2325.

In order to assist with medical expenses, a fund for Hank Brooner has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations to the account are appreciated by the family and his network of friends in the community.

Just in time for Halloween, the Kenai Performers will present the classic thriller. "The Uninvited."

Performances will be held in the Old Town Playhouse (formerly Gary King's) in Kenai this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 5 through 7. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. Soldotna residents are encouraged to attend.

Tickets are available at Coffee Roasters on Kalifornsky Beach Road and in Soldotna at River City Books. Pumpkin pie with whipped topping and hot apple cider will be available at intermission.

Happy birthday wishes go to Mariah Henson, Jamie Heim, Jane Stein and Jim Golden.

The Spenard Builders Supply quote for the week is: "True praying is a way of life, not just an emergency detour."

Wednesday is Teddy Bear Day, named for former President Theodore Roosevelt. Serving his country from 1901 to 1909, he was the first president to visit a foreign country while in office.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 due to his efforts in mediating a conclusion to the Russo-Japanese War. But when it comes to foreign policy, Roosevelt is perhaps more famous for statements like, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

Joyce Cox can by reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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