Monday, November 1, 2004

Red Sox fans jam streets, celebrate end of jinx
BOSTON Confetti rained down and the ''Hallelujah Chorus'' resounded through city streets Saturday as grateful fans embraced the World Series champion Boston Red Sox during a jubilant parade that even went afloat on the Charles River.

Historic postseason ends in ecstasy for Boston
There was steely ace Curt Schilling standing steadfast on the mound, blood seeping through his sock like some scene out of ''The Natural.''

A grudge can be a truly terrifying thing. Deep-seated rage, like the rumbling volcano, can erupt with deadly consequences. Like the time I took the dogs for a ride in my wife's car and they chewed up the gear shift. She won't forget that soon. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, this week's film has nothing to do with the frightening implications of one of my wife's grudges. In fact, it has less to do with frightening implications, and more with giving Sarah Michelle Gellar the chance to Buffy around Tokyo while a pair of tenacious ghosts do the grudging.

Best way to show support for troops is by voting
Whether you used the Peninsula Clarion's numbers or the numbers from Mr. Tremblay's letter, either result is embarrassing. Twenty-five to 40 percent isn't a good number; the only really good number would be 100 percent.

SoHi football team says thanks to its sponsors
The Soldotna High School football team would like to thank the wonderful businesses of our community for their support of our 2004 football season. The following businesses-sponsors went out of their way to help make our season a success:

Victory helps Johnson ease the pain
HAMPTON, Ga. Jimmie Johnson usually smokes his tires to celebrate a victory. Not this time.

NASCAR events now feature two races within one race
HAMPTON, Ga. Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and the other eight contenders in NASCAR's championship chase can't afford any major slip-ups at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Solicitation of funds tops agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board is scheduled to review its policy on the solicitation of funds from and by students at its regular meeting slated for 7 p.m. tonight at Seward High School.

The dirt: Polluted soil still an issue
When Chevron closed its Nikiski plant in 1991, it left behind soil contaminated with spilled gasoline and other petroleum products, a polluted condition that an ongoing wastewater treatment program is attempting to rectify.

Area vets go to the dogs for rabies vaccinations
If only the flu vaccinations for humans could run as smooth and efficient as the rabies vaccination clinic for dogs held Saturday at the Soldotna Animal Shelter.

Day trip turns into dangerous ride
Experienced Tustumena Lake boaters know to give the Kenai Peninsula body of water an extra measure of respect and use added caution when crossing, because of the extreme chop and waves often kicked up by sudden strong winds.

Burke steps down at hospital
Members of the Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. board of directors on Thursday expressed ambivalence at the announced resignation of Chief Financial Officer Edward Burke.

Photo feature: On the fly
Victoria Cannady waits for her mother, Michelle, to fix her broken wings before flitting off in pursuit of sweets at the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula's "trunk or treat" event in Kenai on Friday night. Bridget Grieme and her son, Marek, at left, joined the Cannadys and a lot of other folks at the Halloween happening.

James E. Dedrick Sr.
Former Alaska resident James E. Dedrick Sr. died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at his home in Medford, Ore., after a long illness. He was 75.

Marshall Eugene Copelin
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Marshall Eugene Copelin died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at his home in Arrey, N.M. He was 63.

Most Americans at risk of invasion from Internet crooks
It's a good bet no one's ever used your toaster against you.

Incumbents offer best opportunity for state's future
The long campaign season is almost over. It's time for voters to take what they've heard and read and make some tough decisions.

Former mayor reflects on his city
As I leave the office of mayor of the city of Kenai, I take a few moments to reflect on my community and the many friends and associates that have made my long tenure possible. One could spend a lifetime searching for a correct mix of community, friends and family and still not come up with a place like Kenai, the place I call home.

Here's how presidential candidates might look back on victory
WASHINGTON A triumph by President Bush on Tuesday, a victory for Democratic Sen. John Kerry. Take your pick. With the morning after still days away and the race still tight, here's a look ahead at how each candidate might hope to look back.

Bin Laden latest appearance could influence U.S. race either way
WASHINGTON The timing of Osama bin Laden's suggestion that the United States could face another terrorist attack hardly seems coincidental, coming mere days before the U.S. presidential election. The political impact is uncertain and cuts both ways.

Lessons from an old dog make sense for everyday living
About a month ago, our oldest dog, Chester, gave my husband and I quite a scare.

After Halloween sweet for costumer
FAIRBANKS Tara Maginnis doesn't look forward to Halloween so much as the day after it.

Monster Factory produces fun for kids
Lions and tigers and bogeymen, oh my!

Parker, Douthit to marry
Sarah Cathrine Parker and Alexander Nathaniel Douthit have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.

Around the Peninsula
Blood Bank has new hoursAOSH to hold hearingsFall bazaar, bake sale setWeight loss support group to meetSports Swap slatedCGC test scheduled

A devil's Sabbath: Sunday Halloween troubles some
NEWNAN, Ga. Across the Bible Belt this Halloween, some little ghosts and goblins might get shooed away by the neighbors and some youngsters will not be allowed to go trick-or-treating at all because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

Growers offer colorful options to pumpkin fans
MADISON, Wis. For purveyors of pumpkins, there's more to life than orange.

Stynsberg, Quick wed in Washington
Heidi Stynsberg and John Quick of Kirkland, Wash., were married Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Belle Chapel in Snohomish, Wash., Bryce Johnson officiated.

Select Halloween treats that don't deliver nutritional tricks
ATHENS, Ga. It's heeeere the costumes, the jack-o'-lanterns, the cool crisp weather and the candy oh, the pounds and pounds of sweet, delicious candy to be had this Halloween!

Peninsula People
Smooth talkerCall enters Naval AcademyNewberry receives scholarship

Child keeps pretty big show-and-tell secret
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Twelve-year-old Rachel Hess brought in the biggest, strongest, fastest show-and-tell display ever Green Bay Packer running back Ahman Green.

Around the Peninsula
'Monster Factory' held todayLibrary meeting canceledBazaar, bake sale setSwim team registration beginsBazaar fund-raiser scheduledFoundation accepting Lifeline fundsRoad maintenance meeting setChildbirth classes scheduled

Community Schools
The following is a list of Homer and Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week. It is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants.

Be afraid then enjoy the rush of relief when it's over
INDIANAPOLIS Many teens, and some a bit older, will be spending this Halloween visiting a creepy, ghoul-filled haunted house, or watching a gory, horror flick. They'll say they love to shiver in fear and scream in terror.

Community News
Parenting teens class slatedChildbirth classes scheduledAuction fund-raiser setSafe Sitter classes offeredSoroptimist selling discount cards

Tiffany and Jon MayHeidi Phillips and Clint Montague

Costume prices getting more scary each year
PITTSBURGH Long gone are the days when Halloween costumes were cobbled together with old clothes, sheets or a costume-and-mask combination from a discount store.

Shelter gives boy a new buddy
When Sybille Castro and her family moved to the Kenai Peninsula from Virginia five weeks ago, it was in many ways a dream come true, except for one thing the move was hard on her 7-year-old son, Nicasio.

Photos wanted!
Pet photos either can be color or black and white and should be no smaller than 3-by-5 inches. They may include people. Limit one photo per household. They can be dropped off at the Kenai office or mailed to the Clarion at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, 99611. A brief explanation of the photo, the pet's and owner's names, owner's address and phone number must be included. E-mailed photos will not be accepted. Only photos with an address written on the back will be returned.

Singh seizes the lead at Innisbrook with round of 67
PALM HARBOR, Fla. The final full-field event of the PGA Tour is supposed to be all about money. Maybe it's only fitting that the guy with the most of it Vijay Singh is in control at the Chrysler Championship.

Clippers release former Anchorage hoops star Langdon
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have released former Anchorage high school basketball standout Trajan Langdon.

Night golfers entertain foxes at Kodiak course
KODIAK Voices in the dark: ''Can you see the break?'' ''No.''

SoHi drops pair of home matches
The Soldotna volleyball team finished up its regular season with a pair of Northern Lights Conference losses at home Friday and Saturday.

Vijay ends golden year on historic note
PALM HARBOR, Fla. Vijay Singh once earned $10 a lesson as a club pro in Borneo. With his ninth victory of the year Sunday in the Chrysler Championship, the Fijian became golf's first $10 million man.

Three Bulldogs tops at ACS Invitational
Led by wins from Lance Penhale at 112 pounds, Justin Tumbaga at 140 pounds and David Rorrison at 275 pounds, the Nikiski Bulldogs earned a 4th place finish at the 31-team Anchorage Christain School small-schools wrestling Invitational Saturday in Anchorage.

Lions rebuild Millen's name with solid start
As recently as a year ago, the question seemed to be when Matt Millen would be fired as president of the Detroit Lions, not if.

Steelers end New England's record run at 21
PITTSBURGH So much for the longest winning streaks in NFL history.

SoHi girls still tops in region
The Soldotna High School girls swimming and diving team was able to come up with something extra in the Skyview High School pool Saturday, edging Homer to win its sixth straight Region III title.

Kardinals, Mariners skate past SoHi,SkyHi
Talk about your unwelcome guests.

Breeders' Cup title zapped up
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas Bobby Frankel had a simple explanation for Ghostzapper's record-setting win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

North Carolina shocks No. 4 Hurricanes
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. When it mattered most, when Miami needed one defensive stand to force overtime, the Hurricanes simply couldn't do it.

Panthers finish perfect at home
The Skyview High School volleyball team finished the regular season undefeated on its home court, beating Northern Lights Conference rivals Kodiak and Wasilla on Friday and Saturday.

Homer, Kenai net wins
Area hockey teams opened up play at the Soldotna Sports Center for the season Saturday night, with Homer and Kenai registering victories.

Kenai netters top Palmer, fall to Colony
The Kenai Central volleyball team split a pair of Northern Lights Conference games at home Friday and Saturday.

Jumping from sports to politics
The knees, hips and ankles are still holding up.

Bulldogs remain unbeaten
The Nikiski girls volleyball team continued its dominance this weekend with Southcentral Conference wins against Grace Christian on Friday and Heritage Christian on Saturday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Holmgren will simplify things to try to stop Seattle slide
SEATTLE Things should get easier this week for Matt Hasselbeck and the slumping Seattle Seahawks.

Miami, Florida St. sent south
Miami and Florida State tumbled in The Associated Press poll on Sunday, falling out of the top 10 after being upset on the road.

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