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Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Lowe, Varitek among 10 Red Sox players filing for free agency
NEW YORK Right-hander Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek led a parade of 10 Red Sox who filed for free agency Monday, two days after they were honored in Boston following the team's first World Series title since 1918.

November is National Hospice month...
Hospice of the Central Peninsula recently completed a 23-hour, two week Volunteer Training Session. Twenty-seven enthusiastic participants were introduced to the Hospice philosophy of end of life care. "We've spent a lot of time getting the word out about Hospice this year and we are really excited about all our new volunteers that have completed the training," said Marquitta Andrus, executive director of Hospice off the Kenai Peninsula.

Three Bears Celebrates Grand Re-opening
The parking lot filled fast as eager patrons anticipated the bargains in the newly remodeled Three Bears in Kenai at the Grand Opening. A chance to win a boat, door prizes and drawings for some pretty great gifts were plentiful. It was clearly obvious that those who had shopped at Three Bears previously were impressed with the new items, displays and the expansion of the store.

Share the Caring - Caregiver Appreciation Day Fast Approaching
For those of you that play the important role in another's life as the primary caregiver, you will want to mark Saturday, November 20th on your calendar. The National Family Caregiver Support Program of Alaska will be hosting a community forum from 9am to 4pm at the Soldotna Senior Center.

Parenting: I wish I knew then what I know now.
As a mother, this is a first time experience for me and I hope my children will still be speaking to me at the end. My family moved here when I was 10 years old from Longview, Washington. It was a big step and move for my parents, as they were moving us from both sides of our families. My parents had grown up in that area, so they had roots there. By moving here they took upon themselves to raise us without any extra family help.

Russian medical exchange continues...
Since 1999 Russian physicians have been participating in an exchange program created by the Homer and Soldotna Rotary Clubs. The purpose of the visits was to assist the Russian Rotary clubs in sponsoring health fair clinics based on a model created here on the Kenai Peninsula, according to one of the program founders Jerry Near. The project has now expanded into numerous Russian Far East cities and has moved across Russia into the Moscow region. "Some of the health fairs were actually medical treatment excursions into what one might call the outback of Kamchatka region, which is almost a duplicate of Alaska," said Near.

Outdoors
I have many childhood memories about fishing and hunting in the state of Wisconsin and some of these occurred during the school year without my parents knowing they were going on. Toby Potts and I got off the school bus several times in front ofthe school but never attended school mainly because we had both conveniently filled our pockets with fishing line and hooks! We didn't get caught running the banks of Bridge Creek or the Eau Claire River very often, but enough that if one of us was absent the school automatically checked to see if the other was also gone before making phone calls to parents. Lucky for us fellow class mate Patsy Lane had an office practice class and would conveniently leave both our names off the absentee list each time. On one occasion though we were busted and in possession of a bag full of redhorse fish only because Patsy was also absent from school the day we went fishing and someone else did the absentee list! We also included Brian Kunz in our fishing plans that day and his mother and mine were like two wet hens trying to plot out the appropriate punishment for two wayward boys who went fishing instead of going to school! Things looked

Reset clocks, replace batteries...
In case you forgot to change your smoke detector batteries when you changed your clocks last weekend, Fire Marshall Gary Hale at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna says it's still a good idea. According to Hale statistics show that although smoke alarms are present in 95% of our homes, 20 % of those detectors don't work because of dead or missing batteries.

NOW PLAYING: The Grudge
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.

E-mail mix-up highlights more reasons to be careful online
Thank you Peninsula Clarion for printing my article on guidelines for writing e-mails. Now, here is a situationthat had me quite baffled for a while:

Lions Club bed race a success despite the lousy weather
Every year the Soldotna Lions Club awards six scholarships in the amount of $500 each to local college-bound young adults. The Lions raise those funds through several activities. These activities would not be successful if we did not have the support of the people and businesses of Soldotna, Kenai and the peninsula.

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:

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.

Article featuring nude model offensive, not newsworthy
I was shocked to see this article ("Life Models Bare it all in Search of Art," 10/24) in your newspaper. Things like this are not newsworthy and are on the border of being smut, filth, or even pornographic. Don't you have anything else to write about?

Sterling residents having hard time locating water supplies
Is there a public water supply in the Sterling area? Now that the parks and RV facilities have closed for the winter, people who depend on hauling water are scrambling for a place to get it. I know of at least five families in the Sterling area who are hauling water for all household use.

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

Cooper Landing
Never before have we received so many political phone calls from pollsters and those with recorded messages at our home and the same at my sister and brother-in-law's place in east Texas. Today we'll all go to the polls, if we haven't voted early and soon we'll know the outcome I hope.

Ninilchik
Hi, neighbors. Only two months left of this year. Does that realization make you stop and consider how time flies and cause you to take stock of how you have used your time? It does me. I trust that all of you Ninilchik voters will be out to vote today.

Kenai
Hello, neighbors. Today is the day our political hopefuls have been targeting for the last couple of years, but more intensely for the last three months.

Kasilof
Greetings from Kasilof. Today is super Tuesday, remember to exercise your right to vote.

Soldotna
Finally, it is Nov. 2. I don't think I am alone in my happiness that the campaigns are finally at an end. Do the American thing, go vote. In my opinion, if you don't vote you don't have the right to complain.

Nikiski
Good morning. Something to think about: "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save." Will Rogers

Sterling
Hi, neighbors. Today's the day you can watch TV again without hearing endless political ads. I hope you go vote early so you can have a nice quiet evening at home without the phone ringing constantly.

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.

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.

New judges named
A Kenai District Court magistrate and a former Kenai assistant district attorney were appointed by Gov. Frank Murkowski on Monday to new district court judge positions in Kenai and Palmer.

Photo feature: Tracking
A cow moose and her twin calves keep nervous eyes on Barbara and Rodger Schmidt as they walk the Skyview High School track for exercise Saturday evening.

Winter outlook depends on source
Although temperatures have been dropping fast over the past week, weather forecasters are predicting a somewhat balmy winter for Alaska.

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.

Mavourneen Bridget 'Molly' Nyland
Longtime Soldotna resident Mavourneen Bridget "Molly" Nyland died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at her home. She was 56.

Alarmists on global warming need to get stories straight
Those who see the end of the world looming ahead should get their stories straight.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Births
Tiffany and Jon MayHeidi Phillips and Clint Montague

Around the Peninsula
Library commission meeting canceledHPH sets scheduleParent awareness forum slatedFuture of democracy to be discussedHistorical society to meetCheerleading clinic plannedBlood drive slatedAccident victim fund started

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

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

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

Peninsula People
Smooth talkerCall enters Naval AcademyNewberry receives scholarship

Senior Briefs
What activities are available this week for our area seniors

Senior Menus
What's on the menu this week for our area seniors

Losses, tough questions pile up for Paterno
Maybe it's just a coincidence that the toughest stretch of Joe Paterno's career arrives as the hourglass is about to turn over on his 78th year.

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

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

Marquee team yet to emerge in NBA
''It'd have to be Detroit, wouldn't it?'' Bryant said.

Scoping out the NFL's second half
In Week 1, the Philadelphia Eagles toyed with the New York Giants, beating them 31-17 in a game that wasn't that close.

Martin, Jordan pound Dolphins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The New York Jets gave the Miami Dolphins a little of Curtis Martin, and a little of LaMont Jordan.

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.

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.

Skyview seniors put in time and effort both on and off the court
Skyview High School's Amber Kunz and Cady Bon took different paths to become varsity starters for the Panthers volleyball team, but the senior duo has one thing in common: They each decided to set a goal, then worked hard to achieve it.

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.

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