Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Middle school activity gives girls chance to participate in sports

The Central Peninsula Girl Scout Service Unit would like to thank those individuals who volunteered their time and expertise to make Girl Sports at Kenai Middle School a great success.

A total of 59 Girl Scouts attended the activity on Oct. 12, which gave them the opportunity to learn new skills in soccer, kickball and volleyball. Of course, the most popular activity was the climbing wall.

Thank you, Bob and Jayne Hempstead, Bob Summers, Pete Campbell, Rosie Thompson and Karen Cupp, for all your time and patience with teaching the girls new skills on the climbing wall. We also would like to thank Junie and Meggie Steinbeck for their help teaching the girls volleyball skills.

Lastly, we especially want to thank Paul Sorenson, principal, for the use of Kenai Middle School for this year's Girl Sports. We appreciate your support of Girl Scouts on the central peninsula.

Joyce Cox, field executive, Robin Evans, 107 troop leader

Kenai Teen Center's middle school dance a big hit thanks to volunteers

The Kenai Teen Center is glad to announce that our first middle school dance took place Sept. 27. The event was attended by 125 middle school students from around the central peninsula area. We at the teen center determined the event to be a great success. We would like to take the time to thank our adult chaperones and teen "referees" who volunteered their time to help us pull this event off.

Chuck and Lee Smalley and Debbie Harris have generously contributed to several teen center events, and we are grateful for their continued willingness to participate. For Michelle Heinrich and Ed Curren, the dance was basically their first in-depth teen center experience. Many thanks for your willingness to give it a shot. We hope you were pleased with the acitivities and that we will continue to have your support. Parents are always welcome to drop by during our dances and check out what is going on.

We also would like to thank our high school students who gave their time to come serve as "referees" who help the staff monitor the activities. Much gratitude to Derek Killian, Rachel Killian, Nikki Jeffrey, Bridget Middaugh, Kevin King, Chris Heinrich, Chris Mercado and Bobby Herring. Sincere apologies to anyone who might not have been mentioned.

We also would like to thank the students who attended the dance and the parents who support them. The positive, responsible attitude shown by the students led to an incident-free event and a great time for everyone. We look forward to many more successful events throughout the remainder of the school year.

Mike Gaines, Kenai Teen Center assistant supervisor

Sixth-grader's camp experience aided by numerous supporters

My name is Tyler Loffer, and I am a sixth- grader at Kenai Middle School. Last month, we went on a three-day camping trip to Camp Carlquist. We learned about gun safety, the seven steps to survival, how to make a fire and lots more exciting things. We roasted marshmallows and sang songs around the campfire every night. The teachers made learning fun. I will never forget the great experience I had.

I want to thank the parents, teachers and staff who made our trip possible. I also want to thank everyone who bought a ticket to the KMS car wash. All the money we raised went to pay for food, three vans and other necessities while we were at Camp Carlquist.

Tyler Loffer, Kenai Middle School

Mountain View Halloween carnival successful thanks to lots of support

The Mountain View Elementary PTA wishes to thank everyone who helped make our Halloween carnival on Oct. 18 a huge success. Our carnival director, Veon Kiech, did a fantastic job once again to ensure that all had a safe and enjoyable time. We appreciate the donations received from our local businesses, including Coca-Cola, Country Foods, Carrs, Morgan Steel and Big Kmart. The Kenai Central High School sophomore class did a great job on the haunted house.

Thank you to Jim Dawson, Mountain View principal; Darolyn Brown, Mountain View secretary; Skip Dove, custodian; and all the teachers at Mountain View for their help before, during and after the carnival. Thank you also to the Lazenby family and the many parents, grandparents, students and friends who gave their time and talents to help make this a fun evening for the community. Money earned from this annual carnival is used by the PTA to support the Artist in the School program and other school activities.

Chris Watkins, Mountain View PTA secretary

Boys and Girls Club basketball league gives introduction to sport

The Boys and Girls Club's first- and second-grade Basketball League just concluded another fun-filled season. First- and second-graders from all over the central peninsula had an introduction to the sport of basketball and being part of a team, as well as an opportunity to be physically active and have lots and lots of fun.

Many, many thanks to the wonderful coaches who volunteered to work with our kids, to be a positive role model, to be another caring adult in the lives of our children. Without them, there would not be a basketball program. The Boys and Girls Club salutes these awesome coaches: Gunnar Berg, Terri Berg, Angie Sheldon, Doug Munn, Dave Westerman, Bill Dunn, Mike Ashwell, Logan Manser, Bruce Jackman, Jan Feller, Dave Shoemaker, Bobbi Clucas, Tom Moore, Sam Penner, Annie Penner, Dave Blossom, Richard Shirnberg, Mike Tice, Brian Powers, Blake Gabriel and Joy Skjold. Thanks for giving our kids the precious gift of your time.

Also, the Boys and Girls Club greatly appreciates the community-minded businesses and organizations that gave their financial support by sponsoring a team: ACS, Moore's Landscaping, Integrity Surveys and the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers.

Their support helps ensure our program is a quality one. We are truly lucky to live in a place where people are so willing to get involved and give back to their community.

Kathy Ehrhardt, Athletic director Boys and Girls Club

School nurses applaud those who donated boots to local students

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District nurses would like to say a special thank you to Wells Fargo, the Kenai Rotary, the Kenai Senior Citizens Center and Big Kmart for the generous gift of winter boots for our students in need. These boots are a necessity for students who must walk to and wait for the bus and play outdoors at recess. We are grateful for the people and organizations who went out of their way to help our families. The boots are wonderful and received many oohs and aahs -- both from us and the students and parents who received them.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

Traci Davis, KPBSD School Nurses

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School students show how much they care

I would like to take some time to thank the students at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School for something so caring that it left me speechless. Thanks, especially, to Rosie Farrier for her thoughtfulness and caring spirit.

We were giving someone in our classroom a pizza party for their birthday. The money for the pizza was taken to the front office until the delivery of the pizza. During that time, the money was taken from the office by some dishonest individual. The office personnel had to quickly find another means to pay for the pizza. The money came out of the pop machine fund. Later that afternoon, Mrs. Williams, principal, addressed the entire student body condemning the individual who took the money.

Rosie Farrier took it upon herself to help out our classroom. She went to the office and got permission to take up a donation to replace the stolen money. She walked around during the high school lunch and asked the students to donate money. By the end of lunch she had raised more than twice the amount that was stolen. She brought the money into the classroom and presented it to myself and my students. I was speechless and in tears. I was so touched that the students cared this much about what happened and did something to help out.

I feel that this is the most caring group of students and staff around. I am proud of the students at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and the rest of the community should give them the praise they deserve. Thank you.

Sharon Thompson, Intensive needs special education teacher Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Despite rain, Tesoro team helps hospice with roof upgrade

All of us at Hospice of the Central Peninsula are so grateful to Team Tesoro for their work in upgrading the roof of the hospice Community Loan Closet. On an otherwise gray fall day, the team of John Kweniak, Vern Miller, David Graham, Shannon and Rick Swanson, and Michael and Lynette Creighton brought lots of sunshine, the promise of dry medical equipment and that the roof won't fall in.

Hospice also would like to thank Spenard Builders Supply for the donation of materials for the roofing project and Roger Boyd for volunteering to develop the materials list.

The hospice medical equipment loan closet is one of the most used services of our hospice program. Any community member with a short-term need for hospital beds, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. is welcome to borrow equipment at no charge. Members of the community have donated their used equipment, and we are happy to get it to others who have a need.

Many thanks again to all who participated in this project.

Liz Schubert, Executive Director

Homer band teacher appreciates, urges community recognition

I would like to thank the students and parents of the Homer High School Mariner Band who nominated me to be BP Teacher of the Year. Special thanks to Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent, Donna Peterson, the KPBSD school board, and especially Homer school board member Deb Germano for her efforts regarding this nomination in my behalf.

British Petroleum is to be commended for promoting a teacher recognition program for Alaska school districts. The awards received from them, because of you, are a highlight in my teaching career of 23 years. I feel honored having received this distinction, knowing several teachers, my co-workers whom I regard with very high esteem, who are just as, if not more so, deserving of this award.

Recognition programs, such as this, really make a teacher feel appreciated. I would like to encourage parents and students to take time this year to nominate the teacher of their choice for this distinction. Send a message to your favorite teacher that is guaranteed to brighten their day.

William B. Searle, Band director Homer High School, Homer Middle School

Veterinarian shows support for arts

Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic is once again a Purchase Award Patron in the Kenai Clay Exhibition sponsored by the Kenai Potters Guild. Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Mersch have been Purchase Award Patrons at least five times in previous exhibitions. Such generous support of the guild's clay exhibit is truly appreciated.

Juror Michael Anderson's selection of pottery works by Central Alaska potters will be on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peggy Gill Thompson, Kenai Potters Guild secretary

4-H program appreciates support

4-H Junior Market Livestock would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Builders Assoc-iation for its generous contribution to the program and to thank J-B Stor N' Lok for the donation of storage unit space.

We sincerely appreciate community businesses such as yours that support the youth involved in the peninsula 4-H Junior Market Livestock program. Thank you.

Kristine Moerlein for the 4-H Jr. Market Livestock program

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