Kenai Community News

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2007

Hello, Kenai! I'm baaaaack, and amazed to see that it's still autumn here. I thought for sure that you'd be covered with white. Isn't it tradition that the kids have to wade in snow to go trick-or-treating? Must be global warming.

Yep, I brought the Intrepid Ireta back with me. When we came floating into Kenai on that Dash 8, she commented, "Gee, they don't even have the lights on at the airport!"

It had been a very long, tiring day, with complications at every opportunity, but she insisted on making it into the airport on her own steam. Now she's intent on making order out of our chaos and getting to know all the great-grandkids that she's missed. No doubt you'll see her around town.

There've really been some changes locally in our absence. The new Aspen Hotel has gotten huge, the Alaska USA bank building is taking shape, and the Don Jose's sign is lighted again.

It's hard to believe that Vintage Pointe Manor is 15 years old already. It has been such a beautiful addition to Kenai's downtown bluff area.

I ran into Hal and Susan Smalley last week and learned that Hal is retiring from Home Depot soon. He has been there since before they opened in Kenai and served as merchandising assistant manager. He has plans to spend time with his five grandkids, work on his own "honey-do" list, and devote lots of time to his new responsibility as a city council member. I guess the comment, "once a public servant, always a public servant" definitely applies to Hal.

Nora Satathite provided a list of the winners of the annual library fundraising raffle held last month. Included are Emily DeForest, Virginia Poore, Bill and Melanie Switzer, Rich Koch, Marquitta Andrus, Fred Braun, Tom Walker, Terri Wisniewski, Janet Brown, Denise Anderson, Benjamin Jackinsky, Janet Miler and Lorrie Carter, Bob Peterkin, Buck Steiner, Wes Meeks and Kathy Jewell. Lucky Susan Bible won the grand prize of $7,500. Congratulations to all of you, and thanks to those who contributed and were well fed by Aquio Purugganan and entertained by the Spur Highway Spankers, Sue Biggs, Jack Will, Joe Tromblee, Rick Epling and Bill Penland. The Friends of the Kenai Community Library appreciated all the community support.

In honor of all veterans, the Kenai Senior Citizens Center will celebrate Veterans Day with a special luncheon and entertainment on Friday at noon. The Center will not be open on Monday, the day after the actual holiday. The VFW and the American Legion will all be open with various activities. Let's take this opportunity to say "thanks" to a veteran of any age.

Belated birthday greetings go out to Margaret McCubbins, and to Ruth Pritchard, who turned 80 on Nov. 1.

t's good to be home.

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