Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2000

United Way Day of Caring project collects bed sheets for hospice

Each year during the United Way Campaign, Hospice of the Central Peninsula has the opportunity to speak to local businesses about our volunteer program and services available to persons with life-limiting illnesses, their families and bereaved community members. We are pleased to share how the United Way funds are utilized by our agency and to acknowledge the commitment of the community to support our local United Way agencies. This year the employees of Tesoro Alaska chose hospice for their Day of Caring project.

The board of directors and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula wish to acknowledge the employees of Tesoro Alaska and their friends for the bed sheets donated for the hospice loan closet for use by hospice clients during the United Way Day of Caring project -- Hospice Bed Sheet Drive.

Our hospice clients and family members are always grateful to know that the community remembers and reaches out to meet their needs at this most difficult time. We are staggered by the number of sheets and pillowcases gathered.

The Tesoro employees, Dan Thomas, Joe's Laundry and Dry Cleaning and the church that assisted in the drive showed real enthusiasm to this project as evidenced by the number of sheets donated. Hospice would like to acknowledge each employee's efforts and the efforts of all those who assisted in this project with a special thank you.

Liz Schubert, executive director

Hospice of the Central Peninsula

Volunteers, supportive businesses help create successful tournament

This past weekend, Kenai Central High School hosted the Region III Volleyball Championships. The players and students decorated the school entrance, commons and gym with team logos and welcome signs. The parents of the Kenai volleyball players also spent countless hours providing a quality high school tournament atmosphere. The visiting student athletes, parents and coaches recognized and frequently commented on the care and planning our parents and community put into this event. It would be impossible to put on such events without the many volunteers and supportive local businesses.

We would like to recognize the following local businesses for their help in putting on this event and for their ongoing support of student activities in our community: British Petroleum, Sweeneys' Clothing, Carrs/Safeway, Country Foods, Fred Meyer, Arby's, Hawaiian Vacations, Frito-Lay, Peninsula Medical Center, Brown Agency, Phillips Alaska Inc., Kenaitze Greenhouse and Gardens, Big Kmart, Subway/TCBY, The Master's Vineyard, Alaskan Gift and Gallery, GNC (General Nutrition Center), The Flower House, Stylistix, Halcyon Spalon, Mikunda, Cottrell, and Co., Gilman and Associates, The Haircutters, The Fish Factory, Soldotna Dental Clinic, Dr. McCartan, Kenai Veterinary Clinic and the Kenai Merit Inn.

Tim Delaney, athletic director

Kenai Central High School

Many contribute to success of area's barrel racing season

Well, the season has been wrapped up and the horses have already developed their winter coats. The only thing left is the state awards banquet in late November. But, this letter is a definite must to publicly address some fine outstanding individuals and companies here on the Kenai Peninsula that have supported and-or contributed to this year's 2000 Alaska Barrel Racing Association season. As the secretary for the South Peninsula Alaska Barrel Racing Association, I know I speak on behalf of all of our members when I thank the following generous and giving people.

First off, I would like to express the greatest "thank you" to Charles and Janette MacDonald of the Sundown Arena and Cattle Co. of Sterling. Without their generosity and hard work, the South Peninsula Circuit of the Alaska Barrel Racing Association would not have had a free, highly maintained and scenic area in which to conduct our barrel racing races. Their giving natures ensured a safe and properly maintained arena and atmosphere for all of us and visitors to enjoy and share in this sport. The many extra hours these two people put in on their own time to groom and maintain the arena while also accommodating all who would pull into their driveway is a true example of the Alaskan apirit and hospitality.

With this season being in the new millennium, saddles were earned at the district level for the first time. This could not have occurred without the generous donations from the following individuals and companies: Dave Hutchings of Hutchings Chevrolet/Olds-mobile/Cadillac, Shawn Hutchings of Glacier Pontiac/GMC Truck, Bill and Becky West of West Chiropractic Clinic, Shirley Schollenberg of Lines and Designs in Anchor Point and Charlie and Janette MacDonald of Sterling Moose River Kennels. We also would like to thank Paula Lovett for sponsoring Evan Bitterich to join ABRA this year. Thank you all so very much for your generosity. You all have helped to encourage many to pursue this marvelous sport and to challenge themselves and their horses to reach greater heights.

Our state competition also was held down here this year in Sterling, and we would like to thank Robert Oakes at the Sterling Community Club for the rental of the community bleachers. Your generosity helped to accommodate all of the visitors and families that came to share in the state competition.

I feel fortunate to be a small part of this wonderful association. It is a true marvel to watch as each rider and contestant begins the season with their horse and then to watch at the end of the season as they have grown and become a well-oiled and groomed team.

I encourage you all this coming spring to come, watch and encourage these riders of all ages! This is truly a sport that takes much devotion and time. These riders continue to grow in their ability as well as maintain their horses through this sometimes-hard winter. Thank you all for your hard work and support. Congratulations to each and everyone of you -- for you are a winner and you all have won!

Rochelle Hanson, secretary

South Peninsula

Alaska Barrel Racing Association

Fall carnival once again will help fill gap in school services, benefits

The Nikiski Elementary PTA Carnival Committee would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous contributions to our annual fall carnival. Without these wonderful donations of merchandise or help, the carnival would not be as successful as it has been year after year.

The funds that are raised by this event give Nikiski Elementary PTA the opportunity to fill the gap in services and benefits for the children in our school, such as "Students in Good Standing" activities, enrichment programs, educational field trips, community outreach, disaster relief, activity rights, equipment for the school, and family health, safety and wellness. So, whether you are a past supporter or a new sponsor of our carnival, we sincerely thank you for your help!

Our appreciation goes to fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students, Alaska Communications Systems, Alaska Airgas, Alaska SeaLife Center, Alyeska Resort, Bare Threads and Laundry, Bear Paw Restaurant, Big Kmart, Birch Ridge Golf Course, Bubba's Restaurant, Carnival Committee, Carrs/Safeway, Charlotte's, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Cook Inlet Lions Club, Dale's Automotive, De Lars, Don Jose's, Era Aviation, George and Sharon Traughber, Gold Strike Lanes, Good Books and More, Great Northern Video, Haircutters, Halcyon Spalon, Home Video, IGA Country Foods, Judy Shields, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Golf Course, Kenai Merit Inn, M & M Market, Nancy Egbert, National Bank of Alaska, Nero's, Nikiski Fire Department, Nikiski Pool, Penske Auto Center, Princess Tours, Rediske Air, Sourdough Charters, Stay Tan, Steve Holloway, Steve's Chevron, Subway of Alaska, teachers-staff-parents of Nikiski Elementary, Tesoro, the Cox family, the Mika family, Unocal, volunteers and Women of the Moose.

We also would like to thank our principal, Mark Norgren; secretary, Sylvia Burford, as well as the rest of the Nikiski Elementary staff who went the "extra mile."

Finally, we want to acknowledge the many volunteers who helped set up, clean up, worked booths, baked cakes and cupcakes, donated candy or helped with any of the other many tasks necessary to make this event successful. Your contributions were greatly appreciated.

The 2000 Nikiski Fall Carnival Committee

Dawn Brower, Joey Messenger,

Nina Strahmann, Gwen Jorgensen,

Julie Williams, Tonya Silk,

Helen Clark and Karla Smith

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