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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Redoubt Realty Holds KenziJo Open House
It's been said that the best part of any life adventure is coming home. The image of comfort and safety, the reward after a hard day's work, the American dream, all are synonymous with a the image of home. While styles of homes on the Kenai Peninsula have changed dramatically over the last 50 years, many still look forward to building their dream home here. Last month, Redoubt Realty teamed up with KenziJo subdivision owner, Ken Bangerter, and builder, Dan Spies, to host an open house of their new model home. "The turn-out from the community was great. We had a beautiful fall day, and a lot of folks stopped by for some barbeque chicken, and to check out the innovative building techniques that Dan has put into this model home," Dale Bagley told the Dispatch.

Outdoors
There I was, sitting at the table of one of my relatives, having a meal of fried squirrel and cottontail rabbit. My cousins had been doing a lot of small game hunting that year, and were very successful in bringing home meat for the table. I really like fried squirrel, especially since my mother usually just pressure cooked it and put it on the table. (In case you have never had the pleasure, a pressure cooked leather work boot would have been about as tasty.) But fried rabbit or squirrel was one of my favorite dishes.

Alaska Christian College opens New Hope Counseling Center
It was a busy summer for Keith Hamilton and his crew at Alaskan Christian College (ACC). When it was finished, they all shared a great sense of accomplishment as they unveiled the official dedication of their nearly 3,200 square foot New Hope Counseling Center last month. "We are still amazed. It was June 21st when our first work team showed up on campus from the lower 48, and for the next eight weeks we had successive work crews come. We were able to complete from ground up, this brand new two story counseling center that is now available both for the students of ACC, and the community, for personal counseling. It has been just an amazing gift to us," said Hamilton. According to Hamilton, prior to the opening of the new center, ACC only had two small offices and a couple of counselors available for the eighty percent of their student population who voluntarily participated in counseling. "Now we have five offices and are able to welcome community members to our counseling services as well," he said.

South Central Title Highjacked by Pirates of The Kenai
The mild weather our area has been enjoying contributed to what many are calling the best Halloween holiday the Peninsula has ever seen. From candy and costume sales, to hauntingly beautiful concerts performed by the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in Kenai and Homer, to home and business decorations, this year's celebration went over the top. Among the local businesses, Joe Rogers and his staff at Southcentral Title, have been known for really getting into the costume spirit of the season to entertain their clients. With themes that have gone from the Roaring Twenties to the musical Grease, S.C. Title has always been a have-to-visit place for Halloween. But this year's Blue Pearl Pirate ship theme was over the top, even by their standards. "We go all out, and this year was exceptional. We spent so long putting it all up, we decided to leave it up for a few days so other folks could come by and enjoy it," said Keri Hiler, Escrow Officer with Southcentral Title Agency.

Veterans events slated
Wednesday is Veterans Day, and as in years past, local veterans organizations will be putting on this year's services.

Audit or not: CPH issue on tap for executive meeting
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey may ask the assembly to discuss his pending decision on whether to propose an operational audit of Central Peninsula Hospital in executive session today.

Poker face pay$ off: Luck is a lady and her name is Molly Blakeley-Poland
It was difficult for Molly Blakeley-Poland to push her pile of chips toward the center of the table, especially the sparkling gold chips with $10,000 stamped on the sides.

Jesse Alvin Brewer
Jesse Alvin Brewer died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, due to complications from heart surgery. He was 56.

Joy F. Doyle
Longtime Alaskan Joy F. Doyle died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at her home in Soldotna. She was 69.

Trenton Kyle Crowell
Former Soldotna resident Trenton Kyle Crowell died, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, in Longview Wash. He was 31.

Around the Peninsula

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Best Friends
Dianne Ireland of Soldotna said, "This is one of my favorite (pet photos of) Metu, right, our 11-year-old, and Buddy, the white 1 1/2 year-old Chihuahua at Christmas 2008 in their brand new sweaters. Even through the eyes look like demons they are really very sweet -- as long as they get their treats. The owners are, Josh Ireland (Buddy) and Quiana and Malyq McElroy (Metu) they are cousin dogs, by people family only, of course, and love each other very much."

Lefty plans big season
No one can use a long winter's break quite like Phil Mickelson.

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