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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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.

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.

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.

Recipes sought
Marge Hays has requested low fat and healthy recipes so, Clarion readers, we are asking you to help us out by sending some in. The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to news@peninsulaclarion.com, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call Nan Misner at 335-1241 or e-mail her at nancianna.misner@peninsulaclarion.com.

Fresh pumpkin pie
1-1/2 cups pured roasted fresh pumpkin pulp (directions follow) , or 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

Pumpkin soup en cappuccino
Recipe courtesy: "Jasper's Kitchen Cookbook: Italian Recipes and Memories from Kansas City's Legendary Restaurant," by Jasper J. Mirabile, Jr.; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

"Trail Mix in a Chip"
I got this recipe from Mary Armstrong and she got it from Brother Juniper's Cookbook. She calls it "Trail Mix in a Chip" or I would say, Trail Mix in a Cookie. Great, really, for any time of year, but seems like the fall is when you want an energy cookie for outings of all kinds, hiking, hunting, football games, a late afternoon beach walk. -- Maria Allison, Kalifornsky Beach

Pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust
1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs

Tuna or Salmon Salad
This is my absolute favorite easy tuna salad recipe. I use it on sandwiches, atop tomato wedges and by itself, served on a bed of lettuce. -- Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Extension Educator

Pumpkin is favorite ingredient in many dishes
Whatever your food plans may be for Thanksgiving, it is probably safe to assume that those plans will include pumpkin. Pumpkin's rich color and smooth texture makes it a favorite ingredient in many holiday dishes and moves with ease from one course to the next. The same pured pumpkin used for making Thanksgiving pies, also loves the Christmas table in the form of side dishes and soups.

Why is peninsula so scary to fish board?
Once again our neighborhood is too dangerous for a board of fish meeting. Ricky Gease is so scared he will not answer his phone. KRSA has worked the fish board into a frenzy of fear at their meeting in Sitka and at the board workshop in Wasilla. I cannot understand how a 501c habitat organization can be a constant lobbyist to the Alaska Board of Fish. I am asking Governor Parnell and all elected officials from the Kenai Peninsula to counteract the divisive dishonest actions of KRSA and have the fish board conduct their deliberations here, the area of concern. Tell board member Howard Delo we are not a bunch of bullies. If the meeting is held here Dan Coffey cannot invite the fish board to his house for dinner, Bob Penney could not have Alyeska Resort cater lunch, board members like Campbell and Jensen could not go to the Captain Cook bar. Please print the letters from Penney, Rainey, Gease, and Cutler, that called our neighborhood too dangerous. Re-publish the letter of apology Gease penned for the Clarion the last time he played this card.

Team effort makes for spectacular Spooktacular
On Oct. 31 we held our fifth annual Kenai Elks Halloween Spooktacular. We had so many families attend this free event that is was difficult to get an accurate head count. We estimated that about 600 children and adults participated in the Spooktacular, which was far beyond our expectations. With over 50 dedicated members and volunteers working together so diligently the event went on with out a hitch. This year's Spooktacular could not have been this successful without everyone's time, effort and dedication. The generosity of members, volunteers and sponsors made it possible to host this event completely free for the children of our great community. I would like to especially thank our local businesses who are always so very supportive in sponsoring the free youth activities we have hosted throughout the years. The sponsors for the Spooktacular consist of XTO Energy, Spenard Builders Supply, Magtec Alaska Sales and Leasing LLC, McDonalds, Candy Bouquet, Three Bears, Kenai River Pizza, Dairy Queen, Beemuns, .406, Malstons, Coca Cola, Kenai Safeway Bakery, Jersey Subs, Save U More, Kenai Blockbuster, Cresent Electric, Pollard Wire Line, Trustworthy Hardware, Home Depot, Hooked on the Bean, Amore Mocha, Espresso Barn, Station 51, and many members made candy and food donations for the event. Thank you to all who made this years Halloween Spooktacular such a huge success!

Discriminatory behavior ongoing at hospital
Over the last year I have attempted to expose the Workplace Bullying at CPH. Initially, senior management rejected discussing this cooperate management style and attacked my politics and belief system. I have been called a "radical extremist" and "conspiracy theorist." This attack is discriminatory based on my politics and beliefs. When senior management attacks me personally and does not dispel the message of workplace bullying it is an obvious ad hominem attack.

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.

Assembly: No CPH Audit
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey and several assembly members indicated Tuesday they would not support a recommendation to conduct an operational audit of Central Peninsula Hospital.

Charities hope dividend gifts exceed costs
The new Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend donation program called "Pick. Click. Give." raised $550,000 this year, but is expected to cost about $900,000 to administer during the program's first three years.

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.

SPD to carry automated external defibrillators
The Soldotna Police Department will soon be equipping officers with automated external defibrillators that would allow them to tend to victims of cardiac arrest.

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

Photo feature: Bundle up
Jane Smith and her dog, Moby, both bundled up for the cold, walk along Fireweed Street in Soldotna on Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for snow.

Joy 'Mama Joy' Doyle
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Joy "Mama Joy" Doyle died Sunday Nov. 8, 2009, at her home. She was 69.

Frances Joebertta Gough
Kenai resident Frances Joebertta Gough died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna due to complications of kidney disease. She was 70.

Elisa Louise Weathers
Sterling resident Elisa Louise Weathers died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, from heart failure at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 58.

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula

Community ping pong continues

Around the Peninsula

Holiday closures

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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