Our local returning veterans were treated to a big welcome back celebration over the weekend, and well deserved it was. Thanks to them all, wherever and however they served, for helping to preserve the freedoms some take for granted. I appreciate you all, young or not-so-young, who have guarded our country for so long.
Plans are well under way for the "Christmas Comes to Kenai" celebration that happens in Kenai the day after Thanksgiving. Peggy Millyard and Gloria Humble, co-coordinators for the arts and crafts fair sponsored annually by the Kenai Art Guild, report their roster of vendors is full except for one opening for a food vendor. The fair, which prides itself on preserving the integrity of presenting only hand-crafted items, will run from 10 am until 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24 at the Kenai Central High School. Call Peggy at 283-5104 if you are interested in having a food booth at this event.
Meanwhile, the theme for the electric light parade is "Frosty's Winter Wonderland." We hope you're planning to build a float, because people come from all over the peninsula to see the parade and enjoy the fun. Those of you who are new to the area might not know that since it is always so light in July, the city does its fireworks display in the winter at this event, and I think they are spectacular. Call the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989 to make your parade entry, large or small.
I understand the new drumline from Kenai Central High School will march this year. Yea, a marching band at last!
Welcome to Tina Baldridge, new director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. Former director, Janie Odgers is now the Alaska State director for the March of Dimes.
This time of always lends itself to thinking of others less fortunate. Samaritan's Pantry of the Kenai Peninsula is sponsoring its annual Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse. Individuals may pack a shoe box with items for a needy child, such as school supplies, hygiene items such as tooth brushes, soap, toothpaste, and a washcloth along with small toys and hard candy for distribution to more than 100 countries for children affected by war, poverty and natural disasters. National collection week is from today to Nov. 19. You can drop off your shoe box at the collection center on 565 Funny River Road, Soldotna Airport at the Samaritan Air hanger until 5:30 p.m. each day. Call MaryJane Mills at 260-1946 or log onto the www.samaritan.org Web site to view statewide information.
Next weekend 4-H groups, in conjunction with the Safari Club, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Kenai Alternative High School will participate in the annual cultural moose hunt. Meat from the hunt will be shared by the youth who participate in the hunt. Happy hunting to all of you.
Happy birthday today, Nov. 12 to Carrie Bon, Peggy Ogburn and Shirley Hatch.
Keep warm, everybody.
Other Kenai news
Kenai kids make an entrance
* Crystal and Benjamin Henderson of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Jeremiah Daniel, at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 10 pounds, 2 ounces.
He joins sisters, Sarah and Amanda, and brother, Ryan.
* Kasey Vienna and Thaddeus Lingenfelter of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Thaddeus David Lingenfelter, at 11:11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.
He joins sister, Kodie M. Vienna. His grandparents are David and Deb Vienna, Bob and Leah Stanford, Debbie Oberg and Steve Lingenfelter.
Moreno-Jones in tune with her studies
Kenai resident Shelah Moreno-Jones won the University of Alaska's 17th annual concerto competition. She will perform her winning piano piece while accompanied by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra at Davies Hall on Dec. 2.
Moreno-Jones also is a member of the UAF chorus, honor's program and is a Phi Kappa Phi member.
She is a senior studying for a bachelors of arts degree in English with a minor in music. She plans to continue her studies for a master of arts degree in English and applied linguistics. Academic awards include chancellor's and dean's lists, Alaska scholar, Pearl Berry Boyd music scholarship, Fejes music scholarship, talent grant and the Usibelli honors.
She is the daughter of Rodger and Marilu Jones and a 2004 graduate of Kenai Central High School.
Church bazaar set
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans annual bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Star of the North Lutheran Church at 216 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. Handmade crafts and baked goods will be offered. Proceeds will support mission work. For more information, call is 262-1352 or 283-4153.
Library events announced
The Kenai Community Library will hold the following activities: Today closed; Tuesday preschool story time at 10:30 a.m. and graphic arts workshop at 3:15 p.m.; Wednesday WEE Read at 11 a.m.; Thursday After-school read at 4 p.m.; Saturday Ancestor research at 1 p.m.; Sunday Sunday stories at 1 p.m.
The library will be closed Nov. 22 through 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Senior center activities set
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: Today closed; Tuesday TOPS at 9:45 a.m., bingo at 12:30 p.m., bridge at 12:35 p.m. and craft class at 1 p.m.; Wednesday Exercise at 9 a.m., walking and line dancing at 10 a.m. and shopping at 1 p.m.; Thursday walking and line dancing at 10 a.m., bell choir at 11 a.m., tripoly at 12:30 p.m., no-host dinner at 5 p.m. and jam session at 6:30 p.m.; Friday Exercise at 9 a.m., senior connection at 9:30 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m. and Bible study at 3:30 p.m.
Center birthdays are Peggy Ogburn and Shirley Hatch today, Nov. 12; Fred Hersberger and Ozella Williams on Nov. 13; Lucille Adams, Ezra Huffman, Martha Mault and Jerry Norris on Nov. 15; and George Ford on Nov. 18.
Pie fundraiser set to satisfy
The Kenai Senior Citizens Center is taking orders for homemade 10-inch pumpkin and apple pies through Nov. 21. Pies may be picked up at the senior center from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 21. The cost is $15 each. Make checks payable to Kenai Senior Center and mail to Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK 99611. For more information, call 283-3200.
Cookies by the pound sale slated
Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church will hold its 13th Annual Cookies 'Buy' the Pound holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. until cookies are gone Dec. 8 at the church at 225 S. Spruce Street in Kenai. Proceeds will benefit the youth group activities. For more information, call Mary Kennedy at 776-8328.
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