Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010


Kash Kenneth Bishop

Bishops welcome new son

Kenny and Kynde Bishop welcomed their son, Kash Kenneth Bishop, on Nov. 5, 2010, at at 10:51 am., at the Alaska Native Medical Center, in Anchorage. He weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces.

He joins sister Kaydence.

His grandparents are Ward and Kelly Bishop, of Soldotna; Melinda Baun, of Anchorage; and Kenny Baun, of Veneta, Ore.

Around town

Barsis graduates from Basic Combat Training

Army Reserve Pvt. Sarah M. Barsis has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

She is the daughter of James and Jaqueline Barsis of Merkes Road, Sterling. Barsis graduated in 2009 from Skyview High School.

Clarion seeking humor columnists

Have a knack for tickling the funny bone? The Clarion is seeking to add to its stable of talented Sunday humor columnists. For more information or to submit writing samples, e-mail Will Morrow, Clarion managing editor, at

Soldotna student gets involved

Kelsey White of Soldotna is serving as a member of the Student Activities Council at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, planning campus activities at the 1,250-student Christian college. White is a junior psychology major.

Students honored with leadership award

Carla Pherson, Rebekah Ruzicka, Hannah Hutchison, Trace Braxling and Noelle Schmitter-Schrier have been awarded the American Youth Foundation's National Leadership Award in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership. The honor was presented by 4-H at their award ceremonies held last month.

The award is presented each year in cooperation with pricipals, couselors, 4-H agents, church groups and other organizations across the country. The award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, who challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service.

Fundraiser benefits Dean Roney

There will be a fundraiser for Dean Roney, who suffered severe head trauma in late August, at the Kenai Elks Lodge, Nov. 20, from 5 -- 9 p.m. Music will be provided by Bull Don and The Moose Nuggets. Come sample a lasagna dinner, adult beverages and an auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. $10 per person or $30 for family. For more information, call Somer Roney, 398-7227.

Community asked to help in teen's battle with cancer

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Kenai Central High School cafeteria to benefit Brittney Boyes, a KCHS sophomore who is undergoing treatment for AML leukemia at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon. Dinner donation is $5 for children, $10 for adults, payable at the door. Members of the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team will be servers. The event will include a silent/Chinese auction, split the pot, bracelet sales and other drawings.

To donate an item, call or text Paulla at 398-8044, or Jackie at 252-1047. Donations to help the Miller family may be made at Wells Fargo Bank to "The Miller Family Fund."

Noel Tree Program 2010 under way in Nikiski

Nikiski Neighbors, a community-wide, broad-based group of individuals and community groups, is again organizing the Noel Tree Program. This program is intended to provide two clothing item needs and one item that matches the interests of the child (for example, if the child's interest is reading, then a book would be purchased).

All families living north of milepost 15.5 can apply for assistance. Applicants are requested to not apply to other programs for assistance during the Christmas holiday season. Applications are available at the office window at Nikiski North Star Elementary School. Talk with Mrs. Kelso if you do not see them. For more information, call Rev. Laura Skiba at 776-8732. Any volunteers or donations, in the "Red Boxes" or given directly to Nikiski Neighbors, is always welcome and very much appreciated.

Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets (boxes) are also available that include a complete holiday dinner to prepare in your home. You can apply for the Christmas basket on the "Nikiski Christmas Holiday Program" application. The Thanksgiving food basket has a separate application. Both need to be turned in by Nov. 15 to the addresses listed on the applications.

Toys for Tots collected

The 2010 Toys for Tots on the Kenai Peninsula campaign is here. Donate a new, unwrapped toy at any participating business sponsor listed on the campaign website: Check the site often, as new sponsors are added frequently. The website also contains information on how to make requests for toys, plus background on the program and more. Cash donations can be made by calling 252-6285, or email for further information. The United States Marine Corps thanks you for your contribution and wishes you the safest and happiest of holidays.

Share community information here

Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagement and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

The Community page is a way to highlight activities and events that happen with a photo. If your group or organization has a photo of an event to share, submit the photo and the following information for print: Who took the photo, who's in it, when and where it was taken, a brief description of what's happening, and a name and phone number in case we have questions.

Submissions are printed in the order they are received and as space is available. For more information, call 335-1251.

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