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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Soroptimist offer scholarships

Soroptimist International of The Kenai Peninsula are seeking applicants for:

* Its Women's Opportunity Award. Winner of this award will receive $1,000 and will advance to the Soroptimist Northwest Region contest. To be eligible, a woman must be head-of-her household and enrolled in some type of education. The deadline is Dec. 1. For more information or application, call Rosanne Van Ray, 262-4339.

* "Violet Richardson Awards Program" to young women between the ages of 14 and 17. This award honors young ladies for their volunteer actions, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning the environment, and/or volunteering with a community organization. Soroptimist International of Kenai Peninsula will present a $200.00 cash award as well as contribute $200.00 in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization.

Club level winners then become eligible for state and national awards.

Applications for the award program are available at local high and middle schools, Soldotna and Kenai libraries or by calling Rosanne Van Ray, 262-4339. Applications must be received by Dec. 1.

Food bank donations sought

The following businesses will support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank during the upcoming holiday by sponsoring food drives:

* GCI;

* Home Depot;

* IGA Country Foods;

* King's Treasures--Bring in cans of food for a discount;

* Ninilchik Senior Citizens, Peninsula Health Center--For 25 pounds of food, an individual will receive a complete chiropractic examination and treatment. Call 260-4844 for an appointment.

* Save U More;

* Sears catalog store;

* Spenard Builders--Kenai--Millwork, Soldotna, K-Beach -- Battle between the branches;

* Stanley Chrysler -- Help fill the truck in competition with Stanley Ford;

* Stanley Ford -- Help fill the truck in competition with Stanley Chrysler;

* United Rentals -- Help the Kenai Peninsula Branch beat other Alaska branches;

* Barrels In Every Branch -- Donate to the Food Bank's savings account and/or bring nonperishable items for the barrel; AlaskaUSA Credit Union; First National Bank Alaska; KeyBank; and Wells Fargo.

Host families needed

Youth for Understanding at Kenai Peninsula College is recruiting two host families. Each family will be hosting a KPC college student for the spring 2010 semester. (First part of January to the middle of May) One student is a female from the Netherlands and the other student is a male from South Korea.

Host families are asked to welcome the student into their homes and provide a room and meals. In addition, each host family will receive a $200 a month stipend.

Families are not expected to drive the student everywhere as they have their own funds for transportation. For more information, call Marilyn Albright at 262-0327 or or Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or

Stop smoking kits available

Thursday is the Great American Smoke Out, the one day a year set aside by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit using tobacco for a day. Join the Peninsula Smokefree Partnership in the fourth annual Adopt-a-Smoker Program. On Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Peninsula Smokefree Partnership's Teen Leadership group will be at the Central Peninsula Hospital distributing Adopt-a-Smoker survival bags free of charge.

Included are Tobacco Quit Kits with incentives and quit helps, information on Alaska's Tobacco QuitLine and information on other prescription products.

If you know someone that you would like to support in their effort to quit using tobacco, stop by the Hospital or by Bridges Community Resource Network office, next to the Acapulco Restaurant in Soldotna, or e-mail to arrange drop off or pick up.

Cookie, candy fundraisers planned

The following organizations are selling items as fundraisers:

* The Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula annual See's candy fundraiser has begun. Orders may be placed at any time by contacting any Soroptimist. The group will also have a table set up at the Peninsula Center Mall In Soldotna, Nov. 27 and 28. Sales will then be held Saturday's in the mall through Dec. 19. For more information, call Sandra at 260-5451.

* The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church has assorted Christmas cookies for sale by pre-order only.

The cost is $4 per dozen. Call Liz at 262-5525, Rick at 262-1763, or Diane at 262-1714 by Dec. 8. Cookies will be ready for pick-up or delivery Dec. 16.

Habitat seeks applicants

Central Peninsula Habitat for Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for the 2010 home. Application period closes Dec. 31.

For more information and qualifications visit or call Sharon at 283-7797.

Lloyd welcomes a daughter

Sandy Lloyd announces the birth of her daughter, Aurora Sky Lloyd, at 8:53 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Woman's Way Midwifery, In Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces.

Her grandparents are Sonya and Andy Bralley.


Knudsens welcome a new addition

Heather and Mark Knudsen of Kenai, announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklynn Rose Catherine, at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches. She joins siblings, Jordan, 7, and Allie, 4. Her grandparents are Dennis and Cathy Doss, of Nikiski and David and Susie Knudsen, of Kenai.

Immunization clinics canceled

Kenai Public Health Center will not have its regularly scheduled walk-in immunization clinics Monday and Wednesday or at the Soldotna Cottonwood Clinic on Thursday due to H1N1 mass dispensing clinics in schools.

For more information, call the center at 335-3400.

School programs begin

Tot Time and Home-school programs begin at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Tot Time will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 for youth ages 1 to 5 years old.

Home-school will be held from 12:30 from 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 per child.


Noel Tree program deadline looms

Nikiski Neighbors is a community-wide, broad-based group of individuals and community groups that puts together the Noel Tree program to benefit families who are going through tough times.

The 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 may apply, though we request applicants not apply to other programs for assistance during the Christmas holiday season. Applicants will be contacted by a member of the committee to confirm the application and to verify the needs of the family. 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.

In addition to the Noel Tree program Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets (boxes) are available that include a complete holiday dinner to prepare. Families may 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 today to the addresses listed on the applications.


Mobbs, Sterling have a new addition

Lorissa Mobbs and Corey Sterling of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Baren Thomas Sterling, at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, with help of a midwife. He weighed 9.2 pounds and measured 22 inches.

His grandparents are Steve and Tracie Payment, of Nikiski. His great-grandparents are Nancy and John Matheson, and Leanora Mobbs, all of Hauser Lake, Idaho. His great-great-grandparent is Betty Cranston, of Post Falls, Idaho.

Hansen announce birth of son

Tiare and James Hasen of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Wyatt James Pohai Kealoha Hansen, at 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

His grandparents are Richard C. deMello, Jeri deMello, Nick and Arlene Hansen, and Becky Hansen. His great-grandparents are Gene and Della Hansen.

Youth hunt available; adults needed

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) and 4-H Shooting Sports Program in partnership with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Hunter Education Program, is inviting youth ages 10- to 16-years-old to participate in an organized small game hunting experience.

Each weekend from through the end of December, pairs of adult Hunter Education and 4-H certified mentors will escort pairs of youths for one day of supervised small game hunting.

For more information or to sign up, call Larry Lewis at 262-9368.

Adult mentors are needed and parents and guardians may participate. Firearms and instruction, ammunition, transportation and lunch, orange vests, hearing and eye protection will be provided.

If not certified, participating youth will be encouraged to enroll in an upcoming Hunter Education certification class and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

This program is an opportunity for area youth and adult mentors who are interested in ensuring the future of Alaska's hunting heritage.

For more information or to sign up, call Larry Lewis at 262-9368.


Kumpes have a daughter

Ashley and J.D. Kumpe of Bartlett, Tenn., announce the birth of their daughter, Lilly Sophia, at 2:18 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. She weighed 9 pounds and measured 21 inches.

She joins brother, Luke. Her grandparents are Tracy Jensema, of Port Orchard, Wash., and Bruce and Joelyn Spence of La Grange, Texas. Her great-grandparents are Ann Tappana of Sterling, David Kumpe of Soldotna, Betty Nash of Lebanon, Ore., Nolan and Virginia Meinardus and J.W. Spence, all of La Grange, and Lillian Spence of Lumberton, Texas.

Seniors keep busy

* The Sterling Senior Center offers bingo at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.

For more information, call Elaine at 262-6808.

* The center also serves Sunday breakfast from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Menu includes a combination of several breakfasts cooked to order or a prepared to order special. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $7 for children.

* Friday night at the movies is back at the Sterling Center. Movies are shown the second and fourth Friday of each month. Snacks are available at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m.

The movies shown at the center are all G for general audiences.

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