Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ronald McDonald returns to Alaska...
It’s been nearly a year since the original Ronald McDonald traveled all the way from McDonald’s land to the Greatland of Alaska. The international celebrity along with his sidekick Grimace greeted kids from Fairbanks to Kenai with a host of new magic tricks and an important message for youth and adults of all ages, “Go Active!”

Odie returns to the sandwich business...
Many folks still remember Odie’s, “The home of the big sandwich,” formerly located on the Sterling Highway where Papa Murphy’s Pizza is now in Soldotna. Odie Pack was a stay at home Mom that decided to open a homemade sandwich and gift shop after her nest was empty. Odie’s sandwiches and homemade soup were an immediate success and quickly became one of the most popular eateries on the Peninsula providing many first job opportunities for local youth. After several successful years Odie was diagnosed with throat cancer and decided to close the restaurant rather than sell it, “I needed time to rest and recover and I was concerned that if I wasn’t there that the quality might not be maintained, so we decided it would be best to close,” said Odie.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
On my second day home from work I loaded up my ice fishing gear and headed to Watson Lake. Watson Lake is always one of the first lakes to freeze up on the peninsula each year and a great one to fish rainbow trout on. I took along Mike Edwards from Oklahoma whom I also work with. Mike had never been ice fishing before so this was going to be a real treat for him too.

Williams makes first official proclamation as Borough Mayor...
Newly elected Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams took the occasion of National Family Caregiver Month to issue his first proclamation which he read at the regular Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting last week. The Mayor then presented Patricia Stringer, program coordinator for the National Family Caregiver Support Program of Alaska with a copy of the document. Stringer was on hand to tell Chamber members about the activities planned for Caregivers Appreciation Day held at the Soldotna Senior Center Saturday, “We had workshops all day with 27 area healthcare providers who demonstrated their wares and answered questions about their services,” said Stringer. According to Stringer everyone is a potential caregiver and she encourages everyone to plan ahead, “The only way you can plan ahead is to inform yourself of the services that are available and that was our goal for Caregivers Day was to inform people of what is available here locally.”

NASA and Science Fiction author join forces to inspire students
Sterling Elementary School has always been an exciting place to go to school, but ever since the school was selected to be a NASA Explorer School, that excitement level has been raised to a new level. Launched in 2003, the NASA Explorer School program establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and school teams consisting of teachers, students and administrators from diverse communities across the country. Last week Sterling Elementary students from 1st through 6th grade joined students from Florida, Idaho and California in participating in a live video conference with celebrity guest Chris Van Allsburg and a NASA scientist. Van Allsburg is an award winning science fiction author of Polar Express fame and author of a new book “Zathura” which has just been released as a major motion picture. “Allsburg’s new book uses the imagination as the basic theme which is what we feel is necessary at NASA in order to carry out the science that we do,” commented Marny Skora, of the NASA Langley Research Center.

NOW PLAYING: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Harry Potter films have accomplished something remarkable, and rarely seen in the annals of film history. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is proof positive that a series of films can maintain consistent quality, despite a rapidly aging cast, and a revolving door of directors. I very much enjoyed this film, and I suppose there are comparisons that can be made with the other three - some things were better, some were worse, but on the whole, I see very little difference in the four films, and I don’t know whether this should be attributed to the strength of J.K. Rowling’s stories or to the resilience of the actors.

Fund-raiser’s success a lesson worth noting
On Nov. 10th, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School held its major fund-raiser. Students, staff, parents and community members had a fun-filled evening.

Green vote worth the price?
Alaska, Louisiana Purchases: If you look back at history, our own, you will find great similarities shared by both of this great nations early purchases of land. Just think what it would be like today if the Louisiana Purchase took place and some politicians said, “Oh you can’t drill for oil in Oklahoma. And stay out of Kansas, Washington and Oregon forever!” Should we throw Louisiana in just because we like the river?

After-school programs worth every effort
I’ve been working and volunteering in the elementary schools throughout the Soldotna area for over six years. I have enjoyed working for after-school programs throughout this time. I spent time at Redoubt Elementary Boys and Girls Club After-the-Bell Program, the Soldotna Elementary After-the-Bell Program, and currently Kalifornsky Beach Elementary’s 21st Century After School Program.

Reader favors price competition
I would like to express to you and to the readers of the Clarion, that there are many, many people who are very happy about Wal-Mart coming to the Kenai Peninsula. We have been waiting for this to happen for many years.

Words shouldn’t get in way of democratic process
Wilderness writer Nick Jans, former Alaska Board of Game member Joel Bennett and wilderness writer and photographer Tom Walker are part of a group seeking, by means of petition, to put their concerns about Alaska’s aerial predator management before Alaska voters.

Donation ‘sew’ appreciated
Stitches of Love Quilters for foster children wants to thank Mark Haselow, Outlet manager of Liquidation World, for a most generous donation of items for our hygiene kits for kids. It’s nice to know a new business is so willing to help with community projects.

Tournament brings extra gift
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and our members, I would like to thank Bob Favretto and the Kenai Chrysler Golf Tournament for their generosity.

Sterling youth cinches spot on AWG Team Alaska
Team Alaska has announced the selection of the dog mushing team for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, and one of them is a Kenai Peninsula youth.

Dinner is served
From its inception, Thanksgiving has been about people from different walks of life getting together to forge friendships over a bountiful feast, and that tradition continues again this year during The Salvation Army’s community Thanksgiving dinner.

Photo feature: All that glitters ...
Dea Kenyon hangs Christmas decorations Sunday afternoon at Chuda House in Kenai. She said that during the next week, she and others will have the place decked with holiday cheer.

Foreign lifestyle teaches lessons
Maria Pedro and her seven children left the comforts of their home in Nikiski in 1999 to serve as missionaries in Nicaragua. While there, the family learned firsthand many lessons that would last a lifetime.

New chief stresses prevention
Nikiski’s new fire chief, Fred Swen, may not have as much area to protect as his former job, but he takes he job seriously none-the-less.

Riverbank still off limits
For some time, the city of Soldotna has been in a balancing act, assuring people have access to Kenai River fishing right in the heart of the city while protecting the sensitive riverbank from damage caused by all the foot traffic.

Problems delay trip back to state
After six years in Nicaragua, four Nikiski residents returned home after several problems kept them in the country longer than expected.

CO dangers increase as winter sets in
Carbon monoxide is odorless, invisible and can kill a person in minutes. For those reasons, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeled it the silent killer.

Barbara M. Osborn
Kenai resident Barbara M. Osborn died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. She was 32.

Cindie June Patton
Kenai resident Cindie June Patton died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg, Idaho. She was 47.

Community News
Table tennis tournament setSenior cafe openSAD presentation slatedCraft fairs vendors neededPie fund-raiser gets cookingChristmas celebration setParade entries soughtWomen's basketball league formingMaster gardeners to take root

Around the Peninsula
Fried turkey fund-raiser sizzlingPie fund-raiser gets cookingDrivers safety class scheduledTeam trying to score odd jobsSwim coach soughtCommunity group seeking members

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Around the Peninsula
CPGH special meeting calledSAD to be discussedNeighbors neededFair trade crafts fund-raiser setWrestling camp takes it to the matCraft fairs vendors needed

Mishler’s swim career starts slow, ends fast
The high school swimming career of Kenai Central senior Landon Mishler did not get off to a fast start.

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Goldstein earns All-Midwest honor
Ari Goldstein, a 2005 graduate of Soldotna High School, was named to the All-Midwest Regional Team at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship at Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 12.

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun season set to startTeam Alaska to hold speed-skating tryouts

Oilers roster continues to grow
University of Nevada, Las Vegas junior Kevin Skogley has signed with the Oilers for the 2006 season. Skogley was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2003 draft. The 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher is from Hermiston, Ore., and is majoring in criminal justice at UNLV.

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