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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Meat thermometer up for grabs

The Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Extension office on Kalifornsky Beach Road has free publications on safely thawing and roasting a turkey and storing leftovers. People also may register to win a free digital meat thermometer to be given away today. For more information, call 262-5824 or (800) 478-5824.

Refuge open to Christmas tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will open for Christmas tree cutting Friday. Trees must be for personal use only. There is a limit of one tree per household.

Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. Tree cutting is not permitted in the refuge headquarters and visitor center area and along Ski Hill Road.

Tree cutters are requested to trim stumps as close to the ground as possible. For more information, call 262-7021.

Caregiver support meeting set

The National Family Caregiver Support Program will conduct a caregiver support group meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. For more information, call 262-1280 or (866) 776-8210.

CES collects for holiday food drive

People who wish to donate food items for the annual holiday food drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank may drop them off at Central Emergency Services fire stations at Binkley St. and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, in Sterling at Mile 84 of the Sterling Highway and at Mile 13.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road through December.

Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Holiday decorating contest begins

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations through Dec. 8 for businesses and residences that are exceptionally well decorated for Christmas.

Sponsored by the Homer Electric Association, first- through third-place awards will be given in commercial and residential categories. Winners will be announced at the Dec. 12 chamber luncheon.

Nominations, including name, address and phone number, should be submitted to the chamber by calling 262-9814 or by e-mail to

Craft fair, flea market planned

The Kenaitze Native Youth Olympics team will host a craft fair and flea market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at Kenai Middle School. For more information, call Deb Coveyou at 252-9488.

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