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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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.

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.”

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!”

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.

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.

Generosity flows for blood drive
The generous people of the Kenai Peninsula graciously hosted multiple blood drives across Kenai Peninsula the week of Nov. 7. These community events were supported by the use of a van sponsored by numerous businesses and civic organizations from the peninsula.

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.

Fund-raiser is a real treat
On behalf of the the Sterling PTA, I would like to thank all of the very dedicated and creative people who helped make this years Trunk or Treat a success.

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.

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

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.

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.

Croft seeks fair pipeline deal for state
Gov. Frank Murkowski may be dangerously close to giving away the farm and costing Alaskans dearly as he negotiates with three major oil producers, Rep. Eric Croft warned Monday.

Council considers cemetery possibility
City council members in Soldotna unearthed yet one more possibility in the ongoing search for a final resting place for the city’s dead.

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.

Shopping spree benefits family, food bank
Many Fred Meyer shoppers stood still in surprise as Michael Hallford ran through the store grabbing anything that caught his eye Monday afternoon. That included nuts, meat and chocolate.

Williams takes stock
Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series in which the Clarion will present Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams’ initial assessment of the state of the borough as he begins to put his administration together.

Croft: Leave Amerada Hess funds alone
In the face of mounting pressure from Alaska municipalities, Gov. Frank Murkowski has called for a community dividend program tapping Amerada Hess money in the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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.

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.

Joseph L. Schoolcraft
Longtime Soldotna resident Joseph L. Schoolcraft died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at his home. He was 48.

John Vaughan Sr.
Soldotna resident John Vaughan Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at his home with his family by his side. He was 69.

Around the Peninsula
Library plans three-day closureCommunity dinner set to feastChristmas celebration setParade entries soughtKPC offers nursing advisoryWomen’s basketball league forming

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

Skyview pins loss on Homer
In a dual meet at Homer, the Skyview High School wrestling team received pins from six different wrestlers to defeat Homer 46-29 Tuesday.

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.

Nursing advisory sessions scheduled at KPC
Landing a position in KPC’s two-year associate of applied science degree in nursing program is a competitive process. Being prepared is vital for students who are serious about applying for the nursing program.

After school program offers flexibility for mind and body
Just about every physical education teacher has that one sport or activity they love, one that inspired their career path in the first place and one they want to share with their students.

Around the District
No school Thursday, Friday

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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