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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kenai students honored with free Kenai River Pizza
A former deck hand for the Alaska Marine Highway Ray Tessaro opened Kenai River Pizza about a year and a half ago and has started a student of the week free pizza program to encourage school kids to do well and work hard. "I figure over a year's time every kid should be able to win a free pizza for one reason or another for doing good in math or science, improved attendance, or hitting the books a little harder, I leave it up to the schools to decide" says Ray. Currently schools participating in the program include Kenai Middle School, Aurora Borealis, K-Beach Elementary, and the Boys & Girls Club. "Any school can come in and sign up for the program if they are interested, it's our way of giving back to the community by doing something positive for the kids that are trying hard. We also help out the Peninsula Brown Bears, the Oilers, and a lot of the local churches with programs for the kids," said Ray.

Firemen out cart Troopers at Redoubt Elementary
The shelves at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank are a little fuller and CES Firefighters are a little prouder today thanks to a fun idea that library aide Sharon Hale came up with at Redoubt Elementary School. It was CES Firefighter Brad Nelson vs. State Trooper Sgt. Larry Erickson last week in a shopping cart match race down Redoubt's hallways. "We were looking for a fun way to encourage our kids to bring a non-perishable food item for our annual food drive for the Food Bank and it popped into my brain to have a little competition between the State Troopers and CES Firefighters and it really did turn out be a fun event for everyone," Hale told the Dispatch in a post derby interview.

Big turn out for Electronics Recycling Event
Who could have imagined that the humongous screen TV that was the envy of your neighbors just a few years ago, today is at the Soldotna landfill waiting to be recycled along with dozens of other TV's that work but no one can find a remote for anymore. Reflecting on the surge of electronics and technology the last few decades many are referring to the "Story of Electronics" as the "Design for the dump" mentality. Movies are being made, books authored and media created to increase awareness of the global threat such accumulations are posing to communities when getting rid of obsolete electronics creates mountains of e-waste.

Retro-Prom raises funds for Peninsula Boys & Girls Clubs
Those attending the 23rd Annual Boys and Girls Club Auction danced the night away with misty memories of days gone by that were enhanced by the "Retro Prom" theme. For many it was a time to make up for the prom night they never had while making a better day for the kids of today by raising $65,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. The old Carr's mall was decorated to the hilt in "prom-ishy" style that brought the room alive. The spirited crowd of over 250 also voted to crown a freshman and senior king and queen and best dressed retro couple.

Treat holiday houseguests sweetly... with desserts for breakfast
During the holidays, many of us will entertain houseguests. Sometimes, we take our guests out for lunch or dinner, but, for the most part, we enjoy our breakfasts at home. Fortunately, breakfast choices are broad, many of them requiring little to no cooking at all. Typical breakfast fare, like juice and fruit, or cereal and toast, are pretty much help-yourself. Other foods, such as omelets or pancakes, may demand more of our attention, but they are easy to prepare and generally ready to serve in only minutes. Breakfast sweets, delicious with hot spiced apple cider, are also delicious options for morning meals, with pumpkin fritters, sticky caramel buns and apple upside-down cake particularly appropriate at this time of the year. I've been told, more than once, that if I treat my guests too sweetly, they may never leave, but I'm thinking, that's OK. The party has barely started, and the season's just begun.

A big fundraiser 'Thank You'
A heartfelt thank you to our generous community. On behalf of the committee for the William Jackson Fundraiser, we thank you. We are moved by your generosity and love for a wonderful Peninsula patron such as William Jackson. Thank you to the local business who donated items for auction and resources. We are blessed to have such wonderful business owners in our community. Also thank you to each and everyone of you who attended and donated to the William Jackson fundraiser. The family has been greatly blessed by your overwhelming generosity and compassion. The fundraiser was a tremendous blessing to the family and an amazing witness of our empathy, kindness and concern. So thank you to each and every one who participated.

Cooper Landing trails get a hand
We would like to thank the Soltona Tsalteshi Ski Club, particularly Bill Holt, for the many many things that have been done to help our Cooper Landing Skiers get our first groomed ski trail. Without the time, effort, advice and loaned gear, we would not be enjoying skiing the Russian River Campground. A big thank you and we invite anyone who likes to ski to come and try skiing in Cooper Landing!

We support the President
Please understand that progressive minded people know what just happened to you. You did an historic thing with health care, and the people who stood to lose the most threw everything their money could buy at you. We know what the radical Republicans did, and even with all their despicable acts they failed to get Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Or to even get "one" super majority in Congress.

Efforts to stop leaks at dam fail
At attempt by Alaska Electric Light & Power to stop leaks at its Bart Lake Dam has failed, but now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the utility say they can live with some seepage from the lake.

Open for business: Local merchants looking forward to busy shopping day
The biggest shopping day of the year is about to descend on the Kenai Peninsula and several area business are getting ready for some big sales and the stampede of shoppers to follow.

Real Deal: Soldotna filmmaker works on Bush pilot documentary
Alaska photographer Jim Oltersdorf is comfortable flying around outside of an aircraft.

Juneau says goodbye to Romeo
The familiar howl came in Saturday afternoon's winter wind.

Sports Brief: Soldotna, Nikiski to dual
The Soldotna and Nikiski wrestling teams will hold a dual meet today at Soldotna at 5 p.m.

Building industry fares better in Alaska than in other places
Recovery of the national building industry is slow, but developers and home builders are optimistic that 2011 will see growth compared to recent years.

Around the Peninsula

Sterling Senior Center serves prime rib

Around the Peninsula

Boy Scouts District Committee meets

Pet Photo: Leaping Daisy

SoHi wrestlers edge Nikiski
The Soldotna High School wrestling team edged visiting Nikiski High School 39-30 in dual competition Tuesday on senior night, benefitting from a pair of forfeits as well as a gritty performance from its highest-ranked athlete.

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