Soldotna Community News

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007

Lorraine Christenson has lived on the peninsula for more than 20 years. She has been a busy mother. She and her husband, Kent, who is a machinist for GLM Machine Company, have been married 28 years and moved here with two small children. They since have had four more and raised all six here.

Shannon, 27, is married with three children and lives in Oregon; Clinton, 21, works and lives in Portland; Ryan is a senior at Soldotna High School; Katelin, 13, is a seventh-grader at Soldotna Middle School; Brent, 11 attends Soldotna Montessori Charter School; and Brandon, 5 is still at home.

Lorraine has been involved with her children's activities in swimming, dance, music, drama and 4-H through the years. She is a member of American Mothers Inc. and has served on the state board as the mother mentoring chairman for more than five years and attended national conventions in Hawaii and Oregon as a state delegate.

She likes people, loves to entertain and enjoys singing duets. She also has a great memory for details and is a natural teacher. She attended Ricks College and received an associate degree in broadcasting and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University in 1986.

She did her student teaching in Utah and has taught preschool. She is an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served as a teacher in the children's organization for more than 10 years, taught weekly lessons in the woman's organization, and has taught, planned and coordinated activities and service projects for young women ages 12 to 18 for more than four years.

Lorraine was born in Anchorage in 1958, while Alaska was a territory. Her parents, Harold and Beryl Walther, drove the Alaska Highway to Anchorage in 1953. She remembers the 1964 earthquake clearly.

She was 6 and she and her family were driving to the army base where they had been invited by friends to see a new movie.

"We thought that we had four flat tires. Then the telephone wires were shaking back and forth. I remember lots of little tremors after that the next couple of days. I was afraid. I remember seeing the big holes and cracks downtown and seeing the military guys (National Guard) walking around and protecting the city. I remember I was really mad we didn't get to see the new movie, 'The Sword and the Stone.' I remember having church at our house," she said.

She enjoys incorporating some of her German heritage at Christmas time by instilling traditions she had as a child with her own children as they will put out their shoes on the night of Dec. 5 and await the arrival of St. Nicholas on the morning of Dec. 6, who fills shoes of good children with candy and treats.

Lorraine's love of life is evident in the many facets she embraces with her family.

Other submitted news

Senior center events announced

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will hold the following events: Today art class at 10 a.m., dancing at 10:30 a.m. and music at 11:45 a.m.; Tuesday flu shots from 9 a.m. to noon (need an appointment), cards, board games and caregiver support group at 1 p.m.; Wednesday cards at 10 a.m., music at 12:15 p.m., crafts at 1 p.m., and hula practice from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday Art calss at 10 a.m., blood pressure checks at 11 a.m. and shopping, cars and games at 1 p.m.; and Friday music at noon.

Happy birthday to George Parks and Donna Mortenson on Nov. 27; and Cecile Boris on Nov. 28.

Roberts receives scholarship

Soldotna resident Austin Roberts was awarded a $2,000 men's athletic endowment fund scholarship from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Roberts is freshman majoring in sports management.

'Frankenstein' comes to Soldotna

The Soldotna High School drama department under the direction of Mike Druce will put on a production of the horror thriller "Frankenstein 1930" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The play, written by Fred Carmichael, is an adaptation on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and owes more to the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff. This version amplifies the film's suspenseful horror and adds greater depth of character and motivation as well as a new and different love story. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the door.

Car seat check up slated

There will be a car seat check up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at CES Soldotna Fire Station No. 1 across for McDonald's.

Safety seat technicians will check to make sure seats are not on a recall list and that they are installed correctly. For more information, call 714-4539.

Soroptimists offer scholarships

Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula are offering the following scholarships:

* Women of Opportunity Eligible applicants must be women who provide primary financial support for their families and who are enrolled in school or have been accepted to a vocational skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The purpose of the award to assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and skills training. A $500 cash grant to the winner, who then becomes eligible to receive region level awards.

Applications are available at Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai and Soldotna libraries, LeeShore Center or by calling Carole at 262-1997 or Kim at 252-8790. Deadline is Saturday.

* Violet Richardson Award Women ages 14 to 17 who volunteer in the community or at school may apply. The award is a $200 scholarship, plus a $200 award for the winner's volunteer agency.

Applications are available at area schools or by calling Carole at 262-1997 or Kim at 252-8790. Deadline is Saturday.

* Making a Difference Award This award is designed to honor women in the community who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or volunteer lives. Deadline for nominations is Saturday. Nomination forms are available by calling, Carole at 262-1997 or Kim at 252-8790.

Raffle fundraiser set

A raffle fundraiser for a laptop computer, 32 inch flat screen TV or digital hanycam to benefit Jack and Sharee Martin has begun. Tickets cost $10 each and are available from Ron's Rent It Center, Ron's Honda, Country Foods and Sweeny's. The drawing will be held Dec. 21.

For more information, call Jack or Cindy at 262-4187 or 398-4475.

High school art contest continues

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046, will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards program. The program encourages high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism while becoming eligible for funds to further their education.

Artwork, including digital art entries, must be on paper or canvas. (No discs or CDs will be accepted.) Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used. Artwork must be matted but not framed. The art should be no smaller than 8-by-10 inches and no larger than 18-by-24 inches, not including the mat.

Students enrolled in grades nine-12, including homeschooled students, are eligible to participate. In addition to monetary awards on the local level, the first place winner's entry will be forwarded to state level judging. The first place state winner's entry will be entered into the national judging where the first prize is $10,000, a jacket, a plaque and airfare plus two nights lodging to attend the 2008 Ladies Auxiliary National Convention.

Deadline for entries is Dec. 3. Entries should be delivered to the Kenai Fine Arts Center located at 816 Cook Ave., Kenai. For more information, visit, call the program chairman at 283-9443 or the Ladies Auxiliary president at 262-1262.

See's candy fundraiser continues

Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula annual See's candy fundraiser has begun. The group will have order tables set up from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna through Christmas. For more information or to place an order, call Lyn at 262-9253.

KPBSD committee members needed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is soliciting members of the community interested in participating in the review of board bylaws and protocols.

Specifically, three temporary subcommittees (conduct and ethics, structure, and accountability) have been formed to look at how the board of education conducts its business. The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. each evening prior to regular school board meetings, beginning Jan. 14 and are expected to be completed by the spring.

The following information may be sent via e-mail to Sally Tachick at, by calling 714-8836, or in person at the school district office: name, contact information (including e-mail address, phone number and mailing address), reason for wishing to participate, and subcommittee interest.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Dec. 14.

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