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Monday, November 27, 2006

Which side are they on?
Why is it that the citizens must coerce our “lawmakers” to apply the law when such law has been grievously broken? Can it be that the “lawmakers” are more sympathetic to the lawbreakers? And if so, just where does that leave the average American citizen who must not only follow the laws but also wishes to do so?

Hospital deserves thanks for playing host
Central Peninsula General Hospital is to be commended for bringing Missed Opportunities for Ministry to the Peninsula. This excellent program was offered not only to employees of the hospital, but to any and all interested residents of the area. CPGH’s sponsorship covered attendance, continuing education credits, refreshments and a complete lunch; all at no cost to participants. Truly a great service to the community!

Act respectably to get respect
A writer in the Anchorage paper made a comment about the terrible lack of political politeness of his statement (that) the people missing from their time to speak, must have found some free beer. I have a little bit of Scotch-Irish in my back ground and would wager that that phrase was coined a few hundred years before the writer was born.

Donations made fundraiser go down in history
Kasilof Regional Historical Association (KRHA) appreciates the following businesses for donations they made to the 3rd annual KRHA auction fund-raiser: Alaska 2nd Hand, Alaska Trading and Loan Co., Antiques and Things, Carrs (Kenai), Jerry Hu Family Dentistry, K-Bach Small Engine Repair, Mall Collectables Shop, Harry Miller Tire Change, Old Grey Mare, Dean Osmar Dog Sled Tours, Ron’s Rent It Center (Kenai), Safeway (Soldotna), and Trustworthy Hardware.

Shoppers get early start on bargains
At 4:45 Friday morning streets were unusually active in Soldotna. Parking lots in front of stores hummed as trucks and cars puffed exhaust into the frigid air. As the clock ticked toward 4:50 a.m. they emerged.

Gifts that keep giving
Beyond the myriad social benefits derived from holding the Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula last March, the thousands of athletes, coaches, support staff and visitors who descended on peninsula also boosted the local economy, the president of the Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society said Tuesday.

2 injured when truck hits tree
An Anchor Point man and his passenger were flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on Thursday in critical condition after their truck crashed into a tree near Cooper Landing.

Teacher takes field trip to Antarctica
Allan Miller is headed south for the winter — just about as far south as one can get — and he’s offered to let anyone who is interested tag along via the Internet.

Local dogs get their day
Two local purebreds will be going nose to nose with nearly 3,000 other canine competitors next week.

’Tis the season for giving
Holiday seasons seem naturally to persuade us toward reflection and spiritual renewal. They serve not only in reinforcing vital familial bonds, but often engender an ardor for altruism for the wider community.

Games left lasting legacy
The Arctic Winter Games brought several million dollars worth of “legacy” improvements to the Kenai Peninsula.

Big day with the big guy
Arranging a meeting with Santa Claus is serious business.

William A. Wise Sr.
Former Soldotna resident William A. Wise Sr. died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Arkansas. He was 69.

Taking a crack at medicine: Changing early career ambition a good choice in life
I am not medically inclined.

Anniversary
Wendell and Betty Burns will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, Dec. 38, 2006.

Peninsula Reflections
Just in time for Christmas, the indefatigable Mayme Ohnemus has done it again with the Forget-Me-Not Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners (SSDC) book of recipes and biographies.

Peninsula People
The following is a partial list of 4-H winners at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik and the Palmer State Fair:

Wedding
Kimberlee Jeanne Allen of Kenai and Dustin Craig Caldwell of North Bend, Ore. were married Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, in a sunset ceremony on the beach in Maui, Hawaii. Jason Stuwe, friend of the groom, officiated.

Photo feature: In harms’ way
  Photos courtesy of Pfc. James Be Part of Soldotna resident Pfc. James Bearup’s patrol is shown being swept away by a recent flash flood in Afghanistan.

Births
· Hannah and Ryan Ambacher of Seward announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Faith Ambacher, at 6:57 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

Can you hear me now?
MySpace, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Michels. Its never-ending mission: to explore this strange new world, to guide young lives, to seek affordable vacation destinations and to boldly go where many parental units have gone before.

Around the Peninsula
Living with diabetes talk planned Fish, Game advisors to discuss river Noel tree support sought Holiday decorating contest under way Kenai lighting contest plugs in Women may register for basketball league Women’s brunch set

Community Events
Parade winners announced Moms to meet Raising the bar for a good cause Help wanted in exchange programs Class of 1987 seeks members Table tennis hits on new night

Around the Peninsula
Breakfast buffet canceled Caregiver support meeting set CES collects for holiday food drive Craft fair, flea market planned Kids’ winter reading program launched

Fire spares life, nothing else
Tragedy can take many forms, but few can be as difficult to overcome as losing everything to fire.

Peninsula Clarion - Pets

Skiers await a good snow
It’s like MacGyver trying to weasel his way out of one of many precarious situations: he manipulates what he has around him and always comes out on top.

Sports Brief
Area fighter Jimmy Miller won the Peninsula Fight Challenge/X Fights Lightweight Title on Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center in the Peninsula Fight Challenge.

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