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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Survey on medical center topic of today's chamber

The topic of today's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be "surveying the Kenai community for its insights on the future multiplex medical center," presented by the Central Peninsula General Hospital board of directors.

The chamber lunch begins at noon at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. For more information, call 283-7989.

Assistive technology presentation slated

There will be an assistive technology presentation Thursday at the Peninsula Job Center, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Richard Sanders, with the Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Incentive Grant, will present the latest in technologies that assist employees and employers with work-related disability issues. Samples of various assistive tools will be available for demonstration.

Two sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Because space is limited, those who are interested in attending are asked to call Loretta Harvey at 283-0371.

Central Peninsula Counseling Services board to meet

The board of directors of Central Peninsula Counseling Services will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday at 506 Lake St. in Kenai. The public is invited.

Potters Guild to sell clay works Saturday

The Kenai Potters Guild will sell clay works in the pottery studio at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave., in Kenai from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Earnings will go toward constructing a kiln in the pottery studio.

Historical society to hear about hospital's progress

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Kenai Community Library.

Chris Huss, long associated with the Central Peninsula General Hospital as a nurse and director of nurses, will speak about the hospital's opening 30 years ago and track its progress through the years as it added to its facilities and services.

Gene Wheeler, the hospital's first administrator, and his wife, Anna, are expected to attend the meeting as are nurses Eleanor Smith, Elaine Cessnun and others.

The hospital opened in 1971 with three physicians on the staff: Paul Isaak, Peter Hansen and Elmer Gaede. There are more than 30 today.

Federal contracting program topic of seminar

The Small Business Development Center is co-sponsoring a seminar entitled "HUBZone Empowerment Contracting" with Katherine Anderson from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Red Diamond Center. The program is a place-based federal contracting program serving new market communities with low income or high unemployment. The program provides federal prime contract and subcontract benefits. The goal is to bring job opportunities and capital investment to underused areas. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, call Lou at 262-7497.

Evening story time at Kenai library

"Creating a family storytelling tradition," an evening story time for the entire family, will be held at the Kenai Community Library on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Carol Ford and Mike Morgan will lead the program. For more information, call 283-4378.

Ninilchik fire department plans annual meeting

The Ninilchik Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Ninilchik Emergency Building.

Ninilchik Native Descendants bazaar coming up

The Ninilchik Native Descendants fourth annual Christmas bazaar will be Dec. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ninilchik School. For more information, call Jamie Leman at 567-3361.

Class on low vision, blindness to be offered

The Independent Living Center is offering a free two-hour class on low vision and blindness at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at 47255 Princeton Ave., off Kalifornsky Beach Road. The program is aimed at people with a non-correctable vision problem. It will be presented by John Clare, vision specialist for the Independent Living Center. For more information, call Laurel at 262-6333.

Refuge, forest now open for tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and parts of the Chugach National Forest are now open for cutting Christmas trees.

Guidelines for cutting on the refuge include: Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is allowed in the refuge headquarters-visitor center area or along Ski Hill Road.

The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. Contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna for further details.

Guidelines for cutting in the Chugach include: The area open for Christmas tree cutting starts at Mile 6.5 after Bertha Creek Campground just beyond the Turnagain Pass rest area. There are private or timber sale lands nearby, so all cutters are asked to stay on Forest Service land. Only one tree is allowed per family. Topping trees is prohibited. All cutting must be 450 feet away from any roads, trails, trail heads, campgrounds and bodies of water. Stumps must be cut low to the ground, and all debris must be removed from roads and trails. Cutters are asked to select trees so that other trees remain within 12 to 15 feet surrounding the cut tree.

Areas not open to cutting include Portage Valley, Turnagain Pass, Moose Pass and Cooper Landing. For more information, call (907) 271-2500.

Food bank seeking holiday food donations

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is in need of turkeys, hams and the trimmings to be distributed to member agencies for their food programs during the holidays. Surplus donations will be used to furnish holiday baskets that will be distributed to needy families from the food bank.

"In-kind" donations of food items donated to the food bank are tax deductible at $1.52 per pound. Holiday food donations can be delivered to the food bank's warehouse between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Cookies for sale now

The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ church is sponsoring its 22nd annual Christmas cookie sale. Cost is $3.50 per dozen. Delivery or pick-up is available between Dec. 12 and 16. To order, call Nancy at 262-9693 or Tracey at 262-1423.

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