Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Russian American Colony Singers delight folk music fans
A group of Russian and Alaskan singers delighted an audience of several hundred last week at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai last week with their performance of “The World of Folk.” Known as the Russian American Colony Singers, the group is headquartered in Anchorage and Eagle River, Alaska and was conducted by Pavel Sharomov of Novosibirsk. The concert of traditional Russian and international folk music also featured Elena Zabarskaya from Novosibirsk. The ensemble included 20 singers of Russian American descent that performed a repertoire that ranged from Classical Russian and Polish folk songs, to traditional Hispanic Christmas carols and even a medley from J. Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof.” The multi-cultural group was arrayed in traditional hand made Russian costumes that were made by the artists themselves.

Jolly Ol’ Elf brings Christmas to Kenai
Under the brilliance of sunny azure skies with temperatures struggling to rise above zero Christmas officially came to Kenai last Friday with the arrival of Santa Claus a top a Kenai Fire Department ladder truck.

Local crafts jump start Holiday shopping at Soldotna Sports Center
More than twenty vendors and local crafters gathered for the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Soldotna Sports Center the weekend before Black Friday. Everything from premium quality candles and accessories to handmade quilts and baby clothes were available for local shoppers seeking unique and one-of-a-kind items for their holiday shopping list.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
Here we are in the middle of the coldest November on the Kenai Peninsula in many years. Below zero weather has been here with us on a daily basis, in fact on many days it was warmer on the frozen North Slope then here. For me cold weather is good as it means good hard water or should I say ice. Wonderful beautiful ice that I use to separate myself from the fish below that I enjoy catching each winter. Winter time in Alaska is perhaps my favorite time of the year, as with it comes tourist free streets, no bugs and often times I find myself alone fishing on a frozen lake.

Busted for being goodBail money nets $26,000 for MDA
Indicted for having big hearts, residents of the Central Peninsula were incarcerated at Sourdough Sal’s in Soldotna last week. The purpose of the bust according to Malane Harbour, district director for the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. (MDA) was to raise funds to send children with MD to summer camp, “Their bail was set at $1,200 which is what it costs to send two kids with MD to summer camp here in Alaska,” said Harbour. The MDA summer camp is held in Birchwood and features activities geared to the special needs of those with neuromuscular diseases.

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.

Pebble Mine — recipe for disaster?
I was one of the early opponents of the Pebble mine. I do not support short-term greed at the expense of future generations.

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.

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!

Williams to ask assembly’s support for state lawsuit over funding
Borough Mayor John Williams said this week he is prepared to move forward with a lawsuit against the state seeking damages for the state’s inadequate and inequitable funding of schools within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Road work, PERS money on list
Borough officials have begun assembling the annual wish list of capital projects in need of funding and will present that list to state lawmakers likely within the first few weeks of the 25th Legislature, which opens Jan. 16.

Woman hurt in 3-car Kenai Spur accident
A 43-year-old Kenai woman suffered serious injuries Friday after a rear-end accident on the Kenai Spur Highway pushed her car into oncoming traffic where it was smashed by a semi truck.

Israel trial to start
Jury selection is nearly complete and opening arguments are expected to begin either today or Wednesday in the murder trial of a 24-year-old Soldotna man.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Parents to plan after-grad partyUsed book sale slatedLeeShore board meeting slatedRefuge open to tree cuttingClub to sell See’s candyChoir fruit fundraiser begins

· 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.

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

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:

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.

Kasilof’s Hakkinen aims for top
It may be more than three years before the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver, Canada, but Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen believes the United States is closer than ever to winning its first Olympic biathlon medal.

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