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Friday, November 28, 2008

Serenity House grateful for outreach efforts
Serenity House staff, clients and alumni would like to thank Marathon Oil for their efforts to decrease substance abuse in our community and ultimately make our community a healthier place to live. We have been neighbors to the Marathon operation on Kalifornsky Beach Road since first opening our doors in 2001, and we are very grateful to have them as a partner in our efforts to support those who have made a personal commitment to free themselves and their families of the destructive effects of substance abuse.

'From Central America' a hit
Our heartfelt gratitude for all the individuals who purchased tickets and played an important role in making the Kenai River Rotary Club of Soldotna fundraiser, "From Central America with Fun," a great success! In addition to our event chair Al Kline, and co-MCs Dr. Jerry Hu and Sandra Ghormley, we were fortunate to have Lisa Schmitter and daughters Noelle and Vienna Schmitter as program presenters and David and Marilyn Albright as co-planners of the event. Both the Schmitter family and Albright family have extensive experience in Central America and were able to provide authentic goods and recipes from the region for sales items at the event.

Door to door food drive a success
The Youth Ministry from Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church would like to thank the Soldotna community for recently helping donate canned good for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. We collected 1,301 pounds of canned goods and five turkeys, which was amazing! Thank you for your generosity and thanks to Jim from the food bank, who worked on Saturday unloading all the food. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Caregivers appreciate help
On Nov. 13, National Family Caregiver Support Program, in conjunction with the Soldotna Area Senior Citizens, Inc., hosted our annual Caregiver Appreciation Day at the Soldotna Senior Center. We would like to thank the following agencies and businesses as well as their employees for giving up a Saturday to come and talk to the area family caregivers about various caregiving concerns:

Neighbors recount shooting: 'Holy smokes, there's something going on there'
John Roderick, a resident on Marydale Ave., who lives almost directly across the street from the entrance of Central Peninsula Hospital, has hunted his whole life. When he heard a loud bang Wednesday morning, he almost immediately recognized the noise as gunfire.

Stroup getting better: Gun shot victim's condition upgraded
In the wake of Wednesday's shooting, survivor Margaret Stroup was listed in 'serious condition,' according to the shift coordinator at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage where she is being treated.

Peninsula state lawmakers optimistic about Begich
Regardless of party affiliation and voting preference, many Alaskans should feel at ease with Democrat Mark Begich in the U.S. Senate, predicted Alaska Senate President-elect Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, in an interview Tuesday.

Giving thanks
The sound of jingling Salvation Army bells at storefronts are one of the many signs that ring in the holiday season.

Kenai kicks off Christmas season
While many are cleaning up from yesterday's Thanksgiving feast, the next holiday is right around the corner.

DNR must explain permit denial for Point Thomson
All across America we could hear the reverberation from the Palin cheerleading squad, "Drill Baby Drill."

Give your living room a bit of wild at Christmas: Kenai Wildlife Refuge begins annual free tree offer
One of the advantages to living in a place like Alaska is the opportunity it offers its residents to harvest the bounty of the land and sea.

Trapping, snaring clinic on tap: Groups join forces to educate the community and share knowledge

Kenai Peninsula Trapping Clinic 2008 Agenda:

An Outdoor View: Finding the likes of me
Ever wonder what it would be like to find someone just like you, who liked fishing for the very same reasons? I shudder at the thought that someone like me is out there, somewhere. And I definitely wouldn't want him as a fishing buddy.

Refuge Notebook: Book puts a finger on the 'nature-deficit disorder'
Every so often a book comes along that captures people's attention because it illuminates a dimly perceived problem and issues a ringing call of alarm. In the 1950s wild birds were disappearing from yards and woodlands. Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring," articulated this decline and pointed the finger at DDT as the culprit. In the 1990s Theo Colburn's book, "Our Stolen Future," sounded a similar call about endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics and pesticides that cause reproductive disorders in many species of animals including human male infants. Both of these books aroused public indignation and generated a variety of remedial legislation.

Around the Peninsula

Ten Thousand Villages Sale today

New pastor installed
Bishop James Heiser, right, of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America, visited with Rev. Tim H. Tolar, Chaplain/Firefighter/EMT, with the Nikiski Fire Department, on Nov. 5, while in Alaska to install Tolar as the called pastor to the Saint Luke Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. Saint Luke Lutheran is the first Alaska parish to join the diocese. The parish is committed to the spiritual growth of each member and doctrinal unity as the body/Bride of Christ. It follows the ancient Christian practice of traditional liturgical worship coupled with Word and Sacrament ministry centered on Law and Gospel preaching and the rightful administration of the Sacraments (Baptism, Communion, Absolution). Tolar originally came to Kenai during July 2004 to be the overseer/pastor of Star of the North Lutheran. In 2007 Tolar began to serve with the Nikiski Fire Department as an on-call volunteer which led to him becoming certified as a Firefighter-1 and EMT-1 and serving the department as its chaplain.

Church Briefs

Prayer group meets for breakfast

Ice Dogs top Brown Bears
Michael Juola and Austin Block each scored a goal and added two assists in leading the visiting Fairbanks Ice Dogs to a 5-2 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears in the lone North American Hockey League game on Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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