Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, December 01, 2003

Martin named Alaska 4-H Leader of the Year

Carrol Martin of Kenai recently was named the 4-H Alaska State Leader of the Year. He will be honored in March at the Western Regional Leaders Forum, where leaders from 13 western states, British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, Guam and American Samoa will gather.

Martin has been involved with 4-H since he was 9 years old. He became a leader in Alamosa, Colo., while he was in college and working part time. Later, in Juneau, he helped 4-H'ers raise money by selling Christmas trees and working with Fish and Game on a fish farming project.

He started a dairy goat project on the Kenai Peninsula with the help of Chevron, and worked with a Native association to help 4-H'ers renovate the oldest buildings in Ninilchik.

He has been to 13 Western Regional Leader Forums and served on the planning team for the Alaska-hosted forums in 1978 and 1991. He also helped bring the first Alaska State Market Livestock Show and Sale to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer and has otherwise been involved in countless 4-H activities on the peninsula.

Elge graduates combat training course

Marine Corps Sgt. Forrest S. Elge of Seward recently graduated from a combat engineer noncommissioned officer course for supervisors at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

During the course, Elge received instruction in engineering intelligence, reconnaissance, engineering equipment, bridging, demolitions, mine warfare, camouflage and field fortifications.

He is the son of Clara and Bill Elge and a 1999 graduate of Seward High School.

Ford plays in jazz ensemble

Alden Ford of Kenai recently performed with the Whitman Jazz Ensemble One in its fall concert at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Ford is the son of Carol and Larry Ford. He plays the trumpet.

Wales becomes Navy seaman

Navy Seaman Forrest C. Wales recently graduated from U.S. Navy basic training at the Recruit Training Command Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

During his eight-week program, Wales completed classroom and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety.

To graduate, he had to complete "Battle Stations," an exercise designed to galvanize the recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Wales is the son of Darla and Thomas Wales of Soldotna. He is a 2003 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School in Smithfield, N.C.

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