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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fred Meyer Fund grants $10K for Soldotna Boys & Girls Club Power Hour
For many years one of the most popular programs at the Soldotna Boys & Girls Club is their "Power Hour." A comprehensive homework help program where older children as well as volunteers help kids finish their homework before they go home so they are ready and excited with time to enter into family activities. The Power Hour program recently got a $10,000 dollar boost thanks to a grant from the Fred Meyer Fund.

Choose a 'divinity day' to make candy
When the weather is cool, clear and dry, candy makers call it a "day for divinity."

Chocolate truffles
8 ounces milk chocolate

Twice-cooked divinity
2 1/2 cups sugar

What's cooking?

Aunt Kelly's Sour Cream Raisin Pie

My grandmother Mim's Christmas fudge
2/3 cup unsweetened natural Hershey's cocoa powder

Candy-making Thermometer vs. 'Cold Water Test'
Many candy recipes fail because of improper cooking and cooling temperatures. Whether a candy thermometer or the "cold water test" is used for making candy, it is important that the candy be made precisely as a recipe directs.

Generosity will benefit kids
Things got a little teary eyed around the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Nov. 21.

The force is with them
Have you noticed every gas station in Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski changes its price for gas within two hours of each other?

Reader questions choice of editorial
What were you thinking when you published the commentary criticizing Governor Palin from the Albany Times Union in your "What Others Say" column in the Nov. 18 paper?

Donations make evening of information even better
On Nov. 13, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District counselors from Connections Home School, Kenai Central, Nikiski, Skyview and Soldotna high schools, along with Kenai Peninsula College, held a Financial Aid Night for local high school students and their parents.

Rezone expected to draw protest
A requested change of zoning for a parcel of land across from Kenai Central High School is anticipated to be about as welcome as a trip to the dentist.

Strike OK'd; students not stranded
Central Kenai Peninsula school bus drivers voted to authorize a strike Monday.

Meth education project heads into communities
The Alaska Meth Education Project announced Monday it has launched a community outreach program designed to raise awareness and reduce demand for the highly addictive illicit drug methamphetamine.

Gabriel named new school board member
After three rounds of voting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education elected its newest member Monday night.

Details of shooting emerging
Nearly one week after gun violence erupted in Soldotna's Central Peninsula Hospital, rumors about the tragedy are rampant in the community, and hospital workers are puzzling over questions about why one of their former co-workers shot his former supervisors, one fatally.

Peninsula Optional changes name
If you call Peninsula Optional High School, don't be confused when the receptionist answers, "River City Academy."

Sterling garage fire causes $75,000 in damage
Wayne and Debbie Dubnam's garage suffered an estimated $75,000 worth of damage after a fire ignited in an attached greenhouse and spread to the garage on Monday.

Photo feature: Winter wonderland
Ice fog hanging above Cook Inlet partially obscures Mount Redoubt on Monday morning. Central Kenai Peninsula residents woke up to colder temperatures that forecasters say will warm up and bring up to 4 inches of snow. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Letha Opal Beach
Soldotna resident Letha Opal Beach died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 90.

Mary Ellen 'M.E.' Perrizo
Kenai resident Mary Ellen "M.E." Perrizo died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2008, at the Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 60.

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