Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rug Bones expands, gives back to community
In just under three years of existence, Rug Bones LLC has increased their number of employees fivefold and their store space by 7,000 square feet.

Business Briefs

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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.

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

Twice-cooked divinity
2 1/2 cups sugar

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.

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

What's cooking?

Aunt Kelly's Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Chocolate truffles
8 ounces milk chocolate

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

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.

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?

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?

CES 'keep the wreath green' program starts
With the new month upon us, thoughts have shifted from Thanksgiving Day turkey to opening presents on Christmas. Though December typically represents a joyous time spent with friends and family, it also marks the beginning of a three-month period of an increase in structure fires, especially in Alaska.

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.

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.

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

Arsenic not just a city issue
Much has been written lately about arsenic in city drinking water, especially as Kenai Peninsula municipalities respond to new, tighter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards allowing no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic in city water as of Jan. 23, 2006.

Assembly passes out funds
Several unincorporated communities across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are getting a taste of the borough's share of state's Community Revenue Sharing Program.

Hospital grateful for public support
Fighting to remain composed, Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Ryan Smith choked back tears as he spoke to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, praising his staff and police officers for their bravery in the tragic shooting incident at the hospital Nov. 26 that left two dead and another fighting for her life.

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.

Photo feature: 'Tis the season
Santa Claus wishes a Merry Christmas to all Wednesday night after lighting the tree in front of the Central Emergency Services fire station in downtown Soldotna. Afterward he posed for pictures as holiday revelers ate cookies.

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

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.

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

Around the Peninsula

ABATE toy drive begins

Around the Peninsula

Community invited to healing Mass

Grand movie in grand fashion

Art Briefs

Auditions musical begin

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Giants may be better without Mr. Smith
Harris Smith?

Hakkinen takes 62nd
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen had a rough day in the opener of the World Cup competition in Ostersund, Sweden on Wednesday.

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