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Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010

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Karter Marie Covault

Covault family adds one more

Sarah and Tad Covault welcomed their new daughter, Karter Marie Covault, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at 1:59 a.m., at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. Karter weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 20 inches.

Karter joins siblings Demaris and Tyrena, both 9; and Jackson, 7.

Her grandparents are Twila and John Cox, of Soldotna; Robert Hills, of Soldotna; Patty and Jim Jolin, of Sterling; and Joe Covault, of Anchor Point.

Martins welcome new son

Alana and David Martin, of Kenai, welcome their new son, Bennett Jackson Martin, born Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at 10:35 a.m. at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds 12.9 ounces, and measured 21 inches. Bennett joins brother David Matthew Martin. His grandparents Alan and Paula Bute, of Nikiski; and Gary and Louise Martin of Soldonta. His great-grandparent is Dorene Manka, of Soldotna.

Around town

Christmas bird count coming

The public is invited to participate in the Soldotna Christmas Bird Count to be held Saturday, Dec. 18. The Christmas Bird Count is an annual early-winter continental bird census, where volunteers follow assigneed routes within a designated 15-mile diameter count circle, counting every bird they see or hear during the course of the day. Participants do not have to be experts, but only have a desire to get outside, find and record birds. The birding effort normally commences at first light and concludes at dusk. Inexperienced birders will be teamed with more seasoned birders. Dress warmly and try to bring a pair of binoculars and a bird identification book.

Time: Pre-count meeting -- 8:30 to 9 a.m. to get forms, maps and make teams.

Location: Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co., 315 S. Kobuk, Ave., Soldotna.

Cost: $5 per field participant.

All participants are invited to submit their tally sheets and meet for a potluck social at 6 p.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Environmental Education Cabin, located next to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road. For more information, contact Toby Burke at 907-260-2816 or 907-262-7021; Ken Tarbox of the Keen Eye Birders, 907-262-7767; or Jack Sinclair, the Soldotna Christmas Bird Count compiler, 907-262-7817.

Kenai choir presents winter concert

The Kenai Central High School Concert Choir presents its annual Winter Concert Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., in the school's auditorium. The program will consist of a variety of pieces, such as Angelic Christmas Fanfare, Ave Maria, Gesu Bambino and Gloria In Excelsis Deo. The choir will be accompanied by Maria Allison and Mim McKay on piano; the Christ Lutheran Bell Choir, under the direction of Elaine Larson; and additional percussion instruments played by Joy Wannamaker, Abbi Wonser Deborah Sounart. Donations at the door are welcome.

Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program starting

Registration is now open for the Tsalteshi Trails Youth Ski Program. Youth ages 6 to 12 are invited. The program runs from Jan. 15 to March 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and some Saturdays. Find links to registration and membership forms at the bottom of the TTA web page: www.tsalteshi.org.

For information about the biathlon component or other questions, contact us at tsalteshi@yahoo.com.

Kenai Library gift drawing

In keeping with tradition, all library cardholders are invited to enter two holiday drawings. This year's drawings will take place Dec. 17 during the Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a youth gift bag and an adult gift bag. Be sure to look for the entry display the next time you visit the library.

Soldotna Rotary raffles quilt

The Soldotna Rotary is raffling a queen-size Alaska-themed quilt to benefit Polio Plus, Rotary's effort to end polio world-wide. Ticket are $5 each of 5 for $20. Drawing is to be held Dec. 9. Tickets are available at Sweeney's; Key Bank in Soldotna; Lambe, Tuter and Wagner accounting office; and KDLL radio. For more information, call Luanne at 394-3444.

Refuge opens for Christmas tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road. The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. Contact Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road, in Soldotna, 907-262-7021, for further details.



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