Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Hello, neighbors.

A recent e-mail was sent to me that reads: "Two questions I hope you can answer in your column: 1) Whatever happened to the Coldstone Creamery store that was coming to Soldotna, and 2) is there anything to the latest rumors of Wal-Mart coming to Soldotna, which started shortly after the water line work on K-Beach started?"

My limited research has not brought any answers to your questions but maybe someone reading the column will enlighten us.

At the Soldotna City Council's meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, they will propose a zoning change for areas on Marydale (five lots) and Corral Avenue (seven lots). The new classifications will be limited commercial. If you have some concerns, this is the time to speak up. Looking around, there is a lot of building going on.

There's an online catalog available of the Soldotna Public Library's collection. You can visit it on the Web at or link to it through the city's Web page.

The annual Christmas tree lighting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Parker Park and the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center on West Park Avenue, thanks to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire engine to greet area children and listen to their wish lists. You can get your picture taken with Santa for $1.

There also will be free sleigh rides for all who attend, and the Skyview High School Swing Choir will sing Christmas songs.

Mayor Dave Carey will be on hand to act as master of ceremonies. Refreshments will be provided, including cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. Plan to attend. The more the merrier.

The Peninsula Take A Break invites all women to join them at its Victorian Christmas Tea luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 11:00 to 12:30 at Solid Rock Conference Center. Julie Bowman will show polar fleece projects to make for Christmas and Sue Rohrer of Kodiak will be the speaker. Christmas music will be provided by Judy Russell. Cost of the luncheon is $8 and free child care is available. Call Carolyn at 262-4214 or Linda at 262-4996 to make reservations.

This week the quote from Spenard Builders Supply reads: "A useful life can't be entirely peaceful and carefree."

I know this is early, but there are some Soldotnans in this world who are not procrastinators. The Peninsula Reading Council will host the third annual Peninsula Reading Carnival on Jan. 29.

Groups interested in reserving booth space can call Virginia Morgan at 283-9374 or e-mail her at Groups interested in performing on the main stage can call Matt Faris at 260-5411 or e-mail him at mfaris@

With weeks of rushed preparation and holiday festivities, eating habits can get out of hand. Think substitution, not deprivation. Here are some suggestions for healthy snack alternatives: skip the high fat olives, nuts, cheese and salami, and serve vegetables, mini fruit kebabs, bread sticks and pretzels. Also, pass out popcorn instead of chips.

Dr. Patrick Huffman of Frontier Natural Health will be the speaker at the chamber today at noon at the Riverside House.

Joyce Cox can be reached by phone at 262-7616 or by email at

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