Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2001

Electric Lights Parade winners announced

The winners of the sixth annual Kenai Electric Lights Parade in the commercial division were Williams Express, first place, and Atigun, second place. The winners in the organization category were Kenai Senior Center, first place, Kenai Fire Department, second place. The youth category winners were Jr. Miss Shannon Smith, first place, and Young Marines, second place. The judges choice category winners were ACS, first place, and R&K Industrial, second place. The group category winners were Kenai Grace Brethren Church, first place, and Star of the North Lutheran Church, second place. The overall grand prize went to Yukon Fuel Company.

Area residents complete law enforcement training

In a ceremony held Nov. 29 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, 36 trainees graduated with Alaska Law Enforcement Training class No. 26. Among those graduates were Charles Abbott of Soldotna, Alaska State Troopers recruit; Dugger Cook of Homer, Alaska State Troopers recruit; Mark Finses of Homer; Fish and Wildlife Protection recruit, Jack Ransom of Seward, Alaska State Troopers recruit; Kurt Walgenbach of Soldotna, Fish and Wildlife Protection recruit; Jason Zehrung of Kenai, Soldotna Police Department recruit.

Recruits completed 14 weeks of physical training and academics to graduate. Recruits with the Alaska State Troopers and Fish and Wildlife Protection will continue their training for an additional three weeks; covering information that is specific to the troopers. They will then be assigned to field training in Fairbanks, Soldotna or Palmer.

Soldotna ophthalmologist attends national seminar

Peter E. Cannava, ophthalmologist, of Soldotna, attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans. The academy meeting represents the largest gathering of its kind where eye physicians and surgeons from countries around the world exchange ideas on all facets of medical and surgical eye care.

As president of Alaska Eximer Laser Associates, Alaska's largest group of eye surgeons correcting vision through laser treatments, Dr. Cannava attended a workshop devoted to enhancing the abilities to safely correct all forms of vision disturbances caused by refractive abnormalities. Dr. Cannava and other members of this group will make many of these innovations available to Alaskans.

Dr. Cannava also attended a workshop devoted to the field of cataract surgery. Of special interest to him was the subject of utilizing bifocal implants in patients who have undergone cataract surgery. Dr. Cannava was one of the first eye surgeons in Alaska to implant these silicone lenses in his cataract patients. The reports on their effectiveness are so encouraging that not only are more and more surgeons using them to replace cataractous lenses, but in addition, they are being used to treat certain people who can't use bifocal glasses. Information on these subjects is available at the Peninsula Eye and Cataract Clinic in Soldotna.

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