Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Colder temperatures and more snow make it seem a lot more like Christmastime. Hopefully, the Christmas spirit is aglow in your heart and home this week.

Amid the hustle and bustle this season, it's easy to stress out. Take time out to do some fun stuff — pick and trim the tree, make cookies, cards or string popcorn together for a family tension reliever. Sometimes the blessing of being able to help others can be the best stress buster.

Remember those less fortunate this season and teach your children the joy of giving at the same time by providing something for a child in need.

The Salvation Army has angel trees in area businesses, and each tree is decorated with the wishes of Kenai Peninsula children in need. Be an angel and help a child have a merry Christmas.

Happy anniversary to Clam Gulch residents Marji and Michael Barry. They were wed 31 years ago Dec. 21. Best anniversary wishes go out to Clam Gulch folks Carl and Jackie Hatten for Wednesday and to Jim and Nancy Russell on Monday. Kasilof couple Mike and Denise Reece celebrate their anniversary Friday.

Students and teachers begin Christmas vacation Friday, with a two-week break and will return to class Jan. 3.

Also pausing for the holiday will be the Kasilof Public Library hours. Thursday is the last day open until Jan. 3.

New titles available this week are "Melancholy Baby," by Robert B. Parker, and the first six installments of the "Cirque du Freak" series, by Darren Shan. There will be no late penalties for overdue books during this time. Any questions regarding the library should be forwarded to me at 252-1120 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays.

A pack of wolves first made their presence known to Crooked Creek area residents' Scott Sarchet and his fiancee Caron Brown three weeks ago. Scott is an experienced trapper and after a repeat sighting at his home, he managed to snare two for his trouble. Of course, I asked if the wolves were still around, and Scott said it's doubtful, but possible.

Although I've only seen coyotes, I always thought wolves were too shy to venture near human development. I'll revisit that train of thought. It's a good story. If you see Scott around, ask him about it. Thanks to the anonymous old-timer who called me and turned me on to this news.

Celebrating a birthday in Kasilof this week are Carl Casey, Elijah Wingate, Joni Dykstra, Lenine Brown, Todd Black and Ed Warfle.

Thanks to those who send me their information and announcements. If you would like to see your news or event here, call or e-mail me.

Until next week, drive sober and safe and Feliz Navidad.

Shawna Wolk can be reached by phone at 260-3152 or by email at swolk2001@yahoo.com

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