Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Seasons greetings.

I will be taking a holiday break from my column until Jan. 11. Community members who have information to put in the column may e-mail it to Nan Misner at the Clarion at, fax it to her at 283-3299 or drop it off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay Road in Kenai. The deadline to get your information in by is 5 p.m. Thursday. Call Nan if you have any questions. In the meantime, I'll be relaxing — I hope.

The staff at Soldotna Animal Hospital would like to express its appreciation to its clients, who have shown such patience as they have muddled along without Dr. Tim Bowser. He and his wife, Marian, are recovering from an automobile accident, and the staff has high hopes that he will be back at least part-time, by Christmas week.

Kenai Peninsula College's student union will host an Art Extravaganza and Winter Ball on Friday. The student art auction begins with a preview from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. in rooms 132, 133 and 135 in the commons.

The Winter Ball will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a coat check, snacks and refreshments provided by the student union. The ball is semi-formal and open to students and community members. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 262-0339.

The Kalgin Island Quartet, who are members of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, will play Christmas carols at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fred Meyer and at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Kenai Safeway.

The tree lighting at Parker Park last Thursday was celebrated with record numbers.

Gary and Donna Miller welcome their daughter, Jennifer Miller, home for the holidays. She will graduate this spring from University of Washington at Lynnwood with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. She is a Soldotna High School graduate.

The city hosted an appreciation dinner for its employees Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

There will be no story time at Soldotna Public Library, and the seasonal hours for December are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There will not be evening hours. It also will be closed Friday through Sunday on Christmas and New Year's weekends.

Steve Bonebrake, city of Soldotna public works director, will be the featured chamber speaker at noon today at the Riverside House. His topic will be an update on various city and construction projects, including the bridge.

Birthdays this week belong to Melanie Lewis, Ed Sleater and Anna Johnson.

This week the quote from Spenard Builders Supply reads: "One reason for doing the right things today is tomorrow."

Enjoy the holiday season.

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

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