Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

Boys and Girls Club basketball scores -- thanks to volunteers

The Boys and Girls Club's 5th-6th grade basketball league just wrapped up its 2002 season. Over 200 kids on 21 different teams ran, shot, dribbled and passed their way down basketball courts throughout the central peninsula area -- from Ninilchik to Sterling to Nikiski. And hopefully along the way they learned a little about the value of teamwork and the importance of doing one's best -- and maybe made a new friend and had a laugh or two.

Hats off to all who helped keep the season running smoothly -- from those who volunteered to run the time clock and keep stats, to those who jumped in to lend a hand whenever and wherever needed, to the referees who ensured the kids had a safe and positive environment to play in, to spectators who filled the bleachers to give positive encouragement to the players.

And of course, a special thanks to our awesome coaches who made sure every child's experience was a positive one: Denice Chappell, Shawnee Wisnewski, Veon Kiech, Sarah McLeod, Jenae Saltzgiver, Dave Blossom, Keith Presley, Kevin Stalker, Leonard Ball, Teresa Saner, Richie Hudson, Shaun Reeve, Jason Hanley, Brad Hibberd, Greg Bell, Doug Munn, Ryan Geller, Doug Blossom, Tim Delaney, Marlene Meyer, Diane Duncan, Lisa Duke, Charlie Johnson, Doug Hallmark, Charlie Stephens, Ryan Hansen, Dean Shinn, Erin Smith, Tamara Bronner and Shanette Wik. Thanks for making this program possible. May we never take you for granted!

Also, the Boys and Girls Club greatly appreciates the local community-minded businesses who have once again given their financial support by sponsoring a team: Brian Wilkes of Wilkes Works, Bruce and Danielle Gabriel of Big G Electric, Shaun Hutchings of Hutchings Chevrolet, Clint Hall of Hall Quality Builders, Kristie and Todd Wortham of River City Dental, Dr. Bobbie Berhens, Dennis and Barbara Massey of Heat and Frost Insulation and Enstar. Their support helps ensure our program is a quality one.

Kathy Ehrhardt

Athletic Programs Director

Boys and Girls Club


Agrium, chamber, others help make the holiday season special

The holidays are a time for sharing, caring and traditions. At the Kenai Senior Center our holiday season begins with a wonderful tradition. For years we have been blessed with the Agrium Thanksgiving Dinner. I would like to applaud Agrium for its continued support, kindness and gracious donations of volunteerism and gift of money. Without their continued donations, we would not have such a wonderful and successful area-wide senior Thanksgiving dinner.

Mike Nudget, Agrium plant manager, deserves a round of applause for volunteering and for his coming and being a part of the event. A big thank you to Pattie Weaver of Agrium for her coordination of the project, encouraging staff to volunteer their time, the door prizes, flowers for the tables and everyone's willingness to serve.

Another big thank you goes to the National Honor Society from Kenai Central High School. This group assisted the Agrium staff with serving the dinner, pouring coffee and helping with clean-up. Thank you to both groups for seeing the value of continuing tradition, sharing the Thanksgiving holiday, having such a great dinner and being a part of the fellowship.

I would also like to applaud the Kenai Chamber of Commerce for continuing the tradition of "Christmas Comes to Kenai." The electric light parade was another wonderful holiday event. This is a great way for the community to share and show traditions with our youth. I would like to applaud our senior volunteers who spent hours working on the senior float; it gave me much joy seeing their creation come to life and the smiles on their faces at the completed project. Thank you Agrium, Kenai Chamber of Commerce and all senior volunteers.

Rachael Craig


Kenai Senior Center

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