Thursday, December 16, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

Bethlehem Revisited returns to College Heights Baptist Church
Last year for the first time in Alaska the ancient city of Bethlehem came to life at the College Heights Baptist Church on K-Beach Rd during a three day program called Bethlehem Revisited. It was the inspiration of Becky Moore who had experienced a similar pageant in Texas and was led to create one for Alaska. Moore estimated that about 5,000 people attended the event last year which far exceeded her expectations, "I was praying for around a thousand so God did amazing things," she said. "We didn't want the experience to be like an outdoor theatre performance, but more like actually stepping back in time 2,000 years and walking the streets of Bethlehem, shopping for food, buying wares, seeking shelter and perhaps even running into Joesph and Mary," explained Moore.

Keeping the lights burning on the Kenai
Every year between the end of November and the end of December, Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. The holiday celebrates the events which took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea, which is now Israel.

Photo feature: Kenai Peninsula Food Bank receives donation
The Walmart Foundation and the Alaska Advisory Council recently awarded the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank $25,000 through the State Giving Program. Funds will be used to enhance daily Food Bank operations in the warehouse and Fireweed Diner. The Kenai store daily donates salvageable food items to the Food Bank which acts as a clearinghouse for 67 member agencies located throughout the Peninsula and distributes donated items through the Emergency Food Program and Fireweed Diner.

Designer trees raise funds for Non-profits at KVCC Auction
Once again the elegance and professionalism of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (KVCC) was underscored this season by a display of holiday wonder achieved by a variety of community volunteers. An event started last year by KCVB executive director Natasha Ala to spread the holiday spirit, beauty, and benefit local service organizations. "There were 23 nonprofit organizations who participated in the 2010 Christmas Tree auction - now in its second year," said Ala. "What is great about this event is that it is an opportunity for folks to get creative and develop an idea, or a design, that they use for the theme of their trees. Some organizations relate the theme of their tree directly to the mission of their organization, such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) tree which was loaded with over $800 of decorations and gifts all relating to the theme of disaster preparedness, while the Kenai Watershed Forum tree was all along the theme of Teddy Bears. Folks were able to make silent auction bids on their favorite trees or buy a ticket and enter to win one of the trees that were available through the ticket raffle," she said.

Local Rotary Clubs ring in the season with service
It's that time of year when you might see your local banker, doctor, lawyer, boss, or insurance salesman standing by a Salvation Army Kettle ringing bells or singing carols. For the last several decades members of local Rotary Clubs have participated in a friendly competition to see which club can raise the most money during the holiday season to support the services of the Salvation Army. To foster the rivalry Craig Fanning, Salvation Army envoy created a traveling "Bell Ringing" trophy upon which he engraves the winning clubs name annually, "Through the years the Soldotna Club has dominated, but Kenai took it away a few years ago and they are determined this year to raise at least one dollar more than Soldotna, but don't count out the Kenai River Soldotna Club, they are the newest club, but continue the faithful tradition of helping us out by volunteering to stand at our Kettles," said Fanning.

Tight Lines: Gift giving for the avid angler
Got an angler on your holiday shopping list? Don't panic. Fishermen (and fisherwomen) are easy to please and always in need of some new gadget, tackle or gear. Whether your budget is small or large, the perfect gift is out there.

A few of my favorite things: A Swirling Bundt, a Pink Pie Dish and an Everlasting Pan

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'You are not forgotten'
All of us are so very busy preparing for this coming Thursday afternoon and the beginning of Christmas break! No school, Chrismas shopping, preparing to travel and be with our families for Christmas.

Help for future builders
The Career and Technical Department of the Kenai Peninsula School District would like to say thank you to Adam White at United Rentals for donating one of the company's forklifts to our construction academy project.

Book sale contributed much
I'd like to thank Triumvirate Theatre for allowing our nonprofit organization full use of their facilities and profits from the sales of books on Dec. 11. Ferdinand Center for the Creative raised over $500 that day, which will go towards building an education center in the Philippines for young adults who can't afford art school, and for the education and feeding of children living on the streets. To Joe Rizzo, Chris and Carla Jenness, thank you so much!

Thanks for tree auction success
This letter is in gratitude for all the wonderful people who participated in the second Christmas Tree Auction at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in the week following Thanksgiving.

Gas storage facility safety debated: Board hears request to add condition to permit
The Kenai Board of Adjustment is considering Vincent Goddard's appeal of the City of Kenai's conditional use permits for a proposed natural gas storage facility off Bridge Access Road.

Winds keep HEA crews busy
Residents and business owners in the North Kenai and Nikiski area faced power outages, fallen trees and snow drifts as a result of the recent windstorm.

Sex offender policy adopted: School district writes guidelines for addressing sensitive issue
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education recently approved a new policy that bans sex offenders from all district property except under certain authorized circumstances, like voting or attending a public meeting outside of school hours.

In the spirit of giving: Christmas drive makes holiday special for area families
For some students in the Kenai area, Santa is Pat Vinison, the owner of the Albatross Restaurant and Lounge.

George Edward Sarchet
Former Peninsula resident George Edward Sarchet died Dec. 13, 2010, of congestive heart failure at Heritage Place, in Soldotna. He was 82.

George Edward Sarchet
Former Peninsula resident George Edward Sarchet died Dec. 13, 2010, of congestive heart failure at Heritage Place, in Queen Creek, Ariz. He was 82.

Nelda Ruth Garrett
Soldotna resident, Nelda Ruth Garrett, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, due to natural causes at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Bertie Lee Schneider
Kenai resident Bertie Lee (Williams) Schneider passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2010, in Soldotna. She was 81.

Around the Peninsula

Girl Scouts and Toys for Tots team up

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski pool, waterslide vacation hours

"Fables for Friends" presented at Triumvirate Theater
Five Nikiski High School seniors and a Nikiski alum are set to perform Mark O'Donnell's "Fables for Friends" this Friday and Saturday at the Triumvirate Theater. And contrary to what your stereotypes of wannabe teenage performers might tell you, these burgeoning young actors are truly talented individuals who bring more than enough to the table.

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Reeling It In: 'Dawn Treader' has trouble sailing through the fog
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

Kards skate past Stars
Jacob Iverson scored midway through the second period to lead the Kenai Central hockey team past Soldotna 1-0 at the Soldotna Sports Center on Tuesday.

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