Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Good morning.

Something to think about: "Why does the world love Santa Claus? First of all, he's a joyous individual. People are attracted to a magnet. Next, Santa is interested in making others happy. He increases the happy moments in the life of everyone he meets. He loves his work; he gets fun out of his job. He is childlike, simple, humble, sincere and forgiving. Finally, he is a giver. His philosophy is to give himself away in service. He is a friend to everyone. He smiles. Perhaps you and I could attain greater happiness if we emulated Santa Claus a little more, for his way is the way of the infant Jesus also." — Monsignor Joseph P. Dooley

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area facilities will be closed, and programs canceled Friday and Saturday in observance of Christmas. The facilities will reopen Sunday at regular hours. For more information, call 776-8800.

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will be closed Friday. The staff looks forward to seeing you Monday, they said.

The recreation service area is offering youth volleyball for boys and girls in grades fourth through sixth. Registration forms are available at the Nikiski pool from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Nikiski North Star Elementary School on Jan. 4 and 5. The deadline to register is Jan. 5. Fees are $25 per participant. For more information, call Rachel Parra at 776-8800.

The dedicated cribbage players of the peninsula met at the Kenai Merit Inn on Saturday with the following results: Butch Ewing took first place; Bob Harrison took second; and Steve Abruska took third.

Reminder to Nikiski senior citizens: Wednesday, the center will host a Christmas party. There will be a $10 gift to exchange — men bring men gifts and women bring women gifts. For more information, call 776-7654.

Mario Bird, writer and director of the film, "Echo Lake," invites you to view his creation during the holidays. Check the Clarion for the times of showings at Kenai Central High School. Don, my husband, and I had the privilege to view the movie and found it to be quite oracular.

Joe and Gwen Jones of San Jose, Calif., were surprised by his parents, Don and I, with the gift of flying his sister, Becky, brother-in-law, Lonnie, and nephew, Gavin, from Valley City, N.D., in for the holiday season.

Celebrating a birthday Friday is Cheryl Martin; Monday: Ed Ash; Saturday: Robert Carew and Joey Kummert; and Sunday: Brandon Chenault and Kenneth McDonald.

Celebrating an anniversary on Friday are Brad and Nennette Rogers; friends and family send greetings to Richard and Karen McGahan, who will celebrate their 40th anniversary Friday; and marking their special day Saturday are Bruce and Nancy Aiken.

Merry Christmas.

Beth Jones can be reached by phone at 776-8455 or by email at

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