This column almost went up in smoke on the back burner. First lesson: woodstoves should go in the house, not the garage. Second, furnace fuel should have anti-gel additive before the weather gets decidedly "Decemberish." Lesson three: hotshot woodstove bystanders shouldn't moon winter. Tricky cold can put icicles where you don't want to go.
'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through our house, the air has turned nippy, the furnace is out. The woodstove and chimney, look a bit rare. But that's saving my bacon, so what do I care?
The children are huddled, tight in their snow suits, and wonder if Father and Scrooge are in cahoots. While Mama with her patience, is steady like Polaris. The women aren't like this in cities like Paris.
But give me a minute, (I've only had two days). And this furnace will take off with some kinda blaze! Christmas and family are certain to come. And by Jesus that furnace, is sure gonna run!
Christmas came early to Kasilof this year. The new fire station is a wonderful gift. Especially so since the good folks in Soldotna paid the Santa share for it.
Fire Chief Mokracek told me they just got a letter from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ISO is a private company hired by insurers to rate fire stations. They awarded Kasilof a 9/10. That means homes within five driving miles of the station are in a "9" category. Otherwise, Kasilof fire service area homes are a "10."
I talked to homeowners and businesses in Kasilof and found out: 1. Lots of people don't have insurance; 2. Some insurance companies have lowered their premiums by as much as 50 percent; 3. Most people have not had their insurance lowered yet; 4. Tustumena School is self-insured by the borough, and they are happy to have fire and ambulance services within shouting distance of the school; and 5. The ISO will probably reevaluate the Kasilof station in the summer.
Chief Mokracek said, "We are doing everything we can to get those rates as low as possible."
Loraine Larsen of Yukon Road is planning a house full for Christmas. She moved to Kasilof from Fairbanks in 1971 and raised a family here. Here children still live in the area and she has one granddaughter.
"I'm so happy about it," she said (speaking of her children living here). "We're going to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Many of our friends moved up here about the same time we did. We started visiting back and forth and those same people are still our friends after 40 years."
Dylan Mabe is planning to join the army. He's been talking to Sgt. Davis, a recruiting officer.
Dylan hopes to be deployed to Iraq because he is interested to see that part of the world. His mother is Cary Mabe and he'll be spending Christmas with her.
Please have a warm and wonderful Christmas, full of family and friends.
Other Kasilof news
Brennemans have a son
Finn James Emery
Shelly and Jerry Brenneman of Cohoe Loop announce the birth of their son, Finn James Emery, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Women's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.
He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
He joins brother, Ansel.
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