Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Kindling the candles of Hanukkah
“It’s about familyIt’s about community It’s about tradition,” explain members of the Jewish Congregation of the Kenai Peninsula Briat Elohim. The small congregation gathered on the third night of Hanukkah to celebrate those traditions with food, fellowship, games and dance.

Kenai River Ice may cause property damage
With record cold during November the Kenai River froze over earlier than usual. Then with warming temperatures and heavy rain run off the river rose causing glacial build up along the banks where many docks and park facilities have been located. According to Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker, the ice above Soldotna Creek Park, Rotary Park, and Swift Water is already causing damage, “We have a lot of river pack ice that has built up around some of our walkways and platforms and some of them have already sustained some damage but it’ll be hard to know how extensive the damage is until the ice goes out in the Spring, and then we’ll need to be watching to see that some of the sections that are already broken loose don’t go out with the ice flows. We’ll probably have to anchor them in so they don’t get carried out, and that’s going to be a lot of work in the middle of winter,” Boedeker told the Dispatch.

The Crossing takes top honors at the Tesoro MS Chocolate Affair
It was just a year ago when Scott and Cherie Curry purchased and began remodeling the former Tides bar and grill at the bridge in Soldotna. By the time they were ready to open in April the original homestead location had received a total make-over and a new name; “The Crossing.” The results were immediately pleasing to the community and the popularity of The Crossing as a gathering place that features live music and gourmet cuisine has been growing ever since. “The support we’ve received from the community has far exceeded our expectations,” said Curry. Now after being open for less than a year The Crossing has claimed their first prestigious culinary arts award.

Shaving it off helps United Way raise $50K
It’s been said that “God only made a few beautiful heads and the rest he covered with hair.” In the case of Central Peninsula General Hospital Chief Financial Officer Jason Paret everyone may now decide for themselves. Paret in learning that the employees of CPGH generously contributed some $36,000 to the United Way campaign last year felt rather secure in offering his mane if they met a $50,000 bench mark, “With a $50,000 goal I pretty much assured myself that their was no way they would meet that mark and that my hair would be safe, so I put my hair on the line,” Paret told the Dispatch. CPGH Chief Executive Officer Ryan Smith, already smooth headed, matched the challenge by offering to dance the hula with Dennis Murray of Heritage Place, if the goal was met.

Community helps make tournament a ‘Classic’
The 2006 Cook Inlet Academy Classic was completed Dec. 16. Players and coaches from Ninilchik, Tri-Valley, Lumen Christi and CIA made this tournament a great success on the court.

Donations help keep community warm
The Peninsula Grace Brethren Church would like to thank our community for its enthusiastic support of our Coats for the Community project.

Hero remembered
God bless our unsung heroes in blue that run to the aid of those in need.

Program gives others a better Christmas
On behalf of the Soldotna Elementary staff, we would like to thank the following contributors for their Christmas kindness: Chevron, Tesoro, Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Soldotna Elementary PTA and staff, Soldotna Rotary, Sonshine House Daycare & Preschool, Credit Union 1 and multiple private donors.

Coal development idea makes sense
As one who has pushed for coal development for the last 24 years, I appreciated the series on coal mining at Beluga.

After 65 years, Pearl Harbor climb a little longer
When he was a 20-year-old soldier in 1941, Frank Kataiva could run up and down the trail to his guard post on Diamond Head in Hawaii.

Cemetery stopped dead in its tracks — for now
Soldotnans are about to turn the page on yet another year, and still, no cemetery.

Misdirected package leads to drug bust
An unseasonably scrooge-like gesture, heaped piles of trouble on a Soldotna man who refused to return an Avon package mistakenly delivered to his residence earlier this month.

Births
· Kate (Wisnewski) Veh and Andy Veh of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Anselm Sang-Chul, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, in Seoul, South Korea.

Photo feature: Congratulating the Troops
From the organizational meeting of the first Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce held at Millie Eaton’s Kenai Lake Lodge on June 11, 1959, until the chamber secretary closed out their bank account by writing a check to the Cooper Landing Community Club, in 1964, the chamber records illustrate the actions of a small but dynamic group dedicated to bettering the community.

Peninsula Reflections
From the organizational meeting of the first Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce held at Millie Eaton’s Kenai Lake Lodge on June 11, 1959, until the chamber secretary closed out their bank account by writing a check to the Cooper Landing Community Club, in 1964, the chamber records illustrate the actions of a small but dynamic group dedicated to bettering the community.

Community Events
Bellringers to performYouth New Year’s party slatedYouth volleyball, basketball offeredCancer fundraiser sets high goalsReading carnival seeks vendors

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