Community News

Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

For more information, call at 335-1241.

Host families needed

Youth for Understanding at Kenai Peninsula College is recruiting two host families. Each family will be hosting a KPC college student for the spring 2010 semester. (First part of January to the middle of May) One student is a female from the Netherlands and the other student is a male from South Korea.

Host families are asked to welcome the student into their homes and provide a room and meals. In addition, each host family will receive a $200 a month stipend.

Families are not expected to drive the student everywhere as they have their own funds for transportation. For more information, call Marilyn Albright at 262-0327 or or Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or

Habitat seeks applicants

Central Peninsula Habitat for Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for the 2010 home. Application period closes Thursday. For more information visit .

Hazardous waste disposal dates set

The Central Peninsula Landfill Hazardous waste disposal collection times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates during 2010: Jan. 16, March 13, May 8, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20.

Businesses must pre-register by calling Burlington Environmental at 1-800-478-9008.

Food bank seek items

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is seeking the following items: letter sized coy paper, silverware, Ziploc plastic bags (all sizes), sealing tape, Corelle soup bowls, scotch tape, plastic gloves (medium and large), plastic grocery bags, garbage bags (33 and 45-50 gallon).

Birthday bag items needed for youth ages 12 years old and under are: cake mixes, frosting, candles, plates, napkins, balloons and small stuffed toys. Items for youth over 12 years old needed are re-gifted gifts, seasonal items and large baskets.

For more information, call 262-3111.

Pool schedules announced

The Kenai and Skyview high schools and the Nikiski pool hours are:

* Kenai Central High School -- 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Lap Swim -- Monday through Fridays; 9 to 11 a.m. Physical Therapy -- Mondays; 9 to 10:30 a.m. age group swim, Tuesdays-Fridays; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open Swim, Monday-Friday.

The pool will be closed Dec. 28, 31 and Jan. 1. The cost is $4 Lap swim or Open swim, $35 for a punch card/ 10 punches on the card.

For more information, call 283-7476.

* Skyview High School -- Lap swim/water aerobics, Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.; and open swim Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call 262-3905 or 260-2365.

* Nikiski pool winter break hours will be held through Jan. 3: Tuesday through Wednesday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; IT will be closed Friday for New Years; Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, e-mail Karen Evans at .


Preschool available

Tustumena Elementary School will begin a pre-school program in January.

The program will be for children who turned 4 years old prior to Sept. 1. Applications may be picked up at the school or by calling 260-1345 for more information.


LeMay, Scott have a boy

Nyle LeMay and Dewayne Scott of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Kanyon Dewayne Scott, at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 3.2 ounces and measured 21 inches.

His grandparents are David and Robin LeMay, of Kenai, and Ginger Rogerson, of Marion, S.C. His great-grandparents are Bob Kirkman, of Sitka, and Pete and Lorraine Burbey, of Crivitz, Wis., and Alvin Hasty, of Marion, S.C.

H1N1 vaccine available

The Kenai Public Health Center has H1N1 vaccine available during Christmas break. Walk-ins clinics are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the center and Thursdays in Soldotna at Cottonwood Clinic from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring their immunization records. Call 335-3400 for more information.

Cribbage tourney begins

The 16th annual Cook Inlet Lions Cribbage tournament begins at 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning Jan. 3 through April, at the American Legion Kenai Post No. 20 at 902 Cook Street, Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

Kenai library events announced

The Kenai Community Library at 163 Main St. Loop, will host the following activities in January:

Closed Jan. 1 through 3; Russian story time at 3:25 p.m. Jan. 4; pre-school story time at 11:15 a.m. and library commission at 7 p.m. Jan. 5; Wee read at 11 a.m. Jan. 6; after school read at 4 p.m. and Writers' group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7; and ancestor research from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 9.

The libraries hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 283-4378.

Historical society seeks contributions

The Kenai Historical Society will participate in the Permanent Fund Dividend's Charitable Contributions Program.

Interested community members who sign up for their dividends online in January, should look for an option called "the gift of giving." Search for the Kenai Historical Society, click and follow the instructions to make the donation.

The group asks that participants consider leaving their contact information so that they may acknowledge and recognize the givers support. For more information on the program, visit or call June at 283-1946.

School programs continue

Tot Time and Home-school programs begin at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Tot Time will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 for youth ages 1 to 5 years old.

Home-school will be held from 12:30 from 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 per child.


NPRSA activities announced

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area offers the following activities:

* Full swing golf simulator -- Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The simulator offers a driving range or more than 20 world-class 18-hole courses to play. Golf gift certificates are available.

* Open gym times for the following groups: Adult Open Gym -- Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.; toddler time - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 12:30 p.m.; and home-school open gym - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

* Registration for seventh and eight grade interleague youth basketball. Sign up at the Nikiski pool.

* Women's basketball league begins Jan. 4. Leagues will be held Mondays.

* Youth fourth through sixth grade volleyball registration ends Jan. 8.

* Swim lessons will be held Jan. 12- 28. Sign ups begin Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Nikiski pool. Lessons include beginners, tiny tots and advanced beginners.

Registration also begins Jan. 4 for comp swim starting Feb. 23 and semi-private lessons starting March 30.

Unless other wise noted all programs are held at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information, call 776-8800.

McGahans have a new addition

Mac and Angela McGahan of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Landen Edward McGahan, at 7:54 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 10.8 ounces and measured 21 inches.

He joins sister Jada, 9. His grandparents are Merrill and Marti McGahan, of Nikiski and Elgin and Michelle Glaves, of Soldotna.

McNair joins the Marines

Fletcher C. McNair completed basic training for the United States Marine Corps at MCRD San Diego.

His parents are Robert McNair, of North Kenai, and Linda McNair, of St Joseph, Minn.

McNair is a 1999 graduated of Kenai Central High School.


Munn joins Army

Army Pvt. Garyn R. Munn graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, Munn received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Nicole Munn of Soldotna and a 2009 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy.

Hardins have a son

Alycia and Joshua Hardin of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Talon Marcus Richard Hardin, at 5:08 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20 inches.

He joins siblings, Haley Hardin and Ava Hardin. His grandparents are Mark and Angela Hardin, of Sweet Home, Ore., Kimberly Kean and Lewis Farrier, both of Nikiski, and David Kean, of California. His great-grandparents are Richard Dreiske, of California, and Earlene and Butch Hart, of Wisconsin.

Wood joins Navy

Navy Airman Apprentice Kyle R. Wood completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Wood completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness.

Wood also received a special medal in sharp shooting.

Wood is the son of Rick Wood and Elaina Spraker, both of Soldotna.

He is a 2009 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Mahans have a girl

Jessica June and Morrill Daniel Mahan announce the birth of their daughter, Trinity June Mahan, at 5:30 p.m. July 18, 2009, at Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage.

She weighed 2 pounds and 12 ounces.

Her grandparents are Nancy and Ron Glonek and Laura and Tim Mahan. Her great-grandparents are Mary Jane and Robert Barnard.

Copenhavers welcome a son

Veronica and Bryan Copenhaver of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Chase Nelson Copenhaver, at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

He weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches.

He joins siblings, Kylie, 5, and Cayden, 3.

McDonalds have a boy

Amy and Dave McDonald of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Clayton James McDonald, at 12:46 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches.

He joins siblings, Amber, 11, Ashley, 7 and Alyssa, 2. His grandparents are Mac and Ellen McDonald, of Kingman, Ariz., and Paul and Cookie Lyon, of Soldotna.

Whitfords have a new addition

Laura and Jason Whitford of Unterbruch, Germany, announce the birth of their son, Elijah Walter Whitford, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Heinsberg, Germany. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21.25 inches.

His grandparents are Daryl and Brenda Trvdik, of Alexandria, Minn., Terry and Jeannie Helin, of Sandwich, Ill., and Roy and Sharri Whitford, of Soldotna. His great-grandparents are Wilbur and Marlene Johnson, of Osakis, Minn., Lewis and Ruth Spears, of Aurora, Ill., and Delta Helin, of Green Valley, Ariz.

VFW scholarship winners announced

* Voice of Democracy -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary announce the winners of the program are first place, 12th grader, Justin B. Calhoun from Kenai Central High School won $1,000 and second place, ninth-grader Hope Steffensen from Connections Home-school Program won $500.

Calhoun's entry will be entered into state level judging to compete for an additional award. In addition to the monetary award, the first place state winner will receive a five-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to compete for national awards, the highest of which is a $30,000 scholarship.

Students in grades nine through 12, including home-schooled students, were eligible to participate.

* Patriot's Pen -- winners in the The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary national Patriot's Pen Essay competition are seventh-grader Ellery Steffensen, of Connections Home-school Program was the first place winner and will receive $500 and the second place winner was Elan Krull, an eighth grade student at Aurora Borealis Charter School. He will receive $250.

Steffensen's entry has been forwarded to the state competition in Anchorage to be held next month. The first place state winner will receive a U.S. Savings Bond plus a trip to the nation's capital in March for national competition and a chance for additional awards. The grand prize at national is a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

Students in grades six through eight including home-schooled students had the opportunity to compete in the competition.

Elks award scholarships

The Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 scholarship committee will award the following students scholarships as part of its Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student: $1,000 -- Will McDermid and Hannah Romberg; $750 to Alexander Kauffman, Emily Smola, Blaine Carver and Sarah Rife.

The students names will be forwarded to state competition for additional scholarship consideration. For more information on the program or the Elks organization, call 262-2706.

Rotary club meeting changes venue

The Kenai River Rotary Club has temporarily relocated its Tuesday evening meetings from Nikko Gardens to Central Peninsula Hospital Borealis Room from Tuesdays, through Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. as Nikko Gardens is closing for the holidays.

Meetings will resume at Nikko Gardens on Jan. 19. For more information, call Bonnie Nichols at 262-9630.

Youth ski program offered

The Tsalteshi Trails Association ski program for youth ages 6 through 12 years old will be held Saturdays on Jan. 16 and 20, Feb. 20 and March 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 through Mar 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $90 per child plus TTA membership (discount for second child.) The group meets at Skyview High School/Tsalteshi Trails. For more information, call Laura Pillifant at 398-0774 or Sara Hepner at 398-4719.

Kenai Watershed Forum seeks contributions

Kenai Watershed Forum will participate in the Permanent Fund Dividend's Charitable Contributions Program.

Interested community members who sign up for their dividends online in January, should look for an option called "the gift of giving." Search for the Kenai Watershed Forum, click and follow the instructions to make the donation.

The group asks that participants consider leaving their contact information so that they may acknowledge and recognize the givers support. For more information on the program, visit or call Josselyn O'Connor at 260-5449.

Love INC fundraiser slated

The annual dinner auction fundraiser for Love In the Name of Christ will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Soldotna Bible Chapel.

Chef Bill Ferguson will prepare a gourmet dinner. Silent and out cry auctions also are planned.

For more information, call 283-5252.

Cinderella seeks fairy god-mothers

The Soldotna High School Student Council is collecting gently used homecoming, prom, and bridesmaid dresses/shoes/accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2010.

This is a program to help area high school students in need with items for Prom. Items can be dropped off to room 9 at the school. For more information, e-mail Meggean L. Bos at .

Safety Day seeks entries

Organizations interested in the annual Soldotna Safety Day are asked to call Nancy Mitchell at 262-4440, fax 262-4449, mail her at 35202 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 1, Soldotna, AK 99669, or e-mail her at . The event will be held May 15.

La Leche group to meet

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Frontier Community Services Playroom in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome.

For more information, call Amorette Payment at 260-6141 or visit

Soldotna chamber decoration winners announced

Winners in the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Christmas Decorating contest are:

* Residential -- first place, Jeff and Tammy Carrico at 253 West Rockwell Ave.; second place- tie- Jay and Karen Smith at 48939 Jones Stub Road and the Speakman family at 138 Farnsworth; and honorable mention the Nichols Family at 144 Henrich Circle. Other nominees were Pat Murray at 247 West Coral, the Sleaters at 109 South Parkwood, Jo and Joanna at 304 West Vine, the Rohloffs at 205 River watch and Jim Brown and Cathy Sullivan at 362 West Riverview.

* Commercial winners are first place Central Peninsula Hosptial at 250 Hospital Place; second place, Tammy's Flowers and Gifts at 109 West Riverview; and third place, Arctic Fox Espresso on the Kenai Spur Highway near Enstar in Ridgeway. Other nomineese were Froso's Restaurant at 35433 Kenai Spur Highway, Sweeney's at 35081 Kenai Spur Highway, Northcountry Fair at 35082 Kenai Spur Highway, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy at 299 North Binkley, Beemun's and Robinson and Associates at 35401 Kenai Sour Highway.


Hoeldt has a daughter

Haili Hoeldt of Sterling announces the birth of her daughter, Indego Serindepidy Erikson, at 1:49 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Womans's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

She weighed 7 pounds and 8 pounces.

Her grandparents are Rondell Gonzalez and Greg Gonzalez.

Senior center activities, menus announced

Activities: Mondays-- Exercise group at 10 a.m. and Spanish class at 1 p.m.; Tuesdays -- Crafty Quilters at 10 and bingo at 7 p.m.; Wednesday -- Exercise group at 10 a.m.; Thursdays -- Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m., Spanish class at 1 p.m. and card players at 6 p.m.; Fridays -- Exercise group at 10 a.m. and choir practice at 1 p.m. and first and third Fridays -- movies with snacks at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.; first and third Saturday -- carving club at 10 a.m.; and Sundays -- breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Menus this week: Monday, Sliced ham, pasta, broccoli; Tuesday, Lasagna, garlic bread, glazed carrots; Wednesday, Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage; and Thursday, Beef and bean burritos, and Spanish rice; and every Sunday the center is open for breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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