Community News

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2002

Elks table tennis results announced

Dale Bagley and Joe Szczesny placed first in the Soldotna Elks' weekly table tennis tournament Wednesday. Gary Brumley and Dan Mortenson placed second, and Carolyn Bagley and Skip Dove came in third.

On Dec. 18, Brannon Ames and Wayne Brooks placed first; Chad Botirius and Skip Dove took second; and Rob Coreson and Joe Szczesny placed third.

Food bank receives grant from Fred Meyer

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has received a $500 community grant from the Fred Meyer Foundation for its soup kitchen program to provide meals to those in need. The soup kitchen serves an average of 1,420 meals each month. The Fred Meyer Foundation grant will sponsor the soup kitchen for five days, in which time it will provide about 335 meals to adults and children.

The grants are funded by employee giving campaigns and customer contributions. The Fred Meyer Foundation assists nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping children and reducing hunger in communities served by 133 stores in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Utah. It has awarded grants totaling $2.1 million since December 1998.

Free skin cancer screening available

Central Peninsula Heath Centers will offer a free skin cancer screening day for the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Cottonwood Health Center, 170 E. Corral St., Suite 1, Soldotna. The community project is in support of melanoma awareness. Exams will be free, though some patients may incur costs for outside lab tests. Discounts for the lab fees are available to those who qualify. For more information, call the Cottonwood Health Center at 262-3119.

Host families needed for exchange students

World Heritage is seeking area host families for high school students from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico and Brazil visiting the United States through the World Heritage International Student Exchange Program for the 2003-04 school year. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a teen-ager living thousands of miles from home. Students are well screened and selected based on academic performance, English proficiency, teacher recommendations and personal interviews. Couples, single parents and families with or without children are encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins in the fall. Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, while being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. The students also will teach their adopted host families about their own culture and language.

Families may select the student of their choice from student applications, photo collages and biographical essays. Once paired, students and families are encouraged to begin corresponding prior to the student's arrival.

For more information, call Heather Haase at (800) 888-9040 or visit

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