Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2007

You are invited to a family New Year's eve party at Tustumena School beginning at 8 p.m. Kasilof Community Church has organized the party, which features refreshments, finger foods, movies, games and fun.

A tragic Christmas Eve traffic accident in Kasilof took the life of Cohoe resident Sarah Armstrong. Her pick-up went off slick roads and slid sideways into a tree. Sarah was the wife of Dean Osmar and has been part of the community since the early '90s.

Sixty-five year-old Larry Gjovig, owner of the J-Bar-B Club, died Dec. 17. Under his management, the J-Bar-B hosted frequent fundraisers for people with health crises.

The fate of the restaurant and lounge will be known after Larry's estate is settled. Larry was a big supporter and participant in the Peninsula Ice Racing Association (PIRA). He has served as president of that group and raced yearly for over 20 years.

In memory of Larry, this might be a good time to come out and watch ice races. The first race of the season will be Jan. 6 at Decanter Inn from noon to 4 p.m. Watching is free for spectators.

Anyone can join the group and compete in the 2008 events, just contact PIRA president Ralph Mills at 262-7364 or call the Decanter Inn.

Car inspection is mandatory for participants. Requirements include: rear-wheel drive only; traction devices (studs, screws and bolts) are allowed on front tires only; all glass, except the windshield and rear window, must be removed (or rolled down); headlights and tail lights must be removed; and no fluid leaks are allowed. PIRA broke off from the Homer ice-racing club in the early 1970s and has been active every year since then.

According to PIRA officials, Homer and Kasilof are the only places on the peninsula where ice racing is held. Events such as occur weekly at the Decanter Inn are not available in Anchorage.

PIRA requires 18" of ice. This is because more than 10 cars are usually on the ice. Sometimes the Homer club has come to Kasilof to race because they don't have enough ice there. Races will be held every Sunday for eight to 12 weeks, depending on how long the ice holds, except, the race will be on Saturday the week of the Super Bowl. The first race will be preceded by time trials to determine the line up.

After that week, spectator races will be featured. In those heats spectators can pay $5 and drive one of the qualified cars in a race with other spectators. More fun can't be sat on in one situation.

The Firewise group has postponed its January meeting until the 16th at 7 p.m.

New Year's resolutions are popular in Kasilof, but pointless without solid documentation. Problem is, most participants make resolutions requiring discipline, but fall off the wagon as pages peel from the calendar.

This year offer your diet, exercise or other tasteful resolution in the Kasilof Neighbor's column and let it appear before God and thousands of readers. You won't be breaking that commitment in a whim!

Happy New Year!

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