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Holiday decor brightens long winter nights and wins HEA credits

The lights and decor of the 2010 Holiday season are likely to glow well into the New Year, as residents and businesses continue to light up the long Alaskan nights. Partnering with local chambers of commerce on the peninsula, Homer Electric Association awards up to $100 dollar in energy credits to winners selected by the chambers and their holiday dcor committees. "In Kenai, one of the joys of the holiday season is the vivid display of decorations. For several years HEA, with the help of the Unocal retirees, has put on the annual Holiday Decoration Contest. Companies and residents all over Kenai participate in this memorable event by hanging up Christmas lights and other holiday decorations," reported Kenai Chamber executive director Carol Bannock. Members of the Unocal retirees in Kenai included Glen and Patsy Clifford, Leroy and Marcia Heinrich, Don and Birlene Driskill, and Joe and June Harris. "We really appreciate them taking this on each year," added Bannock.
Klimpke home lights up Nikiski nights

Decking the halls and night skies of Nikiski with lit hot air tiggers, motorcycle riding Santa's, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, with Santa and his sleigh streaking through the night sky above a life-size doll Ferris wheel, are just a few of the thousands of lights sparkling at the Klimpke home this time of year. John Klimpke has become a holiday legend to North Roaders who are amazed year after year as John just keeps adding more lights. "We added another 10,000 or more this year, and last year we had 32,000. So all in all, it's around 42,000 lights up this year," Klimpke told the Dispatch. John says his personal favorite is the igloo. "It took me the longest to build. But the most expensive is the Ferris wheel. It's made out of pvc pipe, but constructed with steel. I told my wife I was going to put the grandkids in it and put a mattress under it, but she said 'I dare ya!' I bought two more lots next to me, so next year I'll have even more room for expansion," he said.
St. Patrick's Day events

Forget slush. Soldotna is green today with special events the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has organized honoring Saint Patrick's Day. A parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at Bailey's Furniture and follows the Kenai...
Celebrating everything Soldotna is

This weekend marks an important event on the Kenai Peninsula: the Progress Days celebration in Soldotna.
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Soldotna readies St. Patrick's Day festivities

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Tourism industry officials hopeful

...manager for the Alaska Travel Industry Association, spoke about the unprecedented situation Tuesday at the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "As of 9-11, everything changed drastically," she said. Surveys since have shown that...
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