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Harvesting ice for art is a Peninsula Winter Games tradition

...Rotarians gathered at River Bend Lake off Beaver Loop Rd. for their annual fishing for ice ritual. It was an idea of Jerry Near, Norm Blakeley, and John Torgerson, to add a signature ice sculpture event to the annual Peninsula Winter Games that...
Ice-A-Metrics at -22 below zero...

...began some 14 years ago to enhance the Peninsula Winter Games and winter visitation to the area by Soldotna Rotarians Jerry Near, Ed Krohn, and Norm Blakeley, the ice carving has become a winter tradition for the area. The first fishing for ice...
Rotarians harvest nearly 220,000 pounds of ice for Peninsula Winter Games

...slippery, big difference from last year but it's going great," said event coordinator Dale Bagley, "This was a Jerry Near idea many years ago and has become a signature of the Peninsula Winter Games and photo ops for our winter visitors...
Fishing for Ice in Alaska... The tradition continues

...Games. A quarter of a century later Soldotna Rotarians, Jerry Near, Ed Krohn and Norm Blakely got the idea of bringing...hold the chain saw perpendicular for a straight cut, "Jerry Near figured out after seeing the saws used in Fairbanks that...
All fun and games: Area readies for annual winter festival

...that each business pays for the cost of the ice and carvers, and Soldotna Rotary extracts the ice from a local pond. Jerry Near, one of the Rotary ice-extractors, has been part of the ice carving event for more than a decade. The first year...
Let the Games begin

...families involved with traditional Alaskan activities. Ten years ago, Soldotna Rotarian and then PWG board member, Jerry Near, introduced ice carving to the Games and since then it has grown to be a signature event. Last week, Soldotna Rotarians...
The 31st Peninsula Winter Games

...Marathon Lake by the Soldotna Rotary Club. ?The harvest is an event in itself,? said Hamrick, ?An idea that Jerry Near and Norm Blakeley have grown greatly with the help of a lot of volunteers. The first year the Associated Press picked...
Salmon?s return earns ?delightful? reception

...Carlisle for the corn-on-the-cob; and to the folks who contributed side-dishes of deserts. Special thanks to Jerry Near for coordinating the volunteer efforts of Soldotna Rotary Club members, for the use of Rotary?s grill, and for grilling...
Group proposes cure for state's ills

...centralized, coordinated health care system not being immensely more efficient than what we are doing presently," said Jerry Near, chairman of the board of directors of the Soldotna-based Community Care Foundation. Near, who works in insurance...


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