As the new kid on the block, Stan Welles has been tuning into issues in his district since he moved to Sterling in 2012 after spending 20 years in Homer...
When BP Amoco announced in June that Nikiski would be the site of an $86 million pilot plant to test technology for turning natural gas into high-quality synthetic crude oil, there was nothing but excitement about the project.
I will have lived in Kenai almost 10 years and with the homesteaders that I known, who live on the Kenai Peninsula, there are times I feel like the "new kid on the block!" However, I am proud to claim Kenai as my hometown! This was really exemplified on March 12 when the Kenai Senior Center held a fundraiser for the home meal program, "March for Meals." Mr. Kiel, the government teacher at Kenai Central High School, needs to be applauded for teaching the importance of community service to his students. Two senior high girls, Anna Juntina and Deandra Latz, assisted the seniors with planning the event, selling tickets, placing posters around town, finding high school students to serve dinner, and assisting with the pie auction. A big thank you needs to go to the parents of these two students who supported their endeavor, attended the event and assisted in the kitchen. A big thank you needs to go to Bill Osborn and Patsy Clifford for selling fundraising tickets. A big thank you goes to our local vendors: Three Bears, Country Foods, Safeway and Peterkin Distributors for the food donations. A big thank you to the seniors who made and donated pies that were sold at the auction. Our auctioneer, Duane Bannock deserves a thank you for his auctioneer abilities. He persisted and got the audience to purchase the pies for top dollar. Thank you to JD Uponen and Mr. Weller who shared their musical talents that entertained us during the evening. Last but not least, a Big Thank You to all the community people who purchased tickets for the event, and those who donated funds for the match grant. The funds raised will go directly into our Home Meal Program! Over and over again, when there is cause people in this community are very generous and willing to "go the extra mile" to raise funds for services that reach out to people within our community.
...Bonds said. ''We've done great and, bar none, overwhelmed ourselves and others. It's time for the new kids on the block to take over and go to all the award shows and the music award shows.''
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