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web-posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011

As the building season arrives Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) brings together a host of their suppliers with local contractors for Alaska's largest building products show. Last Wednesday at the Soldotna Sports Center over 68 vendors greeted 150 some contractors at the annual event. "We offered informational classes all day and then opened up the show from 4:00 - 7:00pm where 200 some contractors came out to visit a wide variety of vendor booths where company representatives and product experts were on hand with information and displays of the latest products and advancements the industry has to offer," explained Rick Abbott SBS branch manager.

web-posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For the first time in the eight year history of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Bowling Tournament the Beacon Bombers have claimed the coveted trophy for the third year in a row. "That was our goal to make it a three-peat because it had never been done before and we were kind of nervous because a couple of our regular bowlers didn't make it this year, so we were really happy to win it again this year," said Kelly Gifford of Beacon Occupational Health & Safety Services of Kenai.

web-posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Third Annual Autism Awareness Walk was a bigger success than ever with over 200 people estimated to have participated throughout the afternoon and raising over $3,000 for local autism trainings. Some folks walked in the gymnasium and others took to the Skyview track where they enjoyed a beautiful spring day under sunny skies. There were different activities set up in the gym for children to do as well as arts & craft booths in the commons area. Lots of information was available for people to take and share about Autism. "We're making real progress when it comes to awareness of Autism and the turn out here today is very encouraging for us," said event organizer Tonja Updike, with the Autism Society of Alaska, "Education is the key and schools and infant learning now are learning more about it and realizing the Autism is a spectrum and not all autistic children bang their heads against the wall or have the same symptoms that the movie Rain Man made known," she added.

web-posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011

With a plan to bring together a team of her peers to replant the trees that were cut down for the Wal-Mart store construction in Kenai, Kelsie Leaf, a Cook Inlet Academy student, won top honors and $1,600 dollars cash at the Caring for the Kenai environmental awareness competition last night. "I practiced my presentation a million times, but my biggest obstacle for my project was overcoming my own inertia and fear of reaching out," said Leaf, who also composed an original song to accompany her winning idea, "A Gift of Green."

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