Simon Nissen organizes students in his choir class, grouping singers of similar vocals in the same section on December 15, 2017 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Simon Nissen organizes students in his choir class, grouping singers of similar vocals in the same section on December 15, 2017 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion) 
                                Simon Nissen organizes students in his choir class, grouping singers of similar vocals in the same section on Dec. 15, 2017 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Evening of Christmas: Thanks for a great show

Sunday evening Mr. Simon Nissen directed the Kenai Central High School Choir in a concert entitled Songs for the Season. What an excellent performance! The… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2018
Simon Nissen organizes students in his choir class, grouping singers of similar vocals in the same section on December 15, 2017 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Simon Nissen organizes students in his choir class, grouping singers of similar vocals in the same section on December 15, 2017 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion) 
                                Simon Nissen organizes students in his choir class, grouping singers of similar vocals in the same section on Dec. 15, 2017 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Waste employees show off their handiwork. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Waste)

Alaska Waste donates kids’ bikes to Love Inc.

This holiday season, Alaska Waste donated 30 bikes, 8 scooters and 4 tricycles that our team built for children in need to local Soldotna charity… Continue reading

  • Dec 22, 2018
Alaska Waste employees show off their handiwork. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Waste)

What goes around …

What’s the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received? I ask that question having recently come home from a gift exchange during which I was on… Continue reading

  • Dec 22, 2018
Maria Bernier stands by her painting, “Chop,” at the First Friday, Dec 7, 2018, opening of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s 10x10 show in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

10 x 10 show encourages collecting, gifting

Like some other Homer galleries, Bunnell Street Arts Center periodically opens up its walls to community art. With its 10x10 Member’s Show, Bunnell does so… Continue reading

Maria Bernier stands by her painting, “Chop,” at the First Friday, Dec 7, 2018, opening of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s 10x10 show in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Spider-Man’s theory of everything — An animated sequel that works in any universe

It’s rare for a movie to go so far against my expectations for me to be actually floored by the time the credits roll, but… Continue reading

Poet’s Corner: December

December By Bonnie Marie Playle The time of year when it’s cold; But where’s the snow? Only God knows. Freezing rain makes ice that glistens; Studded tires grip the… Continue reading

Bookworm Sez: ‘If You Ask Me’ — Old advice made new again

What should you do? When relationships break down, what then? Or you lose your job and your bank account is depleted, your home is in… Continue reading

Minister’s Message: The Light has come

Today is the day — December 21st — the longest day of darkness. Throughout the ages and the world’s vast geography the presence of light… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About Christmas Past — On the farm

NORTHERN COLORADO 1940s and 50s It was always Dad’s job to go get the tree. We lived on a farm with cottonwood trees so that… Continue reading

Recycling Bin: Walk green

Walk green Allbirds aims to pioneer greener ways to make shoes with high-quality and minimalist design. As a certified B Corporation, the environment is a… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2018

Unhinged Alaska: A different kind of gift

Dec. 11, 2018 nearly slowed my Christmas spirit roll to a complete stop when Old Man Winter suddenly showed up flinging copious quantities of freezing… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in September 2018 shows a deep dish apple pie in Brookline, Mass. (Carl Tremblay/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

Healthier Holidays

Healthier Holidays The holidays are a wonderful time of year, full of joyous celebrations and time with loved ones. However, many people find that holiday… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2018
This undated photo provided by America’s Test Kitchen in September 2018 shows a deep dish apple pie in Brookline, Mass. (Carl Tremblay/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)
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A beagle finds his forever home with royalty in ‘His Royal Dogness’

Wow, you’re getting so big! Your hair is really growing out. You’re getting to be such a good artist. You’re so much like your Mama.… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018
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Now Playing: ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ — for when blockbusters and indies don’t appeal

You would think with streaming video being the norm and the fact that there are a million different options of movies to watch at home,… Continue reading

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Pioneer Potluck: About an abducted Christmas tree

CHRISTMAS 1979 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA This story is a repeat story, but well worth the laughter. Reminiscence of Christmases Past Christmas 1979 was looking very bleak… Continue reading

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Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosts an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank expresses gratitude

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank faced significant challenges this Thanksgiving due to high pricing of turkeys and cutbacks on funding. That is when the Kenai… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2018
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosts an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Fine Arts Center Celebrates the Holidays with Open House and Printmaking Demo

The Kenai Fine Arts Center will be ending the year with a slight change of pace from their monthly exhibitions. This Thursday from 5 to… Continue reading

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Scrooge-ing

The first Christmas column I wrote in “The Pedestrian Lane” was about the fudge my dad always made. Later years, I wrote about Christmas cactus,… Continue reading

Christmas reminds us that hope wins out over fear

In the Christmas classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” there is a wonderful scene. Everyone starts laughing at Charlie Brown because he has purchased a scraggly,… Continue reading

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ — an inventive sequel that brings something new to the table

Sequels used to be an really iffy business. But, “Cars” notwithstanding, the crew over at Disney/Pixar seem to be able to defy the odds again… Continue reading