By Mona Painter
Turnagain Times Cooper Landing Correspondent
Photo courtesy of Stephen P. Baker/Alaska Fine Art & Photography
The cover image for the Cooper Landing Historical Society and Museum 2009 fund raising calendar features a view of the Kenai River from a vantage point across Bean Creek Road from the rifle range.
Stephen Baker donated the use of his Cooper Landing scenic images to the Cooper Landing Historical Society and Museum for their 2009 calendar, which will be for sale Dec. 5 - 6 at the museum Christmas open house from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Each photo will contain a historical vignette celebrating Cooper Landing from gold mining days in the early 1900’s to the May 2008 Snail-a-thon picnic, and a museum collage will fill the inside back cover.
December 4 beginning at 10 a.m. is the museum work day for cleaning and decorating and all volunteers are welcome for that as well as for hosting the open house. Refreshments, door prizes, photos by the Christmas tree, and items for sale will be offered. Wood stoves in each building will keep us toasty. Many thanks to Stephen Baker for letting us use his fine photographs.
Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce’s meeting at Sunrise Inn featured Joanne Phillips and Ellen Maling talking about Camp Fire’s plans to re-develop Camp Kushtaka. I also heard from Red Smith that the chamber is now on record for supporting the highway bypass. Cooper Landing Gun Club had a turkey shoot, the local advisory Fish and Game committee met, and 20 people showed up to work with the Trails Group to clean three sections of trails. Cooper Landing Health Clinic Inc. board is hard at work and next scheduled to meet on Jan. 19.
The Cooper Landing Community Library sweepstakes party at the community hall on Nov. 8 was a standing room only affair, but caterer Arden Rankin and Laura Johnson kept the food platters filled on the west end counter so that everyone got as much as they could handle. Phil Weber was the master of ceremonies with Barry Wilson egging him on from the front row. Kate Thomas kept busy writing checks for the winning tickets and, I think, really enjoyed writing the last and biggest to Ken Green, her husband. Head librarian Brearley Wilson, second-in command Arlene Knock, and library volunteers Janet Weber, and Linda Gephardt oversaw the drawing of names and record keeping.
Gary Galbraith, vice-president of the Cooper Landing Community Club chaired a full agenda meeting Nov. 6. Dan Michels volunteered to take the minutes. CLCC supported the Trails Group and Camp Kushtaka’s renovation plans by the Alaska Council of Camp Fire USA. Revisions to the club articles of incorporation were passed. More information was requested for support of the addition of lands to Alaska State Parks along the shore of Kenai Lake and this will be on the Jan. 29, 2009 agenda. Also on that agenda will be election of officers for the next two years.
Kids loved Deb Carlson’s Dental Health Fitness Course for kids at the recent health fair at Cooper Landing School and wanted to do it over and over. Deb had crocodile teeth with a large toothbrush, big teeth for flossing, good and bad snack choices, a dental quiz, and prizes. Lane Blair pointed out very quickly that drinking water was the better choice. Close to 80 people took part in the health fair, which provided opportunities from everything from blood draws to neighborhood preparedness.
The Copper Basin Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet at 5 pm on November 17th at the Tazlina Village Hall to prepare BOG proposals for Southcentral region. For more information contact Don Horrell at 822-5815.