Turnagain Times

Hope Happenings

By Fayrene Sherritt
Turnagain Times Hope Correspondent

Hope Elem/High School Registration soon

If you attended the Hope School last year, you do not need to pre-register. For those that do, student registration is Aug. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First day of school is Aug. 24. Immunization record, birth certificate and previous school’s address are required at registration. If you are enrolling in grades 7-12, please bring report cards and test scores from previous schools.

New kindergarteners must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. All students new to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are required to have a physical examination before the first day of school. This form can be found on the KPBSD website. A copy of the completed physical examination form should be given to the school at registration. Immunizations must be up-to-date before any student can enter school in the fall. Please visit the District website at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us for all immunization requirements and other links for registration.

Hope/Sunrise APC met July 22

The Hope/Sunrise Advisory Planning Commission met July 22 at the Hope Social Hall. The main agenda item was the discussion and approval of the Percy Hope and Discovery Park subdivisions to be R-M Mixed Residential Local Option Zoning Districts and to amend KPB chapters 21.46.030 and 21.44.230 to include specific zoning requests.
There are two current expired terms on the Hope/Sunrise APC board and application notices are posted with the minutes of the last meeting at the Post Office, Tito’s Discovery Café, Hope Library, and Alaska Dacha.

The Hope/Sunrise APC proposed land dispersal methods will be presented at the October KPB Assembly meeting. Other current information may be found at the Kenai Borough website: http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/planningdepartment. The next scheduled meeting of the Hope/Sunrise APC board is set for Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Hope Social Hall.

Record number of finishers for Hope’s 5-K run

Lee Hall, running the 2009 Wagon Trail 5-K race, beat his own time from last year and has won two years in a row. Aubrey Smith won the woman’s top place with a time of 21:15. This year 320 runners finished the run and even more had signed up to run. Cooler weather may have kept some runners from coming to Hope.

This year’s quilt raffle winner is a long-time friend (a 20-year liver transplant survivor) of Scott and Fayrene Sherritt. Fayrene personally delivered the quilt to Maggie Borrecco of Winlock, Wash. while on a recent trip to the Seattle area. During an afternoon visit, and near the end of that visit, Maggie became a very surprised and happy quilt winner. Maggie has supported Hope’s non-profit raffle for many years and what a joy to surprise her with this year’s quilt.

Notice of Public Hearing to rename Palmer Creek Road

A notice has been posted by KPB, and emailed to Hope residents, regarding a proposed name change of the Palmer Creek Road. This change would make the whole road Resurrection Creek Road. Currently, Palmer Creek Road begins where it connects with the Hope Highway and goes to the new curve where it is joined to the Resurrection Creek Road.

This item will be considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission on Sept. 14 commencing at 7:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as business permits. The meeting will be held in Cooper Landing Community Hall, 18511 Bean Creek Road, Cooper Landing, Alaska.

Anyone wishing to testify is encouraged to come to the above-mentioned meeting and/or submit suggestions and comments to Carrie Henson by email at: chenson@borough.kenai.ak.us; or phone: 714-2226 or fax: 714-2378.

If there are no suggestions from adjacent landowners and interested parties, the Planning staff will suggest a name. Please note: The Planning Commission may approve a name suggested by landowners, interested parties, or the planning staff. An entirely different name can also be suggested and approved by the commission during the public hearing.
For additional information contact Carrie Henson at the phone number, email address, or fax number listed above.

Gold Digga Dallas teaches gold panning

Hope/Sunrise Historical Society (HSHS) President Diane Olthuis reports that the addition of the gold panning school has become a popular stop when visiting the Hope Museum. Gold Digga Dallas is proud of the fact that her gold panning school gets many of her students as referrals from Hope residents and businesses. Todd Bureau of Adventure Alaska brings his vans of tour clients for gold panning lessons. Diane Olthuis treated her Australian visitors to the same experience, as did Janet McCabe for her New York visitors. Everyone loves it! They have a truly Alaskan experience and all finish with several flakes in their vile to prove it. For more information give Gold Digga Dallas a call at 907-744-1895 or contact her by email address: golddiggadallas@yahoo.com.
HSHS Aug. 1 entered into a one-year contract with Dallas to be the caretaker of the museum’s property. She will live on the museum’s grounds in the Smoky’s cabin.

A Fungus Foray in Hope

Dominique Collet of the South Central Alaska Mycological Society will be in Hope on Saturday Aug. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. for a fungus foray. Everyone is to meet at the Hope Community Library to discuss the plan for the day. The group will go into the woods to collect and identify mushrooms as they are found.

Later in the afternoon, the mushrooms will be displayed and labeled at the Hope Library to give everyone an opportunity to see them. If you have mushrooms in your backyard, bring them. Please also bring your mushroom identification books, baskets, a five-gallon bucket, or cardboard box flats to put your mushrooms in. Please dress for the weather. Rubber boots are recommended. To RSVP, contact Scott Sherritt at 782-3436. Hope to see you there.

Hope Square Dance date set

Saturday, Aug. 8 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. will be a community square dance. Residents and guests are welcome. A donation will be taken to pay the afternoon callers. It will be a great opportunity to interact with Hope guests and locals. At 5 will be a BBQ Potluck and all dancers are to bring a dish to share and a grill will be available to cook your burgers or hot dogs. Between 7 and 9:30 a.m. there will be both Square dances and Round dances. The cost will be $10 each. Contact Dovie Hogan at 782-9733 for more information.

Community Food Bank

The Hope Christian Church Food Bank is open Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. Any residents needing to take advantage of the food pantry, outside the regular hours, please contact Burgins at 782-1002.

Fayrene Sherritt/Turnagain Times

Runners take off at the start of the Wagon Trail 5-K run. Participants set a record this year with over 340 runners.


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