Photo courtesy of Connie Cates
The Cooper Landing Mobile Health Clinic parks at its temporary location on the Williams property.
By Susanna LaRock
Cooper Landing Correspondent
17th Annual Softball Tournament Fun Fundraising
The 17th annual Cooper Landing Softball Tournament ended with an exciting two games played by Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Summit Lake Lodge. The first game was called before the seventh inning because Princess was so far ahead of Summit. The second game was much closer, however.
With a tie in the top of the seventh inning, Summit pulled ahead to win the game and the tournament. There was much fun had by all and funds were raised for Cooper Landing Emergency Services and Cooper Landing Community Club thanks to the work of many volunteers.
People showed their support of CLES by volunteering in the concessions stand, eating at the ball games, and bidding in the silent auction. Folks enjoyed showing their support for CLCC by paying to have friends put in “jail” or bailing friends out.
Volunteers got icy cold in the dunk tank while people helped support the cause throwing balls and dunking their favorite volunteers. CLCC also raised funds with a split the pot raffle and a Homerun Derby between the two games on the last night of the tournament.
Last, but not least, many hungry people came out and enjoyed an awesome Sunday dinner served by Cooper Landing’s own Glenn Sackett, to raise funds for CLCC.
Cooper Landing Health Clinic Has a Grand Opening
After many years of planning and raising funds, through the support of the people of Cooper Landing and surrounding areas, the Cooper Landing Health Clinic had its grand opening on the last night of the ball tournament.
Softball Tournament fans were treated to a tour of the mobile clinic as they arrived for the ball games. Carrie Williams has worked tirelessly for years to bring a health clinic to Cooper Landing, hosting halibut feeds, rummage sales and talking to people about the need for a health clinic in Cooper Landing, and her hard work has paid off.
With the nearest health facilities in Sterling, it’s easy to see why a health clinic will be so beneficial to our community.
The Cooper Landing health clinic will bill any insurance and will be accessible to all people even those without health insurance, with cost of health services based on an individual’s ability to pay. Peninsula Community Health Services, a trusted name in health care on the Kenai Peninsula, will manage the clinic.
The tentative hours for the new clinic will be Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and if patient needs justify hours will be expanded. The temporary mobile location of the new clinic, which will have a nurse practitioner available to assist with people’s healthcare needs, is on South Face Place at the Williams property, behind Wildman’s and the Visitor Center. The community is grateful to Carrie Williams for working so hard to make this clinic possible, and all are looking forward to seeing the good that it does for the people of Cooper Landing and surrounding areas.
June 18 Quilting Retreat
There will be a one day only quilting retreat at the Cooper Landing School Gym on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Participants will be learning to make a fleece jacket or vest. The fee for the retreat will be $25 and will include the pattern. All supplies including fleece will be available for purchase, though participants may choose to bring pre purchased fleece as well.
Participants are requested to bring their own serger if possible. To register for the retreat call Jeanne at Bearly Threaded Quilting: 907-401-0544. Class space is limited so register early.
First Summer Book Club Meeting of the Year
The Summer Book Club will be holding it’s first meeting of the year June 22 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Cooper Landing Community Library, on Bean Creek Road, next to the ball field and the Community Hall. The book to be discussed is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Bring a snack and your favorite drink and enjoy some stimulating conversation in a relaxing environment.
Salmon fishing on the Kenai and Russian Rivers opened June 11 with people waiting by the river at midnight to cast a line. Anglers have been flooding into Cooper Landing to fish for sockeye salmon and most are not leaving disappointed.
Local guide and co-owner of Troutfitters Dusty Byrd said, “People are catching their limit and having fun!” So far the first run of salmon traveling through Cooper Landing looks to be a strong one, so get out there, be safe, have fun and fish on.