Photo courtesy of the Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club
Members of the Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club show off the medals they won in the mixed masters during the Moose Nugget Regatta on Wasilla Lake, July 16.
By Willow Hetrick
Moose Pass Correspondent
Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department Building Dedication
The Moose Pass Volunteer Fire Department (MPVFD) held an open house at its new Fire Station #2 located at Mile 36 of the Seward Highway on July 30. The purpose of the gathering was to display the new building and honor long-time resident Mike Turner for his remarkable 20 years of service to the MPVFD. The new Fire Chief, Brian Morris, and volunteer Jake Jacobsen detailed the history of the building coming to fruition and Mike Turner’s dedication and professionalism displayed for the community throughout his time serving on the MPVFD. A bronze plaque that was donated by Shawn McDonald of AK Bronze was presented to Mike dedicating the building. Of special note was the involvement of the community in acquiring the land in 1991 and building the Fire Station including, but not limited to, Jaffa Construction, C.A.P. Construction, Tern Lake Valley Woodworks, Peninsula Excavation, Phil Ells and member of the MPVFD. The building will house two of the MPVFD response vehicles.
Seward High School Booster Club Annual Golf Tournament
The annual Seward Seahawk Booster Club (Club) Golf Tournament was held at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Sterling on July 30. The tickets not only sold out this year, but the Club was turning individuals and interested teams away. This is the ninth year of the golf tournament and remains the biggest fundraiser for the Club. All proceeds go to supporting Seahawk Sports, of which numerous Moose Passers are a part of including Cross Country Running, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Track and Soccer. This year golfers had wonderful weather and team pair-ups that created and maintained important friendships within the community. Booster Club members, along with other parents of children and involved community members are to thank for organizing the event. Additional thanks are in order to all of the sponsors from the Seward/Moose Pass communities who donate enough gifts to provide every team with a prize at the end; over par or under.
Kenai Crewsers win at Moose Nugget Regatta
Sunny skies greeted 23 enthusiastic local rowers from the Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club as they attended the Moose Nugget Regatta on Wasilla Lake, July 16, along with rowers from the Midnight Sun Rowing Club out of Soldotna and Anchorage Rowing Association. The Cruisers won metals in a mix of masters and novice men’s and women’s races in boat categories ranging from singles to eight-person, sculling and sweep rowing. The Kenai Crewsers are coached this summer by Coach Bob Van Tywver from the Florida Rowing Center. Rowers are enjoying his powerful “hammer glide” technique and off water yoga instruction. The Rowing Team trains 4 days a week on Bear Lake and 2 days a week on Kenai Lake. Rowers train an average of 4-8hrs per week for a 4 minute 1000 meter race. The team consists of adult rower’s age 19-60ish from the communities of Seward, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Girdwood. Upcoming races for the team include: Cordova in August, Head of the Kenai in September and Heads of the Elk and Gorge in Victoria, BC. The team welcomes experienced rowers and coxswains to join our fun club and will conduct new learn to row classes in May 2012. More info at www.kenaicrewsers.org.