Susanna LaRock/Turnagain Times
The evening sun shines on the Kenai River while Slaughter Ridge starts showing a bit of fall color.
By Susanna LaRock
Cooper Landing Correspondent
Cooper Landing Community School Compiling Information for 2015-16 Directory
Cooper Landing Community School is once again compiling information for the new Cooper Landing Community Directory for 2015-16. Local residents and business owners can list their email address, website, fax number and cell phone number in the directory. This directory is like a phone book for locals. It allows quick and easy access to community information.
To have your information included in the 2015-16 Directory, you must submit a form to Cooper Landing Community School. Paper forms are available at the Cooper Landing Community Library, or one may submit forms online at the Cooper Landing Community School website http://clcommunityschool.webs.com/. Follow the links to CL Directory forms. There are separate forms for personal listings, business listings and paid advertising space, which is still available.
All forms must be submitted by Dec. 31 to be included in the 2015-16 Cooper Landing Directory. There will not be a new directory until 2017, so don’t miss this opportunity.
Friday Night Book Club
Friday Night Book Club will be meeting Friday Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Cooper Landing Community Library to discuss “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Bring a snack to share and your favorite drink, and enjoy stimulating conversation in your local library.
Soup Supper Fundraiser
Cooper Landing Senior Citizens will be hosting their annual Soup Supper Fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Cooper Landing Community Hall. The supper starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues until the soup runs out. For $10, hungry soup eaters will get all they can eat of several varieties of homemade soups, bread and dessert. Children 12 and under eat free. This event is a great way to support the fine group of senior citizens in Cooper Landing who do so much to support the community. Bring your family, and enjoy some good soup and the company of neighbors and friends.
2nd Annual Harvest Fest
The leaves are beginning to change color, the gardeners are beginning to harvest their bounty, and the hunters are beginning to harvest wild game. That can only mean the 2nd Annual Harvest Fest is around the corner. Fall enthusiasts who have a bounty to share are invited to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall at the 2nd Annual Harvest Fest. It will be hosted by Cooper Landing Community School Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Cooper Landing Community Hall. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite dish made from home or local harvests. Bring lots of copies of your special recipe to share. This event is a great way to reconnect with friends and neighbors after a busy summer season. Enjoy some wonderful locally made dishes and share the bounty.
Cooper Landing School Presents 2nd Annual The Glass is Half Full Equinox Run
By Heidi Chamberlain
Turnagain Times Correspondent
We can all agree it has been another amazing summer. With the summer solstice behind us, the fall equinox around the corner, the days getting shorter and cooler, the fall colors are starting to show. The fall equinox brings an even 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark. We face the age old question of is the glass half full or half empty? As John Steinbeck once said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” In this spirit, Cooper Landing School is choosing to see the glass as half full.
To celebrate all the optimism, we will once again be hosting the ‘Glass is Half Full’ Equinox Run on Sept. 20 at Cooper Landing School. To register or for race information such as courses, profiles, etc., visit Cooper Landing Equinox Run on Facebook or the Cooper Landing School webpage http://cooperlandingschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/the-glass-is-half-full-equinox-run/. Feel free to call Heidi Chamberlain at (907) 310-3404 for more information or for registration. Help us celebrate such a beautiful summer and the upcoming winter by joining us for the The Glass Is Half Full Equinox Run.
Sockeye Fishing Closing and Trout Fishing Getting Better
Sockeye salmon fishing in the area was officially closed Aug. 20. Coho salmon are present in the confluence of the Russian River and the Kenai River and throughout the Russian River.
Anglers are enjoying fishing for coho salmon, and the bag limit is one per day and one in possession, so it is wise to plan to fish for other species as well. The water on the Kenai River is still a little bit high for this time of year, though trout fishing is reported to be good.
As the water levels continue to go down, trout fishing on the Kenai will continue improving. Whatever you are fishing for, coho salmon or rainbow trout, be bear aware and fish on.
Pancake Breakfast Turned Political
On Saturday, Aug. 30 the Cooper Landing Senior Citizens were having their annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, when some surprise guests popped in to visit with locals. Dan Sullivan, the Republican running against incumbent Mark Begich for the U.S. Senate seat, enjoyed some sourdough pancakes, shook hands with locals, passed out information about his campaign platform and listened to community members voice local concerns.
Also attending the breakfast was state Sen. Peter A. Micciche, who attended with his wife and three of his daughters. He was there to introduce himself to the community as he will be the new representative for the area due to redistricting. The unexpected guests added much excitement to a local tradition, there was a lot more hand shaking and photo taking than the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser has ever seen.