Story last updated at 4:02 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

Halloween carnival plans unmasked; voters misinformed
Chris Bernard

Seldovia's annual Halloween Carnival kicks off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Seldovia Village Tribe Prevention Program, the carnival boasts games, food booths and raffles, with the keynote event -- the costume parade -- beginning at 6:40 p.m.

Raffles include Seldovia Hospital Guild's combination TV/VCR, with tickets selling for $1 apiece; the sophomore class's portable DVD player, with tickets costing $2 apiece or three for $5; and the fifth- and sixth-graders' pumpkin lantern raffle, said coordinator Dede Higman.

"There will be a bunch of booths, including an oatmeal toss, and a fish pond and a duck pond for the little kids," she said. "There's the traditional senior class cake walk, which is like musical chairs without the chairs."

There will be games for adults as well, Higman said.

"We'll have the jail, where you pay to have someone of your choice locked up in the ballroom for five minutes," she said. "That's always popular."

Food booths will be selling refreshments, and there also will be a bake sale, she said.

The highlight of the evening is the costume walk, which parades around the school gym and up a ramp to give people a chance to show off their costumes to the crowd.

"The costume parade is for anybody who's dressed up and wants to go," Higman said. Everyone in the parade gets a prize.

Higman said the Halloween Carnival is a longstanding Seldovia tradition that already was well-rooted in the community when she arrived 25 years ago.

"It's open to everyone, and it's one of those events that we look at as glue for the community," she said. "It's a tradition that helps us to be a community.

"It takes a lot of work from everyone involved, and it's a lot of fun," she said. "Come on over."

For more information about the carnival, or to sign up for a booth, contact Higman at 234-7807.

According to an article in the Anchorage Daily News, about 40 percent of Alaska voters got the wrong state election pamphlet in their mailboxes recently. Seldovians were among the misinformed.

The Division of Elections error sent more than 132,000 of the incorrect pamphlets to voters around the state. The Oregon printer that prepared the original booklets is rushing to produce 132,500 new ones, which will be mailed this week.

About 15 of the state's 40 legislative districts were affected by the error, including Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula.

The error came when workers neglected to change a computer table to reflect the new election district numbers after redistricting, the article said.

Four different regional editions of the pamphlet were produced for the election. Information for the statewide races and ballot propositions is identical in all four.

According to a Division of Elections spokesperson, Seldovians received pamphlets labeled "Region III: Fairbanks and Greater Fairbanks Area, Central and Southern Interior, Greater Valdez, Eastern Mat-Su." Since redistricting, Seldovia is in Senate District R, House District 35.

Only the candidates for House and Senate races are incorrect in the pamphlets. New versions should start arriving late this week, more than a week ahead of the election.

Until then, interested voters can check the division's Web site at www.elections.state.ak.us for the candidate data.

Chris Bernard is a reporter for the Homer News. Items for Seldovia Happenings can be e-mailed to him at cbernard@homernews.com.

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