Students learn principles of design

Recently three classes at Paul Banks participated in a week-long Artist in the Schools Program through the Bunnell Street Arts Center.  The residency gave our students an opportunity to have local artist Marie Alexson assist them in creating personal flags.  Through movement, art and writing each student created a series of five flags using pastel on fabric. 

34th outdoor education camp: learning that will last a lifetime

The West Homer Elementary fourth grade students would like to thank everyone who has generously donated and volunteered his or her time to make our 34th Annual Outdoor Education Camp possible. It takes a lot of support and dedication from all who are involved. Every student had a successful trip to Peterson Bay and China Poot Bay, where they learned about marine invertebrates, mammals, forest succession, geology, and the tides of Kachemak Bay.

Watch for it: Alaska’s last big project

Once flush with oil revenue, Alaska legislators bribed Alaska voters with a host of “Big Projects.” Most were very expensive and failed (see Delta Barley Project, Seward Grain Unloading Dock, Anchorage Seafood Processing Plant, etc., etc.) And, as we can gather from the size of today’s Alaska state budget deficit — way too little was put into savings.

A friend recently pointed out that after decommissioning, federal law demands removal of the Alaska oil pipeline. And no funds have ever been budgeted for that removal.

Homer Flex hosts First Friday event

The past two weeks, the students and staff of Homer Flex have worked with local artist Melisse Reichman, through Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Artist in Schools program. We created ceramic sculptures of faces. These pieces, from the comic to the horrific and from the realistic to the fantastic, were constructed with Melisse’s insightful input and assistance. 

Over the course of the two-week residency, by slipping, scoring and sculpting, students transformed a simple slab of clay into pieces of art as unique as each individual artist.

Many make WHE trail possible

The staff and students of West Homer Elementary school extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers and organizations that helped complete the final phase of our nature trail this year. Our schoolyard habitat, named by students, “Path of the Wild,” was made possible by a grant from Fish and Wildlife and Homer Soil and Water. This grant has supported improvements over the past three years.

Shedding light on addiction helpful

We would like to compliment reporter, Anna Frost, on her well-written, thoughtful and honest account of our family story of addiction. We would like to thank the Homer News for addressing the heroin problem and substance abuse issues that have touched so many people in the Homer community. Our story is one of grief, sorrow, isolation and hope. Our hope is that others will not feel alone due to stigma and shame.

Dr. Bell marks 30 years of service

I would like to take this opportunity to bring the community’s attention to the service and support of one of the longest serving volunteers of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department: Dr. William Bell, M.D.

After joining the department in April of 1986 as our medical director, Dr. Bell has provided our department with training, compassion, direction and a fair share of witty commentary on the occasional less-than-stellar performance.

Many thanks to adult ed tutors

As Kachemak Bay Campus’s academic year winds to a close, its Adult Basic Education Program would like to extend a special and heartfelt thanks to community members who have shared their time and energy as tutors in our program. These dedicated volunteers provided many hours of individual instruction in math, literacy skills, writing and English as a foreign language.

More thanks

Thank you Arno Construction for donating a big load of sand for our new sandbox here at Faith Christian Preschool. The children are loving it.

Martha Hendrickson

Vote Bernie for socialism

I happened to see the funniest, yet most appropriate bumper sticker the other day. It was so typical of today’s liberal mind, and truly tells everyone just exactly what liberals really want: a free ride for everything.

The sticker said, and I quote: 

“Bernie – Because F@%# this S@%#.”

Sooo classy, huh?

Grant helps meet costs of services

Hospice of Homer recently received a generous grant from AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union. The funds will help offset some of the general hospice operating expenses. A non-restricted grant is of particular value to a small non-profit like Hospice of Homer, because it provides income that meets the basic costs of providing HOH services to the community. Thank you, AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union, for your contribution and support of hospice over time.

Thanks from Popeye Wrestling Club

Popeye Wrestling Club would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s youth advisory committee as well as the Sheldon Youth to Youth Fund for their generous support of the 2016 PWC season. With their generous donations, combined with the club’s contribution, we were able to purchase new singlets for our wrestlers this season. This is an expense that is tough for the club to pull off on our own while trying to keep wrestling an affordable activity for young wrestlers in our community.

Support gives intern opportunities

On behalf of the board, staff and volunteers of the Pratt Museum, thank you to the David and Mary Schroer Fund and the Homer Foundation, for grants to support the Pratt Museum’s award-winning high school intern program.

This support of the museum and its education program helps underwrite the costs of hiring a part-time intern for the summer. This funding will also help provide rigorous interpretive training, and the intern will work closely with museum staff to develop academic and personal skills.

Volunteers make it happen

“It takes a village” to pull off an event.

The Haven House Board of Directors thanks the incredible volunteers for making the April 1 Women of Distinction the incredible success it was.  Maggie Lush, Rosie Robinson, Cheryl Rykaczewski, Amy Rattenbury, Laura Kay, Susan and Jack Cushing, Cindi Narcisco, Julia Person, Jacquie Thaute, Shay Lowney and Britni Siekaniec, thank you for the time and effort you put into this evening.

Janie Leask

Haven House Board Member

In appreciation

Dean and I want to thank all of our mother Mary Epperson’s multitudes of wonderful friends. So many of you gave up your time, day or night, to sit with her the final week of her life. You made her feel loved and cared for. You made her happy. Thank you for that. 

Grants grow popular programs

The Homer Foundation is an essential partner for non-profit organizations here in Homer, and Homer Council on the Arts is grateful for their generosity. As the “new kid on the block,” I am continually in awe of how a town with such a minimal population is able to do so much. The values that continue to rise to the surface exemplify how a close-knit community can band together to support each other, even in times of financial downturn. 

Raffle ticket nets freezer, meat

Congratulations to the winner of the “Freezer and a $1,000 worth of meat raffle”  from the Kachemak Bay Lions.  Kim Royce from Homer bought the lucky ticket. Thank you to all that bought tickets on our freezer raffle. We were not so lucky with sales this year as we were last year but we are grateful to each of you that supported us. 

Remember that all of our profits go back into the community. Again, thank you so much for your support.  

 Dennis Dustin, raffle chairman


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