As a 2016 graduate of Homer High School, I am writing to thank the town of Homer for their continual support they have shown me throughout the last 18 years. Growing up in this small town has been such a blessing.
BlueCrest Energy came to Homer on May 17 to have a meeting sponsored by Cook InletKeeper and on June 14 had a town hall meeting in Ninilchik. Few people attended because very few know of BlueCrest’s extensive plans for the Cosmo Project to hydraulic frack 3.5 miles into Cook Inlet from their onshore facility right next to Stariski Creek, Mile 151 Sterling Highway. This location isn’t far from the East rip that runs along our coastline where our valuable sockeye salmon run and in a very volatile earthquake zone.
My name is Elise Webber and I would like to extend a thank you to the Homer Foundation, specifically the Homer Community Science Foundation, and all who donated to make it possible. I was a recipient of a $500 scholarship that I will use to pursue higher education at Illinois State University where I will study biology and other life sciences. I worked very hard for this scholarship and I am extremely grateful that it was awarded to me.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the City of Homer and the Homer Foundation for the generous support provided by the city grant that KNSC received this year.
The money provided by this grant is used to help offset the costs associated with maintaining and grooming the Homer area trails maintained by the ski club. In addition to trails dedicated to cross country skiing, KNSC maintains summer trail access at the Eveline State Recreation Site, which is managed by the ski club. We are attempting to add additional year-round trail access at all of our areas.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Tin Roof Fund at the Homer Foundation for awarding me with the 2016 Beluga Tail Fiction Writing Scholarship. The Homer Foundation works tirelessly to ensure that nonprofits, organizations and yes, eager young high school graduates have the resources to succeed.
A big thank you to our Homer Bookstore folks, Lee, Sue, Jenny, Jennifer and Nancy, and to Caroline Venuti, who put together a great Mary Epperson Day birthday party in memory of Mary for the release of my book “Mary’s Gift: Alaska’s Remarkable Mary Epperson.”
My name is Samantha Draves, and I am a recent graduate in the class of 2016. I would like to thank the community and to all who donate and support local scholarships. My personal thanks extends to the Homer Foundation in relation to the Homer Community Science Scholarship and the Nikki Geragotelis (Fry) Memorial Scholarship, both of which I was honored with receiving. I am honored to have received the Nikki Geragotelis (Fry) Memorial Scholarship because of the tremendous impact she left on this community as a person, athlete and member of the community.
The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club has benefited many people in our community and all over the world and I was honored to receive its academic scholarship to assist me with college. Offering these scholarships takes a great deal of time for Rotary members and I would like to thank them for their work to help students pursue their career objectives. I plan on taking lessons from the volunteer efforts of this organization and give back to my community in the future. I hope you will join me in thanking them.
To those who may have demured from attending the Homer production of the David Holthouse/UAA performance of his courageous work, Stalking the Bogeyman, out of fear that the dark and uncomfortable subject of childhood sexual abuse would prove overwhelmingly disturbing, here are my own thoughts after attending the performance last night.
Where are all the good men? You know the ones who care more about the number of children who starve to death today as opposed to the “closing numbers” on Wall Street. Where are the good men who care more about the screams of a woman or a child being beaten and raped than the screams of 80,000 fans at a football game? Where are the good men who realized that the obscene amount of money they make does not legitimize their “right” to buy another human being in order to satisfy some sickness in their souls?
In recent years there has been an influx of people coming to live here from the lower 48 and it concerns me that the values and traditions of this small town are changing from the influence of the arrivals. I would like to inform those that are newly arrived that because we are at the end of the road system, and it is Alaska, and the bush is practically at our doorstep, that we help one another out as much we can because life out here for those that chose to settle for the long run, and not just living in their extra Summer house, is hard sometimes.
Students take ‘long walk to water’
and help others in South Sudan
Earlier in the 2015-2016 school year my sixth grade students read “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. The book chronicles the life of Salva Dut and the lost boys of Sudan. My students were touched by Salva’s journey and by his continued efforts to bring clean water to the people of South Sudan.
This fall, the Kevin Bell Arena will have 10 brand new Bay Weld aluminum skate aids to assist beginners on the ice. With the support from the Kevin Bell & Family Hockey Fund, at the Homer Foundation, first-time child and adult skaters will quickly gain confidence and skill with these aids.
Come join us for public skate, birthday parties or school field trips. Now we have enough equipment to make sure everyone skates at the rink.
Shelly Laukitis for the
I’d like to congratulate Michael Hawfield, Beth Graber and Elaine Grabowski on their impending retirements, and thank you for your years of service to so many people on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Having recently retired I know you’ll enjoy your newfound freedom, my friends.
Now that the dust has settled, I’d like to thank everyone who attended my retirement party at Alice’s on April 15. It was wonderful to see so many good friends gathered for the last hurrah.
In late April, Cook Inletkeeper hosted our 11th Annual Electronics Recycling Day. Our numbers are in, and it was a record-breaking year.
We collected 19,322 pounds in Homer, and 5,926 from Seldovia for a total of 25,248 pounds of e-waste recycled this year. Since 2006, we have kept 202,038 pounds of electronic waste out of the Homer Landfill. Funded in part by the Homer Foundation, and supported by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department, Homer’s E-Cycling Day was a huge success with deep community support.
Thank you Homer Ministerial Committee (Ken Fischer Scholarship) and Rotary Club for supporting me in my college education. I am planning to go to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and pursue an elementary education major.
The 4-H ALLs would like to thank our community for helping celebrate Arbor Day at Karen Hornaday Park. There was lots of excitement and happy faces as we planted the paper birch tree and painted rocks.
In Nanwalek and Port Graham, our K-12 students welcome the spring tides by engaging in Sea Week. This year, our theme is “Foods from the Sea Make You and Me!” Sea Week brings opportunities for students to learn about their culture, traditions, and environment from both local “professors” and outside experts, culminating in a traditional foods potluck. Support for these activities is appreciated!
The spruce aphid has invaded Homer. Our spruce trees have become heavily infected with the spruce aphid due to persistent warm winters. Spruce aphids can survive when winter temperatures stay above 14 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended time. Homer has set all-time monthly records the past two winters with high temperatures reaching into the low 50s (NOAA Historical Data).