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Donation supports youth sports

On behalf of the students and staff, I would like to thank David and Mary (Beth) Schroer for their generous contribution and support to Homer Middle School through the Donor Advised Fund, a part of the Homer Foundation.

Their contribution of $3,000 goes a long way in helping Homer Middle School offer quality athletic programs for our students.  This year’s donation enabled the teams to purchase boys basketball uniforms track uniforms and girls soccer uniforms.

Opening weekend big success

A big thank you to all the people that stopped by our brewery and for all that sent us support from afar.

We had four beers on tap and our Shorebird special, Oystercatcher Stout, was very popular with all that were brave enough to try it. Thank you, Kachemak Shellfish Growers Co-op, for donating10 dozen oysters for our special beer.

All our tips will be going back to the community that we love. Shorebird weekend donated $550 to Homer Community Food Pantry.

Like we said, a big thank you to all.

National Alzheimer’s plan needed

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 6,800 here in Alaska. In addition, there are more than 15 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, including 33,000 Alaskans. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, it is my honor to represent them to our elected officials.

Super splash of thanks

Living, breathing working and being by the sea is fantastic. Learning safety skills is essential. Thanks to the many supporters of the Voznesenka School Marine Safety Program, students from grades sixth through 12th grade were able to test their navigational skills, personal flotation and immersion suit skills, make survival kits and learn signaling skills. 

Graduate full of gratitude

I am a graduating senior and as I walked out of the high school for one of the last times, I realized that I am who I am because of the benevolent people of Homer. I am very thankful for all of the scholarships I received that will help me attend college in the fall and I want to thank those programs that take the time to offer those scholarships. 

Presentation will help community put prevention strategies in place

I want to thank the Homer News and reporter Anna Frost for your thorough and thoughtful coverage of our community’s issues with opioid abuse. Your coverage  has started the very type of community conversation that must take place if we want to affect change. Your coverage in turn has inspired courageous disclosures from our friends and neighbors such as Megan Anderson and the Wiard family, stories that moved many of us to tears and greater determination to continue working on the problem. 

Books, bagels go together

I would like to thank the Homer Public Library for the  wonderful “Read 15 in ’16” program. Not only was it enjoyable to read all these staff picks, but I also won a prize for doing so.

Also, the Bagel Shop donated a gift certificate as a prize, which was relly nice. Looking forward to more reading and now feasting at the Bagel Shop.

Carole Hamik

Thanks sew much for another outstanding quilt show

The Kachemak Bay Quilters held their 32nd annual quilt show last weekend at the Elks Lodge. While attendance was not as high as years when the show coincides with the Shorebird Festival, there was a steady stream of visitors and a constant chorus of “oohs” and “ahhs” as viewers walked the show to identify their favorites and vote in the different categories.

Freshmen appreciate support

The freshmen girls and boys of Homer High School and their teachers would love to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Kachemak Bay Running Club for their very generous gift to the decathlon competition. It is wonderful to inspire our young athletes in the world of track and field.

We would also like to thank the many guests who have shared their expertise in our health classes:

REC Room — Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and the peer mentors of the PHAT Team;

Rose Wolgemuth;

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

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