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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

City grant helps HOH run

I am writing on behalf of Hospice of Homer (HOH) to thank the city of Homer for the recent grant hospice received. The grant monies will help offset general HOH operating expenses and is one of the very few grants we receive that can be used for day-to-day expenses. This grant is especially vital to hospice; it helps keep our doors open and allows us to continue to meet the needs of the individuals and families we serve. In these continuingly difficult economic time, this type of grant is essential to Hospice’s overall operation

Bowlers raise $5,000 for kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national program that matches youth with positive adult role models, helping them succeed at home, in school and in life. On April 2, we held our annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the more than 100 individuals, businesses and organizations that supported our fundraiser through their donations of cash and in-kind products and services, totaling a value of more than $6,000.

Helping Hands says thanks

Helping Hands in Anchor Point was shocked and very happy to receive a donation from Reliable Comfort Insulation and Homer Events during the February Winter Carnival.  We were unaware that these funds were on the agenda and being raised at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

All of us at Helping Hands wish to say a heart felt thank you to Reliable Comfort Insulation and Homer Events for their generous donations.

U.S. in political bad dream

Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are very-very scary people and today’s Banana Republican Congress is just as crazy. Banana Republicans have become incapable of democratic process. They seem to have become ever more incapable of yielding power. They have come to despise the word democratic; they have come to despise democracy. As far as I’m concerned, we are in a bad dream; things are looking evermore Hitleresque. Will the will to power or the will to life prevail? We’ll soon see.

November’s general election will be monumental.

Homer hospital has my allegiance

March 29 I sat in a “town” meeting to hear the report of the Stroudmeyer leader who has worked with a Health Task Force representing the Kenai Peninsula.

Why wasn’t this meeting announced sooner? Why was it held at 12:30-1 p.m. when most people were at work? I am so disappointed in that fact.

Grant helps student garden grow

Last year our school, Homer Flex High School, received a grant from the Homer Farmers Market to fund our garden. With this money we were able to purchase soil amendments, planting supplies, and garden tools. 

During last spring over half our student population participated in planting seed starts, and prepping and planning the garden. 

Over the course of the summer a few students volunteered to help manage the garden. In the fall we had an amazing carrot crop and made fermented veggies. 

Listen as kids inspire kids at these free, family concerts

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club (HYSOC) believes that kids inspire kids. HYSOC would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and their generous donors and the Sheldon Youth to Youth Fund for believing in our mission.  

We received a $500 grant to purchase music for the 2015-2016 season, resulting in an exciting and diverse group of songs to choose from for our performances. You will hear everything from Mozart and Telemann to fiddle tunes and Star Wars at our upcoming concerts.

Homer doesn’t need legal pot

I took to heart what Jerry Petryha said in his letter to the editor about allowing marijuana sales in Homer and how it will have a negative effect on our community.

I have lived in Homer since 1975 and have seen the abuse of drugs escalate in our town. Spice, heroin, methamphetamine, yep, we have it all now in our little town. Now we may have a marijuana shop on every corner.

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