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Hockey association says thanks

The Homer Hockey Association thanks community members who generously supported the canned food drive at the Christmas Eve skate held at the Kevin Bell Arena and co-sponsored by the Homer Marine Corps League.

Many people benefited from the day’s activities:  Canned goods were donated to the Homer Food Pantry for wider distribution, and the rink was packed with skating enthusiasts (including Santa Claus, heard saying he needed the exercise before his long sleigh ride).

Shelly Laukitis, president

Reinstating state income tax way to fund essential services

I’m in full support of reinstating an income tax for Alaska. Why? We need essential services funded. It is not an option to put them  on the chopping block. Cutting back on education, health  and mental health programs, environmental protections, parks,  highway maintenance, ferries, and many other services will mean we are cutting back on the very things that made Alaska a  safe, healthy,  and civilized state.

Why would anyone not be willing to support these things? 

Alaskans provide ‘People’s Tree’

Alaskans came together in a year-long effort to provide the first tree from Alaska to stand tall as the “People’s Tree.” The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree currently gracing the West Lawn of our nation’s Capitol traveled more than 4,400 miles from the Chugach National Forest by land and sea by the generosity of Alaskans who provided everything from ornaments to cranes to trucks, and many months of their time and care.

HVFD says thanks for support

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Membership Association would like to thank the community for their participation in our 2015 quilt raffle fundraiser. Thanks to your generous participation we are able to continue supporting the city’s volunteer firefighters and EMTs. 

Congratulations to raffle winner Darcy Mueller, and safe and happy holidays from all of the volunteers at HVFD.

Vicky Merrell

Homeless Student Stocking thanks

I would like to thank the Sons of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary from the bottom of my heart. Without them, the annual stockings for the homeless students would not have happened this year. They give so much to help get the needed items for the stockings and then tell me to just let them know if we need anything else. 

This is a way to bring a little joy to some kids who may not get much for Christmas. Whether they are with their families or on their own, all kids deserve a good Christmas.

Plea to pedestrians

I was driving down East Hill Roar in the dark recently, with good visibility. Two pedestrians dressed in black or very dark colors, with no flashlight or reflective tape, were walking on the wrong side of the road facing in the same direction of traffic flow. 

The winding, steep road does not have shoulders, and as there were no other cars on the road, I was almost on top of the pedestrians before my headlights distinguished them from the shadows of the treed hillside behind their bodies. 

Hospice celebrates its volunteers 

The fireplace at the Hospice of Homer office on Pioneer Avenue glowed warmly as volunteers and staff gathered for the annual cookie/ornament exchange. Everyone shared beautifully decorated cookies and other assorted treats as the Stranger Strings Have Happened Quartet played holiday music.

The evening was dedicated to our committed volunteers for their continued support of Hospice and the people we serve. I want to thank each of our volunteers: every one of you bring a unique gift to Hospice and are so appreciated. 

Grants program helps leverage funds that help better community

As we close-out our 20th year working for clean water and healthy salmon around the Cook Inlet watershed, Cook Inletkeeper would like to thank the City of Homer Grants Program, administered by the Homer Foundation, for supporting local nonprofit organizations.

Through the grants program, Inletkeeper supports hundreds of people each year through our work on electronics recycling, stream monitoring, clean boating outreach, safe drinking water testing and now a new local foods initiative.

Many give much at Fireweed

It is the giving and giving thanks season and that comes in many forms. Money is huge, of course, but time is equally and sometimes even more powerful. Here at Fireweed Academy, a free public charter school with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, I have seen the hundreds and hundreds of hours that are freely given to help kids learn.

Fiesta Night a huge success

 Homer High wrestlers, coaches and parents would like to say how grateful we are for all the support in our wonderful community. Our annual Fiesta Dinner was a great success and it would not have been possible without auction items and folks to come enjoy the dinner.

Generosity helps kids learn new skills

To the lovely Homer community,

The “4-H ALLs” would like to thank Bruce Turkington at Spenard Builders Supply for donating wood to build our tool/tack boxes this past Saturday. Our young 4-Hers were able to learn woodworking skills such as using drills, hammers and sanders to make their own handy tool boxes. I also want to thank Sherry and Erik Pederson and Paul Bacher for making this cool project happen. 

Corporate exit tax not way to go

Hillary Clinton’s answer to stop American companies from re-incorporating overseas is a corporate exit tax even more restrictive than President Obama’s proposals. For too many politicians the answer is always the same: “We’ll punish those ‘expletives’ for making a profit.”

Students learn new way to tell their stories

During the first two weeks of November, West Homer Elementary students were fortunate to work with Eddie Wood to develop creative expressive writing pieces. Each class worked together to make a creative story collectively woven to tell a class tale. The students worked through the process of dancing with their tales and expressing themselves through “movement telling” and “sound telling.” Eddie used a variety of instruments to help create sounds and moods to enhance the presentation of the stories.    

Birth celebrated with gratitude

At home with our new daughter, I want to thank the staff at South Peninsula Hospital, the Homer Medical Clinic and the amazing midwives at the West Wing for their care and support for our family throughout pregnancy and birth.

Labor is a tough job no matter where you are, but I’m so thankful to have these people and facilities locally. Many many thanks to our wonderful nurses, Greta, Marcy, Dana, Anna and Susan, the OR staff, Dr. Roberts, Dr. Fowler, Dr. Boling, and especially to our midwife Sonja. 

Thanks from Bev Griffeth's family

The children, relations and friends of Bev Griffeth would like to thank the staff at South Peninsula Hospital, Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic and Dr. Sayer’s office for caring for Mom over the years.

She was well-loved in the community as with all K-Bay grandmas, and will be missed all over Alaska. 

The family will hold a celebration of life after the new year and later this summer as well.

Thanks, again, to all, and I’m very grateful to live in Homer.

Wes Schacht

A pint’s a pound the world around

Who are we to criticize the ISIS reign of terror? Who are we to question Allah’s will?

Did we not go through eight years of imposing the Christian conservative reign of terror on the Middle East through the caricature of George Bush? Doesn’t the blood of tens of thousands pool more than the European puddles of 129? 

Aren’t we still unleashing death from drones in the sky like the judgment of the Almighty?

Gordy Vernon

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