Old Town’s got it going on. We are the Gateway to Bishop’s Beach, one of the best and most accessible beaches on the Kenai Peninsula. Composed of 22 businesses and organizations, Old Town offers great food, live music, tasty mead, exciting art and even sticky buns. According to Trip Advisor, Maura’s Cafe and Delicatessen, The Mermaid Café and Two Sisters Bakery shuffle around each other as the top three rated restaurants in all of Homer.
Last Friday our legislative delegation held a town hall meeting at Homer council chambers. This was a well attended event, and Rep. Paul Seaton and Sen. Peter Micciche fielded many questions from constituents.
Homer Senior Citizens Inc. and Friendship Center Adult Day Services would like to give thanks to everyone in the community who so graciously helped us with our talent show.
April 13 marked HoWL’s fourth annual Homer Climbing Competition, held at the Bay Club since 2010. The event has traditionally been a fundraiser to support HoWL’s rock climbing programs, and this year, thanks to more sponsors and more climbers than ever before, it was a tremendous success. The HoWL board of directors, our staff and all our climbers would sincerely like to thank all the local businesses that supported this event and the volunteers that made it all happen. Rock on, Homer.
The Homer Community Food Pantry recently received significant financial support from the Community Chest at the Homer Foundation. The Community Chest is intended to provide emergency help and bridge funding to support families with children that are in need of services other than food. The ability to partner with the Homer Foundation is a blessing and will help many. We are grateful to those responsible for this support. We also received a generous distribution from the Jane Little Fund (a donor advised fund of the Homer Foundation.) Many thanks to you for this helpful gift.
Once again, individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies demonstrated their support for electronics recycling on the Kenai Peninsula by participating or contributing to the eighth annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event.
We thank Mayor Beth Wythe and Homer City Council members for their service and dedication to Homer’s vibrant culture, economy and government. Democracy is animated when an informed public is engaged in the issues affecting people’s daily lives. The arts contribute unique programs, settings and creative approaches that reach new and diverse participants, stimulate public dialogue about civic issues and inspire action to make change.
Spring is here in Homer and the gardeners are chomping at the bit to get outside and get in the dirt. I know because I’m one of them, but I also know because of the more than 60 folks who have taken gardening classes in the last few weeks. Growing your own food is super gratifying, helps the pocket book and feeds you well. What more could you ask for?
Time for an update on the continuing saga of our Anchor Point heroine. It has been 14 months since it started, and in spite of dishonorable politicians and incompetent borough staff, our heroine is still fighting the good fight, continuing to serve our community with honor and integrity and a sense of duty that is made all the more striking by the complete lack of honor, integrity and duty from our elected officials.
I am extremely disappointed that the Legislature, including Sen. Peter Micciche and Rep. Paul Seaton, voted for Senate Bill 21, which reduces the income that Alaskans earn from our oil. This bill will reduce revenue by $4.5 billion at current oil prices without any guarantee of new oil production or jobs. SB 21 is an epic ripoff, and Kenai Peninsula residents will pay the price every time we hit a pothole or lose another teacher as a result of SB 21 bankrupting Alaska.
I would like to express my dismay with the actions of the city of Homer government regarding the gas line. These actions constitute a breech of the public trust, and such trust is the backbone of any democracy. The Homer City Council has voted in effect to tax owners of city lots to subsidize Enstar’s gas pipeline. Everyone seems to agree about this. And many astute citizens have pointed out that this is a typical move in corporate America — some are in favor of such a move; some are not. I am not. Here is my reasoning:
Homer Hockey Divas would like to thank our sponsors for a great 2012-2013 season. Our sponsors were Beluga Lake Lodge, The Salty Dawg, Down East Saloon, AJ's Old Town Steak House, Dr. Adcox and South Peninsula Orthopedics, Homer's Jeans, The Alibi, and one other lovely lady who wishes to remain unnamed. We had 44 ladies of all ages playing hockey at the Kevin Bell Arena and one great coach, Buck Laukitis. Lots of skills and drills and very fun games and tournaments.
April is National Volunteer Recognition Month, and South Peninsula Hospital would like to recognize the more than 100 individuals who volunteer to make our community hospital earn a spot in the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.
In this world of suffering and confusion, where peace is war, and freedom is slavery, we still found a spot in this little hamlet where love managed to leave the light on for us. There is no other time in the history of music evolution where dancing humans fill the room with one heart beat, one love. It could have happened anywhere, on that special day where millions of Americans gathered to pray for world peace, freedom from bondage, celebrating silently with purpose.
In February of this year the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, announced it was extending for 60 days (until April 26) the comment period in regard to their decision to approve AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon for sale to the public. I will be voicing my disapproval to that decision. Here's why.
Although I can accept the end result of the natural gas Special Assesment District, or SAD, the mechanism for approving such proposals strikes me as rather high-handed and fundamentally unfair. Once the process is in motion the entire burden for terminating the proposal falls upon those in opposition. Any failure by these people to participate in the administrative ballot process, through a "no" vote, paradoxically converts their potential "no" into an active "yes, I do want the SAD."
Chuck and I are truly grateful for all of the help in our community, for when Chuck was missing out at East End on Monday, March 25, on his snowmobile machine. We appreciate all the time and effort, the emergency services, search and rescue, helicopter pilots, state troopers, Snomads and everyone else who showed up and was involved. Also, we appreciate the support from Chuck’s work (Schlumberger), and my work, here in Homer (Era Alaska). It was so comforting to know that we were not alone.
Several weeks ago, Homer Electric Association sponsored a Ski for Free Day at the Homer-Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow. It was a great success. Everyone had a lot of fun and a huge quantity of hamburgers, hot dogs, and homemade cookies was devoured. Kachemak Ski Club thanks HEA for their continued support, and reminds all you die-hards, that while the snow may be melted away at the lower elevations, there’s still about 2 to 3 feet of solid base up on the mountain, and we hope to stay open on Sundays as long as possible for some great spring skiing.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the May M. Benson Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Homer Foundation, for the generous support provided for the purchase of new grooming equipment for the ski club. The money provided by this grant was used to help fund the purchase of a ginzu groomer from Yellowstone Track Systems. This equipment is now being used to groom the ski trails at the Baycrest cross country ski area.
I would like to express a huge thank you to all the folks at South Peninsula Hospital for their wonderful care during my recent surgery. The dedication of all the doctors, nurses and therapists was so evident in their warmth, smiles and encouragement.
A special thanks to Dr. Sayer, Dr. Bell and Dr. Roberts for their expertise and teamwork during the surgery and follow-up care. I am so grateful for the fine staff of caregivers at our hospital and appreciate all of your efforts during my stay there.