Scholarships honor Cody De Vaney

Congratulations to Caleb Lunsford, Adriane Huff and Nathan Wootton, recipients of the Cody De Vaney Memorial Scholarship of $500 each. Caleb, Adriane and Nathan plan to attend AVTEC in Seward and will be studying diesel/heavy equipment technologies, culinary arts, and combination welding.  We are excited to be able to help them pursue their passions, improve their talents and achieve their aspirations.
Thank you to all who generously donated and helped us honor Cody’s life of kindness, service and ambitions.

HoWL helps clean up Homer

HoWL would like to shout out a heartfelt thanks to all its supporters of the DiRtBaG Cleanup Week this year. HoWL had more than 71 participants pick up 346 bags of trash, 141 bags of recyclables and 69 tires from 16.6 miles of Homer roads, beaches and trails. We raised more than $10,000 for local students’ HoWL scholarships, ensuring that any kid from this community who wants to participate in HoWL gets a chance to do so.

Anchor River on agenda

on: We currently had a weir put in the lower end of the Anchor River where people camp and fish. In a breath, we lost 2,000 feet of river to fish. I have been advised that the weir is being put in too low. There will be a meeting at 8:15 p.m. May 23 at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce and the Anchor River is on the agenda.  I would like to get this message out to as many people as possible.

Skiers should pay attention to signs

Spring skiing promises to be good with the new snow we’ve been getting. I’d like to remind folks that all of the Sunset Loop trail, as well as many other trails, cross private property. There are signs posted directing skiers to stay on the trail.  When adults ski past these signs with their young children (who are old enough to read), they are teaching their children to ignore signage and disrespect private property owners’ rights.

Theater on Spit unique attraction

Since 1973 Homer’s Pier One Theatre has been a gift from many city councils.
In 1984, after a 10-year hiatus, the city manager approached us to see if Pier One Theatre wanted to take the old welding shop/warehouse to bring back Pier One on the Homer Spit. We were hesitant — there was a high tide line inside the old warehouse, three feet above the floor, and a lot of dirt floor. The plan was approved by the city council.
We did a lot of remodeling, the city provided us with dredging from the boat harbor to keep back the flooding.

Treated badly in Homer

For years, a group of Harley-Davidson motorcyclists ride to Homer in early May to spend the night and enjoy pizza at a favorite spot at the base of the Homer Spit where we’ve always been treated well. This is a group of motorcyclists who are family-oriented, ride and have fun, don’t smoke or usually even have more than one drink. 

Long Term Care offers TLC-plus

The fall of 2011 threw our family into a whirlwind of difficult and painful decisions when our mother had a brain aneurysm. Little did we know how much this would change life for our family from that point on. Our father also had some serious health issues and when this event occurred it, of course, sent him quickly into a health decline as well. As events played themselves out over the next few months, our parents ended up in the South Peninsula Long Term Care facility together, about 570 miles southwest of their Fairbanks home of nearly 50 years.

Many contribute to celebration

Fireweed Academy held a fantastic May Day Celebration on May 4 (despite the snow) led by the efforts of Fireweed students, teachers and families and supported by local businesses, Homer musicians and many more. A huge thank you to all who participated. Fireweed students led crafts, activities and May Day dancing. Many parents and friends helped plan and bring the celebration to life.

Event also celebrates community

A birdhouse any bird would envy, a gryphon, a May pole, elephants, zebras, and flowers galore … who knew that the participants who donated cakes for the Fireweed Academy May Day Celebration would be as creative as they are generous.

As a new parent at Fireweed Academy and a new community member of Homer, I was heartened to feel instant support and am encouraged by parent, family and community involvement towards continuing to foster educational opportunities for our children. This event would not have been possible without you. 

HCOA offers several summer camps

Homer Council on the Arts is very excited to be offering weeklong art camps this summer. Many families are familiar with the Bluegrass Camp for Kids (BGCK) that has been offered in Homer for many years. This year, HCOA is collaborating with BGCK as well as our very own Homer grown Andrew Vait to offer the Homer Summer Music Camp. Andrew is now a professional musician with the band “Eternal Fair” and would like to give back to Homer what he is so grateful to have received growing up here: musical opportunity.

Host mom deserves special thanks

Hi, my name is Chiara Scoppetta. I am an AFS Exchange Student from Italy, and this year I have been living with the Walsworth family here in Homer. It’s almost time for me to go back, and so I really wanted to thank my host family because they chose me to be “the new member” of it, giving me the opportunity to live in this beautiful place and experience the “American Life.”

Can you spare some protein or time?

Maybe it is time to empty out the freezer and make room for this year’s catch of salmon. Did you know that the Homer Community Food Pantry provides food for 450 people per week for their basic food needs? One of the food items in short supply and yet essential for basic nutrition is protein. The food pantry would be happy to receive your salmon or other meats. Please bring them in on any Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or you can call 235-1968 and make arrangements to drop it off.

Simple thank you isn’t enough

The congregation of St. Augustines’ Episcopal Church wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who took time to visit and care for a member of our parish at South Peninsula Hospital. In the early hours of Wednesday, May 8, Gillian Munn lost her battle with cancer.

Birders grateful for Challenge prizes

The Kachemak Bay Birders would like to thank the following list of donors for providing wonderful prizes for our Big Spit PLUS Challenge birding event at the Shorebird Festival: Bay Excursions, Gary Lyon, Kachemak Crane Watch, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Captain’s Coffee, Cosmic Kitchen, Two Sisters, Don Jose’s and Fat Olives. 

Quilters stitch up successful show

Thanks to everyone who attended our 29th annual quilt show last weekend.  We had great attendance and lots of appreciation for our works of art. Again this year we participated in the Shorebird Challenge, an opportunity to create wallhangings depicting shorebirds around Kachemak Bay. Janet Bacher’s “Day at the Beach” was voted first place; Ingeborg Rathke’s “Stopover During Migration” was voted second place in the challenge; and “Cranes” by Bette Seaman took third place.  

Many made Requiem possible

A huge round of applause to the triumvirate that made the Brahms Requiem possible: Mark Robinson, choral director, teacher, conductor; JulieAnn Smith in Homer or Maria Allison in Kenai, patient, professional pianists; and master of logistics and detail, Laura Norton.

A round of applause also to the members of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra who magnificently joined the choir in this event.

May Day party with a twist

What a fabulous Fireweed Academy May Day celebration we experienced May 4. Despite the cold, the wind and whatever that white stuff was on the ground, folks came out and celebrated spring as only Alaskans can do — in our coats, hats, mittens and mud boots. 

There was food, there was music, there was fun and there were some very generous people — donations came to $4,685.63 — with the students being the beneficiaries of that generosity.

Fish board should meet on peninsula

A Friday night report on KTUU/2 told of the Homer Shorebird Festival. The woman interviewed stated the shorebird festival was worth “$250,000 to local businesses.” 

  The Alaska Board of Fisheries decided for 2014 Lower Cook Inlet and Upper Cook Inlet deliberations would take place in Anchorage. Since these meetings typically last 5- 10 days, the economic loss to local businesses could easily exceed $1 million. 


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