On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Homer Council on the Arts, I want to express our gratitude to the Homer City Council for its award of an operating support grant for 2012-13.
We believe that the continued financial support of arts and culture organizations in Homer is essential to the economic future and well being of this community.
West Homer Elementary School would like to thank all who contributed to the success of our recent science fair. A special thanks goes to our panel of judges who spent the entire day on Monday, March 25, carefully considering and responding to each project.
Clear icy weather gave way to snow in this year’s Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Sea to Ski Triathlon. This year brought 25 ironmen and women and 30 participating in teams.
The Kevin Bell Ice Arena sends huge and heartfelt thanks to our wonderful community. Homer Hockey and the HHA Divas hosted a Shamrock Shin-Dig and Shenanigan’s Fundraiser at Alice’s Champagne Palace over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The food was fantastic, the beer was green and we all had a great time. The kindness and generosity of so many Homer businesses and individuals made our effort a magical success.
Kevin Bell Ice Arena is a member owned and operated, non-profit rink.
People all over Alaska are talking about the brain drain and how to pass the torch to the next generation. Emerging young leaders are furthering our education, establishing our careers, opening businesses and starting families.
Homer Little League would like to sincerely thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee for the $800 grant awarded last year toward the purchase of a new portable batting cage for our little leaguers. Former HLL president Mike Hayes has such a passion for sharing the game of baseball with the youth of Homer, and his vision for a functional batting cage to teach fundamental skills will be realized this spring as the after-school programs kick off this month.
Cause for celebration: Best Beginnings has been fully funded for another year. I would like to send out thanks to the parents and children who picketed and to those who gave testimony to the Finance Committee. You impressed upon them the importance of early childhood education and family support programs. Your voices were heard.
Juneau’s conservative message is cut government spending. And it was never louder than in the Reagan years when the President signed a bill into law that said, essentially, “No person shall serve more than 10 years in a federal prison for a non-violent crime.”
Soon every city in the United States was crawling with newly released drug addicts and dealers who were rapidly back into business as usual on the streets, and in our schools.
Ballots for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors election were mailed to HEA members on April 1. Please don’t throw yours in the trash. Decisions made by the HEA board determine much more than our electric rates. The types and location of generation, transmission and distribution projects approved have far reaching consequences for communities, local economies and the environment.
It’s important that we all vote for people who will represent us effectively.
I would like to offer our sincerest “thank you” to the many who helped us make our initial fundraising events for the 2013 Kachemak Bay Highland Games a success this year.
The Kachemak Bay Celtic Club would like to express a big “thank you” to Alice’s Champagne Palace, Cindy Burns and her awesome staff for hosting our first St. Patrick’s Day event on March 17. We are definitely planning on making this an annual fundraising event. We want to thank everyone who came out, participated and supported us because you are the reason we had such success.
I want to thank the many people who helped with the benefit for me. It was greatly appreciated and unexpected. First off, I want to thank the VFW for having the benefit in their building, the many people who donated their time to help put the benefit together, all the donations for the auction, anyone who was able to make it and, last but not least, the 8 Mile Band.
Homer Senior Center would like to give a huge thank you to Jolee Ellis and Katherine George for putting endless volunteer hours into transforming our library. It is on its way to being a functioning library.
Keren Kelley, executive director
Homer Senior Citizens Inc.
I appreciated Rev. Richard Olson’s letter wherein he spoke of the “true purpose of the Second Amendment.” He said, “They (founding fathers) meant in no uncertain terms that all citizenry, all common people, should be fully armed and know how to use.” Who can argue with such plain truth?
It is important to all of us at South Peninsula Hospital that we provide a safe, comfortable environment in which to be cared for. And we are proud to provide that for you locally, right here in the community, keeping you close to home and your loved ones. It is our goal that all who come to the hospital — both as a patient or a visitor — feel welcomed and safe here.
I recently attended the 2013 Alaska Youth for Environmental Action’s (AYEA) Civics and Conservation Summit where I learned about talking to legislators, how a bill passes and many more skills. I am extremely concerned about House Bill 96, which calls for labeling children’s products that contain toxic chemicals.
Dedicated hard workers pulled off the South Peninsula Haven House Award Ceremony March 22. Bravo to the staff of Haven House, its board of directors, and the Women of Distinction Committee who produced a fun program.
What is the true purpose of the Second Amendment? I’ve read more than a hundred well documented and purposely recorded quotations by at least 15 of our major founding fathers explaining exactly what they meant. They meant in no uncertain terms that all the citizenry, all common people, should be fully armed and know how to use. The main reason being as a last defense against rogue government (including domestic) for the preservation of liberty. Take some time, look some up, they were ever so clear exactly what they meant. Google “founding fathers, quotes, guns or arms.”
Recently, the Alaska State House Finance Committee held public testimony on one of its House bills. The chair was Rep. Alan Austerman. The exact bill and what it entails is not important. What is important concerns the committee’s actions during the public testimony.
The recent Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon was a resounding success. I would like to express my extreme gratitude to the groomers who put hundreds of hours into the course, as well as the loyal volunteers who are the backbone of race day. I also would like to thank the more than 150 skiers who signed up for the event — you’re what it’s all about.
The Alaska State Legislature is currently in the midst of passing a resolution to request that the governor establish a state food resource development working group within the state. This has brought to light many issues regarding the absence of local foods in Alaska.