Child says thanks for return of kitten

Dear person who brought back Ella,
Thank you. My kitten Ella has gray and black stripes and green eyes. She is eight months old and very small. You brought her to the shelter Wednesday, Jan. 30. She was missing for three weeks and three days. I prayed for her to come home for a long, long time. We were very happy to have her back. Ella is happy to be back, too. So, thank you very, very much.
Lawson, Age 7

Arts award appreciated by youth recipient

I would like to sincerely thank Homer Council on the Arts for awarding me the "Youth Artist of the Year" award, which was presented to me at HCOA's annual meeting on Jan. 25. I was absolutely flabbergasted upon receiving news that they had chosen me to present the award to, but let me mention as well that I was equally honored. It is such a fantastic feeling to know that HCOA supports me and my passion for art that drives me in life.

Many hands help create a parade

The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center would like to extend a warm thank you to all the amazing volunteers and public servants who helped make the 2013 Winter Carnival parade a success.
Thank you to the public for coming out to enjoy the parade. We are happy to say it was a beautiful day to be enjoying a parade. We would like to thank everyone for keeping the roads clear during the parade to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Thank you to:

Education should be priority

Like everything else in Alaska, the state's education problem is big. Despite being one of the richest states in America (CNN News), Alaska has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country (U.S. Department of Education). But more distressing than lagging behind the poorest states is the undisputable fact that education is not a priority for Alaska's lawmakers.

Homer supports young learners

I want to thank the Homer community for being so welcoming and encouraging of early childhood education. Currently at Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center we have members from all over the community volunteering their time to enhance the growth of our preschool and toddler programs. I want to thank Claudia Haines from the Homer Public Library for coming over to KKELC every other Thursday to read and bring her book bag full of exciting books and puppets.

Volunteer name for volunteer award

Dear Alaskans,
Wherever I travel in Alaska, I meet volunteers with big hearts and helping hands. I know you see their positive impact in your community. Please take time to nominate an outstanding volunteer for the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards. Nominations are due by March 1, 2013. Details and a link to the nomination form are available at gov.alaska.gov. Thanks to all our volunteers for making a difference across our great state.
Sandy Parnell
First Lady of Alaska

Brother Asaiah still warms Homer

Today, our mayor has again proclaimed Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, to be Brother Asaiah Day.
Asaiah sent hundreds of love letters through this paper to our "Beautiful citizens dancing upon the wheel of destiny here in our gorgeous cosmic hamlet by the sea."
His letters were compassionate, kind and appealing to
the courageous soul within each of us ... to think.

Not in Alaska's best interests

So Captain Zero went on a gratis cruise and now supports the rollback on water quality standards the people of Alaska insisted on. Peter Micciche, senator from Soldotna, has been courting Norwegian Cruise Lines in hopes of securing hordes of slap happy seniors for his river town.

Part IV: Taxes take care of trash

Fourth installment of why I love this country and why I love paying taxes: Garbage. Or more specifically waste management.
Do you ever wonder about that tidy white bag that you hefted out the back of your truck a few weeks back? Where is it now? Is the plastic encapsulating the load still intact, floating in an eddy of debris, or has it been shredded, it's contents churned into mulch?

Students learn from musician

We really enjoyed having Matt Andersen come in and sing to us. He inspired many of the students here at the Flex High School. We would like to thank Gail Edgerly from the Homer Council on the Arts for bringing him in. He was very skilled with the guitar, and many of us had a lot of questions which he answered with interesting and thoughtful responses. We look forward to another adventurous guest to come in and enlighten us some more.
Samanthan Inman and the Flex inhabitants

Donations help build shed

Boy Scout Troop 555 recently completed a shed-building project and would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous contributions of supplies and cash donations: American Legion Post 16, The Home Depot of Kenai, Monty Wilhusen, Rick Paulsrud, Jennifer Poss, Paul Raymond, Roberta Harris, Jay and Elise Boyer, Deanna Caitlin, Bill Bechtol, Dan Rediske and a large anonymous cash donor. We appreciate the support of this community as our boys learn and grow through this great organization.
Michelle Waclawski
Troop 555 Committee Chair

Teens say thanks

We would like to thank Steve and Noko Yoshida, Jane Little and the Homer Rotary clubs for their tremendous support in sending Katherine Dolma and Taylor Ellison to the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Not only did we have a fantastic time, we learned a lot and received more support for our project, CAMP.

Raise-a-Reader support appreciated

Commander Turner, Adjutant Clarke and membership of American Legion General Buckner Post 16 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16:
The Raise-a-Reader program sponsored by the Homer Homemakers FCE will be able to continue providing books to area newborns and their families at the South Peninsula Hospital because of your kind and generous donation of $500. We also wish to thank Sandy Stark for her promotion of this program to your organization.

U.S. on road to recovery

The United States is on the road to recovery from 30 years of Bush-Reagan fascism. Except for having the airports in Anchorage and Washington, D.C., named for two of the worst hard-core fascist criminals of the 20th century, and the five fascist Justice majority U.S. Supreme Court, Bush-Reagan fascism is receding into history.

Taxes pay for life-saving practices

Third installment of why I love this country and why I love paying taxes: The department of fire and life safety.
As owner of a small business I have had my share of frustrating encounters trying to get the appropriate permits to conduct my business. I've shaken my fists, written a few angry emails and even contacted legislators.

Need is up, so is giving

Looking back at 2012, the Homer Community Food Pantry has seen a gradual pattern of growth over our 21 years. Of our total income, 4 percent came from fundraisers (dinner, bake sale); 15 percent from grants, and a whopping 81 percent (3 percent more than 2011) came from private contributions from our own community. It is truly a beautiful thing -- our community.

Flex applauds HCOA, musician

Flex students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to Matt Andersen. Our best thanks go out to the Homer Council on the Arts. Mr. Andersen’s voice was so raw and unique, a real treat to the ears. Bringing in such a great artist was a real mood booster for all of the students here at Flex. Our gratitude towards the Homer Council on the Arts is tremendous. We cannot express in enough words how much we enjoyed and how thankful we were to experience Matt Andersen. Thank you again. Megan Stanish Flex student

Part II: Taxes well spent

Second installment of why I love our country and why I love paying taxes: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Brilliant. My parents are incredibly hard working and generous. They spent nearly 30 years building a full and prosperous life here in Homer. Self employed and under-insured, a devastating illness took them to the brink.


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