For National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the following businesses who provided 2-for-1 discounts to our Bigs and Littles when they met for mentoring activities during 2012: Jelly Beans Ice Cream & Gifts, Homestead Restaurant, Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery, Cosmic Kitchen, Land’s End Resort, Two Sisters Bakery, Homer Bookstore, Boss Hoggz, Boardwalk Bakery, Tangles Hair Salon, Homer Theater, Homer Shotokan Karate Club, Damselfly Hair Salon, Pratt Museum, True North Kayaking, Ashore Water Taxi, Pier One, Homer Council
Last week Chris Story brought up some interesting questions concerning the interaction dynamics between the citizens and their local government.
I am a proponent of bringing natural gas to Homer, mainly because of the environmental benefits. However, in the absence of a long-term gas contract and projected shortages, be prepared for the very real possibility of substantial price hikes. You can bet that with huge potential profits to be reaped in Asia and Europe, our gas will be liquefied and exported.
We would like to thank everyone in the community who volunteered their time, energy and support for the search and rescue of Steve Craig. It is impossible to individually list every person who helped in the search, but we would like to mention a few: Kachemak Emergency Services, Pathfinder Aviation, Home Run Oil and CCL.
Snomads Search and Rescue
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recently approved a restructured observer program that extends observer coverage to Alaska’s small boat fleet. With the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) taking over observer deployment, the industry-funded restructured program increases the cost of an observer day from the current $400 to approximately $1,000.
In a speech just delivered President Obama asserted: “They (congressional Republicans) will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. … The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.” He continued: “America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up.”
My Teen Sis and I have been matched for about two and one-half years now, and I've seen her grow from a skinny little 11-year-old to a slender and graceful teenager. She is naturally reserved, and sometimes our visits are pretty perfunctory, with gaps of silence between us. But sometimes her enthusiasm bubbles out and she shares stories about school projects or activities with friends or little insights about her family. I love those visits and they always rekindle my enthusiasm for being a Big Sister.
How many people in Homer, Alaska, know about Agenda 21? It is being implemented as a "test pilot" in Homer. What does this mean? How it will affect the community. A "test pilot" area for Agenda 21. Are we just lab rats? Why the push for natural gas when it's running out?
How long ago was it Homer's government decided we needed a Global Warming Task Force?
The ladies of Homer's American Legion Auxiliary would like to thank Scott Ulmer and staff for once again hosting our Christmas gift wrap station. We also would like to thank the media, both print and radio, for letting the public know about our service. And most of all, we would like to thank you, our customers, for patronizing our gift wrap booth. See you all again next December.
Jackie Norvell and Carolyn Turner, co-chairs
Homer Animal Friends would like to extend a big thank you to Maggie Alston and Kendra Raymond. They raised $452 selling candy canes.
A big thank-you to Colleen Carroll and the crew at the Homer Movie Theatre for making our West Homer Elementary School Library Lexile Project fundraiser a great success. You make a difference.
Lyn Maslow and Lisa Whip
West Homer Elementary School
The Independent Living Center would like to thank Rep. Paul Seaton for his donation of a motorized lift recliner to our Community Closet. We also would like to thank Ken Bergman of Bay Realty for the time and effort he donated to deliver the chair to the ILC. Thank you, gentlemen.
Independent Living Center
Best Beginnings Homer and the Homer Public Library would like to thank the David and Mary Schroer Fund of the Homer Foundation for their support in funding our Language and Literacy Outreach Project. This grant will allow library staff to provide outreach storyhour programs in three locations where parents have difficulty in attending the programs offered in Homer.
Storyhour programs are effective in developing early literacy skills, modeling positive literacy behaviors for both adults and children, and creating opportunities for social networking for parents and caregivers.
With regard to the passing of Gaye Wolfe and the memorial on that Sunday following in October, none was more affected than I, but the outpouring of compassion from the community was huge.
No facts, statistics or quotes can describe her. She was a force in the community. Both ends of the nation now mourn her loss.
Now as the celebration of that life occurs here in Florida on Jan. 16, her birthday, another gathering is taking place at the Armory in West Palm Beach, duplicating the one in Homer.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and relax, and the ladies of Homer did at the "Ladies, It's All About You!" event hosted by the PHAT ladies, Promoting Health Among Teens. This took place at the R.E.C. Room (the youth Resource and Enrichment Cooperative) and was open to ladies of all ages.
Many thanks go out to Rotary Club of Homer Downtown, Rotary District 5010, and the Homer Foundation for supporting the R.E.C. Room (youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op). Thanks to this funding support, many youth will be able to continue to access vital resources which connect them with caring adults, available services and supportive community members through the R.E.C. Room.
Your very own burlesque troupe, The Bait & Tassels, would like to sincerely thank all of their audiences during this past month's performances. Equally, we would like to thank Alice's Champagne Palace for being so accommodating to our beloved audiences. Cindy, you and your staff are incredibly sweet, dependable and hardworking. Our hats are off to you.
I got the chance to travel to South America and explore Chile and parts of Patagonia for the past two and a half months because of a very unique travel award given by the Alain and Daniel Rieser Scholarship, supported by the Tin Roof Fund at the Homer Foundation. This award made it possible for me to experience an entirely new culture and place and meet people with very different lives than mine.
The word "hate" should never be spoken lightly. Hate is the most powerful negative force in the universe. If we are to seek peace in the world, the word hate must be removed from the mind.
The only way to attain peace is forgiveness. To forgive is one of man's most difficult and noble quests. When evil is done unto you, forgive them for they know not what they do. Evil will be destroyed when it is not returned in kind. If one is not at peace one cannot grow nor improve the condition of oneself or mankind.
As a volunteer Big Brother I have a wonderful time at West Homer school with my Little Brother. I enjoy hanging out with younger kids and that is a large part of why I wanted to be a Big. I help my Little with school, and occasionally I get to go out to recess with him. Once we even went ice skating and I helped him learn to skate. Mentoring has a very tangible impact on children's lives. No matter how large or small the impact, it's always a positive one. Plus, thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters, I gained a fantastic new friend.
High School Big Brother