The Exchange, a pilot syringe exchange program, offers free syringe exchanges every other Tuesday at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 West Pioneer Avenue, in the southwest corner of the building. Exchanges are held 5-7 p.m. The next Exchange is July 5. The Exchange is a program established and operated by a group of individuals and agency representatives in the Homer area that support the idea of harm-reduction and safer drug use as a means of making our community a safer place to live. The primary goal of The Exchange is to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and bacterial infections among intravenous drug users by exchanging used needles for clean ones. For more information, email homerexchange@gmail.com.

The second annual Rescue Run starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Mariner Park. Run, bike or walk a 3.2 km obstacle course from Mariner Park to Bishop’s Beach. The event supports local volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians from Kachemak Emergency Services and Homer Volunteer Fire Department. For more information and to register, visit akrescuerun.org.

South Peninsula Hospital celebrates its 60th anniversary with a party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the hospital with food and music.

The Homer High School Class of 1996 holds its 20-year reunion on July 8 and 9. For more information, call Jessica at 299-2849.

Sandhill crane eggs have hatched. Report any observations of sandhill crane colts to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or email reports@cranewatch.org. Leave a name and number so Crane Watch can call for more information.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bingo is at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday nights. The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exercise sessions are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, call the senior center at 235-7786.

Cooperative Extension Service

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can grow in your garden or container garden. Kale contains vitamins A, C, K and B-6 as well as potassium, calcium, iron and manganese. There are a variety of ways to prepare kale. The Cooperative Extension Service has a publication, “Time for a Kale-abration,” available for free at its office. This publication and others are also available for free to download at www.uaf.edu/ces. Print copies are available at the Cooperative Extension Office at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 907-262-5824.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. Programs are offered daily, including story time, crafts and musical performances. Call 235-4556.

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast beef and mashed potatoes; Friday, fresh red salmon; Monday, closed for Fourth of July; Tuesday, spaghetti and meatballs; Wednesday, Cuban pork; next Thursday, roast turkey and mashed potatoes.

Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.

Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center. The cost per class is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Jacquie Thaute at 299-2924 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for fall classes is now being held. Classes include welding, History of Alaska, Marine Biology, Painting, Introduction to Law, Music Fundamentals, Geology of Kachemak Bay, Environmental Economics and Policy, Computer Science, Poetry writing, Literature, American Government, Medical Terminology, Grant Proposal Writing, First Aid/CPR and much more. Sign up now, pay later. Advising appointments are available for degree-seeking students. Call 235-7743. For the fall schedule, visit kpc.alaska.edu.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Art and Science of Bears” is on exhibit through July 31.

The Historic Harbor Tour is 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Meet at the kiosk next to the Salty Dawg on the Spit. The fee is $10. Tours are offered through Sept. 1.

South Peninsula Hospital

Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. The clinic will be from 9a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Homer Medical Center on Bartlett Street. Exams on this one-day event are being offered free of charge by volunteer healthcare providers from Homer Medical Center. Students with last names starting with A through H come from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. Students with last names starting with I through S come from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Students with last names starting with T through Z come from noon to 2 p.m.

If students are not able to attend the sports physical day they can make an appointment for a wellness exam and a sports physical form will be filled out as part of the wellness exam which should be at no cost to a patient with insurance. Those without insurance and who do not make the sports physical day can have a sports physical appointment on a regular clinic day at a cost of $40.

Parents are asked to complete page one of the two-page exam form prior to presenting at the clinic. The form can be found at www.homermedical.org. All students must bring or wear loose fitting shorts for the screening. Please contact Rhonda Bradshaw, Homer Medical Center, at 435-3018 for additional information.

Births

Irah Finn Grobarek was born at 1:23 p.m. June 21, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Gena and Brent Grobarek of Anchor Point. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. His grandparents are Rich and Sue Grobarek of Illinois and Pepe and Connie Chiriboga of Ecuador. His big brothers Oliver and Emil and big sister Alice welcome their new baby brother.

Asher Theo Stafford was born at 1:34 p.m. June 25, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to Samantha and Daniel Stafford. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. His grandparents are Tom and Lisa Stafford of Homer and Eldon and Kris Cyrus of Rough and Ready, Calif.

Jay Azariah Brost was born at 2:54 p.m. June 26, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital to April and Jonah Brost. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. His grandparents are Joe and Judy Brost of Wasilla, Rachel Walls of Loogootee, Ind., and Danny and Gail Bersor of Sellersburg, Ind.

Student News

Two Homer women are interns this summer for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Attending the three-week program are Desiree Cleary and Aziza Shemet Pitcher. Cleary recently returned from her internship, and Shemet Pitcher just started her internship. Both graduated from Homer High School in May. The recent high school graduates of the Class of 2016 will get a behind-the-scenes look into the operations of a U.S. Senate office by shadowing Murkowski throughout the day, helping with administrative and clerical tasks, and assisting staff with research projects.

Obituaries

Richard Joseph Attenello

April 4, 1944-June 21, 2016

Homer resident Richard Joseph Attenello died June 21, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 72. Cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an always fatal lung disease.

He was born April 4, 1944, in Hartford, Conn., to Rosario J. and Angelina (DeMaio) Attenello. He had five siblings — Joseph Brooker, Bertha (Bert) Poole, Doris Bishop, Rose-Marie Attenello and Lenore White — all who preceded him in death, as did his parents.

He was 17 when he joined the Navy, where he earned his GED. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1965, he spent two years hitchhiking throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He chose the road less traveled and was able to experience some places that had not yet found their way to many maps, including Annobon, a small province of Equatorial Guinea.

Those years traveling shaped his perspective for the rest of his life and he never lost his wanderlust. He met Lori Evans in

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