Town Crier

Are you a farmer, food vendor, or crafter looking to connect with local customers? The Homer Farmers Market is now welcoming vendor applications for its summer 2021 season. Applications may be submitted online at http://www.homerfarmersmarket.org/covid19.html and are due by April 2. If you’re interested in vending but need support with submitting an application online, please call the Market Director, Lauren, for assistance at 907-299-7540.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting via Zoom web conference at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9. Agenda items include a discussion of the department’s online instructional videos in regards to the promotion of harvesting stocks of concern, and any other items that are properly brought before the committee. For more information contact Boards Support at 907-267-2354, or visit http://notice.alaska.gov/201633.

The Western Emergency Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at Station 3 (Anchor Point) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

The South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly meeting virtually via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11. The Committee of the Whole will meet at 5:30 p.m. before the regular meeting. The South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board is an elected board that oversees local tax dollars for a healthier community. Learn about the workings of your hospital. The public is welcome to attend both meetings. The Zoom link is available on the Kenai Peninsula Borough calendar found at https://www.kpb.us/service-areas/south-kenai-peninsula-hospital-service-area and by emailing Devony at dlehnerediting@gmail.com.

The deadline to nominate someone for the 2021 Celebration of Lifelong Learning is Friday, March 12. Nomination forms are available at the library and online. Do you know someone who has made a lifelong commitment to acquiring an exceptional skill or knowledge? The Friends of the Homer Library wants to hear about it. Nominees must reside in the Homer Public Library service area and have a Homer Public Library card. The winners will be announced and honored at the Celebration of Lifelong Learning live radio event on KBBI on April 7, 2021.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meetings via Zoom. The meeting for the Homer community will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 22 via Zoom. The Zoom links and the number to call in with questions will be posted here: go.kpbsd.org/finance. As new budget information becomes available, it will also be posted on the Finance page. If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

Girls on the Run is an eight-week after school empowerment program for third-fifth grade girls promoting confidence and self respect. The program combines physical training, community service, health education, life skills, goal setting and mentoring relationships. Homer’s spring Girls on the Run will start the week of March 22, with days of the week to be announced. The program may meet outdoors. Organizers are seeking both participants and coaches for this spring 2021 season. Contact Marcee Gray at 907-756-3536 or marcee@havenhousealaska.org, or South Pennisula Haven House at 907-235-7716. Coaches and participants may register online at GOTRgreateralaska.org.

Step into Freedom is a narcotics anonymous group that will be held at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Glacierview Baptist Church “Big House” next to the main church. This group is for both women and men, and is open to non-addicts who would like to sit in on the meetings. For questions, call Jaclyn at 907-756-3530.

The Caregiver Support Group for persons caring for a family member with a disabling illness, either in or outside your home, will meet temporarily at Hospice of Homer, with maximum COVID-19 precautions provided. The group will continue to meet on Fridays at this time until further notice. Please call Pam Hooker at 907-299-7198 or Janet Higley at 907-235-4291 if you have any questions about this group or this notice.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities are now closed on Sundays through April 25. For more information, contact the KPB Solid Waste Department at 907-262-9667 or check their webpage at https://www.kpb.us/swd-waste/about-solidwaste.

The nonpartisan Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. is now open for the first session of the 32nd State Legislature. At this time the office is able to assist by phone or email only.

The office is a distribution site for PFD forms which can be picked up in the entry way between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call to arrange other means of pick up. To learn more about how you can participate in the legislative process or to obtain more information on issues of interest facing the Alaska State Legislature, please contact 235-7878 or lio.homer@akleg.gov.

Kenai Peninsula Votes Tidbit

Voting seems to be on the top of the agenda for many state legislatures. After our Presidential election this past year, many Americans feel that it was not a fair election. The number of States trying to change their voting laws this year as opposed to last year has risen. Some of these bills want to restrict voting rights and some of them want to expand voting rights. (The Brennan Center, a nonprofit that tracks voting laws, says that 43 states are considering 253 bills that would raise barriers to voting).

With all that in mind, I want to tell the story of Maceo Snipes, a martyr in the story of voting rights. His story doesn’t begin until two important Supreme Court decisions occur. First, is the decision in Grovy v. Townsend; which said that the Texas Democratic Party’s race-based restrictions on voting in primaries was constitutional because it was not a state action. But then in 1944, that decision was overturned in Smith v. Allwright, which ruled that the Texas Democratic primary system was unfair and now African Americans could vote.

This sets the stage for Mr. Snipes, a World War II veteran. He was he first African American to vote in a Democratic Primary in Taylor County, Georgia. The day after Mr. Snipes cast his vote, four white men, suspected of being KKK members, went to find him. They went to his gGrandmother’s house and shot him in the back. He and his mother walked three miles to the hospital. Once he had gotten there, he still had to wait because the hospital staff said that they did not have any “black blood.” He died three days later. Yes, Jim Crow laws have left the South, but there are still remnants of them.

Voting should be celebrated and honored. As of today, we still need to continue to fight for everyone’s right to have easy and equal access to vote. We should make it a national holiday and treat voting as an honor, and make sure that all voices will be heard.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Avenue serves take-out meals on Thursday evenings with pickup from 5-6 p.m. Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and donations can be dropped off any time. The office staff are at work and available by phone for addressing needs. For information, call 235-7786.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 235-4556.

Homer Senior Citizens

All activities are canceled and the Homer Senior Center is closed to the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homer Senior Citizens congregate lunch is closed, but meals can be picked up at noon from Monday-Friday. You must call 907-235-7655 by 10 a.m. daily to reserve your meal.

Hospice of Homer

Hospice of Homer would like to graciously request that you return any equipment not currently in use. The need in our community is increasing and we are short on hospital beds, wheelchairs, transport chairs, bedside commodes, and walkers. Thank you for helping us help our neighbors.

Widow’s Group: Losing a partner is one of the most devastating things a person can experience. Hospice of Homer has resumed its monthly Widow’s Support Group. This group is a place for those who have lost their partner to share and heal. It is a safe place for coming to terms with the powerful feelings and experiences only those who are walking the same path can truly understand. Participants will be following all COVID-19 protocols. RSVP is required if you plan to attend so organizers may plan accordingly for social distancing and group size limitations.

Hospice of Homer is seeking new board members. Are you interested in using your compassion, enthusiasm, and love of community to help your neighbors in their times of need? The organization hopes you’ll consider joining the Hospice of Homer Board of Directors.

Qualifications:

Prior knowledge of nonprofit boards is helpful but not required—just an interest and willingness to participate in monthly meetings, occasional fundraising events and community outreach.

Time Commitment:

Meetings are once a month for 1.5-2 hours on the third Wednesday of the month. The board expects members to attend these monthly meetings as well as to be an active participant on sub-committees as needs and interests warrant. Sub-committees include areas such as finance, personnel, events, and policy review and revision.

Interested? For more information or to express your interest, please contact Board President Charlie Franz at Kachemakcharlie@gmail.com

To learn more about Hospice of Homer and to find a more detailed description of board member job expectations, please visit their website at hospiceofhomer.org

Homer Council on the Arts

Join HCOA (virtually) for cocktails. Wine & Spirits Specialist Patrick Driscoll of The Grog Shop will lead this workshop in the art of mixology with a St. Patrick’s Day twist (pun intended). Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. on Zoom; register now at homerart.org/calendar/cocktails.

Homer Council on the Arts is now accepting proposals for 2021-22 gallery exhibits. Applications for the HCOA gallery will automatically be considered for the South Peninsula Hospital gallery as well. Proposals for HCOA Gallery Exhibits must be completed by 11:59pm on April 1. Find out more and apply at homerart.org/gallery.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Computer Assisted Drawing/Design for Marine Trades with instructor Brad Conley of Bay Welding Services will be held from 6-9 p.m. on March 23 and 25. The cost is $49. This introductory course covers how and why CAD is used for design, conceptual work and manufacturing, specifically in the marine industry. Includes basic software navigation, commands, and design. Classes take place in the KBC computer lab. All participants must observe COVID-19 protocols including mandatory mask wearing. Call (907) 235-7743 or visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/. This class is sponsored by Bay Welding Services and Homer Marine Trades Association.

The Master 100 Ton, Basics of DC Electricity for Vessels, and Marine Vessel Systems classes are being offered in-person for the first time in a year and college staff are happy to say they are all full, but if you are interested please visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/ and put yourself on the waitlist. There is a possibility a spot may open up and the college may be able to offer an additional section this semester if there is enough interest, or at least reach out to you with information about offerings in the fall. You can also call the campus at 907-235-7743.

Advanced Firefighting for Marine Certification. Do you need to upgrade your Merchant Marine Certification? Take this blended class which includes three days of classes on Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 11, 12 and 15, and two days of in-person skills classes in Homer at Kachemak Bay Campus, at the same times on March 18 and 19. It costs $750, which includes registration and a proctored test in Homer. Call (907) 224-6196 to speak with AVTEC administration or visit https://avtec.edu/node/1312 to register online, or call (907) 235-1622 to speak with KBC Marine Tech Coordinator.

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference returns to Homer and Kachemak Bay Campus virtually on May 15 with a faculty of award-winning authors bringing fresh perspectives and a diversity of ideas. Participants can enjoy four days of classes, conversations, public readings and a panel discussion by writers from the Peabody Award-winning PBS show, “Molly of Denali,” as well as networking and community building activities. Registration is open $100 for the general public, Registration for University of Alaska students is $50. Academic credits and financial aid available. Visit writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu or call 907-435-7743 to register.

Pratt Museum

The Pratt Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center operations are temporarily suspended, but please visit virtually and take a 3D tour by going to http://ow.ly/hf3f50Bf4HB. The Beluga Slough Trail and other outdoor areas on the refuge will remain open to provide healthy options for recreation and relaxation. Kids can download the Agents of Discovery App and play an interactive learning game on the trail.

To reach refuge staff call 907-235-6546 or email alaskamaritime@fws.gov.

South Peninsula Hospital

Free COVID-19 tests are offered 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week at the lower level of the SPH Specialty Clinic, at 4201 Bartlett Street, Homer. Please use the Danview Avenue access. Tests are for those who have had recent travel out of state, have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they have new onset of any symptom related to COVID-19, or have a provider referral. See complete list of eligible individuals at www.sphosp.org or call the COVID information line at 235-0235. Please call and pre-register before coming if and when possible.

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