The American Legion Post 16 Auxiliary will offer poppies to wear at Safeway in Homer on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28. Donations are accepted. Wear a poppy to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and support the future of veterans, active-duty military and their families for generations to come. Poppy cans also have been distributed throughout the Homer area. All donations will provide support for the future of veterans, active-duty military, and their families with medical and financial needs.
The AKtoDC 2023 kids will hold a car wash fundraiser for their 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot @ 88 Sterling Hwy.
The American Legion Riders Memorial Day Run to Byers Lake for the Veterans Memorial Ceremony is on Sunday, May 29.
A Memorial Day ceremony is at 10 a.m. Monday at Hickerson Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road.
The staff of Sen. Lisa Murkowski will visit the Kenai Peninsula in late May and early June. The senator’s mobile office gives constituents a chance to meet with Sen. Murkowski’s staff, learn more about the services provided by the office, and ask questions. Staff will be at parking lots of local post offices at these times and places:
• Hope, May 31, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Seward, May 31, 3-6 p.m.
• Cooper Landing, June 1, 10 a.m. to noon
• Ninilchik, June 1, 3-6 p.m.
• Anchor Point, June 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Homer, June 2, 3-6 p.m.
• Seldovia, June 3, 1-3 p.m.
The sandhill cranes are starting to nest. Watch for the pair to start showing up alone, indicating one is sitting on the nest. An accurate count of nesting crane pairs helps Kachemak Crane Watch estimate the local crane population and provides an indication of annual reproductive success. Please report nesting sandhill crane pairs to Kachemak Crane Watch at email@example.com or by calling 907-235-6262. Leave your name and number including location and date when nesting started. Thank you for participating in this Citizen Science effort. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 907-235-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kachemak Crane Watch is a project of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.
Anchor Point Group of Alcoholics Anonymous continues to meet in person at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at 34175 Sterling Hwy (north of Chapman School) on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. These are open meetings, and alcoholics and non-alcoholics are all welcome. For more information, call 907-223-9814.
The Homer Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. downstairs at Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road. All meetings are open to anyone wanting to learn more about recovery from alcoholism. More information and online links to meetings can be found at www.aahomer.org.
The Homer End of The Road Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every day at noon and every evening at 8 p.m. at 126 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 1. For more information, contact 907-283-5722.
Co-Dependents Anonymous is meeting in person at Homer Methodist Church, located at 770 East End Road. Please contact Kay at 907-399-6243 for more information. All are welcome.
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 Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities is now open on Sundays. 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.
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge visitor center is now open to the public. Visitor hours for this summer are May 26-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 29-30, closed; June 1, noon-4 p.m.; June 2-4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 5-6, noon-4 p.m.; June 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 8 through Labor Day, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anchor Point Senior Citizens
The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Avenue serves take-out meals on Thursday evenings with pickup from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday is Kickin’ Fried Chicken night, serving from 4-6 p.m. with eight- and 12-piece piece buckets or three-piece meals, with or without coleslaw and biscuits. Walk ins are welcome or call ahead at 235-7786 to reserve. Thursday night is Home Cooked Dinner Night. Each Thursday is a different meal. Dine in or take out; served from 5-6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 907-235-7786. Visit www.anchorpointseniorcenter.com for more information. Meals and programs are open to the public and do not require membership. Call 235-7786 for more information.
Homer Senior Citizens
The Homer Senior Citizens Inc. Silver Linings Cafe has reopened. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m for high-risk seniors and 12:30-1:30 p.m., masks optional. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance; call 235-4555.
The Terrace Assisted Living welcomes visitors. Face masks and screening are required. All visits must occur in a resident’s apartment only.
Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open. Contact Liz, ADS Manager, at 235-4556 to register.
Hospice of Homer
At Hospice of Homer we believe in coming together with others, in a safe and non-judgmental setting, to explore the meaning of significant losses in our lives. Talking it out can release sorrow and provide comfort. It can help us to move forward and to regain a sense of serenity while honoring those we have lost to isolation, distance or death.
We fully understand how difficult taking that first step can be. For this reason, hospice offers a bereavement correspondence series. We will provide you, or your family members, with a monthly letter dealing with loss and the mourning process. These letters are designed to help you transition into the new reality which was created by loss.
At present hospice is offering opportunities to engage in conversation about our individual and collective grief experiences. You do not need to be a client of hospice to access these conversations. There is no charge for attending the meetings or for the correspondence program. See below for meeting times and call the office or email Office@hospiceofhomer.org to participate in the Correspondence program.
Widow/widower’s Group meets every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with Robin.
Conversations on Loss are the first and third Saturdays with Thomas and Maria.
Homer Council on the Arts
Registration is open for HCOA’s summer art camps, with one-week sessions in June, July, and August for ages 5-7 and 8-12. Details and registration at homerart.org/education/.
HCOA is now accepting vendor applications for an Arts and Craft Market on Saturday, June 4 from noon-5 p.m. for our annual Mary Epperson Day Celebration. Guidelines and registration at homerart.org/mary-day-vendor.
Kachemak Bay Campus
Registration is now open for the fall 2022 semester. The printed schedule is around town and in the mail. To view our searchable schedule visit https://kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/.
The Pratt Museum & Park
The Pratt Museum & Park is now open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
A Moveable Feast, curated from the museum collection by Marilyn Sigman, is now on display.
South Peninsula Hospital
South Peninsula Hospital offers free wellness walks the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9-10 a.m. at SPARC. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes and be prepared to answer covid screening questions at the door. Free blood pressure checks and door prizes are offered at walks. Please bring indoor shoes, and refrain from attending if you are experiencing any covid-like symptoms. Masks are optional. Walks are at SPARC located at 600 Sterling Highway. For more information, call SPH Health and Wellness at 907-235-0285.
South Peninsula Hospital offers free testing and vaccinations for COVID-19. Free testing is offered daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the test site on Bartlett Street. No appointment is necessary for testing. Vaccines are by appointment as supplies permit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Because of increased demand, it is asked that people make appointments. They can only be made online at www.sphosp.org. Vaccinations are open to anyone 5 years and older for Pfizer, and 18 years and older for all other brands. Call the COVID nurse at 235-0235 to discuss symptoms, or the COVID vaccine info line at 435-3188 for recorded updates. Free testing is now offered for anyone who recently attended a social gathering or who was in a crowded indoor space and close to others. Details are in the weekly newspaper ad, at www.sphosp.org or at 907-435-3188.
Hank Singletary was born at 5:17 p.m. May 21, 2022, at South Peninsula Hospital to Anna and William Singletary of Homer. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. His grandparents are Ted and Ruth Singletary of Goose Creek, South Carolina and Tanya and Mark Cain of Lexington, South Carolina, and the late Rhett Flake Sr. of Lexington, South Carolina.
Ruth and Jim Lavrakas
25th Anniversary, 1997-2022
Ruth and Jim Lavrakas will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on May 31, 1997. They met in the hallways of the Anchorage Daily News sometime in 1995. It was springtime and an Alaska summer lay in front of them, fertile ground for a romance to bloom. Jim owned a rustic cabin in Kachemak Bay and a 17-foot open skiff. These two things provided them with so much fun and adventure on the bay near Homer. Jim’s parents, Ann and Babe, lived in Little Tutka Bay. Many happy hours were spent at their cottage. Ruth said she remembers approaching their beach about 6 p.m. and smelling the most delicious smells coming from Ann’s kitchen.
They were married two years after meeting on May 31, 1997. The ceremony was officiated by Jim’s father, who received a commission from the state for a day. The happy occasion took place at the Anchorage Senior Center in the Starlight Ballroom where Jim and Ruth had spent many Friday nights laughing and ballroom dancing to a live orchestra.
“Twenty-five years later many of our dreams have come true,” they write. “We’re now retired, living in Homer, and have many wonderful friends to go fishing and hiking and enjoying great meals with. As we approach our 70s we realize we may not make it to our 50th anniversary, but we are making the most of the years, and realize that every day can be a new adventure.”
They will celebrate their anniversary in the Pacific North West traveling in their camper with their two Manx cats, Poppy and Tazz, onboard, and visit many cousins and friends in Washington and Oregon.
Alathea Denslow Clymer
Feb. 19, 1936 – May 16, 2022
After wrestling with Alzheimer’s disease for over a decade, Alathea Clymer, 86, gently passed away with the full moon on Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Long Term Care facility of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Planning for a memorial service is underway, but no dates are confirmed yet. A full obituary will be printed next week.
Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.
Homer Volunteer Fire Department
Firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to 22 medical calls and two fire calls.
Kachemak Emergency Services
Emergency medical technicians responded to four EMS calls and four fire calls.
Western Emergency Services
Firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded to four medical calls and two fire calls.
Homer Police at 2:17 p.m. arrested a 24-year-old Anchorage woman for driving under the influence and took her to the Homer Jail.
Police at 9:06 p.m. arrested a 33-year-old Anchorage man for DUI and took him to the Homer Jail.
Alaska State Troopers
Alaska State Troopers at 8:17 p.m. while responding to another incident near the intersection of Tall Tree Avenue and Sterling Highway in Anchor Point recognized a 28-year-old Anchor Point woman walking on the side of the roadway. Investigation revealed she had three active arrest warrants. She was contacted and placed under arrest and taken to the Homer Jail.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers at 10:15 a.m. contacted a 31-year-old Wasilla man fishing in closed waters at the Ninilchik Beach. Troopers cited the man for fishing in closed waters.
Troopers at 8 p.m. contacted a 52-year-old man at a campground in Anchor Point. Troopers determined the man failed to update his sex-offender registration with his new physical address. Troopers cited him for failure to register as a sex offender.
Information regarding courthouse activity is taken from logbooks and court-issued forms and may not contain all details of the final disposition of each case. All defendants are presumed not guilty until convicted in court. Case files are available for public review at the courthouse. Disposition of cases can be found at https://public.courts.alaska.gov/web/scheduled/docs/crimdisp.pdf.
Court records show the following actions taken in Homer Court through May 23:
Lili M. Duncan, 46, driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended; driving under the influence; resisting arrest, Anchor Point case.
Dennis S. Sullivan, 53, driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended; no motor vehicle license; Anchor Point case.
Benjamin R. Martin, 34, DUI, Homer case.
Sierra M. Steen, 32, first-degree forgery, three counts, a felony; fraudulent use of an access device, $74-24,999, two counts, a felony; fraudulent use of an access device, under $75; second-degree theft, a felony; Homer case.
Aleksander Savelieff, 52, new owner—failure to secure transfer of title; no motor vehicle liability insurance, Anchor Point case.
Vance M. Wolford, 31, second-degree sexual assault, a felony; fourth-degree assault, two counts; first-degree criminal trespass, two counts; second-degree stalking, two counts; Homer case.
Harry A. Wilde, 33, DUI, avoiding interlock device, Homer case.
Justin W. Post, 45, unlawful contact, violating conditions of release, Homer case.