Business Briefs

Maritime Helicopters celebrates 40 years
Maritime Helicopters Inc. celebrates 40 years of service in Alaska this year. Started by Don and Mary Ann Fell with one leased helicopter in 1973, the family-owned business has steadily grown to become the only Bell Helicopter/Textron Service Center in Alaska. Maritime owns a fleet of Bell Jet Rangers, Long Rangers and 407 models which support marine, petroleum, construction and government agencies throughout the state.
Headquartered in Homer at the Homer Airport, Maritime Helicopters also has satellite bases in Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and Kenai. It offers an 86-foot helipad equipped research vessel that has served customers throughout the arctic, western Aleutians and Southeast Alaska.
“The company is ever expanding and remains committed to serving our many loyal customers throughout Alaska,” the Fells said in a press release.
Maritime Helicopters is located at 3520 FAA Road in Homer. For more information call 235-7771 or visit

Recorder’s office closed from until March 4
The Homer Recorder’s Office is temporarily closed for scheduled leave. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. March 4.
During this closure, recordings for the district may be made at the Anchorage Recorder’s Office. Mail all recordings to:
Anchorage Recorder’s Office
Attn: Homer/Seldovia Districts
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1200
Anchorage, AK 99501-3564
The Anchorage telephone number is (907) 269-8876.

Chamber mixer tonight
February’s Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer is from 5-7 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge. It is hosted by Tom and Debbie Stroozas of AmericasCuisine. They will introduce their dining guide that showcases several Homer restaurants. Finger food from Captain Patties will be served along with wines provided by the Elks Lodge. This event is open to the public.
The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is March 23. Anyone with seats available on their boat is asked to contact Paula at the chamber, 235-7740.

Wellness classes offered
The SVT Health & Wellness Center offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Effective Communication Skills” taught by Windy Russ, a behavioral health specialist. Participants will discover their communication style and how it affects what they hear. Russ will offer insights about other communication styles and participants will discover how to interact with each of them successfully.
Next week’s class is “Fermented Foods,” taught by Jenifer Dickson, a certified nutritional therapist. Participants will learn how to create their own probiotic superfoods. Dickson will introduce healthy and simple sauerkraut, kimchi and beet kvass recipes.
The SVT Health & Wellness Center is located at 880 East End Road. The classes are open to the public. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-228 ext. 660