Letters to the editor

Thanks to Bunnell Arts Center

Paul Banks Elementary would like to thank Bunnell Street Arts Center, Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Rasmussen Foundation, and Alaska Federal Credit Union for their ongoing support of the Artist in the Schools program in our community.

This year we were able to use that funding to support our Preludes Violin program, which brings weekly violin instruction to approximately 120 children in our school. This program is available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay for an instrument or lessons, and is supported entirely through parent, community, and grant donations.

We hope you have an opportunity to hear the Preludes play at one of our future events—it is quite exciting to hear so many little violinists playing in unison. Our artist instructors Daniel Perry and Katy Klann do a remarkable job with our young musicians. Thank you also to the many people in our community who have donated countless hours to volunteering their support for this program.

It takes many hands working together to pull off a program of this magnitude, and we appreciate everyone’s effort.


Jennifer Reinhart

Paul Banks Elementary

Thanks for library support

The Friends of the Homer Library (FHL) would like to express gratitude to the many businesses, artists, and individuals who donated items for our Celebration of Lifelong Learning fundraiser.

FHL would also like to thank the attendees who came to celebrate the award winners Lee Post (Lifelong Learner 2018) and Ben Kettle (Youth Learner 2018). We are a community that values reading and learning, and that is reflected in the support that community members give the library.

Funds raised from the event will go to support programs such as the Summer Reading and Learning Program, Author Readings, after school programs, BOB the Bookmobile, and more.

FHL is grateful for all the ways community members support, celebrate, and advocate for their library. See you this weekend at the Book and Plant Sale.


Mercedes Harness

FHL Coordinator

Women of Distinction a success thanks to participants

South Peninsula Haven House Board would like to thank the community of Homer for another very successful Women of Distinction celebration held at Alice’s Champagne Palace. First, we thank the four women honored who have embraced our community and shared their passion, knowledge and commitment for the betterment of all. We also want to extend our thanks to the artists, businesses and individuals through their generous donations that has furthered Haven House’s commitment to a safer community.

And finally, our individual supporters that come out to our event every year with a giving spirit that supports the work the staff of Haven House does all year long. As Chloe Pleznac, our Young Woman of Distinction said, “I love, love Homer.” The Haven House Board of Directors feels that same sentiment to each one of you.

Sherry Stead

Thanks to hospital

To all the staff at the hospital, clinics, and home health, the family of John Smith would like to express gratitude for the wonderful care and concern shown to our husband, father and friend.

Jonnie Yager

Many hands contributed to Prom

This year’s Homer High School “To the Moon and Back” prom on April 14 was a rousing success. Heartfelt thanks goes first to the group of students, led by Cora Parish, who worked so hard on all the details of organizing this major event.

The prom committee owes a huge debt to Ms. Suzanne Bishop who did a tremendous job helping with everything from set-up to budgeting.

Mr. Jesse Bolt and the Homer Mariner Theatre graciously assisted students in transforming the stage into a glittering moonscape.

Mr. Walter Love’s 6th hour HHS construction class, especially Sonia Blackmon and Glikeria Kusnetsov, created an out-of-this-world 3-D rocket photo booth. The DJ skills of Denali North Events (Scott Fraley and George Farren) kept the crowd enthusiastic from the moment of their arrival to the final dance at midnight. Sharon Gorman and Mary VanLiere prepped all the fresh fruit for the refreshment table.

Mike and Sherry Parish served up delicious cookies donated by Two Sisters Bakery and kept the punch bowl full throughout the evening. Joshua Veldstra Photography energetically photographed wave after wave of elegant attendees.

Last, but not least, I thank the chaperones who joined us to make this event safe and memorable. Once again, Homer should be very proud of the caliber of young adults we are raising.

Michelle Borland

Social Studies Teacher

Student Government Advisor

Homer High School

Thanks from Paul Banks

Thank you Sons of American Legion Squadron 16 for the generous $1,000 donation. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation to our school. In times of shrinking budgets, this money will go a long way.

With your donation, we purchased higher-level library books to help enhance our students’ reading ability.

Thank you,

Eric Pederson

Principal, Paul Banks Elementary School

More Paul Banks thanks

Thank you SBS for donating lumber, screws and stain for our benches. Thank you also to Shane Watson for making the four beautiful benches in our hallway. This greatly adds to the welcoming environment of Paul Banks Elementary and our morning reading with parents and staff.

Thank you,

Eric Pederson

Principal, Paul Banks Elementary School