Jackie Forster and Amy Lower of the South Peninsula Hospital Pediatric Therapy Clinic stand by more than 100 pounds of trick-or-treat candy at the Great Candy Exchange at the health fair. The candy will be put in Christmas stockings sent to deployed Alaska National Guard members.-Photo by Maynard Gross

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Jump into the Betster’s wayback machine and travel a year ago to the magical time of fall 2012. Remember that, Betsteroids? From Oct. 17-23, the… Continue reading

Jackie Forster and Amy Lower of the South Peninsula Hospital Pediatric Therapy Clinic stand by more than 100 pounds of trick-or-treat candy at the Great Candy Exchange at the health fair. The candy will be put in Christmas stockings sent to deployed Alaska National Guard members.-Photo by Maynard Gross
Randy Pine, Olympia Piedra and Lupin Pine add a little green to their lives at the Homer Public Library book and plant sale last Saturday. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If you’re one of those grumpy Homer curmudgeons who don’t like kids and live downtown, you might want to turn out your lights, lock your… Continue reading

Randy Pine, Olympia Piedra and Lupin Pine add a little green to their lives at the Homer Public Library book and plant sale last Saturday. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Andrey Moraru balances on one hand during the performance last Friday of Quixotic at the Homer Mariner Theatre.                                     -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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After decades of living in Alaska, the years and seasons blur together. The Betster’s memories might have gotten mixed up, but yours truly dimly remembers… Continue reading

Andrey Moraru balances on one hand during the performance last Friday of Quixotic at the Homer Mariner Theatre.                                     -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Lauren Winstead, left, an aerialist with Quixotic, teaches Delilah Harris, right, aerial silk techniques on Tuesday in the Homer High School Commons. Quixotic is a Kansas City, Mo., music, dance, circus art and multimedia performance troupe. They perform today and Friday. Both shows are sold out.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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You know how people these days get all harsh and rude, particularly on social media and the interwebs? Yeah, well, that’s Congress for ya. See?… Continue reading

Lauren Winstead, left, an aerialist with Quixotic, teaches Delilah Harris, right, aerial silk techniques on Tuesday in the Homer High School Commons. Quixotic is a Kansas City, Mo., music, dance, circus art and multimedia performance troupe. They perform today and Friday. Both shows are sold out.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A row of painted mailboxes brighten up the neighborhood on Hillside Place off West Hill Road.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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About this time of year, Homerites fall into outerwear confusion. One day it can be sunny and warm, with just a light jacket or sweater… Continue reading

A row of painted mailboxes brighten up the neighborhood on Hillside Place off West Hill Road.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Yet another Alaska reality TV show washes up on the airwaves. Starting Sunday on TLC is “Alaskan Women Looking for Love,” about six Alaska women… Continue reading

Youngsters prepare items to sell during Kids Vending Day at the Homer Farmers’ Market from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Skywatchers, if you missed the Harvest Moon Wednesday night, go take a look tonight and you’ll get a glimpse of the almost full Harvest Moon.… Continue reading

Youngsters prepare items to sell during Kids Vending Day at the Homer Farmers’ Market from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Kristen Tonga sketches outside Ptarmigan Arts last week for First Friday. Tonga was in town visiting family. For a donation, she offered 10-minute portrait sketches.       -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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An alert observer of the natural world e-mailed the Betster with an update on the sandhill crane migration. “Huge Normandy Invasion type of crane formation… Continue reading

Kristen Tonga sketches outside Ptarmigan Arts last week for First Friday. Tonga was in town visiting family. For a donation, she offered 10-minute portrait sketches.       -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
An adult swan leads three young swans, or cygnets, across Beluga Lake last week. Another adult swan was nearby.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The other day the Betster and some friends debated whether or not it would rain on a holiday weekend. “It’s Alaska, in September,” the Betster… Continue reading

An adult swan leads three young swans, or cygnets, across Beluga Lake last week. Another adult swan was nearby.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Sarah and Hani Demetrious stand outside Skyhorse, their custom motorhome, at the Homer Brewery on Monday. From Key West, Fla., the couple arrived in Homer this week. See their trip blog at adventuresinskyhorse.com.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Your average American holiday requires some sort of token effort. It’s not just a day off. You have to cook a turkey, shop for presents,… Continue reading

Sarah and Hani Demetrious stand outside Skyhorse, their custom motorhome, at the Homer Brewery on Monday. From Key West, Fla., the couple arrived in Homer this week. See their trip blog at adventuresinskyhorse.com.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Pig wrangler Robert McGinnis encourages two of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs at the Kenai Peninsula Fair last Friday.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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You know why it rains in August? That’s so when students go back to school with their new clothes and carefully arranged coiffures, Ma Nature… Continue reading

Pig wrangler Robert McGinnis encourages two of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs at the Kenai Peninsula Fair last Friday.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Visitors walk the grounds last year at the Kenai Peninsula Fair. The annual August tradition opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. The fair closes 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “Clammin’ It Up.” Admission is $10 a day for adults, $5 for youth 6-12 and seniors 65 and older or a three-day pass for $25 adults, $10 youth and seniors. Friday is Red Shirt Friday to “remember everyone deployed.” Back this year are the popular pig races. For a fair schedule, go to kenaipeninsulafair.com.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If you did a web search on “photos of icky fall colors” on local social media pages, your eyes would blur at the thousands of… Continue reading

Visitors walk the grounds last year at the Kenai Peninsula Fair. The annual August tradition opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. The fair closes 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “Clammin’ It Up.” Admission is $10 a day for adults, $5 for youth 6-12 and seniors 65 and older or a three-day pass for $25 adults, $10 youth and seniors. Friday is Red Shirt Friday to “remember everyone deployed.” Back this year are the popular pig races. For a fair schedule, go to kenaipeninsulafair.com.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Anna Stewart, left, and Sarah Bodary, right, sell flowers last month at the Saturday Homer Farmers’ Market. The Homer Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m Wednesdays and 10 a.m-3 p.m. Saturdays on Ocean Drive, with kids activities and music. The market features vegetables, flowers, seafood and other food and crops from local producers. Locally made arts and crafts also are on sale.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Some want to blame the Betster for this recent stretch of soggy weather. “So seize that sun again and again as if it might end… Continue reading

Anna Stewart, left, and Sarah Bodary, right, sell flowers last month at the Saturday Homer Farmers’ Market. The Homer Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m Wednesdays and 10 a.m-3 p.m. Saturdays on Ocean Drive, with kids activities and music. The market features vegetables, flowers, seafood and other food and crops from local producers. Locally made arts and crafts also are on sale.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Greensky Bluegrass performs at Salmonstock 2012. The three-day festival starts Friday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik.-Photo by Tim Steinberg for Salmonstock

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It might seem like a distant memory, but remember in May when it snowed? Remember how miserable we were, shivering during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird… Continue reading

Greensky Bluegrass performs at Salmonstock 2012. The three-day festival starts Friday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik.-Photo by Tim Steinberg for Salmonstock
Atz Kilcher drives a truck towing a historic cabin on East End Road on Monday afternoon. The cabin was built by Francis Byer, the builder of the Homestead Restaurant building. Kilcher was moving the cabin to property on West Hill Road where it will be an artist’s studio. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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What with all this road construction and utility work, the Betster hasn’t had so much fun driving since the summer years ago when yours truly… Continue reading

Atz Kilcher drives a truck towing a historic cabin on East End Road on Monday afternoon. The cabin was built by Francis Byer, the builder of the Homestead Restaurant building. Kilcher was moving the cabin to property on West Hill Road where it will be an artist’s studio. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Homer experienced a big city traffic jam last Thursday when the Sterling Highway repaving project and gas line utility work caused traffic to back up from Lake Street west.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The other day the Betster noticed a large, saucer shaped cloud hovering over Homer. Sometimes a cloud is just a cloud, but sometimes clouds are… Continue reading

Homer experienced a big city traffic jam last Thursday when the Sterling Highway repaving project and gas line utility work caused traffic to back up from Lake Street west.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A fox sparrow perches on top of a spruce tree near a meadow on Diamond Ridge.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The other day as the Betster drove by yet another crew of lime-green vested pipeline dudes playing with big plastic tubes, a thought crossed the… Continue reading

A fox sparrow perches on top of a spruce tree near a meadow on Diamond Ridge.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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A national holiday on Thursday? That is like so Thanksgiving, but there you go. This year, we celebrate the Fourth of July on Thursday. You… Continue reading

Homer’s Best Bets

Here in Betsterland we run into a contradiction every summer: The more stuff that happens, the less space we have to write about it. Galleries,… Continue reading

Beach walkers wait for kite surfers to hit the waves last Saturday as fog shrouds the Homer Spit during KiteFest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Based on the number of people with reddish tints to their faces around town, not all of you listened to the Betster’s advice last week… Continue reading

Beach walkers wait for kite surfers to hit the waves last Saturday as fog shrouds the Homer Spit during KiteFest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
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