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The Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma holds its annual Back to School Supplies Project through the month of August. Help students start the new school year on a positive note by providing school supplies and backpacks. Contributions can be left in the brightly colored receptacle inside the front door of Ulmer’s Drug &Hardware. Shopping lists are on the donation counter. The project benefits more than 100 children who are clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry in the Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik areas.

The Homer Storytellers, sponsored by Friends of Homer Library, meet every third Saturday in the Library Conference Room. Storytellers, new or experienced, tell stories, learn techniques, and expand their knowledge in two hours of laughter and sharing. The story circle is from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Anyone from age 12 up is welcome. For more information call 907-229-0187.

Kachemak Crane Watch needs participation during Kachemak Crane Watch’s annual Count Days. Please submit information on the day of each count. Citizen Scientists are needed for a special Sandhill Crane population survey in the Homer area (Anchor Point south). Kachemak Crane Watch would like to know of specific crane sightings on Aug. 26, Sept. 2, and Sept. 9. Please report the number of adults, colts, or banded cranes seen by location, time, and day, and your name and contact information for each of the count days to reports@cranewatch.org or by calling 907-235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262.

An LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) Teen Support and Discussion Group has formed and meets 1:30-3 p.m. every Thursday at the REC Room, 3957 Neilsen Circle. The private group is for ages 12-18. For more information or for transportation, contact Anna Meredith at the REC Room, 235-3436, or Irene Saxton-Opatz at the Center, 235-7701.

The Exchange, a syringe exchange program, offers free syringe exchanges the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 West Pioneer Avenue, in the southwest corner of the building. Exchanges are held 5-7 p.m. Upcoming dates are Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.

Central Area Rural Transit (CARTS) along with local partners South Peninsula Hospital, South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services Inc., Independent Living Center and Ryder Transport announce that the Public Taxi Voucher has ended as of July 31. All vouchers expired July 31. After July 31, people who still have vouchers can call the CARTS office at 907-262-8900 to arrange a refund. All refunds must be processed by Aug. 31. CARTS intends to continue providing public transportation in Homer and will evaluate the best way to provide service going forward. For questions or more information, call CARTS at 907-262-8900.

Family Flotilla Day is noon-3 p.,m. Aug. 19 at the Kachemak Bay Water Trails Pavillion on the Homer Spit next to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Sponsored by HoWL (Homer Wilderness Leaders), the event includes kayaking and other water activities. Stand-Up Paddle boards and wetsuits will be available for rent for $30. Hot soup also is served.

Volunteers are wanted to help work on the Saddle Trail. Free transportation into the park is provided, and the boat leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. No skills necessary, just a desire to help out. Volunteers are needed for Aug. 19 and 26. Pre-register by contacting Christina Whiting, Volunteer Coordinator, at 435-7969 or kbayvolunteer@gmail.com.

Sandhill crane chicks may start fledging soon. Report sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org. Provide date, time, location and number of cranes. Leave a name and number in case they need more details.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bingo is at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday nights. The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exercise sessions are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 235-7786.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. Programs are offered daily, including story time, crafts and musical performances. Call 235-4556.

Homer Senior Citizens

The Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555. Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, country style roast pork; Friday, battered cod; Monday, sweet and sour pork; Tuesday, beef tacos; Wednesday, roasted pork chops; next Thursday, baked ham. Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center. The cost per class is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for fall classes is open for general public and degree-seeking students. Classes start Aug. 28. Classes include Mushrooms of Kachemak Bay (Sept. 15-16), Ceramics, Computer Science, Geology, Calculus, Russian History, History of Alaska, Introduction to Creative Writing, Welding, Yoga, Conservation Biology and Global Climate Change. Sign up early. Appointments are available with an advisor throughout the summer. See the schedule for most classes at www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule.

For community education non-credit class registration, see; https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com. Aug. 21 is the deadline for the Rotary Scholarship deadline.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Historic Harbor Walking Tours are held starting at the Pratt wheelhouse at the Salty Dawg on the Spit. From 3-4:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through Sept. 4, a museum docent leads a tour of the historic Homer Harbor docks. Admission is $10 a person or $8 when purchased with museum admission.

Field Casting Workshops with Lynn Marie Naden will be held Thursdays in August from noon to 4 p.m. The workshops will go over the basics of mold-making and casting, and cost $75 per person and $65 for Pratt members. Participants under 14 must have an adult.

Road Construction

A pavement preservation project is now underway from Mile 5.5-12.6 East End Road from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Expect delays of about 10 minutes. The anticipated completion date is Oct. 31.

Bruce Bayes and Ann McGrew

On Aug. 19, 1967, Bruce Bayes and Ann McGrew were married in Phoenix, Arizona. They moved to Anchor Point in 1976, where they raised three children and welcomed four grandchildren. Congratulations on their 50th Anniversary.

Mabel Grace Kastelle was born at 7:46 a.m. Aug. 10, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital to Tiffany Ferris and Josh Kastelle of Homer. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

Owen Wilder O’Laire was born at 8:54 a.m. Aug. 12, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital, to Michael and Maddie O’Laire of Homer. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces. His grandparents are Carolyn Stormont of Dallas, Texas, and Mac Fuller of Longview, Texas; and Jim and Paula O’Laire of Oldtowne, Idaho. He has an older sister, Iris O’Laire, of Homer.

Jonathan Robert Stanish

May 21, 2001 - Aug. 9, 2017

Lifelong Homer resident, Mr. Jonathan Robert Stanish, 16, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from complications with epilepsy.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at the Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road in Homer. A balloon release will follow the potluck at Bishops Beach in Homer. In honor of Jonathan, please include something blue in your wardrobe at the service.

Jonathan was born May 21, 2001 to Daniel and Rachel Stanish in Homer, Alaska. He went to Paul Banks, West Homer, Homer Middle School and Homer High. He was getting ready to start his sophomore year at Homer High. He was born and raised in Homer. Jonathan was a member of the Methodist Church in Homer. He got straight A’s at Homer High and had perfect attendance.

The family wrote, “Jonathan was our angel on earth. Jonathan touched the hearts of not only his family and friends, but anyone he met. Jonathan struggled in life from the moment he was born. Though all his medical struggles, he was always happy, loving and sweet. He taught so many people about unconditional love. Jonathan loved to explore the world around him. We will miss his sweet spirit and sparkle in his beautiful blue eyes.”

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Stephan Stanish; grandpa, Wesley McGee; great -grandparents, Robert and Noella Harford and grandpa, Clayton Richardson.

He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Rachel Stanish of Homer; brothers, Stephan and Jaydan Stanish of Homer; grandma’s, Bonnie Nielson of Utah, Cheryl L. Richardson of Anchor Point, Mary Martin of Anchorage, and Nancy Dodd of Homer; great-aunt and uncle Elizabeth and Don Doan of Homer; aunts, Michell Foss of Homer, Holly Stanish of Homer, Tonya McGee of Homer, Mary (Jamie) Webb of Wasilla, Kayla and Tracey Hanley of Homer, Lena Koen of Anchorage and Patty Catron of Homer; uncles, Jared Porter of Homer, Erik Nelson of California, Chris Stanish of Anchorage, Robert (Stephanie) Webb of Anchorage, Jeremy (Meagen) Webb of Anchor Point; great-aunt, Corey Sheldon of Wasilla; great-uncles, Russ Harford of Anchor Point, Randy (Nina) Harford of Wasilla and Wayne Harford of Kodiak; cousins, Audrianna and Aurora of Homer, Damian Webb, Gracelynn Webb, Jaxon Webb, Axel Webb, Kayleigh Webb, Wyatt Webb, Angellynn Webb, Tristan McGee, Nicolas McGee, Haylee McGee, Aiden Fielding, Laila Stanish, Trevor Kinsel, Miriah Gassler, Trevor Koen, David Koen and Rachel Koen; and numerous other relatives.

The family would like to thank the community members, doctors and friends who helped in the care and support of his family.

Arrangements made by Homer Funeral Home &Cremation Services. Please visit or sign his online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.

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