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The Homer Native Plant Society field trip on mushroom identification scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. “Return of the Bark Beetle? The Changing Forest of the Kenai Peninsula” is the last hike of the summer offered by the Homer Native Plant Society. Dr. Ed Berg will lead this hike from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday starting at the Homestead Trailhead off Roger’s Loop. The hike includes visiting the Demonstration Forest.  Trip size is limited to 12 participants.  To sign up, email jwoodring@alaska.net.

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The Alaskan Warrior Class Community holds a #Stop22on22 Ruck March starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at the base of the Homer Spit. #Stop22on22 is a national effort to raise awareness of suicide among veterans. The name refers to the suicide rate of 22 veterans a day. A ruck march is a walk with weighted rucksacks or packs — a “ruck.” The march with a 22-to-40-pound ruck starts at the Homer Spit Trail parking lot at Kachemak Drive and the Spit Road and goes to the end of the Spit and back, about 8 miles. The ruck is sponsored by Homer Gym.

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The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds it regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Diamond Ridge Fire Station, 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. The public is welcome to attend. The agenda is posted at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex Building, 206 E. Pioneer Ave., and at the McNeil Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. Call 235-9811 for more information.

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The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, holds its annual Back to School Supplies Project. Help local children start their school year on a positive note by purchasing school supplies and backpacks for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry. Look for donation boxes at Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware. The container lists needed supplies. About 120 children on the lower Kenai Peninsula will benefit.

Announcements

The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, holds its annual Back to School Supplies Project. Help local children start their school year on a positive note by purchasing school supplies and backpacks for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry. Look for donation boxes at Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware. The container lists needed supplies. About 120 children on the lower Kenai Peninsula will benefit.

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Dr. Kelly Cline will present “Mystery of the Martian Plumes,” a free public science lecture, at 7 p.m. July 29 in the Homer United Methodist Church Sun Room. Kelly is associate professor of mathematics and astronomy at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he presents a monthly public lecture series, “Discovering the Universe.”

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced about 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join more than 2,200 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Receiving scholarships are Patrick Latimer of Fritz Creek and Evan Boyer of Homer, both Homer High School graduates. Latimer received a National Merit Scholarship to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He plans to study music composition.

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Homer Thrift, the resale store operated by South Peninsula Haven House, has moved to a new location on Ocean Drive near the Homer Farmers Market. It now is open for summer hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday it holds a grand opening and celebration of its three-year anniversary. There will be door prizes, and Le Truck, a food truck, will be in the parking lot for the day. See story, page 2.

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The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Center. Christine Williamson speaks on Medicare. For information call 235-6349.

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The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers Ocean Connection from 1-5 p.m. every Thursday starting July 7. Reach beneath Kachemak Bay without getting wet. Small groups tour the bay on the Torega with Capt. Karl Stoltzfus and visit the highlights of the bay that day. See Gull Island, look for wildlife and learn from the top down and bottom up what, why and who lives in the bay. Visitors stop at an oyster farm and taste and learn to shuck oysters.

Student News

The Homer Foundation has awarded Leah Bailey the 2015 Homer Health Care Providers Scholarship to assist with her studies at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., where she is pursuing her Doctorate in physical therapy. Leah is a 2008 graduate of Homer High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Oregon, earning a bachelors of science with a double major in human physiology and psychology and a minor in chemistry. She said she would like to thank the Health Care Providers Scholarship Committee, the Homer Foundation and the generous donors who make this award possible.

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Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic holds its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 22 at the Community Health Outreach Office on the second floor of the R.E.C. Room building at 3957 Nielsen Circle, next door to the clinic. The meeting is open to the public.. For more information, contact Heather at 235-3436 or Heather@kbfpc.org.

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A 5-minute film, “Homeless in Homer,” shows at 6 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. The film was made by local teen group Lead On! in partnership with White Stag Productions, South Peninsula Haven House, the R.E.C. Room, Homer Prevention Project and The Center. The film also is the launch for YRG, the Youth Resource Guide, www.homeryrg.org, an online resource guide. A panel discussion and community conversation follows the film. For more information, call the R.E.C. Room at 235-3436, ext. 102.

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Dee Dahman, a sleep specialist, is this month’s speaker for the Parkinson’s Support Group. The group meets at 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Center. For more information, call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Announcements

Dee Dahman, a sleep specialist, is this month’s speaker for the Parkinson’s Support Group. The group meets at 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Center. For more information, call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Student News

Student News

Kaimana B. Chow, son of Bart and Star Chow and brother of Kama Chow, graduated from medical school at John A. Burns-School of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, on Sunday, May 16, 2015. Chow attended high school at Homer High School for his freshman year and then continued high school and graduated from Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Campus on Oahu, Hawaii, in 2005. He then obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and graduated with his bachelor of science degree in biology.

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Homer Stand Down, May 29-30, is a free event at the Homer Elks Lodge for all military veterans from the lower Kenai Peninsula, including Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer, Seldovia, Port Graham and Nawalek. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. information and services are provided for homeless and disabled veterans. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 30 Stand Down is open for all veterans throughout the day, with an opening ceremony with a U.S. Coast Guard color guard and officials from the Veterans Affairs, Rural Health and others. Free military surplus gear is provided.

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Amy Jane Velsko earned a masters of science in nursing with a specialization in family practice from Texas Woman’s University at commencement exercises on May 9, 2015. Velsko has spent the past seven years as a registered nurse at Baylor University Medical Center, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and as part-time faculty at the Baylor University Louise Harrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas. She has earned nursing certifications in pain management, medical-surgical and bariatric nursing.

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