McKibben Jackinsky

Seniors benefit from VA contract

As one of his final accomplishments in office, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has given Homer area veterans a gift. He helped facilitate a five-year contract with Homer Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs that will cover the cost of veterans participating in HSC’s adult day services program, Friendship Center.

Homer DDF team performs well at Eagle River

Eighteen members of the Homer High School debate, drama and forensics team are back from a multi-school meet at Eagle River High School last weekend. Participating schools included East, South, Service, West, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools, as well as Homer. 

“Homer did very well,” said Head Coach Amy Johnson. “I was very impressed with their performance, despite it being near the end of the semester with lots of other stress.”

Public praises Wrede’s work

It was saved until the end of Monday’s regular city council meeting, but the lineup at the microphone, the accolades given, the servings of cake and punch and the emotions expressed —laughter and tears — made it clear City Manager Walt Wrede’s upcoming departure was the focus of the evening.

Resident Larry Slone commented on Wrede’s mixed record, considered by some as having done a fine job and by others as being the devil incarnate.

“Nobody’s perfect, Walt,” said Slone. “From the professional perspective, I’d give you an A minus.”

Nikolaevsk mixed 6 region champs, head to state

It was a clear sweep to victory for the Nikolaevsk Warriors mixed six volleyball team at conference competition in Kodiak last weekend.

After arriving in Kodiak by ferry, the team took on Anderson, the no. 4 seed, and secured a 3-0 win Friday afternoon.

Saturday, the Warriors were back on the court, working their way past Seldovia, the no. 3 seed, and Kodiak EES, no. 2. The Kodiak team includes athletes from Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie.

Correa named ‘sailor of the quarter’

The chiefs and command of the USCGC Hickory have announced their selection of Jose J. Correa, a machinery technician second class, as the ship’s Fall 2014 Sailor of the Quarter.

The honor is bestowed on a crewmember who shows superior performance of duty and service to the cutter and local community, and proves to be an exceptional member of the United States Coast Guard, said Ensign David Parker, the ship’s public affairs officer, in a press release issued Nov. 20.

Ditch work may give some relief to erosion-plagued subdivision

A break in the weather has allowed Homer Public Works crews to do additional cleanup before winter takes hold of the southern Kenai Peninsula. That includes removing debris and opening ditches in the Baycrest Subdivision, specifically along Mount Augustine Drive, Rene Court and Judy Rebecca Court.

“We didn’t change any drainage patterns. We just deepened and cleaned out the ditches that existed,” said Carey Meyer, public works director.

Mariners take second in End of Road Shootout

Four teams and six games kept the Kevin Bell Arena hopping with hockey action for the End of the Road Shootout, Nov. 20-22. Homer was host to the Soldotna Stars, Bartlett Golden Bears and Houston Hawks.

The undefeated Stars went home with the tournament trophy, while Homer held second place with one loss, Houston was third and Bartlett fourth. 

HHS musicians chosen for performance group

Outstanding musicians from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have been selected to participate in a 2015 NAfME, the National Association for Music Educators, All-Northwest performing group. The high school bands, orchestras and choirs will meet in Spokane, Wash., Feb. 12-15.

Among those chosen are six Homer High School students:

Miles Catlin, French horn, wind symphony;

Zak Holschen, bass clarinet, wind symphony;

Kindergarteners: ‘Let’s cook a turkey!’

The students in teacher Wendy Todd’s kindergarten class at Paul Banks Elementary School have, as in years past, generously donated their tips for making the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

Todd sparked the youngsters’ creativity with the lead sentence, “Let’s cook a turkey!” Details provided by the youngsters reflect a sense of food preparation order, valued family traditions and delight in the holiday.

Homer’s recipe for a happy Thanksgiving

Forget the 9 a.m. posted start time for Kachemak Bay Lions Thanksgiving Basket Program’s packing of food boxes on Saturday. The parking lot outside the fellowship hall of Homer United Methodist Church, where the activity was taking place, was filled with eager volunteers long before the clock’s short hand pointed to 9 and the long hand pointed to 12.

Shootout brings ‘hot hockey action’ to arena

Bundle up against the keep-the-ice-frozen temps of the Kevin Bell Arena and prepare for some “hot hockey action” this weekend as the Homer Mariners take on teams from Houston, Bartlett and SoHi in the three-day End of the Road Shootout. 

“These teams represent different areas — Anchorage, the valley and the peninsula — so it’s a collective group and will be exciting to see where we stand,” said Mariner Head Coach John Carlin.

DDF tournaments ahead, judges needed

With two tournaments under their belt, the Homer High School DDF — drama, debate and forensics — team is readying for more to come.

“They’re looking really strong. There’s a lot of new kids on the team, but they’re stepping up to the challenges, digging in and going forth,” said Head Coach Amy Johnson. “The returning students on the team are welcoming them in and saying ‘Let’s go do this thing.’”

Emblem club: dedicated to 'truth, justice, charity'

Four years after Emblem Club No. 350 began in Homer, the following notice ran in the two-month-old Homer News in March 1964: “The Emblem Club is now running the Bingo at the Elks on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. $2 a card with two jackpots. Public invited.”

More than 50 years later, the Homer club is still going strong, including the Wednesday night Bingo games that help fund the club’s scholarship effort.

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