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Shorebirds visit right on time

As if turning a switch, thousands of shorebirds arrived May 3, pushed north and west by a storm with winds up to 35 mph. Predictions that the peak of the migration would hit right during the 25th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival May 4-7 proved spot on, justifying a decision to move the festival up a week this year.

There’s a whole lot of nothing between Homer and rest of the world

We bought our daughter’s car and made the decision that rather than let it moulder in her climate we would bring it home now. We have made the trip in the winter before and know that, if the weather is in our favor, and that’s a giant “if,” the road can be traveled with speed and determination.

Embrace February: It really is the best time of year

On Mondays John and I go on a “dump date.” We load the pickup (and for the two of us there certainly isn’t very much going out of here), each get a coffee, split a cookie and head to the dump. Now here comes the best part: We take the long way home. Up Diamond Ridge, over Skyline, down East Hill or some configuration of that. We often head out East to ski at McNeil. Once we even made it to Hope for breakfast. It keeps me in touch with what’s going on at different elevations. I am really comfortable here at 396 feet and need a reminder of what you are experiencing.

20 years ago in the Homer News:

A 46-year-old homeless man living in a tent on the Spit wound up at South Peninsula Hospital with frostbite and pneumonia after temperatures dipped to 0 degrees. “I’ve never been — honest to God — so scared as I am right now,” said John Steffens. Share the Spirit and the Homer Community Food Pantry have been working to get a homeless shelter, “but the attitude of this town ... a lot of people say, ‘It’s great, but please not next door to me,’” said Norma Foust of Share the Spirit.

– From the issue of Jan. 9, 1997

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