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Kids' business profits go to help others

The Homer Sour Girls is comprised of five sweet and business-minded girls — 8-year-olds Jocelyn Stillwell, Evelyn Sherwood, Jasmine Kupetz and Katie Miller, and10-year-old Natalia Sherwood — who are raising money for Homer’s community organizations one refreshment stand at time.

It started with lemonade. The lip-puckering drink was perfect to sell in the summer to locals and tourists alike as relief from the unrelenting Alaska sun. The girls’ group name also came about as a result.

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Results from the 1996 Homer Christmas bird count showed a decline in songbird numbers that parallels a nationwide trend. Bird count coordinator Dave Erikson said there has been a noticeable songbird population decrease over the past few years. Longtime bird enthusiast Margaret Anderson said she used to see flocks of 20 to 30 sparrows at her feeder and now sees none.

– From the issue of Jan. 2, 1997

30 years ago in the Homer News:

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

By the slimmest of margins, 27 residents of Nanwalek elected to make the Native community at the head of Kachemak Bay a dry village. The election results of 27-26 were made official on Friday, Dec. 20. The community planned to drain all alcohol from the town of 200 by late February and make possession and consumption against the law. Selling alcoholic beverages in Nanwalek was already a crime as no one owned a liquor license.

– From the issue of Dec. 26, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Homerites reacted from reconciled to irate at Gov. Tony Knowles’ announcement that he would proceed with a Cook Inlet-region oil and gas lease sale but impose a 90-day moratorium on drilling permits near the Kenai River and on the lower Kenai Peninsula. Knowles said the public process leading up to Lease Sale 85A was legal but flawed, but that he was not willing to toss out two years of work preparing the sale.

– From the issue of Dec. 19, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

Christmas bird count: Homer part of tradition

If you like to take long walks on the beach in the blowing snow, enjoy finding exotic new creatures and counting them, join one of the more interesting holiday traditions: the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Held throughout the United States, Canada and other countries in the western hemisphere between Dec. 14-Jan. 5, this is the 115th Christmas bird count. For one day in count areas, birders fan out and count and record as many birds and species they can see. Audubon started the count as a conservation alternative to Christmas bird hunts.

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

The conservation-minded Homer City Council agreed to put almost 21 acres of city land on the Homer Spit off limits to development forever. The decision signaled the council’s backing of birds over bulldozers in that spot with a vote of 5-1 to turn over to Kachemak Heritage Land Trust certain rights governing what can happen on the mostly tidal-flat parcel. The conservation easement left ownership and liability for the land in city hands but blocked almost all construction or any erosion-causing disturbances.

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Two hundred people marched in a snowstorm on Monday, Dec. 2 to protest the Cook Inlet Lease Sale 85A, hoping to send an unmistakable message to Gov. Tony Knowles. Lease Sale 85A included roughly 1.1 million acres onshore and offshore from Turnagain Arm to the lower Kenai Peninsula. Homer-area residents were especially concerned about the 190,000 acres on the Lower Peninsula. Almost the same acreage was removed from Lease Sale 78 several years prior when there was less natural gas interest.

– From the issue of Dec. 5, 1996

Holiday events make season merry and bright

Upcoming Holiday Events

5-7 p.m. Friday, Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit. There will be a craft room for children, caroling by the Homer High School choir, a bonfire, hot chocolate and s’mores — and the lighting of the chamber’s big spruce tree.

 

Nutcracker Faire

11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Homer High School Commons and gym.

 

Nutcracker ballet

3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

3 p.m. Sunday

7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

3 p.m. Dec. 10

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Most of the playground equipment at Karen Hornaday Park is unsafe and needs to be replaced, a risk management expert from the borough told the city of Homer. If a group of concerned residents get their way, new equipment could become a reality by spring 1997. Members of the ad hoc Playground Project Committee are working out the details of a program that could result in the design and construction of a new playground at the popular park if the financing, equipment and volunteer help can be found.

– From the issue of Nov. 28, 1996

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Nanwalek residents were about to hold a special election on Dec. 10 to decide whether to ban the sale, importation and possession of alcholic beverages in the Native community. Secretary/treasurer of the Nanwalek village council Sally Ash predicted the measure would pass in the village of 200.

­— From the issue of Nov. 21, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials will use the state fairgrounds and part of a Ninilchik Tribal Council building to teach 119 Ninilchick elementary school students after a fire destroyed part of their school the week before. Although smoke-damaged, the high school section was scheduled to open the following Monday. Another 120 students attended the school’s upper grades. Fire officials said that an electrical short may have caused the fire.

– From the issue of Nov. 14, 1996

How to give for the holidays

As people begin making their Thanksgiving plans and maybe even get an early start on gift shopping, Homer also opens its wallets — and hearts — to give to those more in need. Last Friday, the Homer Community Food Pantry held its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Local restaurants donated soup and potters donated bowls, raising enough to buy several months of canned goods, food pantry director Diana Jeska said.

Years ago in Homer

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Rep. Gail Phillips was re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, defeating Democratic challenger Joni Whitmore in a close election that saw Whitmore do well south of Anchor Point, but lose by a wide margin in the northern precincts. U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young were also re-elected by huge margins. The majority of Homer, as well as statewide, voters chose Bob Dole over Pres. Bill Clinton, making Alaska one of the few states Dole won. Homer saw a 48.8 percent voter turn out.

– From the issue of Nov. 7, 1996

20 years ago in the Homer News:

The request for just over $2 million for a new city library topped Homer’s areawide legislative wish list that was adopted on Monday, Oct. 28. The Homer City Council voted 4-0 to approve the list that shows the city’s support for projects that would serve a public broader than the city’s population.

– From the issue of Oct. 31, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

20 years ago in the Homer News:

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Thirty members of the Homer community marched down Pioneer Avenue to City Hall on Oct. 15 with signs with messages such as “Free the Hostages — End Domestic Violence” and “There is No Excuse for Domestic Violence.” The march was organized by South Peninsula Women’s Services to acknowlege the existence of domestic violence as well as to honor its victims. FBI figures from 1991 calculated that a woman is battered every 15 seconds in the United States. In the fiscal year 1996, 401 women on the Lower Kenai Peninsula sought help from SPWS.

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20 years ago in the Homer News

Homer’s centennial celebration started off with hundreds of spectators turned out to watch $3,000 worth of fireworks above Bishop’s Beach on Oct. 3 and was followed by a potluck at the Homer Elks Lodge on Oct. 4, with slideshow by Homer historian and author Janet Klein and painting of Homer Pennock.

— From the issue of Oct. 10, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News

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20 years ago in the Homer News:

Sylvia Thompson was about a month away from celebrating her 100th birthday, just as the city of Homer was also getting ready to celebrate its centennial. Thompson was born on Nov. 12, 1896, in Middleport, N.Y., the same year William McKinley was elected president and the Supreme Court ruled “separate but equal” facilities for blacks and whites were constitutional. She remembered the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania, as well as celebrating Armistice Day with her husband, Robert Thompson, when World War I ended.

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