Homer’s Best Bets

With Tuesday’s municipal election approaching, the Betster has been thinking a lot about legacy. You know, the stuff we as individuals leave to our loved ones and the kind of community those who follow us find after we’ve left.

Seems like legacy — the kind we leave as individuals and as a community — is all about wanting to make a difference in big and small ways. Who doesn’t want to leave this place we call home a little better than we found it?

But our legacy doesn’t wait until after we’re gone. We’re creating it now. Those legacy thoughts have me thinking about those four candidates running for Homer City Council who voluntarily put themselves out in the open for public scrutiny with no assurances that they’ll be elected. One minute they’re just like the rest of us — you know, backseat drivers who like criticizing government and the decision-makers. The next, well, they’ve decided to step up and work for change. Overnight, they’re in the spotlight as politicians, even though that’s not what they call themselves. They’re expected to share thoughts on all kinds of things at the drop of a hat, know the city budget inside and out, and be witty and eloquent public speakers. 

Agree or disagree with them, you’ve got to admire their courage in stepping out of their comfort zone to run for office. By doing so, they’re creating a legacy of involvement — and a great example for others to follow. Having some new faces in the council lineup is refreshing. The Betster wishes all the candidates well on Election Day and reminds  all voters that they, too, can create a legacy of involvement by getting out and voting Tuesday. There are important issues on the ballot. Your vote does matter.

And while casting your ballot is the Best Making a Difference Bet this week, there are all kinds of things to do that make a difference in our community. Like some of these Best Bets:

BEST TAKE ME OUT TO THE MOVIES BET: Celebrating 10 years, it’s safe to call Homer Theatre’s Documentary Film Festival a tradition. The gala opening of the film fest is at 6 tonight and includes food, guest speakers and the international release of the documentary “Muscle Shoals.” There are 10 films, plus a short documentary on the Old Believers of the Kenai Peninsula, included in this year’s film fest. Starting Friday films are every day at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. through Oct. 3. 


BEST HOMECOMING IS ABOUT COMMUNITY BET: Homer High School has invited the community to participate in homecoming events Friday and Saturday. There will be a parade at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a bonfire in the school’s lower parking lot. The Mariner football team plays Lathrop at 3 p.m. Saturday with the crowning of the homecoming royalty at halftime. 


BEST IT’S A BIRD BET: The Kachemak Bay Birders have their regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. At the end of the meeting, there will be a showing of a new sandhill crane migration video released this summer. If you’re interested in birds and their habitats and citizen science, this is the place to be.


BEST HERE’S A CHANCE TO SERVE BET: The Kachemak Bay Lions will host an information session at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Homer Senior Center, 3935 Svedlund Ave., so people can come and learn more about the club’s work. The Lions’ motto is “We Serve.” Now, that’s a legacy.


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