High school pool reopens
After managers discovered a "fecal incident" at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center at Homer High School, the swimming pool was closed on Feb. 5. It reopened Monday night after the pool was cleaned and sanitized. The incident highlights the need for swimmers to not use the pool if sick with stomach flu, diarrhea, respiratory flu and other illnesses.
"Clean bodies equal clean water," said pool manager Bridget Kuhns.
Swimmers should take these precautions to help keep the pool clean:
* Wear clean bathing suits;
* Shower with soap and water before entering the pool;
* Wear bathing caps, even for people with short hair;
* Avoid using the pool if you have open sores and runny noses; and
* Shower again after using the bathroom and before re-entering the pool.
Pool hours for open swims are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Lap swimming is 6:30-8 a.m. Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-1 p.m. Saturday. Lap and leisure swimming is 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Fees are $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2.50 youth. For more information, call 235-7416.
Party honors World Games athlete
The Homer Senior Center is holding a welcome-home celebration at 1 p.m. today for athlete Kinna Ledger who recently competed and won a bronze medal at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The cross-country skier, who works at the senior center, took third place in a 50-meter event with a time of 29.65. Ledger was one of four Alaska athletes on Team USA.
The party will be held in the HSC dining room. The public is invited.
Broomball taking shape
Homer Broomball league played its first games of the 2013 season last Friday. The League has three strong teams sponsored by Alice's Champagne Palace, the Down East Saloon and Beluga Lake Lodge. After Friday's game, Alice's Scoundrels lead the league in goals, scoring 6 in their game against the Down East Grayskulls, and 3 in their game against the Beluga Lake Bombers. The Bombers scored 4 goals against the Grayskulls. The Grayskulls trail 1 goal against the Bombers.
MVP of the week goes to Nathaniel Brown of the Beluga Lake Bombers, Jennifer Norton of the Down East Grayskulls and Van Hawkins of the Alice's Scoundrels. Honorable mentions go to Jessica "shut out" Marx, Seanna "just kick it" Gunn and Matt "I have another one in me" Creamer. Homer Broomball League is an adult league. They play every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. New players are always welcome.
Riptide on a roll
The Best Western Riptide has been in first place in City League basketball action all season, and with just one more game before the tournament, the team will keep its No. 1 rank, sliding by the Home Run Oil Titans on Monday night 70-68. Nick Finley scored 20 and Weston Carroll pitched in 12 for the win. The Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators barely beat the K-12 Teachers 50-49 in a back and forth game. Heath Johnson and Dave Drake combined for 29 points to lead the victors. The Bulletproof Nets went on a tear on both ends of the floor, defeating the Alaska Bible Institute 63-24. Josh Gilbert and Corey Sutherland led in scoring for the nets with 16 and 11 points respectively.
Best Western Riptide 13-2
Bulletproof Nets 11-4
Home Run Oil Titans 8-7
Alaska Bible Institute 5-10
Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators 4-11
K-12 Teachers 3-12