Foundation celebrates milestone

Foundation celebrates milestone

The Homer Foundation held its 25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, July 16. Thanks to our gracious and generous hosts Bill and Dorothy Fry and their terrific staff at the Bear Creek Winery. The setting was most lovely and guests were able to sample a variety of the winery’s offerings and champagne donated by the Grog Shop.

Letters to the editor

Thank you for convention support

Dear people of Homer, I am so sorry that some form of a thank you did not get out to you sooner. Life has been a roller coaster for a bit here. Just wanted everyone to know how much we appreciated the support that we received from our wonderful community when we held our convention here in April.

Don't tax Alaska's children

Don’t tax Alaska’s children

Gov. Walker is trying to take candy from babies. He has decided to tax (and it is a tax) every child 52 percent of what is likely their only income, their permanent fund dividend. He didn’t cut the state budget, salaries or staff by 52 percent. He’s not taxing working adults or oil companies 52 percent. Consequently, those workers who live out of state will pay zero state taxes, Alaska citizens who earn $100,000 will pay only 1 percent while our children will pay 52 percent.

UK says enough of big government

UK says enough of big government

The British people, sick of big government nonsense, finally had the guts to stand up and say “enough is enough!” When will the good people of Alaska say the same thing about our state and local practice of “government of the government, by the government and for the government?” Will we have the guts to finally stand up?

On a related side note, if Gov. Bill Walker vetoes the permanent fund dividend payment will he become the most hated one-term governor in the history of Alaska?

Mike McBride

North Kenai

Volunteer efforts benefit library

Volunteer efforts benefit library

The Friends of the Homer Library and the Homer Public Library would like to thank Ben Gibson, Ken Castner and Phil Gordon for replacing a cedar post in the fish wall outside of the library. Phil Gordon generously donated the replacement log, and all three worked together to install it.

More scholarship thanks

More scholarship thanks

I would like to thank the Homer Marine Trades Association for awarding me a scholarship for the refrigeration program at AVTEC in Seward. I appreciate all the local support from our community.

Luka Schulz

Parade should celebrate freedom

Parade should celebrate freedom

The Homer Chamber of Commerce denied the Fourth of July parade entry application submitted as “Hunters Against Assault Weapons.” The proposed entry was deemed too controversial, too political and inconsistent with parade themes of patriotism, our history and present culture. The chamber director said that our message was inappropriate for a family-oriented parade and that it would be better suited for a letter to the editor. So here goes:

Celebrate SPH's 60th anniversary

Celebrate SPH’s 60th anniversary

It was 60 years ago in July that Homer opened the doors on the first hospital, providing two hospital beds, a place for visiting doctors, and the public health clinic. Residents worked hard to create the hospital 60 years ago, and decades have passed with continued support and commitment to the evolution and expansion of hospital services.

Murals: art or mess?

Murals: art or mess?

Last winter while I was artist-in-residence in St. Petersburg, I visited the Hermitage Museum almost daily. That museum’s collection, one of the wold’s greatest, spans the entire history of art from the Paleolithic to the present, and includes masterpieces from all cultures by artists both famous and anonymous.

In the presence of great art the conditions that determine aesthetic value clarify themselves to the thoughtful observer. There are formal consideration, those of excellence in line, color, shape, design, and composition.

Pier One Theatre: the Force rocks

Pier One Theatre: the Force rocks

Pier One Theatre would like to extend a big thank you to the cast, crew and audience who came out for our June Membership Weekend: the reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher and improv theatre by Fresh Produce. We acquired 27 new or renewing members, the most ever in one weekend, and a good start on purchasing a new sound system. Community is our foundation and the Force is strong with this one!

Jennifer Norton, artistic director
Pier One Theatre

Plant a row for the food pantry

It’s the time of the year that we ask gardeners to plant a row for the Food Pantry. Now that Saturday Market has their fresh vegetables available, don’t forget to grab a few and place them in our food tub which is located under the main tent on the south side. Vegetables are in high demand on Mondays. Also, as you clean out your freezer, getting ready for this year’s catch, please remember we need fish and whatever meat you want to share. We’ve been quite short on vegetables and meat these past few months. Thank you everyone, for being such great sharers.

Writers’ conference a tremendous success

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College would like to extend its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the many individuals, agencies and businesses whose generous grants, donations and in-kind support made our 15th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference such a tremendous success! Over 125 writers, students, teachers, literary enthusiasts and readers from Homer as well as throughout Alaska and the lower 48 spent 4 days together within a context of shared experiences of workshops, informal conversations, discussions, craft talks, open mics and readings.

Grants help improve Chugachik Island campsites

During the last two years, the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park and the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Committee have improved the campsites on Chugachik Island by removing hazardous trees and deadfall, weed whacking, constructing an outhouse and tent platform, trail clearing, and delivering picnic tables and a bear proof food locker.

Transportation of volunteers, materials and tools was made possible through a grant from the Homer Foundation, City of Homer Grants Program. Camper and visitor use has increased and been greatly enhanced by these improvements.

Thanks to all who helped remember Mary Epperson

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the many beautiful people who became a part of our mother Mary Epperson’s life. Your friendship and kindness to her meant the world to her and to Dean and myself. This past weekend we had a “Celebration of Life” gathering for her that was put together by a group of people whom she inspired and who inspired her. At heartfelt Thank You goes out to Carol Swartz, Joy Steward and Pastor Lisa Talbott who helped me through the whole process of making this beautiful event transpire.

Anchor Point food pantry available

Many people don’t realize that there is a food pantry in Anchor Point. The Anchor Point Food Pantry is located at the Great Land Worship Center on School Street behind the Chapman School, open only on Mondays from 4-6 p.m. Food distribution begins at 5 p.m. but soup and dessert is provided for anyone beginning at 4 p.m. Donations come from various sources. We shop food sales and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Choose scent-free varieties when bringing flowers to the hospital

Thank you to the many residents who bring beautiful flowers to the hospital and long term care to brighten up the day of a loved one. Just a friendly reminder that fragrant flowers are not permitted in any of the hospital owned buildings. People with allergies, asthma and respiratory difficulties can be adversely affected by strong smells, especially when already ill. Please choose only scent-free varieties when taking floral gifts to a friend or loved one.

Thank you for your assistance.

Derotha Ferraro

Moratorium on fracking needed

BlueCrest Energy came to Homer on May 17 to have a meeting sponsored by Cook InletKeeper and on June 14 had a town hall meeting in Ninilchik. Few people attended because very few know of BlueCrest’s extensive plans for the Cosmo Project to hydraulic frack 3.5 miles into Cook Inlet from their onshore facility right next to Stariski Creek, Mile 151 Sterling Highway. This location isn’t far from the East rip that runs along our coastline where our valuable sockeye salmon run and in a very volatile earthquake zone.

Community Science scholarship furthers education

My name is Elise Webber and I would like to extend a thank you to the Homer Foundation, specifically the Homer Community Science Foundation, and all who donated to make it possible. I was a recipient of a $500 scholarship that I will use to pursue higher education at Illinois State University where I will study biology and other life sciences. I worked very hard for this scholarship and I am extremely grateful that it was awarded to me.


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