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Contribution goes to youth arts

Homer Council on the Arts has recently received a sponsorship contribution from ConocoPhillips Alaska in support of our after-school arts and theater programs for young people. This gift helps make possible TheatreShakes, our youth theatre skills program, which recently presented a condensed version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

In the HCOA gallery, more than 100 students and senior adults enjoyed a matinee performance, which was followed the next evening with a full house public performance. 

Homer backs early learning

Writing on behalf of children and the Homer Head Start Parent Committee, I wish to thank our community for generously supporting our recent bake sale. Thank you also to Safeway for providing a venue for the sale. Our parent committee raises funds to support enrichment activities for children. This year funds will be used for swimming lessons, visiting artists and musicians, field trips to access learning experiences beyond our classroom, and revisions to our playground to provide more natural elements. Thank you, Homer, for supporting the important years of early childhood.

Cheers to supporters

This was my first year to coach the Homer High School football cheerleaders and it was truly a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with the cheerleaders, their wonderful parents and the volunteers. I am so grateful for their endless time, support and energy and appreciate all they did and all the help they provided — thank you.

Let’s be last in some things

We need a revolution and we have an opportunity.

 We’re No. 1.  Rape, domestic violence, suicide, child abuse, fetal brain damage from alcohol and alcoholism: For more than 40 years Alaska has the highest rates in the nation.  A recent survey of Alaska women found one in three had been raped. Must we endure this? 

 Given our wealth and small population, we should be the happiest and healthiest bunch of people in the United States. We very much are not.

Simple change could save everyone money on proposed natural gas line


If the city’s natural gas Special Assessment District proposal survives the ongoing vote of the property owners, a small simple change to the city’s plan could potentially save money for us all, as well as satisfying some opponents: Give neighborhoods — at least those in the second year of planned development — the opportunity to opt out by a majority vote of the properties in the neighborhood. 

Say ‘no’ to heli-skiing

Residents of Homer, I strongly urge you to not allow heli-skiing in Kachemak State Park and Wilderness Park. Other state lands are available for this kind of activity in the area. Helicopters are extremely invasive machines. They disrupt wildlife and other backcountry users and are dangerous. 

Is natural gas really a good deal?


I tend to be an optimistic guy. I’m also pretty careful with the little money I make.  So, a few years ago as the price of heating oil began to rise, I decided to switch to heating my little house trailer with propane. At the time, propane was a good deal. I had to purchase a rather expensive but efficient Rinnai heater. I was satisfied with how clean, quiet and inexpensive propane heat was.

Do Homer residents really want to commit to using fossil fuel?


Beyond arguments of personal benefit versus cost for the proposed gas pipeline, we wish to discuss some long-term consequences. 

First is the concern that people who live modestly may be forced to pay for something they can’t afford to use. This would change Homer from a community that champions diversity, to one where people who have enough are subsidized by those who don’t. 

Moving on to new adventures


To all KBBI listeners and the community of Homer:

As KBBI’s Morning Host/News Reporter for the past four years it has been my privilege to wake you up each weekday morning. Despite the job’s early morning hours, I took comfort in knowing that people were not only listening, but also depending on the information offered up while I navigated through NPR’s Morning Edition, local newscasts, weather, tides, community announcements and, of course, the bushlines.  

Family appreciates community

As the family of Gary Longhenry, who recently passed away, we would like to express our gratitude and admiration to all of you who tried so hard to help him: my neighbor Brian Watry, the Homer Police Department, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance crew, and the emergency room staff at South Peninsula Hospital. If anything could have saved him, it would have happened thanks to your efforts, expertise and dedication.

Ski club plans annual meeting

 Kachemak Ski Club sends a big note of thanks to all who came to our recent Warren Miller fundraiser. We also thank Era Alaska and Homer Theatre for their support, and the kids who made such awesome ski and snowboard clips.  We’re indebted to Tehben Dean, who put all those clips together. If you missed seeing the video, come to our annual meeting/ potluck at Cook Inletkeeper on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., and thanks again for your interest in Kachemak Ski Club and the Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow.

Nell Gustafson


Hospice trains eight new volunteers

Hospice of Homer just completed our annual End of Life volunteer training. Hospice would like to welcome the eight newly trained volunteers who will soon be in the community providing compassion in action to those individuals and families who HOH has the privilege to serve. Thank you for bringing your heart and skills to be of service through hospice.

Many spread Thanksgiving blessings

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We are so grateful to live in this wonderful place where so many have such giving hearts. We would like to give a short update on the Thanksgiving Basket program. We had so many wonderful volunteers that I can’t even name them all but I want each of you to know how very much we appreciate each of you.

Generosity helps put food in pantry

 

  Those of us at the Homer Food Pantry have been blessed with many helping hands as community members bring in canned and dry goods each week and  groups help us with their food drives.

We just received 2,200 pounds of food items from the Coast Guard Haunted Hickory annual event which will help us immensely with the holidays. Don’t they do great work? Other food drives from the scouts and churches are always helpful during this season. It’s so great to see  their faithful service.

Ski club thanks Homer Elks


The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the Homer Elks for the great service and hospitality during our annual membership meeting that was held at the Homer Elks on Nov. 10. What a great place to hold an event.Thanks so much, Homer Elks.

Event highlights joy of music


Last Sunday our students had the opportunity to perform alongside the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra on the Mariner Theater stage. After two months of practice they sang, played recorders and had an experience of a lifetime as part of the concert “The Orchestra Sings.” The program was provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which connects orchestras across the country with schools through their engaging music program, Link Up. 

Thanks to all who Share the Spirit

 

We would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s Homer Community Chest Program for their continued support of Share the Spirit. This spring when our coffers were totally depleted due to an unforeseen problem with the Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative program, the HCC dug deep and found $1,100 for Share the Spirit to continue our outreach with. We and the community members that received assistance truly appreciate these funds.

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