• I would like to publicly thank Jessie Cashman, human resource director of South Peninsula Hospital, for the time she spent to come to Voznesenka and give me and my classmates' interviews. I got to experience what an interview feels like and learned new things about South Peninsula Hospital such as what jobs are available and what someone must do to get a job. We greatly appreciate her support and involvement in our education.
Savely Kalugin and Kirick Reutov
Whoever stole the stand-ups of Johnathan and Andy out of the crab pot at the Time Bandit Store probably thought it was just a prank. However, it happens to be a felony, since they were worth about $800. It cost almost $400 just to ship them up here.
The theft has been reported to the police. The stand-ups can be returned in good condition and the lock and chain replaced now without any other consequences.
On behalf of Bait & Tassels, I would like to say a very sincere thank you to our wonderful audiences this past Friday and Saturday night. We couldn't have felt more lucky during our 10th and 11th live performances.
I would like to publically thank Jason Boyle and Steve Miller of Kachemak Emergency Services, for showing us Voznesenka students how to use a fire extinguisher. It helped me a lot; I also learned a few good things about fire extinguishers, like always have a bigger extinguisher, (as people say "the bigger the better"). I hope you enjoyed this experience as much as I did. Thank you again.
Thank you to Delta Kappa Gamma and the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club for your generous donations toward the West Homer Elementary Lexile Program. Your support makes a big difference as we transform our library and enhance our reading program to meet the needs of our students.
West Homer Elementary
I would like to publicly thank Lisa Nordstrom, a teacher at Voznesenka school. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take the Marine Safety Drill Instructor class. I learned a lot from that class and now I know what to do when there's an abandoned ship or a fire. This class will save us a lot of money and time. Now we can go fishing safely and I thank you for making this class happen. Your efforts to keep us safe are appreciated.
The men of the Homer Hockey Association would like to thank all the people who bought tickets in the recent "cord of wood" raffle. The raffle was to raise funds for all the coaches that give their time and money to the rink with little recognition, this was our way of saying thank you to them. All coaches are now able to play in the men's hockey league for free until the end of the season. Two cords of wood were raffled off, one of the winners donated their cord to the American Legion to give to a "Share the Spirit" family.
Homer Animal Friends raffled four stuffed animals on Dec. 11. We would like to thank all the people who supported us by purchasing tickets. Big thanks to Ruth Frye for sharing her booth with us at the Nutcracker Faire and another thank-you to Safeway for allowing us to set up a table and sell tickets in the store.
It takes a village to feed a community and it takes a community to share the spirit. We are very thankful for such a supportive community of more than a hundred volunteers and donors that helped the Share the Spirit Spaghetti Feed successfully reach its goal. All the proceeds went to the holiday baskets for those less fortunate in our community.
We would like to wish all our many friends and caregivers a happy holiday season. Thank you for all your kindness and friendship. Love to all,
Jack and Mary Epperson
I do not believe that food should be taxed all year. This is because sales tax is a regressive tax and places a larger burden on the disadvantaged, elderly and handicapped citizens. A regressive tax means the less income you have, the greater the percentage of your income goes to that tax and so the bigger the impact on the budgets of the disadvantaged.
I support reinstatement of the year-around sales tax on nonprepared foods. I acknowledge that this is a regressive tax, but that is mitigated by the progressivity of the property tax. A broadbased sales tax is more equitable than targeted taxes in this community and allows the city to collect some revenue for its services to those outside the city.
In regards to the reintroduction of city tax on food year round I have the following comments and perspective to share with you. First of all, in my opinion, food shouldn't be taxed anytime, ever. But especially in the winter, when people here are working with a tighter home budget because of fuel costs to heat their homes. Let's not forget that many jobs in Homer are seasonal such as most of the tourist industry, construction and fishing.
"Tell me about yourself."
These four words can elevate your blood pressure, open your sweat glands and speed up your heart rate. For most of us, interviews cause stress, worry and trepidation. Fear of the unknown plays a role in that anxiety.
To alleviate some of that stress, the juniors and seniors of Voznesenka created portfolios and practiced interview scenarios. With the support of some Homer agencies, each student then had at least one opportunity to be interviewed and receive feedback to help him/her plan for the future.
As a Homeless Liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition Program, I'd like to take a moment and thank the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown, Rotary District 5010, and the Homer Foundation for their outstanding contribution to the "Polars for Peeps" project. This project strives to ensure all elementary-aged homeless children in the Homer area have sufficient cold-weather clothing. Because of their generosity, children who enter the program this winter will benefit from this warm, heartfelt gift.
Marine safety is a very fun yet educational class for us fishermen. It is very important to learn about all of the dangers that could occur on a fishing vessel. I just want to thank the instructors, Anna Ivy-Borland and Rick Peterson, for taking the time to come down to Voznesenka and teach marine safety. Because they taught us the principals of marine safety, we will have some idea of what we have to do if the fishing vessel is on fire or going down. Thank you very much for doing what you do. You are saving lives.
I would like to thank Homer, and in particular AJ's and the staff at South Peninsula Hospital for its support of Heidijo music and my Kickstarter project. I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
When I was researching Kickstarter, the advice was that most of my support would be from family and friends, and though it is mostly true, I was surprised with the showing of local support.
Heidijo music is 100 percent funded for recording in New Orleans. I couldn't have done it without you. I wish each of you a magical thank you for participating in Heidijo music.
Hospice of Homer would like to recognize the David and Mary Schroer Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Homer Foundation, for the recent grant. The monies from the grant helped to cover some of the expenses for the hospice service-area wide newsletter mailed to the community in November. If you live on the southern Kenai Peninsula you received this newsletter which provides much need information about the services Hospice of Homer provides, remembrance notices, educational information and much more.