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.
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.
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.
Homer Foundation has helped sustain creative vibrancy, art education and networking for adults in two more artists residencies this year at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
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.
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.
To those of you who had to wait for your blood draw during the Rotary Health Fair this year, we apologize. In recent years we have eliminated lines with the online pre-registration and pre-draws at the hospital. We were simply caught off guard by the huge number of people that showed up to have their blood drawn without appointments at Saturday’s fair.
Alaskans pay higher prices for fuel, airfare, property taxes and many other personal expenses than most Americans. Our state is one of the most profitable and stable economies in the union.
Airline companies, energy providers and government agencies continue to gouge the Alaskan people with pricing that is not in line with any sense of fair play.
All of us who have come here to live have the expectation that we are part of a bold experiment and should be promoted and not preyed upon.
I would like to express my support for the build-out of the Homer area natural gas distribution system as proposed by the Homer City Council. The council deserves kudos for going after a full build-out as soon as possible.
This is the letter I sent to the State of Alaska in response to a call for public feedback on helicopter skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park:
Helicopters are loud, intrusive aircraft that carry implications of invasion and military occupation.
One of the reasons I left the lower 48 was a dramatic increase in helicopter use by police. Current helicopter traffic here on Kachemak Bay is within reason, ferrying people to boats, firefighting and life-saving.
My sometimes ski buddy at the Homer Rope Tow Chuck Lindsay, as well as others, voiced their disapproval last week over the new Kenai Heli ski operation based in Seldovia.
They voiced concerns that its use is not in line with the spirit of wilderness areas. I can see their point and appreciate their views. However, I believe that helicopter skiing will change the wilderness value of the park minimally from what it already is.
Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic would like to share our heartfelt thanks to Two Sisters Bakery for their generous and ongoing support for women’s health. Two Sisters graciously donates to KBFPC’s Tel-a-Friend and breast cancer outreach projects — and we are proud to partner with such a caring, community-minded business. Thanks to all the staff at Two Sisters Bakery — we appreciate your hard work and all the wonderful warmth you bring to the southern peninsula.
Christine Fontaine, outreach project manager
We are again appealing to our community for help with the Thanksgiving Basket program.
Donations are not coming in yet but the requests for help are. If you can donate any amount, it would be greatly appreciated. We do understand that times are tough but even small amounts would help if every one could send something.
More than 250 athletes, coaches and parents filled the Homer High School pool area the last weekend in October for the Regions III Swim/Dive meet.
I had the privilege to watch and be part of this meet. At times, the races were so exciting and records broken, that I had an inkling of what it must feel like at the Olympics.
I would personally like to thank everyone that helped with the Chapman School Halloween Carnival this year. There are so many names to mention, but if you helped organize, ordered prizes, donated prizes, sold raffle tickets, set up, worked at the carnival Saturday night or helped take down after all the fun, I am writing this for you. Thank you. We have an amazingly generous community and I am so grateful to be part of it.
The Head-of-the-Bay football team would like to express our gratitude to the Sons of the American Legion. The Cougars are greatly appreciative of your donation for a new football sled. The addition of this sled will greatly benefit the young men of Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo and Razdolna as we prepare for our first full season as a member of the Greatland Conference.
Thank you for your support.
Justin Zank, head football/wrestling coach
The crew of USCGC Hickory would like to thank everyone that helped us ensure that Haunted Hickory was once again a great success for the community. Moore and Moore Services provided porta potties (at no charge), M/V Tustumena's Engineering Division donated a couple hundred pounds of food, and the local Coast Guard Auxiliary donated manpower to ensure this year's Haunted Hickory was successful.
During an Oct. 25th public meeting at McNeil Canyon School, Buccaneer Alaska’s Mark Landt shared his dream for coming years. Strike it rich offshore and onshore. Drill more wells. Build roads and other infrastructure all over the West Eagle leases. Run a pipeline across the Anchor River toward Nikolaevsk. Keep East End Road busy with related truck traffic.
It was the single heartfelt response to questions during two nights of long overdo public meetings.