What a show of support we received from our amazing community for the Homer Community Food Pantry’s Fourth Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. Since 500-600-plus cans of food go out the door weekly, the donations received will give us a much needed boost in the arm to help purchase food in the coming months.
This whole event could not happen without the many, many wonderful folks who helped.
As many of you already know, late last week Rep. Paul Seaton joined a coalition of 17 Democrats, two Independents and three Republicans to form a majority in the House of Representatives. In order to offer an important perspective on the question in the title, I’m going to open the discussion with part of a letter from Sandy Greiner that I cut from the Kalona (Iowa) News in 2008. In the past Sandy has been elected to both the Iowa House and Senate from the 45th District, near where I was born and raised.
The headline of the Anchorage newspaper, Thursday, Nov. 10: “Trump’s victory is met with shock across a wide political divide.” Not exactly sure to whom they were referring though.
These words are followed by some reference to riots and so-called protests by what can only be described by a bunch of whiney little cry babies.
As a fisherman, small businessman, and father, I want to thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski for all she has done for our great state and its residents. I think the fact that she was born in Alaska has given her the insights to know what we need to succeed. She has spent her entire career working for the best interest of Alaskans and has fought to keep our fisheries healthy and sustainable and our small business competitive.
Oct. 10 was a joyous occasion at the Homer City Council. Accolades for our outgoing mayor, the swearing in of a new mayor and two new council members. Congratulations, one and all. Bryan, Shelly and Tom are my friends, and I shared in the celebrations (mmm, great cake). But somewhere in all the festivities the passing of the torch — the passing of an era — went almost unremarked and unnoticed.
The Southern Kenai Peninsula Annual Veterans Picnic was held Oct. 9. Approximately 130 people attended even though it was a cloudy/windy/wet day. The picnic was opened by the presentation of the American Flag and Pledge of Allegiance by the Junior American Legion Auxiliary members Violet and Lulu.
The Paul Banks Preludes violin program has begun. All three first grade classes are participating and have spent one week making cardboard violins and one week learning with them. After a few more weeks of learning how to use and care for a violin, the students will have a chance to have a real violin to play. Those have arrived in Homer and we now have one classroom set (24 violins).
The ice is in, the doors are open. Your community rink is ready for another winter of on-ice recreation.
With volunteer help and supplemental support from the Jenson, Compass Rose and Unrestricted Funds at the Homer Foundation, the Kevin Bell Arena was able to conduct rink efficiency and improvements in the off season. The Kevin Bell Arena offers figure skating, curling, broomball, hockey, public skate and is home ice to the Mariner Co-Op High School Hockey team. Check the ice calendar at kevinbellarena.org.
A huge thank you to all who made Oktoberfest a fun and successful event. There’s not enough room for all our thank yous, but special thanks are needed to the Homer Elks Club, Alaska Blaskapelle German Band, Homer Brewing Co., A Brew with a View, Grace Ridge Brewery, Kenai River Brewing Co., SYSCO food distributor, and all the volunteers.
On behalf of Homer Flex High School, I would like to sincerely thank Bunnell Street Arts Center for their engaging work with our students. Our Social Environments classes had the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Decolonizing Alaska.” The trip was enhanced by a tour from Adele Person. Adele challenged students with insightful questions and interpretations, creating deeper meaning for attendees and providing a wonderful backdrop for the workshop which followed.
I hope the residents of Homer give serious thought to the upcoming election. The Homer City Council, the past mayor, the former and present city managers and department of public works have all been aware of the damage to the property in the Baycrest Subdivision by the cutting of trees and the clear-cutting on the bluff done by Enstar Gas.
In less than one week Homer voters will be asked to spend $17 million on two public projects that too few young voters are paying attention to. A $12-million police station and $4.8 million to bail out the hospital. We expect the folks behind these projects to support them — but why should the rest of us — young people in particular?