On your mark, get set, read!

Each month, this column will feature tips on how to include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine using five familiar practices: reading, talking, playing, singing, and writing together!

Each article will include book and digital media recommendations as well as activities you can try at home.

Reading with children, even before they can talk, is important. In each family, and with each child, reading aloud may happen differently, but researchers confirm it is essential for growing readers.

School Events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Homer Flex

Aug. 31: Open house, 5-6:30 p.m.

Registration is ongoing, please call 235-5558 for an appointment.

Homer High School

Aug. 25: JV and varsity football and cheerleaders leave for Whittier Ferry, 4 a.m.

Aug. 25: C-team, JV and varsity volleyball vs. Seward, 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Aug. 26: Varsity football at Kodiak, 6 p.m.

Aug. 26: Cross-country running leaves for Anchorage, 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 27: JV football at Kodiak, 9 a.m.

'My Old Dog': Read it and be inspired

Seattle journalist Laura T. Coffey resisted when a reader suggested she write a story about a Los Angeles photographer who took pictures of older dogs in animal shelters in an effort to increase their chances of getting adopted.

It was the summer of 2013 and Coffey’s mother had recently died. The story sounded too sad to tackle. Who wanted to read about old dogs waiting out their last days in crowded animal shelters — even if some photographer was trying to help them?

Charles “Charlie” Michon

Dec. 26, 1924-Aug. 14, 2016

Homer resident, Mr. Charles (Charlie) Michon Sr., 91, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his family by his side.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Nelson at 235-4085.

Beth Ann Mishko

Oct. 18, 1947-Aug. 16, 2016

Beth Ann Mishko, 70, died of ALS at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer in the first hour of Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

Beth was born Beth Ann Gill Oct. 18, 1947, in the elevator in Mercy Hospital in Auburn, N.Y. Her family were in dairy farming as tenant farmers in five central New York counties.

Deborah Rose Nye

1952-June 25, 2016

On June 25, 2016, Deborah Rose Nye of Olday Road at McNeil Canyon suddenly died. Deborah was the first baby born in the new year of 1952 at the Canandaigua, N.Y., hospital. She grew up Deborah Schuyler at Naples in the Finger Lakes region of New York. In 1976 she met her future husband, Willy, down on the Seneca Reservation at Salamanca, N.Y.

A celebration of Deborah’s Life will be held at the family home, 36975 Maria Court, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Please bring a memory and dish to share and flowers. Deborah loved flowers.

Births

Lincoln Lee Thomas Farnham was born at 10:55 p.m. Aug. 16, 2016, to Liviya and Travis Farnham. He weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce. His grandparents are Mark and Sheri Farnham of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Tammy and Norm Matthews of Kona, Hawaii, and Bonny McDermott of Homer.

Benn Bohannon James Deakins was born at 12:40 p.m. Aug. 18, 2016, to Laurie and Chad Deakins. He weighed 5 pounds, 4.6 ounces.

Town Crier Announcements

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the auditorium. Jason Sodergren will demonstrate the new website. Birders also are invited to share slides of summer birds; bring images on a thumb drive. This event is cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or lani67@alaska.net.

Soundview sidewalks get attention

The city of Homer has received a $500,000 state grant to improve pedestrian access and safety on Soundview Avenue. The half-million dollar Transportation Alternatives Grant from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities adds to $200,000 the Homer City Council appropriated earlier to add sidewalks between Mullikin Street and Cabana Court, an area near West Homer Elementary School. The grant will complete the project, and provide a continuous Soundview Avenue sidewalk to the school.

First lefty halibut caught

Tyler Dullum of Reno, Nev., caught the first left-handed halibut of the 2016 season on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Dullum was fishing with Captain Bryan Bondioli on the Ashtikan from Captain B’s Alaskan C’s Adventures. In Bondioli’s 24 years of fishing, he has only seen about three lefty halibut out of the approximately 600,000 halibut in total over his career, he told the Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby Shack. Left-handed halibut win their angler a $100 prize, according to the 2016 Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby brochure. Halibut are usually right-handed with both eyes on the right side.

Air taxi crashes in Nanwalek

Air taxi crashes in Nanwalek

A Smokey Bay Air plane crashed on landing at the Nanwalek Airport a little before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. No passengers were on board and the pilot escaped without injuries, said National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator Mitch Gallo.

The crash caused major damage to the Cessna 207, Gallo said. Gallo said the single-engine plane touched down too far on the runway as it headed north toward the village. The plane had no mechanical difficulties, Gallo said — the plane just ran out of room.

Hospice celebrates birthday with community party

Hospice of Homer has been serving the greater Homer area for 31 years, and this Saturday, its staff and board of directors are throwing a party to celebrate.

You’re invited.

Last year’s event drew about 70 people, said Hospice Director Darlene Hilderbrand. If the weather cooperates, the outdoor cookout at the hospice office on Pioneer Avenue could be as big, she added.

“It’s almost the end of summer, a perfect opportunity to have a lot of fun and support hospice,” Hilderbrand said.

Berries bursting out all over

Where to start? The last two weeks have been so full, so interesting, so busy. And all of this in the garden. I can’t imagine life without it. So this column will be a bit disjointed, stick with it and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting and, hopefully, useful.

Good day of fishing strengthens family ties

A few days ago, a buddy, JT, gave me a call from his boat while being pounded by so much rain he claimed he’d probably feel drier if he fell overboard.

He was fishing in about 90 feet of water trying to get four of his seasoned citizen in-laws into some flats when he spotted jumpers headed his way.

They were popping out of water like exploding kernels on a hot skillet.

Dorothy L. Barnes

June 26, 1925 - Aug. 19, 2016

Dorothy L. Barnes, 91, died peacefully in Homer on Aug. 19, 2016.

She received a Certificate of Practical Nursing in 1966 and then moved to Alaska and began her nursing career. She met and married Bruce Barnes, a crane-operator for the Alaska Railroad. She graduated from the University of Alaska with a degree in social science, and a bachelor of arts in psychology. They retired and moved to Homer together in 1980.

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