It's time to brag

I’m just going to brag. The Homer Farmers Market is the best. I certainly haven’t been to many other markets around, but I guess others think so, too, since it gets so much attention.

The Daily Meal ranks the best farmers markets in America annually. This year Homer Farmers Market made that list. Delish.com picked the best market for each state and, yes, our market was the Alaska representative.

Assembly passes property tax code changes

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has passed an ordinance amending the property tax code and is reviewing another ordinance with changes to the sales tax code.

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s administration has been reviewing the sales and property tax codes for about a year. After reviewing the code and pulling out specific changes, the mayor introduced four ordinances addressing tax administration in the borough. Three have been approved and one is awaiting discussion.

Driver in serious condition after hitting power pole

An early morning car crash just east of McNeil Canyon seriously injured an Anchor Point woman after her car hit a power pole and a live power line landed on her car. Homer Electric Association workers cut power to the line. Kachemak Emergency Services medics had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, Jill Davis, 39. She was taken to South Peninsula Hospital with serious injuries.

PSP found in mussels tested in Kachemak Bay

Toxic shellfish have been found in Pacific blue mussels in the Homer harbor, according to an alert from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Mussels sampled by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve tested positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning by Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research.

Commercially sold shellfish is tested by the Department of Environmental Conservation and considered safe to eat.

Animal owners take note: Don't let Fido ride loose or in your lap

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Homer City Council made amendments to the city’s animal control laws that ban a practice some might think of as Alaskan as log cabins and flannel shirts: letting your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck.

As of Tuesday when the law took effect, pet owners in the city limits can be fined $75 if dogs, pigs, goats and any domestic animal are not restrained in open truck beds.

LEDs may light up harbor

A proposed purchase of $30,000 in light-emitting diode lights for one harbor mast light pole could save the city up to $6,200 per light pole annually. At Monday’s regular Homer City Council, the council introduced on first reading Ordinance 16-45, a sole-source contract to Puffin Electric to purchase 12 LED fixtures.

Farmers reap honors for respecting stream

When working with nature, doing nothing often means a great deal.

Such is the case of Paul and Jen Castellani, the owners of Will Grow Farm, and their home located off the beaten path between Homer and Anchor Point. Despite the Castellani’s efforts to leave the land on which they live and reap the produce of their labor unspoiled, they were stunned by the recognition when they heard they would be the second recipients of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust’s new King Maker award.

We all know visitors come to Homer for our scenery, our art, our fish and the way neat people who live here. Apparently Homer has a new attraction. It’s cool.

Arts in brief

Fresh Produce performs benefits

Fresh Produce 2.0, Homer’s improvisational comedy group, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and next Thursday, Sept. 8, at The Art Barn, 1060 East End Road. Each performance benefits a local nonprofit, with the Friday show helping the Flex Healthy Food Program, the Saturday show helping the South Peninsula Hospital Diabetes Supply Fund and the Sept. 8 show helping Hospice of Homer. Admission is a $7 donation. Some material may contain adult themes or language. For more information, call 509-294-0451.

 

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.

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