Story last updated at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002

State seeking outstanding older workers
Experience Works, the country's largest provider of mature-worker training and employment, is searching for Alaska's most outstanding older worker. Applicants must be 65 years of age or older, currently employed, and working a minimum of 20 hours a week in paid employment. Workers in subsidized employment programs funded through local, state or national government are not eligible.

Nominations must include a brief narrative that describes the older worker's overall contribution to the business, including longevity, experience, skill level, work ethic, any disabilities overcome and a description of community involvement.

Alaska's 2001 outstanding older worker was Lillian Ference, 80, a resident of Ketchikan.

To receive a nomination form by mail or fax, send a post card or note to: Prime Time Awards, c/o Jeff Kemp, Alaska Commission on Aging, PO Box 110209, Juneau, Alaska 99811 or call (907) 465-4872. Forms may be obtained online at: Workers may enter themselves or be nominated by an employer, family, or friends. The deadline for nominations is May 31.

The winner must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., in September.

FASHION OUTLET opened Tuesday across from the movie house on Pioneer Avenue in Homer. The new store owned by Katy Dempsey aims to sell "retail clothing for young or the young at heart." School clothes, wedding outfits and more are offered. The shop is Dempsey's fourth store in Alaska and she currently operates a store in Soldotna. The Homer store is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

RAINBOW TOURS has started news Seldovia Shuttle service with daily trips between Homer and Seldovia aboard the 65-foot Rainbow Connection. The shuttle will leave Homer at 9 a.m., arrive at Seldovia at 10, leaving for the return trip to Homer at 5 p.m. The fare is $35 round trip and $20 one way. According to Fran Quilan, who runs the company with her husband Jack Montgomery, the change to a direct shuttle, rather than the previous schedule that included sightseeing on the way to Seldovia, allows Rainbow Tours to expand its whale-watching tours with its other boats. For more information, call 235-7272

HOMER CHAMBER of Commerce will hold its monthly mixer Friday at Central Charters and Booking Agency. Chamber members will have the opportunity to learn about the company's business and be treated to a boat ride to Halibut Cove's Saltry Restaurant and a tour of local galleries. For more information and reservations call 235-7740.

CHILD CARE CONNECTION will offer a 15-hour workshop on a variety of care settings and career opportunities in the field of early childhood care. Part one will be June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and part two will be June 15 at the same times. Both workshops will be in the Hillas Building, Suite 10, 126 W. Pioneer Ave. in Homer. For more information on registration call 563-1914 or 1-800-278-3723.