Story last updated at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2002

20-year reunion a success
Over the Fourth of July weekend, more than just tourists descended upon Homer -- Homer High School's Class of 1982 held its 20th reunion. We had a great mix of people show up, including many who have made their homes in Alaska, several from out of state, and even our foreign exchange student from Australia. We were all thrilled that 67 percent of our small class returned for the 20th, and to say that we enjoyed this reunion is an understatement. We experienced three days of sublime sunshine, visiting with old and often long-lost friends, fishing and picnicking.

I want to extend a huge "thank you" to the many people in Homer who worked with us (and our extremely tight budget) to help make our reunion a success: Diane Borland at Otter Cove, Connie and her staff at Land's End Resort, John Quinlan and his crew at Rainbow Tours, and Glen Szymoniak from Homer Middle School, who took time out of his Saturday afternoon to open up the school and let us tour through. Two of our classmates, Beth Ann VanSandt at Homer Travel Services and Sue Post at The Bookstore, were invaluable in helping to coordinate reunion activities and serving as local contacts. One of the highlights was riding the "candy train," as fellow alumni Holden Smith put it, in the Fourth of July parade. To reiterate the declaration of the sign on our float, "We may be old, but we're not over the hill yet!"

Kim Christopher Hagen