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Story last updated at 2:36 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Mopping up Mariner cheerleaders Taylor Beacham, Riley Walls, Shelby Alexander and Hayley Patton, from left to right, move wood chips at the Homer Playground Project last Saturday to help finish items on the work list from last May's build week.

The Betster has been gravely disappointed at the behavior of political candidates. No, no, not at the national level. As expected, Obama and Romney have been duking it out like a couple of kindergarten brats rolling in the mud. This campaign season, no comedian or cartoonist will lack material.

We're talking the municipal campaigns, Betsteroids. Holy Emily Post! In covering debates of city of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough candidates, our hard-working reporters have discovered the ladies and gentlemen to be cordial and even agreeable.

What's up with that? It's like some twisted virus has spread through the peninsula — the Miss Manners flu. Even outspoken, spirited activists who testify frequently at city council have been polite. The Betster had to slap the radio on Monday to make sure the KBBI signal hadn't got screwed up when not one, but several people actually thanked the council members for their hard work and service.

This is dangerous, Betsteroids. If this goes on, what will we do in February when the snow is 10-feet deep and we need a good political controversy to entertain us? Shovel sidewalks for old ladies? Volunteer at the Homer Food Pantry? Help groom the ski trails?

So think about this next Tuesday when you vote and have to choose between several nice guys and gals. It could be tough. You might be able to live with the result, which would be way cool, because then you could celebrate by going out and enjoying life, maybe with some of these Best Bets:

BEST BREAK BREAD BET: Speaking of neighbors, here's a great Homer tradition back on the calendar, the Homer United Methodist Church's free community meal. We may be poor in pocket but rich in friends. Everyone is welcome from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the church.

BEST WRITE ON BET: What could be better than cozying up by the Homer Public Library's fireplace and listening to some mighty fine literature? It's the Get Lit Series, back in action with visiting writer Bonnie Nadzam from 6 to 7:45 p.m. today. Snacks will be served if you're coming straight from work.

BEST POKE IN THE PAW BET: Does your sled dog team need to get updated on rabies shots? Did you forget when Muffins got her last vaccination? It's World Rabies Day, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Homer Veterinary Clinic, rabies shots are only $5. Dog mushers, call ahead at 235-8960 to pre-register.

BEST READ ON BET: Inspired by that writer's talk today to get back in the reading habit? Stock up on books for the winter at the Friends of the Homer Public Library Book and Plant Sale. Members get first dibs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and everyone else from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. You can buy a membership at the door, though, and get in Friday.

BEST LET THEM EAT SOUP BET: With this cold, damp weather, what better to warm the soul than a bowl of hot soup? Join the party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Farmers' Market. Bring a dish to share and celebrate a good harvest by sharing the bounty. Oh, and don't miss Kids' Vending Day, when young entrepreneurs sell their crafts and crops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the market.