Story last updated at 2:33 PM on Thursday, November 25, 2004

Chamber, realtors announce beautification awards


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The Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Kachemak Bay Board of Realtors announced its 2004 Community Beautification Awards Tuesday at the chamber's monthly luncheon.

Jody Murdock won "Most Attractive Business" for Aurora Gems, a log cabin building with landscaping at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and the Sterling Highway. Edith and Roger Davis received the "Most Attractive Residence" award for their home at 3817 Bartlett St.

The "Most Improved/Best Rehab" award went to Dali Frazier for The Alibi on Pioneer Avenue. Frazier remodeled the old Bayside Lounge.

"Most Creative/Unusual" building went to Bryan and Karen Zak for their Alaska Adventure Cabins on the Sterling Highway.

Jean Keene, the Eagle Lady, won "Judge's Choice" for her new house on the Homer Spit. Cindy Koch, a photographer, raised money to buy Keene a 34-foot manufactured home to replace her old motor home at her camping spot and eagle feeding station in the Homer Spit Campground.

With help from friends, Keene tore out the old motor home in October and put in the new house.

The Community Beautification Program recognizes individuals and businesses for their beautification efforts in Homer. Individuals nominated businesses and houses, and a committee made the final selection.

"Thanks to the many individuals and businesses who did such a good job sprucing up Homer this year," said Derotha Ferraro, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. "The committee had a very long list of nominees to choose from."

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