Town Crier Highlights


Hospice of Homer invites community members to a continued discussion of a library panel talk on Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” The group meets 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the hospice office. Bring your ideas and passion to the conversation on what can we do to make the lower Kenai Peninsula more supportive of aging and end of life. For more information, call hospice at 235-6899.



March 16, 1927-Aug. 29, 2015

Francesca “Frances” Ann Colombo, 88, died Aug. 29, 2015, at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C. She became ill while attending a family reunion in North Carolina.

An intimate ceremony for family was held on Sept. 5, 2015, in New Bern, N.C. A celebration of life will be held in Homer at a time to be announced via family contacts or Francesca’s commemorative website.

Alan R. Kelly 

Nov. 2, 1955 -Sept. 12, 2015

Alan Robert Kelly, 59, died Sept. 12, 2015, at Providence Anchorage Medical Center of a massive stroke.

“Known both as Alan and Kelly, he was a people person who made friends easily and kept them for life,” his family said.

A gathering was held to celebrate his life prior to spreading his ashes on the waters of the Anchor River, one of his favorite fishing spots.

Garland E. Blanchard

June 25, 1949-Aug. 23, 2015

Garland Earl Blanchard, 66, died Aug. 23, 2015, in Homer.  

Garland was born June 25, 1949, in Bandon, Ore., to Harold and Jessie Blanchard. They later moved to Bay City, Ore.  Garland had two brothers, Boyd Blanchard, Harold Blanchard Jr., and one sister, Corrine Gay Davidson.

Pet of the Week


Griffith Thomas Baker was born at 8:50 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital to Hannah and Seth Baker. He weighed 7 pounds, 11.7 ounces. His grandparents are Vicki and Steve Schlicher, Thomas Baker, and Scott and Caressa Fennell.

Cherie Jean Wall was born Sept. 17, 2015, at home to Nicole and Colter Wall with Rite of Passage Midwifery assisting. She weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Her siblings are Dorothy, Ulson and Holland. 

Bennett Thomas Switzer was born at 9:37 a.m. Sept. 15, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital to Brittani and Robert Switzer. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. His grandparents are Scott and Shelley Switzer of Winchester, Idaho, and Tom and Lisa Stafford of Homer.