Foundation gets Kellogg Grant
The Homer Foundation recently turned $1,500 into $3,000 for the Kachemak Bay Campus in support of The Big Read, a national community-based program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Arts Midwest and the Institute of Museum and Library Services that encourages literary reading in communities. Along with a host of other community organizations, the $3,000 will help expand and further support projects in the area, including the culmination of writers at the June 9 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference.
Library receives architecture award
The Homer Public Library was awarded the silver building certification the LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, which demonstrates sustainable design achieved through the specific features addressing site, materials, indoor air quality, performance, energy use and overall environmental impact. Certification levels range from basic to silver, gold, and platinum. The library is the third LEED building in Alaska and the second to achieve silver rating. With increasing concern on global warming, sustainable design concepts are receiving greater attention. The Alaska Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is actively promoting the LEED program, noting that commercial buildings are responsible for 40 percent of primary energy use in the country and 30 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Shorebird volunteers needed
The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival details are now set and can be seen at www.homeralaska.org/shorebird.htm, and the printed program, schedule and registration can be found at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, as well as various other locations around the state. Many limited entry events fill quickly, so return the registrations forms early. Volunteers are also needed to work at the registration desk and with the Migration Fun Run. For more information, call 235-7740.
Homer hosts comprehensive plan workshop
The City of Homer hosts the first Homer Comprehensive Plan Community Workshop tonight. The purpose is to identify the most important issues facing the city in order to inform the plan update. The meeting will address land use and community design, transportation, public facilities and services, housing, natural resources, parks and recreation, economic development and how to implement these needs and capital improvements. A consultant has been hired to help Homer through the plan — he’ll head the workshop from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Homer High School Commons. The public is encouraged to attend.
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