Robert Fimon named Homer Postmaster
Homer Postmaster Robert Fimon has had his eye on Homer for a number of years. So when an opportunity came up to transfer to here when former Postmaster Mike Morris announced his retirement, Fimon jumped at the chance.
“The only hitch,” he explained, “was that we had two weeks to move here, find a place to live and start the job.”
The Fimon family comes to Homer from the North Pole and Fairbanks area, where Robert served as postmaster for both communities. Previous to that, he was Palmer postmaster for five years and had served at post offices in Anchorage for 11 years. He also spent 11 years in the U.S. Army and Air Force.
A 20-year Alaska resident, Fimon and his wife of 15 years, Yolanda, have a daughter, Alia.
Vi Hall: ‘A heart of gold’
Vi Hall — the “Energizer bunny” at Anchor Point’s Senior Center — was recently named Senior Citizen of the Year 2009 by the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce and citizens. Hall, 80, volunteers four days a week at Helping Hand’s Thrift Shop, provides dinners for fundraisers and donates fruits and vegetables throughout the community. And, as one of her nominators put it, “still has time to manage a smile and a kind word for everyone she meets.”
“My reason for doing what I do and why I do it are a little selfish in that I don’t want to be a ‘couch potato’ in my later years,” Hall wrote of herself. “With the help of God, doctors and the Anchor Point Senior Center, I have a way to keep my mind and body active.”
HSC hires new administrator
A love for the elderly and a working knowledge of the finances it takes to sustain a senior center brought Patrick Cash north as the new administrator of Homer Senior Citizens Inc. He moved into the job this month, arriving after a long winter drive up the AlCan Highway to Alaska from Mississippi.
Cash was raised in South Carolina, and has worked as a healthcare executive the past 15 years. He most recently was hospice director in Corinth, Miss, and served as administrator of a nursing home for five years previous to that. Cash is married and has two children, Zackery, 10, and Monica, 12.
Anchor Pointer guilty of computer fraud
Having pled guilty in September 2009, Heidi N. Adams, 26, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Anchorage to three months in prison for her conviction on 16 counts of computer fraud.
Adams, of Anchor Point, was also ordered to make more than $85,000 in restitution to the victim, serve three years of supervised release and pay a $1600 special assessment. The court made it clear that if Adams does not make restitution, she will receive additional prison time.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Bradley, beginning in April 2002, Adams was employed as an inventory/returns clerk by Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware in Homer. Her duties included receiving items returned by customers and paying refunds to the customers.
From February through October 2006, on 16 different occasions, Adams made false entries into the computer at Ulmer’s, fraudulently indicating that an item had been returned, when in fact no item had been returned. To do this, she used employee identification codes assigned either to herself or to other employees to indicate which employee had taken the phony return. She then took cash from a register in the refund amount. The court found that she had stolen at least $85,000 during the course of the scheme.
The victim, Scott Ulmer, addressed the court regarding the impact the theft had on his family and business.
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