Letters – June 27

HoWL gains extraordinary support

The days are as long as anyone ever wanted them to be, the pushki is as tall as your average kid’s knee, and here at HoWL Headquarters (in the Yurt Village), this executive director has some long overdue thank-yous.
Back in April and early May, when pushki was just last year’s stalks and the days were gaining seven minutes of light, more than 60 volunteers and local kids (known as DiRtBaGs) picked up 4,444 pounds of litter. We combed the ditches, the sidewalks, the neighborhoods and the beaches. Several dozen truckloads of yellow bags and tires, as well as giant twisted scraps of metal, contributed to our victory at the Homer Chamber of Commerce for picking up the most trash this year.
But, the significant part of this accomplishment, (in addition to the fact that there is that much litter in Homer every spring), is why we did it and who helped us.
DiRtBaGs are kids who raise money for HoWL scholarships, so that every kid can go on a HoWL trip, regardless of cost. This year, the DiRtBaGs (Discount Rates to Boys and Girls) raised more than $8,000 for HoWL scholarships.
We dirty DiRtBaGs are ever grateful to all our sponsors, but want to especially thank one of our most significant sponsors, The Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee, with funding support from YAC’s generous donors and the Ashley J. Logan and Sheldon Youth-to-Youth Funds.
Our grant from YAC ensured that three local kids could participate on a HoWL expedition this summer with a full scholarship, while 19 other local kids received partial scholarships to attend HoWL courses this summer.
Thank you to the Homer Foundation and all its generous donors. Your contribution to HoWL’s DiRtBaG Clean-Up Week will ensure that environmental awareness, experiential education and awesome outdoor opportunities continue to be a possibility for every kid in Homer. Happy trails!
Libby B. Veasey,
HoWL E.D. and Lead Instructor

Acupuncture treatment works

Homer is lucky to have some incredible health professionals. I am grateful to the U.S. education system that produces these fine professionals.
I would especially like to thank Paulia Iida, an acupuncturist from Healing Transformations and the Homer Acupuncture Project. Her skills have made me pain-free. My knees and back now allow me to return to do the things I’ve missed. Acupuncture really works.
Susan Clardy

Conference success no accident

UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College would like to extend its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to individuals, agencies and businesses whose generous grants, donations and in-kind support made the 2012 Kachemak Bay Writers Conference possible and such a tremendous success.
I greatly appreciated all the support and assistance from so many in Homer.
Such a nationally recognized event that attracted visitors to Alaska from all over the country could not have been possible without their assistance and significant contributions from many including:
Advance Printing, ACFs Elizabeth Carroll Fund, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Coastal Marine, Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Professional Communicators, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Wild Berry Products, Alices Champagne Palace, Anchorage Press, Eleanor Andrews, KBC Caroline M. Coons Fund, Barbara Baugh, Bay Excursions, Homer Council on the Arts, Lucy Cutting, Era Aviation, Maury and Agnes Coyle, Donna Goldsmith, Grant Aviation, Alaska Women’s Network, First National Bank Alaska, Homer News, Mary Hughes, Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, Land’s End Resort, Peninsula Clarion, Peter and Jo Michalski, Peggy Shumaker/Joe Usibelli, The Homer Bookstore, Two Sisters Bakery, Fran Ulmer, University of Alaska Office of Academic Affairs, University of Alaska Anchorages Chancellor Office and University Relations and the Usibelli Foundation. Thank you all.
Carol Swartz, director
K-Bay Campus/Kenai Peninsula College

Dream comes true

At this time, I would like to bring attention and gratitude to four exceptional organizations in our community: The Homer Community Science Committee, funded by the Homer Foundation, The Homer Emblem Club, The Kachemak Bay Lions and The Elks Lodge.
Each of these organizations have worked tremendously hard toward the betterment of our community, and have all established scholarship funds which have provided a stepping stone to help young individuals such as me, achieve their dreams.
In the fall, I plan to attend Beloit College, where I will carry out my long-held desire to achieve two degrees; one in anthropology, and one in biology. These dreams would be nearly impossible to achieve without the gracious support of these organizations and others like them to students within our community.
These resources are essential for the success of young people in our town, so I implore the entire community of Homer to provide support to these organizations. They provide a foundation for the future of tomorrow.
Once again, thank you so much for bestowing these honors upon me, and I promise to continue to live my life through the principles of dedication, leadership and diligence; the very foundations of your organizations.
Dana Olesch

Making ‘stars’ within reach

I would like to thank the Homer Foundation for rewarding me with the Diane Wambach “Shoot for the Stars” scholarship.
I will be using the money to further my education at the University of Anchorage this fall. I will be studying Social Welfare, where I hope to use my love for helping people in a positive way.
Thank you to the Homer Foundation and its many donors for helping me “Shoot for the Stars.”
Fallin Crauthers

It was a great cruise

The Homer Yacht Club just completed our 16th-annual Land’s End Regatta. We are an educational and social organization that promotes boating safety and sailing in Kachemak Bay.
We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations that helped us put on this event: Land’s End, ERA Aviation, West Marine, Redden Marine, Northern Enterprises, Safeway, Save U More, K Bay Coffee, Homer Jeans, HEA, Alaskan Yurt Rentals, True North Kayak, Nomad Shelters, Ulmer’s, Tech Connect, Jay-Brant Contractors, Nomar, Coal Point Seafood, Coal Town Coffee and Tea, First National Bank, Fat Olive’s, Wasabi’s and Body Intuit.
We are open to anyone interested in sailing in Kachemak Bay and boating safety. We are members of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and can be found at www.homeryachtclub.org. Like us on Facebook.
Lee Dewees

The greater race

Last Saturday was a glorious day to be on the Homer Spit and in addition to the normal summer activity there was a ferry, cruise ship, yacht race and almost 200 runners.  A huge thank you to the City of Homer whose support kept us safe and allowed the 37th annual Homer Spit Run, which supports Homer High School Running programs, to be a huge success.
The Port and Harbor ensured runner safety by setting up cones, signs and provided overall support in the planning and executing stages of the race.  The Public Works Department donated the use of their truck, cones and folding barriers.  The Fire Department donated the use of cones and their presence during and after the race was a welcome assurance for all.  Enough cannot be said about the City of Homer Community Recreation director, Mike Illg.  He organized this race from start to finish and everything in between.  His support, expertise and enthusiasm for promoting recreation, health, and wellness is tremendous and we are incredibly fortunate to have him and the Community Recreation program champion our cause. 
The Homer News provided phenomenal support in too many areas to list but they include graphic design assistance, promoting the race and continuing to offer online registration.  We are so, so, so grateful. 
The generous support of South Peninsula Hospital, the expertise of Derotha Ferraro and the number of SPH volunteers is nothing short of amazing.  SPH provided prizes, oranges, completely handled race day registration, and more.
Land’s End offered a special “Spit Run” menu and a sunny deck to enjoy post race. Homer High School provided starting line support, and the Kachemak Running Club provided volunteers and liability coverage. 
We had an incredible crew of volunteers! Thank you to the parents of Homer High School runners and the many other community volunteers for who generously helped with planning, set up, flagging, finish line assistance and the welcomed water stations.
Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to the participants and your generous donations.  On the eve of a new track facility for Homer, it is an exciting time to be a Homer High School runner. Many HHS runners finished near the top and are attending running camp in Oregon this summer.  Your support will provide these programs with the support needed to not only travel to their competitions but also purchase hurdles so that HHS can host meets on their new track.  We hope to see you there!
Saundra Hudson and
Amber Cabana

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