4th of July Parade winners put on a show
Despite the scattered rain, Wednesday’s 4th of July Parade brought out more than 50 entries and attracted packed crowds.
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Youth Conservation Corps won the group category in the Homer Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade. The float, “There’s no place like Homer” by the Driftwood Inn, AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse won best children’s group. Eagle Bill took best individual award. Best Bicycle went to Brayden Brossow. Best of Show Animal when to Mark Marrett and his team of riders. Best Use of Theme went to ERA Alaska. Best of Show winner went to the jazzy-salsa dancers in Zumba of Homer. And the Judge’s Favorite went to the Ninilchik Rodeo.
Check out new ride-share program
Given that the cost of gas is high, more and more people are buddying up for road trips. Kenai Peninsula Rideshare is a new group starting up to connect potential ride-shares across the Kenai Peninsula and beyond. People can connect via www.shareyourride.net/carpool/USA/Alaska/Kenai/ and discuss details like sharing gas costs, how much baggage and whether help transporting pets is necessary. When meeting someone for the first time, remember to insist on a public meeting place like a cafe. Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home. Tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when to expect you.
Calling all Homer High grads
Homer High School’s Official “Old School” Class Reunion Venue is a chance to catch up with old friends at 7 p.m. July 20 at AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and the Historic Waterfront Tavern. There will be food and music and alum from all classes are welcome to attend. Go to www.facebook.com/adrienne.sweeney to join the reunion group or call 235-9949 for more information.
2-1-1 call helps connect with housing
Alaska 2-1-1 released its 2012 half year data snapshot on housing needs to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for the Governor’s Task Force on Homelessness. The data demonstrates Alaskans continue to struggle to maintain stable housing, and there are insufficient resources to address the need.
Alaskans, including those on the Kenai Peninsula, can dial 2-1-1 and get connected to a variety of statewide community, health, and human services. Information and referral specialists provide needs assessment, problem solving support and use a comprehensive database to refer callers to the appropriate services.
Of the over 11,000 statewide calls placed in the first half of 2012, about 22 percent (2,500 calls) sought help with housing issues. The most common request was for rent and utility assistance, followed by requests for low income rental housing, domestic violence shelters, and transitional or temporary housing.
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