Community News – Sept. 12

Trailing along



The City of Homer Public Works Department, in conjunction with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, work with a large team of volunteers to remove the plastic material from the Beluga Slough trail. The city received a grant to replace this trail, which had become slippery and contorted over time. A new safer surface will better protect the habitat in the area. The contractor, Jay Brandt, will begin installing the new trail next week. The trail should be completed by the end of September.

Are we becoming uncivilized?
Freedom of speech is a central tenet of the Bill of Rights. However, a quick read through the news reveals that, just because you can say something, that doesn’t mean it’s conducive to civil public discourse. When a television personality calls a young woman testifying in Congress a “slut” or a member of Congress calls the President of the United States a “liar,” does that qualify as part of the civil discourse so integral to our nation?
Come to the Homer Public Library on at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 to discuss civil discourse in this culture. A panel will examine the perception that our nation is becoming increasingly uncivil, as well as probing the roots of this possible degradation.
Tom Kizzia, Aaron Selbig and Andrew Haas will lead the discussion. Future events in this series will examine specific subjects on which we will attempt to engage in reasoned conversation.

Best Beginnings planning fall lineup
Alaska’s Best Beginnings program has awarded Best Beginnings Homer a grant to support early childhood education in the Homer area for the 2013 fiscal year. Best Beginnings Homer is a coalition of local nonprofit agencies and individuals who support early childhood education.
Strategic goals and work groups for this year include: Language and Literacy programs, presentations, screenings and mentoring, Parent Engagement and Education, Community Support and Awareness-raising, Early Learning Playspaces, and business and economic development related to Early Childhood Education.
To find out more about Best Beginnings Homer, as well as other projects they are targeting this year, please go to:
Volunteers in all areas are welcome.

MAPP Community meeting
The public is invited, from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Oct. 5, for an opportunity to learn about and join in on collective efforts to improve individual, family and community health presented at the Kachemak Bay Campus Pioneer Hall Rm 202. Agenda items include community collaboration updates/successes; new community data, and overview of new strategic approach for implementing our Community Health Improvement Plan. Contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator, or 235-0570, if you have any questions.

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