Community News – Oct. 24

Ducks aid in spill response training

HOMER TRIBUNE/Naomi Klouda - A pair of mallard ducks are shy about leaving a crate to participate in an oil spill lesson on how to properly care for water fowl.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Naomi Klouda - A pair of mallard ducks are shy about leaving a crate to participate in an oil spill lesson on how to properly care for water fowl.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, or SERVS, conducted a training session in Homer last week at the Bidarka Inn and the North Star Terminal to update 70 Homer vessel owners’ knowledge for responding to an oil spill. As part of the training, ducks from an area farm were released in the warehouse to train them in capturing birds.
Henry Irish, SERV trainer, said among the lessons after capturing wild birds is how to take their temperature and check for dehydration, as well as tube feeding a surrogate. In a real scenario, the vessel owners would be assisting a veterinarian.
Many of the 70 participants have been involved in annual training through SERV for years, some dating back to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The training last week focused on the latest methods for dispersing oil in case of a spill. Spill response training takes place in Cordova, with 200 vessel participants, Whittier, Seward, Homer, Valdez and Kodiak. The next training session is April 4-11 in Homer.

KPBSD seeks interested community members for participation on the Budget Development Committee

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking interested community members to participate in the annual budget development process and serve on the Budget Development Committee.
This committee reviews the current budget practices and procedures used by the District to develop the General Fund Budget. A review of federal, state and local revenues will be shared and discussed. The methods used to develop the expenditure budget will be reviewed and discussed as well. Suggestions for changes or improvements to the FY14 budget will be received and discussed. Any findings or recommendations will be reported to the School Board for their consideration.
The Budget Development Committee will meet in the Borough Assembly Chambers on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you plan on participating please contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838 so the District can plan appropriately.

Book Fair at West Homer Elementary
The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is at the West Homer Elementary Library with a new selection of books Monday – Friday. The fair is open all week during the school day for parent/teacher conferences. 
Tuesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. is the special Family and Friends Night at the book fair, with door prizes, book-making and refreshments. Students help run the book fair, offering books, science kits, notebooks, posters and more.

Thriving Thursday looks at winter soups
This week at the Seldovia Village Tribe Clinic’s Wellness Center, the Thriving Thursday focus is on Homemade Soups with Jenifer Dickson, Certified Nutritional Therapist from 6-8 p.m.
Join Jen as she shows how to make hearty, healthy and immune-boosting soups that will warm up your winter. The next Thriving Thursday focuses on Exploring Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships with Rev. Judith Lethin, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Birders take a look at Homer owls
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next monthly meeting will be Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium. Following the meeting, Jason Sodergren will present information on “The Owls of Homer,” including current information about his owl-banding project.
Anyone who is interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about our organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond, 235-9477.

Homer Garden Club Presentation
For this month’s presentation, Dohnn Wood will be sharing how he grows almost a ton of food on his little 5,000 square-foot yard in Anchorage.
There will also be a demo on wrapping trees against moose and hares at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Bidarka Inn. 

Domestic violence awareness month vigil
Haven House will be holding a candlelight vigil on Friday Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at WKFL park to honor and remember all victims of power based personal violence in  our community and throughout the world. This vigil marks the closing of Domestic Violence  Awareness month and is an opportunity, we hope, for our community to come together publicly to grieve the trauma of the past few months, stand together against violence and begin to create hope and healing for a stronger, safer tomorrow.

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