FYI News briefs & announcements – Nov. 7

Don’t miss Veterans Day Parade on Sunday
A parade commemorating Veteran’s Day starts at 11 a.m. Sunday beginning on the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue. The parade will stop at the veterans site created by the Emblem Club on Pioneer, then to the “General Buckner Veterans Memorial” at Alaska Islands and Ocean for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony.
A lunch for veterans and their families hosted by the Emblem Club, the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars will begin at noon. For more information, call Bill Sheldon at 235-6789.

Alaskans should focus on boating safety
Following the deaths of four commercial fishermen within the past month, the Coast Guard 17th District is encouraging commercial fishermen to make safety a top priority.
Vessel owners and operators are reminded to ensure that all crewmembers working on deck are wearing personal floatation devices and conduct regular shipboard drills in order to maintain the crew’s proficiency at operating shipboard emergency equipment.
Dockside safety exams became mandatory Oct. 16 for all commercial fishing vessels operating beyond three nautical miles of the territorial sea baseline. To schedule a safety exam, call the office at 235-3292.

Homer Foundation Investment Brown Bag
The Homer Foundation’s monthly First Friday brown bag investment meetings continue with the next session scheduled for Friday at noon. Meetings are held in the Foundation’s conference room, lower level of the Kachemak Bay Title Building, 3773 Ben Walters Lane. The public is welcome. Call 235-0541 for more information. The Homer Foundation annual meeting is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Pratt Museum.  
Weigh in on Homer Spit flood maps
An update on the draft of flood maps of the Homer Spit are available for public review. The adoption of the FEMA flood maps has several timelines. The City of Homer is now in the 90-day appeal period, which expires Dec. 19. The maps and the supporting Flood Insurance Study are available on the City’s website and at the City’s Planning and Zoning Office.  There is no need for action at this point, unless you choose to appeal the maps.  An appeal must be supported by scientific or technical data. The appeal process is outlined at

Donate cell phones to soldiers
From now through Nov. 30, Wells Fargo and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. ask Alaskans to help commemorate Veterans Day by donating gently-used cell phones at any Wells Fargo location. 
By donating, Alaskans can provide troops with a connection to loved ones back home. For every donated phone valued at $5, troops can receive two and a half hours of free talk time. For more info, go to

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