On Sunday, Nov. 11, my heart sunk. I feel that our “little hamlet by the sea” has fallen to new lows. Maybe it’s because of the David Petraeus extramarital affair. It might even be because most people were in church.
Sunday was Veterans Day. You know, honoring those who defend your rights of religious freedom, free speech and the right to vote?
Well, you “voted” loud and clear.
I want to thank those who turned out for the Veterans Day Parade in Homer on Nov. 11.
U.S. Army Veteran
I would like to express my support for the build out of the Homer area natural gas distribution system as proposed by our city council. The council deserves kudos for going after full build-out as soon as possible. Replacing diesel fuel, controlled by the Koch brothers (Flint Hills) and Tesoro (a large Texas based corporation) with cleaner burning locally produced natural gas will benefit everybody in the service area whether you hook up or not. Greatly reduced heating bills for government buildings alone make this a viable project. Reduced heating bills for those that choose to hook up make the financial payoff that much better.
The real icing on the cake is reducing Homer’s carbon footprint. I suspect that expediting the natural gas build out will reduce Homer’s carbon footprint more than any single project this century. This is a clean fuel, economically sound project that deserves everyone’s support. My thanks to the Council for embracing the full build out option.
This is the letter I sent to the State of Alaska in response to a call for public feedback on helicopter skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park:
Helicopters are loud, intrusive aircraft that carry implications of invasion and military occupation.
One of the reasons I left the Lower 48 was a dramatic increase in helicopter-use by police. Current helicopter traffic here on Kachemak Bay is within reason, ferrying people to boats, firefighting and life-saving tasks.
Visitors to Kachemak Bay come for a unique quality of life that cannot be obtained anywhere else. They want a combination of comfortable accommodations, stellar culture, music, and art and rugged wilderness.
The Kachemak Bay Water Trail is attracting national and international attention even before it opens. Winter visitors revel in our cross-country ski trail network. Kachemak Bay attracts the fit, strong visitor who expects to work out in human-powered ways like cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking and biking.
Helicopters coming and going across the Kachemak Bay merely to ferry wealthy skiers to the top of certain peaks would go against the grain of Kachemak Bay’s existing menu of activities.
People who are willing to spend many gallons of fuel on a whim, who in effect don’t care about the impact of their transportation choices on global warming, who don’t care that their loud, intrusive and annoying transportation choice degrades the quality of life for people and wildlife alike can go elsewhere to ski.
To the Sons of the American Legion, the head-of-the-Bay football team would like to express our gratitude for your charitable contribution.
The Cougars greatly appreciate your donation for a new football sled. The addition of this sled will greatly benefit the young men of Voznesenka, Kachemak-Selo and Razdolna as we prepare for our first full season as a member of the Greatland Conference.
Thank you for your support!
Cougar Football Team
I just want to give a great big “two thumbs up,” to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, South Peninsula Hospital and the Homer Rotary for the low-cost exams, mammogram referrals and low-cost blood works at the annual health fair.
I don’t have any health insurance, so this is very helpful. Everyone was very friendly and professional, and I appreciate you all. Thank you so much.
Homer Foundation has helped sustain creative vibrancy, art education and networking for adults in two more artists residencies this year at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
In June, Bunnell was pleased to collaborate with the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies to host California-based watercolor and book artist, Andie Thrams. She stayed at the CACS yurt at the Petersen Bay Field Station and worked on her long-term painting project, “In Trees.”
At Bunnell, Thrams gave a lecture demonstration about her painting project, as well as a hands-on painting workshop.
In October, Bunnell presented Seattle-based jeweler, Micki Thrams for a residency that included an exhibition and workshop. Thrams’ design workshop appealed to artists of diverse experiences and media, innovation and excitement.
Support from the Homer Foundation’s Willow Fund insured the continuation of Bunnell’s Artist in Residency program by matching local in-kind support and underwriting artists stipends. Importantly, support from the Homer Foundation establishes a local commitment that is essential to leverage larger support for the continued growth of this program.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Those of us at the Homer Food Pantry have been blessed with many helping hands as community members bring in canned and dry goods each week. Groups have also helped us with their food drives. And, we just received 2,200 pounds of food items from the annual Coast Guard Haunted Hickory.
This will help us immensely with the upcoming holidays. Don’t they do great work? Other food drives from the scouts and churches are always helpful during this season. It’s so great to see their faithful service.
We are most grateful for the various financial contributions from churches: St. Johns Catholic Church, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Church on the Rock, Christian Community Church, All Saints of America and groups: Homer Foundation, United Way Safety Net, American Legion Post 16, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and various individuals too numerous to name. It’s a beautiful thing, the generosity of our community.
Our fall food fundraising dinner was a great success. To those who donated raffle items or contributed bread and desserts to our evening, we are ever so grateful. We had so much fun serving dinner to our contributing friends, listening to the ukulele band’s delightful music and watching people’s faces when they won a raffle item.
The Homer Food Pantry operates solely through the generously donated time and efforts of various volunteers. We are an “all-volunteer army.” Join us! We welcome anyone who might want to volunteer at the pantry on Mondays, from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Many hands make light work.
We would also welcome any holiday food items you might want to share.
Working together, we are an all-powerful force in our community. When we have opportunities to improve each others’ lives, everyone benefits. Thanks Homer, for bringing your bright light of hope and help to those in need in our community.
Remember, every dime and every dollar that is donated goes to those who need our help.
and HCFP Board members
Homer Elks Club helps ski group
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the Homer Elks for the great service and hospitality during our annual membership meeting held at the Homer Elks Lodge on Nov. 10. What a great place to hold an event!
We would also like to thank the following business and individuals for their generous donations of art, outdoor gear and other fantastic items that made our silent auction a huge success: Polly Hess, Sonja Corazza, John Miles, Ulmers, Grog Shop, Redden Marine, Lara Patty, Alpenglow Skin Care, Homer Saw and Cycle, Homer Brew, Homer Jeans, Hands-On Massage, Brennan Construction, Namaste Massage and Yoga, Lisa Wood Pottery and Rare Bird Pottery.
Again, we thank everyone who helped our annual meeting be successful.
Alan Parks, President
Kachemak Nordic Ski Club
Last Sunday, our students had the opportunity to perform alongside the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra on the Mariner Theater stage. After two months of practice, the kids sang, played recorders and had an experience of a lifetime as part of the concert, “The Orchestra Sings.”
The program was provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which connects orchestras across the country with schools through their engaging music program, “Link Up.”
Kenai Peninsula Orchestra conductor, Tammy Vollom-Matturro, helped prepare our children for the concert through the Artist in Schools program as our visiting artist. This residency was made possible with funds provided by the Alaska Legislature through the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from the Rasmuson Foundation and the McNeil Canyon Community Council.
The collaboration with and support from these significant organizations has provided our students, their families and friends with an amazing gift: the joy of music. We wish to thank everyone involved for their support, time, energy and the belief that this would be magical.
and McNeil Canyon
Elementary School staff
Bunnell Street Arts Center had a delicious Beer and Cheese tasting last Saturday that was generously sponsored by two local businesses: Maura’s Cafe and Delicatessen, and the Homer Brewing Company. Thank you both.
These two businesses contribute so much to the creativity and fun of living in Homer. Thanks also to musicians Caressa and Heidi Jo and a wonderful host of volunteers for enlivening the evening. The event drew old friends and new ones out to sample beer and cheese in support of Bunnell and Bunnell’s Artist in Schools program, and it was great fun. The board and staff of Bunnell raise a glass to everyone who made the night a sensation.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
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