Community news – Dec. 5

Bah, humbug

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Bob Letson faces the Ghost of Christmas Future, (Ginger Bryan) in the Saturday presentation of “A Long-Term Care Christmas Carol” at the hospital.
Long-term care staff and residents joined forces and volunteered their time to entertain guests in two different showings.

Homer’s Annual Christmas Bird Count
The holiday season once again means it’s time for the counting of wintering birds in Homer. This year marks the 113th-annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, with Homer’s contribution to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
Participants will look for, and count, the number of different bird species that winter in the area. Following the count, join other participants at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center for hot soup and chili, bread and desserts. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the day, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Local Audubon Society member and bird expert Dave Erikson will also conduct a Winter Bird Identification Class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Islands and Ocean. Persons interested in participating in the bird count are encouraged to contact Erikson at, 235-3487, or BJ Hitchcock at, 235-1265 to sign up. You can also sign up the day of the event. There is no charge for participating on the count.
Binoculars are available for checkout on the day of the event, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Congratulations to CNA graduates
The Kachemak Bay Campus – Kenai Peninsula College announced 11 students have completed training this semester to earn their Alaska certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. KBC’s Certified Nursing Assistant class is taught by adjunct instructor Peggy Frazier with support from South Peninsula Hospital staff and SPH Foundation.
A recognition reception will be held at the hospital’s Long Term Care Center at 2 p.m. Thursday for Shelly Carl, Starla Franklin, Derrinda Gibson, Lucy Konev, Jenna Kropf, Rose Pyatt, Cynthia Robles, Aurora Roderick, Thad Stokes and Susan Wade.

MAPP requests volunteers
The “Perceptions of Community Health” survey is presently underway and MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula is seeking volunteers to help broadly distribute it. Surveys need to be picked up Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17- 18.
MAPP relies on this information to support and inform its health issue prioritization process that will occur next spring. If you are interested in contributing to the data subgroup, contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator at 235-0570 or

Benefit for Linda Jones
The Anchor Point VFW on Milo Fritz will host a benefit auction and dinner from 3-6 p.m. Saturday for Linda Jones’s eye operation. Jones needs surgery to see again. A pool tournament will follow the benefit. For more information, contact Debra Spencer at 756-1348.

Students plan fundraiser for animal adoption

Maggie Alston

Maggie Alston

The holiday season is here, and since all love to give, Maggie Alston, a seventh grade student at Homer Middle School, wanted to help the pets at Homer Animal Shelter find homes during the holidays.
She developed an idea to sell candy canes to her fellow students and teachers to help the cost of spaying and neutering adopted animals.
Money raised from the candy cane sale will be donated to Homer Animal Friends, a nonprofit organization that gives coupons toward reducing the cost of spaying and neutering animals when they are adopted. Maggie came up with the idea after spending most of her summer at the animal shelter walking and playing with the cats and dogs.
Maggie and another seventh grader, Kendra Raymond, are selling candy canes this week and next week in the mornings before school and at lunch. The sale ends Dec. 14 and the candy canes will be delivered to students Dec. 20 during eighth period.
Candy canes are a dollar, and include a festive tag and ribbon, candy cane and delivery. If you’d like to donate, contact Maggie Alston at the school at 235-5700.

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