Community News – March 20

Creative round table

Teresa Sundmark

Homer writer Teresa Sundmark’s course “Creative Writing Round Table,” aims to help stir creative power. The class is open for walk-in attendance on Tuesday nights through the end of April. They meet 6-8 p.m. in Room 219 at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Sundmark, a librarian at the Homer Public Library, runs a blog, Lofty and writes for the national publication, High Country News. Each class begins with a topic prompt for writing exercises and in-class time to write it. The idea of the exercises is to spark creative ideas, Sundmark said.

Homer Foundation’s 2013 scholarships

The Homer Foundation manages permanently endowed scholarship funds that provide annual awards to area students for a variety of educational and vocational endeavors. The scholarships that are currently available include:
Alain and Daniel Rieser Scholarship for foreign language study/travel; Homer Community Science Scholarship supporting post-secondary education in the life sciences; Health Care Providers Scholarship supporting students serious in pursuing a career in healthcare
Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship supporting students of fishing families and/or students wishing to pursue a career in Alaska’s maritime industry, Diane Wambach “Shoot for the Stars” Scholarship supporting education and training for young people with a plan to pursue their dream; Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic Scholarship supporting students with outstanding academic achievements and a strong work ethic; Beluga Tail/Tale Writing Scholarships that provide awards in both creative and nonfiction writing. 
Applications are now available and may be requested via mail, phone or email, picked up at the Homer Foundation or the Homer High School counselor’s office, or downloaded from the Foundation’s web site at (Click on forms).
The application deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, April 18. Contact Joy Steward at the Homer Foundation for more information, or if you are interested in establishing a scholarship fund or contributing to one of our existing scholarship funds. Steward may be reached at 235-0541 or

Homer Students Join Statewide Youth

Photo provided - Rep. Seaton stands by Alaska Youth for the Environment's Justice Sky as he receives Legislator of the Year Award. Homer High's Mina Gherman is second from Left. The photo was taken in the lobby of the capital.

Photo provided - Rep. Seaton stands by Alaska Youth for the Environment's Justice Sky as he receives Legislator of the Year Award. Homer High's Mina Gherman is second from Left. The photo was taken in the lobby of the capital.

Homer High School students Justice Sky and Mina Gherman joined a group of 19 teens from around the state to advocate for local food in Juneau with Alaska Youth for Environmental Action’s Civics and Conservation Summit.
On Thursday, the teens gathered in front of the State Capitol to ask legislators to support their vision for vibrant local food systems in Alaska; to recognize legislators who have championed this issue; and to share some barbecued wild salmon with legislators for lunch.
Gherman presented Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, with a Legislator of the Year Award from AYEA. Other legislators who were recognized with the award include Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, Rep Jonathan Kreiss-Thomkins, D-Sitka, and Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). Teens chose them for their leadership standing up for Alaska’s food, and environmental health.

Justice Sky, teen trainer for Alaska Youth for the Environmental Action - Photo courtesy of Nina Faust

The salmon barbecue marked the unveiling of “Recipes for Alaska’s Food Future” a book of stories, recipes, and photographs created by teens in AYEA to share their connection to Alaska’s food and vision for the future of food in Alaska.
The teenagers are from communities ranging from Arctic Village to Togiak to Gusdavus.

Shorebird Amateur Photo Contest

Entry blanks for the photo contest are now available at NOMAR. The marine trades manufacturing plant is once again sponsoring the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Photo Contest, with the Best of Show taking home a $300 cash prize. Additional cash prizes will be awarded in the categories: Wildlife, Scenic and Alaskana or human interest.
Ribbons are awarded for “peoples choice” awards, and deadline for entries is 6 p.m. May 6. Pick up the contest rules and entry forms at NOMAR, 104 East Pioneer Ave., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., or Saturday, 10 to 5 pm, Entry blanks are also available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Or go on line to

All about the berries

The March 24 Homer Garden Club presentation will feature Brian Olson of Alaska Berries Farm near Soldotna. At a 2 p.m. presentation at Bidarka Inn, Olson will speak about the productive, delicious and resilient hascap berry.
Olson makes jams and other products entirely from Alaska berries using no corn syrup or artificial ingredients. For more information, call 235-6953.

Alivia Erickson makes Deans’ list

Former Homer High School students Alivia J. Erickson made the academic Dean’s list at Azuza Pacific University for the fall 2012 semester. Erickson, who is majoring in nursing, completed the semester with a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

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