Homer wins book battle
The fifth and sixth grade Homer Connections Battle of the Books team won first place in the Kenai Peninsula School District Battle of the Books Competition in early February. The Homer readers, comprising “spokesperson” Iris Downey, “scribe and brain” Caleb Holschen, and “scribe and computer chip” Teddy Handley, competed against 39 other teams from around the peninsula. The win qualified the Homer readers to move on to the State competition on Feb. 27, where they faced off against teams from all over the state. The Homer team took second place at the state competition, bested by Kodiak, who beat them by only one question. Homer Coach Kristin Metz is pictured at left.
Fire Chief Bob Painter was recognized for 30 years of service as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic. The distinction is held by few responders, and therefore, is honored by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
To maintain his current status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Painter completed the most comprehensive re-certification program for EMTs in America. His advancement in new lifesaving skills beyond that required was lauded in the citation.
Painter was first nationally registered as an EMT-paramedic in 1983, and has been serving in the Homer community since 1991. Painter began medic training at the age of 20 in Tulsa, Okla.
“I mostly wanted to help people. I had always been interested in medicine and liked the medical aspect of providing emergency care,” he said.
Painter still responds to emergency calls and teaches many EMT courses. His idea to help save lives through the “Kids Don’t Float” program gained statewide attention and helped launch similar endeavors at many other harbors.
The Choose Respect campaign will highlight awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in Homer 10 a.m. Thursday at K-Bay Caffe. A noon rally will follow at WKFL Park.
Haven House invites the public to stand with them and Alaskans across the state, “as we commit to respectful relationships, peaceful families and ending domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Haven House Director Jessica Lawmaster in a release.
“We’ll be at K-Bay Caffe from 10-11:45 a.m. with flag-making materials. What does a respectful relationship look like to you? Draw or write your vision on a flag,” she writes. “Then stand with us at WKFL Park from 12-1 p.m. and show Homer your commitment to nonviolence.”
Music and warm beverages will be available, and Jason Hooley, director of boards and commissions, will say a few words. Stand Up For Peace is part of the Choose Respect initiative.
An April 11 event will feature the film, “The Invisible War,” at 6 p.m. at the Homer Theatre. This film about sexual assault in the U.S. military was nominated for Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, “The Invisible War” is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress. Proceeds benefit Haven House.
The Pen the Kenai community writing project seeks submissions from Kenai Peninsula residents. Pen the Kenai is a companion to the Paint the Kenai community mural project, where artists from around the peninsula are invited to paint a mural tile that represents the artist’s take on “Life on the Kenai.”
Similarly, Pen the Kenai asks peninsula residents to represent what “Life on the Kenai” means to them. All submissions will be displayed with murals at the visitors center in Kenai. Semifinalist submissions will be selected for publication in a Paint/Pen the Kenai book to commemorate the projects. One winning writer will be chosen to have their submission put on permanent display with the mural.
• Entries may be in the style of the writer’s choosing: essay, poetry, narrative, etc., but may not exceed 500 words.
• Only one entry per writer is allowed.
• Entries must be original, not previously or concurrently published elsewhere. Writers reserve the right to use their entries in other venues after the Paint/Pen summer art show.
• Entries are due by midnight April 15, 2013
• E-mail entries to the firstname.lastname@example.org. Use “Pen the Kenai” as the subject line.
• Open to all ages of current Kenai Peninsula residents.
• There is no entry fee.
• Entries must include a short, one-paragraph biography of the author to be displayed with their work. (Include name, age, community of residence and other brief biographical information).
• Elementary, middle and high school classes and clubs are encouraged to hold their own contests to bring the best entries to the forefront for submission.
• For more information, contact Jenny Neyman at email@example.com or 394-6397.
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