The Homer Public Library was the place for friendly, but fierce competition in Saturday’s eighth-annual Scrabble Tournament. The two divisions included the Word Game Players Organization level and an Advanced Level Amateur competition.
Taking advantage of quiet study rooms, WGPO players buckled in with play timers and serious demeanors. Sitting at the back tables, the advanced amateurs were more relaxed, but no less engaged.
Judy Sanford went undefeated to take first place in the amateur competition. Wendy Wayne took second, and Eileen Mullen, third.
Among WGPO players, Mike Gracz also went undefeated to hold onto his crown. David Ciptal finished second, and Frank Mullen was third.
The highest-scoring word with “ak” in it, (task), was played by Gracz, for 51 points. The highest scoring play overall was “quailed” by Ken Castner for 94 points. The tournament was sponsored by the Friends of the Homer Public Library, Tonsina LLC, and Frank Mullen of Raymond James Financial Services.
The Kachemak Bay Campus offers a series of degree information meetings to focus on some of the two and four-year degrees residents and recent high school graduates can locally earn at Kachemak Bay Campus.
These public sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for current and prospective students to learn more about specific programs from Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska and University of Alaska Southeast faculty.
The series is offered 6-7 p.m. Thursday, and noon-1 p.m. Friday with UAS’s Katy Jordan and KPC’s Tom Dalrymple discussing available business degrees.
On April 11, from noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m., UAA faculty will discuss new training opportunities available this fall in CADD technology.
In partnership with UAS, KBC is also offering a new 2-year degree in fisheries technology that can lead to jobs with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, hatcheries, related agencies and private employment. This will be discussed April 15 at noon and 5:30 p.m.
Individuals wishing to learn more about UAA’s A.A.S. in Nursing-RN degrees are invited to a meeting on Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m.
KPC Education professor Pete Snow will discuss education degrees on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Homer Trolley Tours introduces “Connecting Visitors with our Community,” a free online directory for Homer businesses. Businesses can visit www.homertrolley.com for their complimentary listing.
Homer Trolley will be giving sightseeing tours of Homer from mid June through mid August, with stops at Oceanview RV Park, Old Town, Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center, Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Homer Spit, Land’s End Resort, Heritage RV Park, Alaska Wild Berry Products and the Pratt Museum.
Daily tours are given by storyteller Berkly Davis and include entertaining historic and sometimes whimsical tales of Homer’s colorful past.
Homer Medical Clinic will host a community open house to showcase the newly remodeled clinic and welcome new providers. The free event is Thursday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. Guests can tour the new clinic, as well as meet new providers: Hillary Seger, MD, OB/GYN; Sarah Roberts, MD, Family Practice; Cindy Beske, Certified Nurse Midwife; and Devry Garity, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
The event is open to the whole family, with catering by Maura’s Cafe, and several door prizes and giveaways. It will take place at the main clinic on Bartlett Street and desserts will be provided by the SPH Foundation.
For more information call 235-0397.
The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council has issued its annual progress report on a 5-year suicide prevention action plan. More than 1,800 Alaskans were trained in suicide prevention in 2012.
The report, “Casting the Net Upstream,” as well as the action plan, “Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide,” is available on the council’s website or at www.StopSuicideAlaska.org.
The report shows a 35-percent increase in calls to Careline, the statewide suicide prevention line, from the end of 2010 to the end of 2012. The findings reflect both increased efforts to publicize the resource and a willingness by Alaskans to reach out.
The Council invites all Alaskans to use the resources to learn and understand that suicide is preventable.
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