Letters to the Editor

Ski club thanks HEA
Several weeks ago, Homer Electric Association sponsored a Ski for Free Day at the Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow.  It was a great success; everyone had a lot of fun and devoured a huge quantity of hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade cookies. 
Kachemak Ski Club thanks HEA for their continued support, and reminds all you die-hard snow enthusiasts that, while the snow may be melted away at lower elevations, there’s still about 2-3 feet of solid base up on the mountain. We hope to stay open on Sundays as long as possible for some great spring skiing. Be sure to call 235-SNOW before coming up, or listen to the Bushlines for updates.
Nell Gustafson

Little League benefits from YAC grant
Homer Little League would like to sincerely thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee for the $800 grant awarded last year toward the purchase of a new portable batting cage for our Little Leaguers. Former HLL president Mike Hayes has a passion for sharing the game of baseball with the youth of Homer, and his vision for a functional batting cage to teach fundamental skills will be realized this spring as the after-school programs kick off.
Registration is now open for the regular Little League season at Karen Hornaday Park, with opening day on Sat., May 11, at noon. The new cage will be set up at the field then, so come check it out.
Funding for this project was made possible by the support of generous donors and the Ashley J. Logan and Sheldon Youth to Youth Funds. Both are field-of-interest funds at the Homer Foundation.
Kathy Beachy,
Homer Little League president

May Benson fund helps skiers
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club would like to thank the May M. Benson Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Homer Foundation, for the generous support provided for the purchase of new grooming equipment for the ski club. The money provided by this grant was used to help fund the purchase of a Ginzu groomer from Yellowstone Track Systems.
This equipment is now being used to groom the ski trails at the Baycrest crosscountry ski area. The groomer has proven to be a versatile tool for grooming in the varied conditions we experience, and the addition of this groomer gives us the ability to quickly groom all 30 kilometers of the Baycrest Trail system. It will increase the ability of the club to provide the grooming necessary for the excellent skiing residents of Homer as well as winter visitors have come to expect.
The trails maintained by KNSC provide cross-country skiing opportunities for all, from beginning skiers to experienced racers. We invite everyone to come out and experience the excellently groomed trails that our volunteers are able to provide with the help of the equipment obtained through projects such as this.
Richard Burton,
KNSC treasurer

Rotary thank you
Homer High School’s SkillsUSA membership would like to thank the Homer Rotary Club for the support and speaking opportunity given to us last Wednesday. As our community and nation reassess the importance of the Career Technical Trades and the role public school plays in preparing students, we are thankful that the community of Homer and surrounding areas give of their time, expertise and resources to support us as we continue to move forward.
This year, Homer High School retained its title as the “Most Employable School” within KPBSD, and celebrates the following individuals for their outstanding achievements at the Alaska State C.T.S.O. Conference.
Gold Medal: Calvin Johnson, Carpentry; Silver Medal: Taylor Ellison, Photography; Bronze Medal: Mariah Radeke, Photography; Bronze Medal: Lucas Schneider, Interview Skills
Mickey Todd, Hope Kmetz-Casseri and
Camron Wyatt
C.T.E. advisors

Thank you to South Peninsula Hospital
I would like to express a huge thank you to all the folks at South Peninsula Hospital for their wonderful care during my recent surgery. The dedication of all the doctors, nurses and therapists was so evident in their warmth, smiles and encouragement.
A special thanks to Dr. Sayer, Dr. Bell and Dr. Roberts for their expertise and teamwork during the surgery and followup care. I am so grateful for the fine staff of caregivers at our hospital and appreciate all your efforts during my stay there.
Tepa (LaRene) Rogers

Arts support essential to Homer
On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Homer Council on the Arts, I want to express our gratitude to the Homer City Council for its award of an Operating Support Grant for 2012-13.
We believe that the continued financial support of arts and cultural organizations in Homer is essential to the economic future and well-being of this community.
A community that offers art opportunities not only supports our local businesses and brings in revenue for the city, but also attracts a healthy work force. Supporting the arts is, however, not simply good business sense. A rapidly growing body of research also demonstrates the critical role the arts play in the overall well-being of a community.
In light of Homer’s growing aging demographic, the finding that active involvement of senior citizens in art, dance and music reaps unforeseen health benefits is particularly exciting.
The Homer Council on the Arts is committed to expanding its activities to better serve this population. Published research also continues to reinforce the importance of art and music in the development of children’s minds and their emotional well-being.
Our commitment to creating art experiences in the lives of Homer’s children is paramount to our overall mission. Thank you again for your continued support.
Gail Edgerly.
Homer Council on the Arts
executive director

Moore family grateful for rescue effort
We are truly grateful for all the help from our community when Chuck was missing on March 25 on his snowmachine. We appreciate all the time and effort the Emergency Services, Search and Rescue, helicopter pilots, State Troopers, Snomads, and everyone else who showed up and were involved. Also, we appreciate the support from Chuck’s work (Schlumberger) and my work here in Homer at Era Alaska. It was so comforting to know that we were not alone.
Thanks again.
Charles and Cynthia Moore and Family

Hospice helped by grants
On behalf of Hospice of Homer, I would like to extend sincere appreciation to The Homer Foundation and the City of Homer for their ongoing support of Hospice. HOH recently received a generous 2013 City of Homer grant, administered through The Homer Foundation, which will help us outset some general operating expenses.
The receipt of a City of Homer grant is invaluable to Hospice of Homer. As Hospice continues to serve increasing numbers of individuals, within tight budget constraints, such grants as those received from the city, enable HOH to meet our mission statement and provide free of charge services to community members. Please let the City of Homer know how much you appreciate the city grant program and their support of Hospice and other non-profits in Homer.
If you are interested in providing support to Hospice of Homer whether through a monetary donation, an in-kind contribution or offering volunteer hours, please give us a call at 235-6899.
Darlene Hilderbrand, executive director
Hospice of Homer
25 Years of Compassion In Action

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