Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre signed a contract with D&L Services of Soldotna to take over the Homer Transfer Facility in August. This means the government-operated facility is turned over to a private contractor for a savings of $250,000 a year. Homer transfer employees may be hired by the new contractor and transfer opportunities in borough government jobs also will be offered.
“I have heard a lot from Homer residents about the employees and they do a good job. If numbers had been closer together, the borough could have kept the operation,” Navarre said. “But the savings were so significant, I felt that we had to move forward in this manner. There are human impacts to the employees and their families. This makes the decision much more difficult.”
The Sandhill cranes are on their way from wintering sites in California’s hay fields. The Kachemak Bay Crane Watch, which compiles statistics on arrival and departure dates, would like to hear reports of first crane sightings in the coming weeks. To make a report call 235-6262 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kachemak Bay Campus will hold a public literary reading with award-winning writer Nancy Zafris at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Nancy Zafris is the series editor for the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction. She was the fiction editor of “The Kenyon Review” for nine years. Her first collection of short stories, “The People I Know” won the prestigious Flannery O’Connor award. Her two novels are the “The Metal Shredders,” a New York Times notable book, and “Lucky Strike,” a BookSense notable. Each June she teaches at the Kenyon Review summer writer’s workshop, where she is also associate director. Her long awaited new collection of short stories, “The Home Jar,” was just released and will be available at Friday’s reading.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be held at the chamber at noon on Tuesday. The public is invited to attend this event. This month’s speaker is Johnna Golden with Lemonade Day. She will introduce this event that teaches children in all grades how to be entrepreneurs.
Homer Medical Center is hosting a community open house to showcase the newly remodeled clinic and welcome several new providers. The free event will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the clinic. Guests will be able to tour the new clinic and meet the four 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 will be catered by Maura’s Cafe. Door prizes and giveaways will be offered, desserts will be provided by the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, and everyone is invited. The event will take place at their Bartlett Street main clinic. For more information call 235-0397.
Best Beginnings Homer is hosting a number of events in celebration of the Week of the Young Child April 14-20. This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 90,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities,
and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that
each and every child experiences the type of
early environment — at home, at child care, at
school, and in the community — that will promote their early learning. For more information: http://www.naeyc.org/woyc/
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