Note correction: Commencement is Wednesday, May 8.
Michael Carey to speak at graduation
Noted journalist, commentator and UAA Meritorious Service award and Honorary Doctorate of Laws recipient Michael Carey will act as keynote speaker at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College 2013 Commencement ceremony.
The ceremony will be held 7 p.m. May 8 at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre. KBC’s 2013 Commencement Student Speaker will be Nina Reutov.
The following students will receive Kenai Peninsula College Associate of Arts Degree: Zane Denham, Edrei Evarts, Cody Gaines, Kaylie Kimberlin, Aaron Lewis, Marina Polushkin, Nina Reutov and Ben Tyrer.
Associate of Applied Sciences, Human Services: Scot Wheat, UAA Master of Arts in Teaching; Billeen Carlson, UAA Master of Education; Heather Pancratz, Educational Leadership; and Galyna Smith, UAS Master of Education, Special Education.
Those earning their GED high school equivalency diploma “to date” include: Rocky Berg, Shane Corbell, Chayla Dawson, Gabriel Evans, Ryan Flannigan, Harmony Hillburn, Jeremiah Inama, Carly Jones, Sean Lowe, Demetria Lugo-Sena, Rylee Millspaugh, Michael Munalem, Vanessa Neal, Abigail Petrosius, Gloria Ramirez, Samuel Reece, Neonila Reutov, Cristina Reutov, Rebekah Ruzicka and Tanner Wagley.
As part of the commencement ceremony, Regent Jacobson, Chancellor Case and KPC Director Gary Turner will present Campus Director Carol Swartz with the 2013 UA-UAA Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her significant commitment and service to the university and Homer for 27 years.
Tustumena June 2013 sailings canceled
The Alaska Marine Highway System announced last Friday that the M/V Tustumena will not return to service until July 2013.
The Tustumena entered a capital improvement project in 2012, and was originally scheduled to return to service on April 17. Due, in part, to unexpected discovery items, specifically steel work, a project extension until May 29 was conveyed to the Seward Shipyard.
Recent events indicate that the yard work will not be completed until early July. As a result, AMHS is forced to cancel scheduled M/V Tustumena sailings from June 4 through July 6, 2013. The new sailing schedule for the vessel will begin July 7, 2013 departing Homer for Seldovia.
Included in these cancelled sailings are two Aleutian Chain runs. AMHS encourages all affected passengers on these runs to take advantage of the available capacity on the M/V Kennicott Aleutian Chain run in late May.
AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers, and an updated schedule is available online at FerryAlaska.com. For more information, call your local terminal or the AMHS central reservations office at 1-907-465-3941 or toll free at 1-800-642-0066.
New glass at Bear Creek Winery
Bear Creek Winery now uses American-made products for its bottling operations. The winery buys all of their green glass bottles through Bennu Glass in Kalama, Wash. Corks for the winery come from South Carolina and all wine labels are printed right in Homer at Superior Labels.
Alaska-grown fruits and berries are used for most of the wine making.
“We pay a little more for American made raw materials because they help us make a superior product,” said Bill Fry, co-owner of the winery. “That’s what we present to our customers.”
Bennu took over and re-opened the glass melter last year. It was shut down in 2008 after suffering massive equipment failure and bankruptcy. The plant now employs 100 people.”
The locally conscious winery won a green star award, and co-owner Louie Maurer said they consider the environment in every decision they make.
“Our ‘buy local’ philosophy reduces our environmental impact by limiting our carbon footprint associated with shipping,’ he said.” And, we’re supporting America’s economy.”
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