Letters – May 29

Help in furthering education

I would like to thank the Homer Community Science Scholarship for its generous donation to the graduating youth of Homer. I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship. This award will strongly assist me financially as I attend Pomona College in the fall.
I am so grateful that we a community full of organizations such as the Homer Foundation that are willing to help students like me achieve my goals. I plan to study life science next year, so this scholarship is especially meaningful to me as my main interest is in the sciences.
Thank you again for your generosity.
Katie Kirsis

‘Artist in Schools’ a blessing

Fireweed Academy was most fortunate this year to work with two outstanding artists through Bunnell Street Arts Centers’ “Artist in the Schools” program. Lynn Marie Naden engaged with our 3rd through 6th grade classes, working with low-fire Terre Cotta and utilizing primitive methods of clay work. The students made beads, cups, bowls and spoons using the pinch pot technique as well as making ovoid rattles, hollowing out an ovoid shape, and learning scoring and slip, and incising techniques. It was a lesson in technique, planning and a most valuable experience in patience.
Also through the ‘Artist in the Schools’ program, Jimmy Riordan worked in the medium of book art with our K-2 students, creating books based on the theme of conservation. The students learned about the history of bookmaking as an art form, the technical and physical aspects of paper and the use of folding and tools to reach the desired results. The kids were able to create four types of books ranging from thread-bound, an accordion style, a hard cover style and an animated pop-up card.
When all the glazing and firing was complete, all the paper stitched, folded and glued, the kids held small receptions where they shared their projects with family and friends. Both Lynn Marie and Jimmy were fabulous to work with and truly involved themselves with the kids and their creative minds. Our students are very lucky that with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Bunnell Street Arts Center continues to participate in this program, enriching our community and our young people through creative art process.
Janet Bowen
Outreach coordinator/administrative specialist

Midtown Cafe needs your help

I am the director of Midtown Café and since our departure from the Refuge Chapel building, we have been struggling financially. We lost close to $1,000/month in sales to the churches in that building when we left. At our current pace we won’t be open much longer. This doesn’t mean that what’s happening inside the café has slowed down one bit. We’re seeing more and more kids come in everyday, it’s awesome!
My family and I joined the café as volunteers in November ’09 and have spent the last 3-plus years investing in the kids that come and hang out here. There are kids (grade school and up) that show up after school, day after day, and don’t leave until 10 p.m. We have an awesome opportunity here; we may be the only person in this kid’s life who cares what kind of day they’ve had or what’s going on in their lives. It takes time, but after a while, relationships develop and we get the chance to help these kids. Not to just stay out of trouble, but to begin to make positive choices in their lives. My wife and I have seen kids come in who don’t want to talk, they just want a coke, but after months of “little moments”, a good number consider us friends, and we’ve seen a big difference in behaviors and attitudes in the kids who call Midtown home. I’d like to issue a challenge. If you care about the youth of Homer, not just your kids, but all of “our” kids, then please, consider supporting the work we do monthly. Homer needs a youth center. Midtown is that, but much more. We’re not just interested in providing a “safe place”, we’re interested in making a lasting impact in the lives of the kids you see walking the street everyday. You can contact me by email at rob@midtownkids.com.
Rob Way

More scholarship thanks

I would like to thank the Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship Fund at the Homer Foundation for their generous donation to my education. As a student it is amazing to feel the support that our community has for our graduating class. The number of scholarships that are awarded, many by the Homer Foundation, is impressive, and helps make further education possible for many graduating seniors.
Dylan Faulkner

Musical talent supported

I would like to thank Homer Council on the Arts for the scholarship awarded to me. It makes it easier for me to go to the week-long Suzuki Institute in Fairbanks. Music teachers come from around the United States to teach at the Institute which means we get to experience everyone’s different ways of teaching without having to travel that far.
Going there inspires me to play my instrument more and my playing improves a lot. Thank you to the Council and to its supporters.
Avram Salzmann

A community with great people

It takes a community to build a great playground, and a community to care for it. The Homer Playground Project wants to thank Church on the Rock, and especially Calvin Ralph, for coordinating a great playground work party on May 18. Despite the snow, the crew got a lot of work done, tuning up the playground, making repairs, picking up trash, and otherwise getting the playground and Karen Hornaday Park in tip top shape for a season of play. Great job!
Miranda Weiss & Deb Cox,
HoPP Coordinators

Support of HoWL ‘invaluable’

On behalf of HoWL, I would like to thank the KLEPS fund, a donor-advised fund of the Homer Foundation. HoWL now has a year-round Headquarters building, and due to the help we received from The Homer Foundation and the KLEPS fund, we can now have an office manager (HoWL Headquartermaster) to help with all the administration and planning that goes into wilderness trips for all youth in Homer!
I have participated in HoWL trips for three years now, and when I needed to finish my senior service hours to graduate high school, I knew where I wanted to spend my time. Even when Libby was out of the office for three weeks, she entrusted me with HoWL, to answer emails and answer the phone when parents called about trips. When Libby returned, I was offered the job as Headquartermaster and jumped on the chance to work here.
I have been learning about what it takes to run a business and how much effort it takes to plan a trip across the bay for the weekend. I want to thank the KLEPS fund for making this incredible job opportunity possible for me and for supporting all the youth of Homer. I have learned so much already from Libby and the people that make this program possible. Working for HoWL will hopefully make it possible for Libby to spend less time in the office and more time teaching kids about the wilderness, leave-no-trace, and outdoor skills that might save a life in the future.
I have already made a difference working here with the organization and updating the HoWL website and doing necessary office tasks to keep this place organized and functional for the kids to come in and get ready for an upcoming adventure. Thank you again to the Homer Foundation, its grants committee, and especially the KLEPS Fund. Your support of HoWL is invaluable for helping us create opportunities for youth in this community.
Emily Ault,
HoWL Headquartermaster

Pratt thanks

On behalf of the board, staff and volunteers of the Pratt Museum, I wish to thank the David and Mary Schroer Fund and the Jane Little Family Endowment Fund, funds of the Homer Foundation.
The funds from these two donor-advised funds will support travel and accommodation costs for this year’s Tamamta Katurlluta: A Gathering of Native Tradition (The Gathering). The Gathering, a biennial event, takes place over Labor Day weekend this year: from Friday, August 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1, and features guest artists from regional villages in addition to Yurapik, Yupik dancers now living in Anchorage, and Emcee Allison Warden.
The Homer Foundation has been a consistent and generous supporter of the Pratt Museum. We are fortunate to have a community foundation like it in Homer!
Diane Converse
Museum Director/CEO

Car show a success

As part of several activities planned in Homer the weekend of May 19, the Antique Auto Show at the Wells Fargo parking lot on Sunday was a very fine success.
The Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska and Model A Ford Club came to town for a three-day tour. It was planned to be a Spring Shakedown Cruise, first outing of the year.The weather cooperated with sunshine which brought out a large crowd of interested and interesting locals, perhaps one of the largest turnouts Homer has had in years for a car show.
A total of 17 owners brought their cars and trucks to display. Cars came from Anchorage, Soldotna, Homer, and Eagle River. We thank all those who stopped by to talk, exchange stories, and admire the work that went into preserving transportation history.
The club also is a service organization doing volunteer work with older adults – Serendipity, MATI – Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, Adopt a Road in Anchorage, and Daybreak to mention a few.
A special thank you goes out to United State Coast Guard Vessel Hickory and Crew for the tour on Monday, Homer Electric Association for the welcome gifts, Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center for the help with activities and arrangements, Ocean Shores Lodge for Accommodations, City of Homer for use of the pavilion, and Wells Fargo Bank for use of the parking lot.
A good time was had by all.
Arnold Wallace

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1 Response for “Letters – May 29”

  1. have to say says:

    As Midtown struggles to stay open, the boys and girls club is shutting down, no Homer Community Center is in sight due to no funding or support from the City Council….the Homer Prevention Project has been spending state money like crazy.

    The ‘project’ had one million dollars for three years, and after taking a salary of $180,000 per year, the director runs ads in the paper and is now hiring out another 65,000 survey? That is all they do, pay for newspaper ads and hire out ridiculously expensive surveys. Please google the Homer Prevention Project budget and be amazed. They get 1,000 per month for janitorial supplies….now go take a look at the office. A few cubicles in a huge space….and not only 1,000 per month for a janitor, but a thousand per month for office supplies.

    If Midtown needs some cash to stay open, perhaps you can get the git the survey Homer Prevention Project survey gig. Last time they made 361 phone calls and got $65,000 !!!

    Someone PLEASE stop this scam! This money should be used to serve the public, not one public employee.

    Meanwhile, the Pratt Museum got another 250,000 for a museum already functioning perfectly well in our community, One million for a new harbormaster’s office, one million for a new firehouse, $25 million will go to improve the dock this year for cruise ships and oil and gas companies…but the young people in this community (who are not athletes)…ah…forget about it.

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