Community News – June 31

Do your part to help with school start
Help local children in need begin their school year on a positive note by purchasing school supplies and backpacks for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry.
The Omicorn chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, is holding its annual Back-to-School Supplies Project during the month of August. Look for the brightly decorated receptacle located just inside the doors of Ulmer’s.
Contributions can be left in the container, which lists the needed supplies. More than 100 children in the Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik areas will benefit from donations.

Energy advocates reach out to Bering Straits
Homer Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advocates Taz Tally and Christina Whiting are expanding their successful two-year program of providing Kenai Peninsula small businesses with low-cost energy audits. This year, the two will reach out to communities in the Bering Strait Region, thanks to continued funding from the USDA.
The Nome-based Bering Straits Foundation has been awarded a $200,000 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant to provide commercial energy audits to 44 small businesses in the Bering Strait Region.
For more information, or to find out if you qualify to receive one of the 44 audits, contact Moriah Sallaffie, Executive Vice President and grant administrator at (907) 443-4305 or to
Grant Writer and Grant Manager Taz Tally is available at 235-3793 or; Whiting is available at 299-4437, or

Martin named ‘Rotarian of the Year’
Milli Martin was chosen Rotarian of the Year for 2012-13 because of her important work as Rotary Community Service Chair, according to Rotarian president Karrie Youngblood.
Youngblood said that, with Milli’s guidance, Rotarians worked on the Lexile Library Project at West Homer Library, the Ben Walters adopt-a -park project, Rotary Homer Library Garden and clean-up day.”
With Homer Foundation funds, Martin wrote grants to Share the Spirit, the Lions Club Thanksgiving baskets, the Boys and Girls Club, the Food Pantry and Haven House.
The Rotary supported a child in the Imaginary Library and donated funds to Delta Kappa Gama sorority for their food pantry backpack and school-supply project. Rotarians also purchased a new washing machine for Haven House, as theirs was on its last leg.
“Milli played a significant role in all of these projects,” Youngblood said. “She is truly an incredible woman and a shining example of what being a Rotarian is all about.”

Trolleys, trails and root beer floats
Join Kachemak Heritage Land Trust on Aug. 14 for root beer floats and a trolley ride up to Skyline Drive to check out the new Effler Trail. The root beer starts floating at the 5:30 p.m. annual meeting, with the trolley leaving KBay Cafe around 6:15 p.m. It is scheduled to return by 7:30 p.m.

Free picnic for vets and families
The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invite all veterans and their immediate families to a free picnic at the American Legion Hall, Mile 2.5 East End Road on Sunday, Aug. 18. The picnic will run from noon-4 p.m., and offerers hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, soda and all the trimmings. Music, door prizes and children’s games will also be offered.
Representatives from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai will be present to answer questions, give flu shots if available, do blood glucose screenings and check blood pressures. Bring your VA card or DD214.
You don’t have to belong to a veterans organization to attend this picnic, as it open to all veterans and their families. Come out, dance on the grass, sit back and relax, and let the kids have a fun day. In case it rains, we have you covered.
For more info, call the Legion Post at 235-8864, or Darlene at 235-6789.

Homer Hockey garage sale
Homer Hockey Association will be hold a fund-raising garage sale at Kevin Bell Arena from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Donations are still being accepted. For more information, call Tracey at 399-3211.

Salmonstock starts Friday
Salmonstock 2013 is a three-day music festival celebrating wild Alaska salmon and the people who depend on them. The festival kicks off Friday in Ninilchik.
More than 50 bands will lend their talents to help protect wild salmon from threats like the Pebble Mine.
Salmonstock 2013 stands up for salmon and Alaskans through music, art, info booths and craft brews and food — including plenty of salmon. More than 5,000 people attended Salmonstock 2012 and this year’s lineup promises to be even more enticing.
Advance tickets are selling fast. While tickets will be available at the gate, this year’s Salmonstock is expected to sell out. Thursday is the final day to purchase advance tickets for $115 (three days), $95 (two days), $50/$65 (single day). Three-day tickets at the gate will be $135. Tickets are available for purchase online at
The festival is organized by the Renewable Resources Foundation. Learn more at

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