Letters to the Editor – August 14

Exchanging time
I would like to express appreciation for the Homer TimeBank. I was involved last summer, and again this summer, and have met many wonderful people at plerk (play/work) parties. (Such as when we swept HCOA’s parking lot, and helped Nomad Shelter and Haven House relocate.) I have house/pet sat, built flower beds, done housekeeping, made flyers and mowed lawns. Others have helped me with temporary housing and laundry facilities, all at a “no-dollar” cost. Instead, “time credits” are exchanged.
I will be able to store my camper van again all winter, using TCs, saving quite a bit in storage fees. I have made connections through the time bank that have helped me find paid work, make friends and become an active member of the community.
There are plans in the works to combine the Homer and Anchorage TimeBanks, as well as establish a TimeBank information area in K-Bay Coffee Shop with a computer and TimeBank notice board. Until then, you can visit the Homer TimeBank website at aha.timebanks.org to learn more and get involved.
Mary Hayhoe

Thanks for the music
Before I head off to school this fall in the bustling city of Chicago, I wanted to take some time to extend my greatest gratitude and thanks to Joel Pietsch. He is the best piano teacher and one of the most inspiring and influential music coaches I’ve ever had.
I began taking weekly piano lessons with Joel when I was in the seventh grade; it was the beginning of six years of fabulous music instruction that I wish never had to end. Over the years, Joel has been more than just a piano teacher. He also took the spot as an encouraging high school counselor, making sure I was learning what I needed to know to achieve my musical dreams at the next level. He guided me in my college search and helped me all along the way with college auditions, portfolios, etc.
Joel and his wife Tia Pietsch have provided me with so much over the years with their wonderful school, Harbor School of Music and Dance, helping me to pursue, strengthen and achieve my dreams in the fine arts. I am forever grateful to them both.
I must also note that they aren’t the only ones who have supported me in my lifelong involvement in the arts of Homer. The list of all the many inspiring coaches and mentors I’ve had during just my past 18 years of life can go on forever with the names of Jill Berryman, Ken Castner, Cherish McCallum, Mark Robinson and so many more that have helped shape me into the young adult that I am today. I extend my love and thanks to them all.
So thank you so much Joel and Tia at Harbor School of Music and Dance, and everyone else in our small village by the sea that has supported me along the way. I will forever call this place home.
Mariah Stuart

Nice people at Nanwalek
While fishing around Flat Island, my boat became disabled. A nice charter operator towed me to Nanwalek. The people there were very helpful and friendly. Two young men were able to get my boat running and escorted me back to Homer to make sure we arrived safely. Thanks to John and Kevin and all of the nice folks who helped me out of a jam. I am very grateful.
Joe Simpson

Empty seat beckons
For the past year, the Board of the Kachemak Emergency Service Area has functioned with only four members. The fifth seat was never filled, because no one has stepped forward. (Even though it was advertised.)
At this time, I am the only member from the west side. We really need one more from the west, since that represents almost half of our very huge service area.
The Service area reaches from about the Sterling Highway and south end of the North Fork Road, to the City of Homer, around the City of Homer, around Kachemak City, and out to the Caribou Hills.
We currently meet on the second Thursday of the month.
Seat B is the vacant one.
You must file by Aug. 15. Forms are available on line, or at the Kenai Peninsula Borough annex on Pioneer Avenue.
I sincerely hope someone will file for this seat.
Milli Martin

Thanks for another amazing summer
This weekend was the culmination of the 2013 Summer @ HPL Reading Program. Hundreds of children, teens and adults took part in this summer’s myriad of programs. This year, we really focused on developing consistently fun and educational programs at the library that inspired kids to create, as well as encouraging kids to read more than ever before.
Our community has played a huge part in supporting the Summer Reading Program, and we are grateful; we couldn’t do it without all of you. We’d particularly like to thank the Alaska Federal Credit Union for their funding of “Dig Into Reading,” the children’s programs, and the Clifford Jenson Fund, a donor advised fund of the Homer Foundation, for supporting Maker Mondays.
So many businesses and individuals helped with the Summer @ HPL program. We’d like to thank Beau Burgess, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Fat Olives Restaurant, Frosty Bear Ice Cream, The Grog Shop, Kate Haas, The Homer Bookstore, Homer Theatre, the Homer Veterinary Clinic, Homer Winter Services, Homer’s Jeans, Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, KBBI, Land’s End Resort, Brett Merrow, Ben and Mary Park, Public Works, Paul Rauch, Douglas Dean, Ally McCarron, Timeless Toys, Two Sisters Bakery, Ulmer’s, the incredible board of the Friends of the Homer Public Library and many others. Thank you for supporting summer reading for youth, teens and adults.
Claudia Haines, Youth Services coordinator
Erin Hollowell,  Friends of the Homer Public Library coordinator

Dear  Community of Homer,
I was invited, in my capacity as executive director of the Homer Foundation to attend a ukulele concert held at the Alaska Heritage RV Park on the Homer Spit.  For the second summer in a row our local ukulele group has had a paying gig to perform for groups brought to Homer through Fantasy RV Tours.
Monday night was their final performance of the season and the Homer Foundation was presented with a check for $1,050 on their behalf.  Our local ukulele group is doing their part to help make Homer a better place to live, through their music, and their generosity!
My hat’s off to you.
Joy Steward, Ex. Director
The Homer Foundation

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