Community News – October 30

Students inducted into National Honor Society
The following students were inducted into Homer High School’s National Honor Society chapter on Tuesday evening. In the high school commons.
Inducted were seniors Hannah Baird, Nahoa Jette, Calvin Johnson, Brian Rowe, Joshua Vantrease and David Jack Woo.
Juniors included Brandon Beachy, Evan Boyer, Michael Downing, Wylie Donich, Trevor Flynn, Maggie LaRue, John Shank and Lisa Wisner.
Sophomores Nolan Bunting, Samantha Draves, Molly Mitchell, Lindsay Schneider, Aziza Shemet-Pitcher, Aurora Waclawski. Elise Webber and Patricia Woo were also inducted.

KBC brings award-winning journalist, novelist
Award-winning novelist David Abrams will read from and discuss his work as part of Kachemak Bay Campus’ annual Visiting Writers’ Series on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Abrams’ debut novel about the Iraq War, “Fobbit,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a Best Book of 2012 by Paste Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Barnes and Noble.
Abrams retired in 2008 after a 20-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist. He was named the Department of Defense’s Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations throughout his career. His tours of duty took him to Thailand, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and The Pentagon. In 2005, he joined the Third Infantry Division and deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Schools recognized for performance, progress
Paul Banks and West Homer Elementary schools were recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development last week as “highest performing” KPBSD schools. West Homer was also recognized as a “High Progress” school, as was McNeil Canyon.
The department recognized 49 public schools to honor student achievement during the 2012-2013 school year. Seven of those schools are in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Reward schools are recognized across three grade spans: K-8, 9-12 and K-12 schools.
Traveling exhibit honors World War II veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College presents an exhibition to recognize the service and sacrifices that helped liberate the Aleutian Islands during World War II — 70 years ago this year.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons of KBC’s Pioneer Hall, and features a slide presentation on the Aleutian campaign by Michael Hawfield, KBC’s Associate Professor of History. The program will also feature comments by Col. John Cloe (U.S. Army, Ret.), a historian of the military in Alaska, on the annual “Valor Tours” to the historic Aleutian sites. Poppy Benson of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge will present on efforts to preserve Aleutian historic sites.
Servicemen and women from all branches and eras of service are welcome.

Energy fair features vendors, activities, updates
Homer Electric Association will host its fifth-annual Energy and Conservation Fair at West Homer Elementary on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some 30 vendors will display a variety of energy conservation-related products including appliances,  construction materials, heating sources, lighting options, recycling tips and alternative energy information.
In addition, representatives from the Homer Tidal Energy Incubator Project that is currently underway in Homer will give a noon update on the project’s progress.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority will offer a new, interactive energy hog presentation at 3 p.m. It is designed to entertain and educate students and adults about energy conservation.
The family oriented fair also features door prizes, popcorn, hot dogs. Winners of the energy conservation student contest sponsored by HEA will also be announced.
For additional information, please call HEA Public Relations Coordinator Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.

Take a ‘forest bath’ — the trails are waiting
Snowshoe, ski, walk or run to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ 50-Mile Challenge at Wynn Nature Center. Bring a friend and help kick off the challenge at Saturday’s health fair at Homer High School.
The Challenge runs through June 7, 2014, and includes group activities such as celebrations at local pubs or coffeehouses, costume events and organized nighttime walks. Times and distances logged on other Alaska trails may also be included toward the 50-mile total. Grand prizes will be awarded at the Wynn Nature Center Season Opening Potluck on June 14.
The 140-acre Wynn Nature Center has miles of trails suited for all ages and abilities. Spending time in the forest is a simple way to improve health, and a great way to spend time with friends or family. Studies show that exposure to plants and trees benefits health.
Monthly prizes will also be awarded.
Sign up and get a Challenge Kit at the CACS booth at the health fair, call 235-6667 or email to sign up.

‘It’s Your Life … Take a Day to be Well’
The 30th-annual Rotary Health Fair is this Saturday, Nov. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homer High School. Sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club, in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital, the fair will feature some 65 exhibitors offering various health screenings. Available services include blood pressure tests, vision tests, hearing tests, fitness tests, flu shots and more. A number of demonstrations will also be offered throughout the day.
The Early Childhood Wellness Fair will be held within this year’s health fair, and provide a number of booths and presentations that focus on early childhood development. Free child care will be provided, and the Lions Club will collect used eye glasses. Drawings for numerous door prizes will lead up to the grand prize giveaway for a $250 energy certificate.
For more information and details on the health fair, visit the South Peninsula Hospital website at, or call the Health Fair Hotline at 399-4030.

Local artist Ann-Margaret Wimmerstadt will hold a “memory” collage class, encouraging participants of all artistic levels to create art with memorabilia. (Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m. at the library.)
Erin Hollowell, adjunct professor at KBC, will moderate a discussion about war poetry with examples from World War I and the Vietnam War, as well as poems about the conflict in the Middle East. (Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at the library.)
Capstone address by author Tim O’Brien. This is an event you won’t want to miss. There will also be an opportunity to purchase books for signing. (March 1, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre.)
Share Your Story: KBBI and the Friends of the Homer Public Library team up to record your stories during the month of February. To learn more about this opportunity to share your story, e-mail
Book Discussion Group at the library, Feb. 12 and 26 from 6-8 p.m.
Additional events will be added and advertised via e-mail and websites.
The Big Read is locally supported by the Friends of the Homer Public Library and the Homer Foundation. It is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest, and Homer is one of 78 communities participating nationwide.

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