Letters to the Editor – November 6

Happy to see the ‘big rigs’
Regarding “Parking the Big Rigs” in Port Graham, I never heard anyone say there was concern over the jack-up rigs being parked here.
The crew, I’m told, are polite to our people. They were here last year and it was an OK thing. My 2-year-old great-grandson has lots to say about the rigs. He’s fascinated by them.
Several of our men are employed from Port Graham and Nanwalek. I’m still excited.
Eleanor McMullen

Film festival is one for the dogs
Homer Dog Trainers would like to thank all who made Homer’s first-ever “Gone to the Dogs Film Festival” a success last Thursday at the Homer Family Theatre.
We specifically want to thank Colleen and Abi and the crew of the Homer Family Theatre, the Homer Veterinary Clinic, Lisa Ann’s Grooming, The Homer Bookstore, Homer Hounds, Nomar, Coal Point, Northwind, Barb’s Video, Tangle’s Hair Salon, Denise Hansen and Marie Herdegen.
We’d also like to thank all the businesses that helped advertise the event, the volunteers who helped with the auction and everyone who came and enjoyed watching “Turner and Hooch” and the “Rin Tin Tin” serials. A special thanks to Casey Moss, who prepared the slideshow of all the dog photos and fun dog facts. It was a great night, thanks to all.
Hal Smith,
for the Homer Dog Trainers crew

Health Fair promotes living well
The 30th-Annual Rotary Health Fair is over and it was a terrific success! We welcomed 1,248 people thru the doors on Saturday.
Low-cost blood tests were provided again this year, thanks to our partnership with South Peninsula Hospital. We are fortunate to have incredible professionals at SPH, from the CEO and auxiliary, to the lab, the entire medical staff, clerical support, administration and everyone in between. They are the best.
After 30 years, this partnership continues to flourish in support of wellness in our community.
Thank you to the Rotary Health Fair Committee, comprising members from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary. You make this event bigger and better every year!
Thank you to the Homer Foundation for the matching grant to purchase 205 flu shots. The free flu shots were secured and administered by the professionals from the Seldovia Village Tribe Wellness Center.
Thank you Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs H2O for providing delicious water for everyone and no plastic bottles to fill up our landfill.
There were tons of collaboration with the Early Childhood Wellness exhibitors, who added a new dimension to the fair this year. We had more than 65 informational booths, with top-notch exhibitors providing free information to the public on many topics about health and wellness. Thank you to the Homer Tribune for excellent writing about the Rotary Health Fair. Your continued support is appreciated. On behalf of the 55 men and women of the Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club, we thank everyone for your participation and support of the Rotary Health Fair. We hope you continue to “Take A Day to Be Well.”
Sharon Minsch

Huskies have exceptional experience
Homer Middle School had the fortune of attending QUIXOTIC on Oct. 15 as part of the school program. Taking our entire student body to a performance at the high school during our school day was an unprecedented event for us. When we showed the promotion reels to our students to get them excited about the show, one student — who is new to Homer — couldn’t believe we would all get to see such an incredible show as part of our school.
Thank you to the Homer Council on the Arts for all of the dedication, time and energy it took to make this happen for so many people. Our students benefitted from the opportunity to experience this fine art, and to know that Mica Thomas, one of the artistic directors, once shared the halls of their school.
Linda Schauer Rourke
Homer Middle School

Remember to Share the Spirit
Now that winter has arrived, it is time to turn our thoughts to the coming holidays. We wanted to drop a quick note asking everyone to keep Share the Spirit in your thoughts when planning for the holidays. Plan to volunteer on Spaghetti Feed Day, Dec. 10, or on Basket Packing Day, Dec. 20.
When planning to donate, remember our food drives and “Gift” trees, and plan to buy a gift or two for a needy child in our area. When talking with friends and co-workers, plan to adopt a family and care for a needy household. Applications will be available starting Nov.25, for both the Adopt-A-Family program and for households finding themselves in need. More information will follow, and you can always call the Share the Spirit information line at 235-7466 for specifics.
And, as always, remember to Share the Spirit.
Jayne Locklar, president
Kelly Glidden, vice-president
Shari Daugherty, Basket co-chair

A start toward a safer Homer
The “Halloween One Way” was a tremendous success. People parked and walked. Parents chatted in the streets. Drivers and pedestrians negotiated with each other slowly and respectfully, and often thanked the yellow-vested volunteers; (wearing vests graciously lent by Enstar and Homer Police Department).
Cindy, Poppy, Liz V., Josiah, Ivan, Maynard, Miranda, Laura, Brianna, Kayla, Liz D, Heather, Ori, Martin, Gunnar, Susannah, Jackie, Melissa and Joe: you made it possible for trick or treaters and their families to enjoy a splendid evening without the stress and danger of too much traffic in dark, chaotic conditions. Thank you for your leadership.
We also want to thank Chief Mark Robl, who supported this citizen-led initiative and Homer police for their efforts. I especially appreciate Officer Dave Shealy, who spent a good bit of the night on foot, interacting with trick-or-treaters and directing traffic.
The biggest thanks of all goes to the neighborhood residents of Mountainview and Bayview, who have kept this trick-or-treat tradition for more than 35 years, and who were willing to try something new to make the night safer and more enjoyable for all: motorist and pedestrian, visitor and resident.
I came to this project out of a desire to make walking and biking in Homer safer and more enjoyable for children and families. There is much work we can do. Most of our local roads do not have sidewalks. This would be no problem if vehicles were consistently slow and safe, and if drivers expected to share residential roads with cyclists and pedestrians.
Halloween One-Way demonstrated just such a situation. We can improve the way we drive with less texting, less talking on cell phones and less speeding. We can consistently stop at crosswalks. We can share the road with cyclists. On collector and arterial roads, we can introduce better crosswalks and signage, sidewalks, or even just good street shoulders. We can advocate for connections that would turn our patchwork trails into a unified trail system. We can voice support for city, borough and state projects that address transportation issues.
I envision a Homer where families take a Sunday stroll through town, walk to school, bike to a trailhead, or window-shop down Pioneer Avenue. And in a small town with great neighbors, it can happen. Thank you!
Adele Person Groning

Thanks for the carving fun
Fireweed Academy would like to thank Bay Realty for their donation of pumpkins and carving sets. We had two days of hands-on, three-dimensional cutting, scraping and carving practice, and the kids had a blast serving up ghoulish creations.
Janet Bowen
Fireweed Academy
Handing out ‘Halloween Hustle’ thanks
On Oct. 27, several dozen competitors braved the wind and rain to compete in the Halloween Hustle. A medley of running and biking races, the Hustle — jointly hosted by the Kachemak Bay Running Club and the Homer Cycling Club — was a celebration of the future of trails in the Homer area.  Running or biking one-mile loops on the newly cut trail at the Diamond Creek Recreation Area, costumed competitors jockeyed for position through sloppy mud and muck, smiling the whole time.
The rain, which had been persistent for days before, let up just enough to keep a fire going so volunteers, spectators and racers alike could keep warm. As with any event, it took a small army of willing volunteers to pull it off.
Thanks to all who helped organize, set up, manage traffic, take registrations, keep time, stoke the fire and provide hot food for the masses. Thanks also to Rob Drye and Kathy Boyle of Kachemak Emergency Services for volunteering their time, ready to provide first aid that was, thankfully, not needed. Thanks to Moore and Moore Services for providing a Porta-Potty, Revolution Racing and Cycle Logical for providing shelter from the rain and K-Bay Caffe for hot coffee.
Thanks to Homer Saw and Cycle and Bobcat Services for their willingness to provide dirt work for the event, as well as for future trail-building endeavors, and thank you to  Kachemak Bay State Parks for providing the whole opportunity.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the volunteer trail-builders who put in more than 200 hours to establish the .7 mile, yet-to-be-named demonstration trail. We’ve set the precedent and shown the demand for more biking, hiking and running trails. Let’s keep the wheels rolling!
Derek Reynolds
Save Yourself, Ride a Bike

Are pay raises really deserved?
I was thrilled to hear the governor and company will be getting pay raises. They deserve this because of all the hard work they have done to get the oil companies free billions of the state’s dollars, of which, in turn, the oil companies will be able to give the state’s money to their stockholders. The governor’s motto is, “Ask not what the oil companies can do for you, but what you can do for the oil companies.”
For the governor and his staff, this is the most important thing in the world. I’m glad to see the governor and his staff are on the right track in doing things that are best for the state. What more could Alaskans ask for?
John Suter
Chugiak

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