Letters to the Editor – December 11

Remember to ‘Share the Spirit’
If your household is in need, and you would like to apply for a holiday basket, time is running out! The deadline for a Share the Spirit application is Friday, Dec.13. Please don’t delay.
Go to a human services agency where you or a member of your family receive assistance, or speak to your pastor. They will help you fill out an application. If you live across the Bay, call or visit a public health nurse or public health aide, as they are handling all applications in your area.
More information can be found by calling the Share the Spirit information line at 235-7466. This community is wonderful and wants to help you at this special time of year, but you have to take the first step; complete an application and drop it off at Wells Fargo Bank by 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
Jayne Locklar, President
Kelly Glidden, Vice President
Shari Daughtery, Basket Co-Chair

Get Christmas under wraps at Ulmer’s
Homer’s American Legion Auxiliary will offer Christmas gift-wrapping at Ulmer’s on Lake Street in downtown Homer.
Gift-wrapping will be available noon to 5 p.m. daily, Saturday, Dec. 14 through Monday, Dec. 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve Tuesday. There is no set charge for the service, but donations to support veteran’s programs will be gratefully accepted.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 16 in Homer, is a nonprofit organization. For more information, contact Jackie Norvell at 235-3262.
Jackie Norvell

Questioning ‘moral’ corporations
Companies that morally oppose birth control don’t want to pay for it via Obamacare. That made me think: I’m a peace activist. I morally oppose war, the military, guns, etc., and wish my tax money didn’t support it. Can I take that to the Supreme Court to divert my money for education?
If corporations are people, shouldn’t we, the peace activists, have as much clout as corporations?
Lela Ryterski

Thanks for the love, lifetime of friendships
Thank you for all the kind words, flowers, cards and hugs at the loss of Brant Edens. He loved this town and the people here, and your outpouring of friendship during this time has meant so much to the family. We have enjoyed hearing your Brant stories, as well as hearing how you watched out for him when we weren’t with him. It has blessed us, too. Thank you!
We would like to thank the staff at “The Ark” for their loving care of Brant.  Also, Christian Community Church, for hosting our Celebration of Life and surrounding our family with love from a lifetime of friendships. Thank you.
Joan Edens, Shelly Erickson, Loree Jensen and Beth Tutt and families

Stocking stuffer packs Pratt with fun
Pratt Museum would like to thank everyone in the community who participated in our holiday events this season. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers, who helped make this year’s Stocking Stuffer Party at the Pratt Museum a fun-filled day for the entire community. We would especially like to thank major sponsors Kachemak Bay Lions Club and Safeway.
Many thanks go out to the fabulously fun folks of all ages who led the children’s art activities and the building of the graham cracker houses.  Thanks to the Girl Scouts of Homer for making the cutout cookies and a big thanks to all the wonderful local cookie bakers who donated all of the goodies at the refreshment table. We are grateful for our volunteer Santa and the photographers capturing these memories.
Diane Converse
Museum Director

Rotary keeps HoWL programs alive
On behalf of HoWL and all the students who volunteered in order to earn scholarships for their expeditions this summer, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown and the Rotary District 5010 Grants Committee for their grant that funded $2,000 of additional scholarships, awarded to our local youth in mid-summer.
Fifty students earned Volunteer Merit Scholarships, thanks in part to this grant; 41 of those students had not had the opportunity to participate in HoWL’s Clean-Up Week in April. With the additional funding available, HoWL was able to award scholarships to a total of 75 students in 2013, to more than 30 percent of our local participants.
Building upon the success of 2013, next year’s Volunteer Merit Scholarships program will be even better. HoWL’s vision is to have a community-funded program through which kids volunteer for HoWL and other organizations doing work outdoors once or twice a week in exchange for their HoWL Day Trips and Expeditions.
In 2013, we were able to expect award recipients to volunteer for HoWL, but by summer 2014, we should be able to implement a much richer web of service throughout Homer and the lower Kenai Peninsula.
This program, with the generous support of the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown and the Rotary District 5010 Grants Committee, imparts a spirit of service to our students through rewarding their hard work in our community with the experience of wilderness and camaraderie within HoWL’s programs, and through knowing that they have earned that opportunity themselves. Thanks again to the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown for making this possible.
If you have a volunteer opportunity that is based outside and would be appropriate for youth laborers, contact HoWL to become a partner in 2014.
Libby Veasey,
HoWL Executive and Programs Director

Seldovia Christmas tradition continues
Volunteers in Seldovia gear up to continue a Christmas tradition spanning more than 20 years: the distribution of Christmas boxes to area families.
The boxes are filled with items to make a complete Christmas dinner, including turkey and all the trimmings. Seldovia Village Tribe partners with Seldovia Bible Chapel to purchase around 40 turkeys and other items for the occasion.
“It’s an important part of Christmas, sharing with those in our community,” Seldovia Village Tribe President and CEO Crystal Collier said.
Anyone wanting to help assemble or distribute the boxes, make a donation, or suggest a family to receive a box should contact Laurel Hilts at 435-3252.
Ian McGaughey,
PR & Marketing Director

Huskies hit the dance floor
For two weeks in November, the halls of Homer Middle School echoed with the rhythms of Latin music as students and teachers in PE classes learned the ins and outs and round-abouts of partner dancing. We’d like to thank our Artist in the Schools instructor, Eddie Wood, for sharing his expertise and enthusiasm.
Throughout his instruction, Eddie encouraged students to respectfully and kindly dance with their partners as they practiced proper dance techniques. We learned to lead and follow, to frame up and bow down, to turn right and left. We learned the two step and the salsa, the polite way to decline a dance and how to find a down beat.
Mr. Wood’s residency culminated in a school-wide performance with 180 synchronized students dancing in circles around the gym floor.
On behalf of all the Homer Middle School Huskies, we’d like to thank Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Artist in the School program, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation, Jazzline, and Alaska USA for their support.
Thanks also to principal Kari Dendurent, who makes fun things happen every day at Homer Middle School.
Saundra Hudson, Tim Daugharty,
and Bonnie Jason
HMS Teachers

Homer steps up to help — again     
The students at Homer Flex would like to thank all the people who attended the fundraiser for Doctors without Borders to help the people in the Philippines. We were able to raise more than $500 to help this organization.
Personally, I felt very empowered by this experience; our community pulled together on such short notice to help strangers in need halfway around the world. This says so much of the outstanding citizens in our little town of Homer, Alaska.
Sarah Wise

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