Community News – Feb. 5



A window closing

Former Alice’s manager Cindy Burns boards up Alice’s Champagne Palace after its closing Sunday. English Bay Corporation President Donald Emmal said closing down Alice’s is purely a business decision that had to do with “income and cash flow and things financial.”

Ag. speakers present on hay production

UAF/Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Fox River Cattlemen’s Association and Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a Forage Workshop in Kenai and Homer next Tuesday.
Dr. Mingchu Zhang will present on “Organic and inorganic nutrient sources for hay production in Alaska.” The talk will cover the results of experiments in Homer and Fairbanks for hay production from adding organic or inorganic fertilizers. He will also briefly discuss soil testing.
Dr. Milan Shipka will discuss “Hay quality considerations and how best to use the hay you have available.”
Anyone with animals needs to consider how to best get nutrients to their animals. Dr. Shipka will discuss nutrient needs and digestion in ruminant animals and the nutrient needs and digestion in horses.
The presentation takes place Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus, Room 219. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.
This FREE workshop is offered to all animal and hay producers and the interested public.

Bushells bring music, storytelling to McNeil

John Bushell McNeil artists in schools photo by Mo Wilkinson

John Bushell McNeil artists in schools photo by Mo Wilkinson

Students at McNeil Canyon school celebrated a month of Artists in Schools projects last week, following a collaboration with local artists John and Sharon Bushell.
John, a musician, and Sharon, a writer, shared their love of storytelling through music and words with the kindergarten through sixth grade classes, collaborating with the art and P.E. teachers to create a multi-faceted art unit.
Each of the Bushells spent 10 days at the school, said visual arts teacher Debbie Piper, and showed the students diverse ways to share ideas, feelings and stories.
Piper said this kind of learning is great for her young students, allowing them to visualize stories of animals, weather and their friends through music. Students created dances to express thoughts, painted a skyscraper mural and wrote observations and stories.
“Our main goal was for students to become better writers, with a positive attitude towards writing , and teaching them the similarities between creative writing, music, dance and art,” Piper said.
This Artist in Schools project was supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional funding from the Rasmuson Foundation and substantial funding by the McNeil Canyon Community Council.

SPH board welcomes Oudiz, elects officers

Jack Oudiz

Jack Oudiz

South Peninsula Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors welcomes newly appointed member Jack Oudiz.
Jack is retired after a 25-year career in occupational health as a Senior Industrial Hygienist with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Kenai Peninsula College for five years and serves on the board of the Homer Council On The Arts.
Jack and his wife have lived in Homer since 2009. They have three children and four grandchildren
The hospital board also elected new officers at the January meeting. Elected were: Thomas Clark, president; Kelly Cooper, vice president; Bernadette Wilson, secretary; Matt Hambrick, treasurer. 
The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the hospital conference rooms. The meetings are open to the public.

Sprout fundraising brings new wheels


Kellen Isenhour enjoys some time behind the wheel in the Sprout Family Services’ new car.
After a fundraising push this winter, Sprout was able to generate the remaining funds needed to purchase a new vehicle. A $15,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation got the ball rolling, and private donors and community donation jars brought in the final dollars, just over $5,000.
Sprout leaders brought home their new wheels last week, and look forward to using the car to support their family services outings.

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