Community News – April 9

Music to our ears

Homer High School band students performed either a solo or small ensemble in front of an adjudicator last Thursday. By obtaining a “superior” rating, the following students have qualified for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Anchorage in May:
Brandon Beachy (snare drum); Miles Catlin (horn); Andrew Doughty (trumpet); Owen Duffy (trombone); Robert Hockema/Patrick Latimer (tenor sax duet); Zak Holschen (bass clarinet) and Marissa Lind (flute).

Calling all John James Audubons

After a wildly successful PEEPs workshop on Saturday, March 22, the Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival is excited to collect submissions for the PEEPs young artist exhibit.
The exhibit is a part of a four-day birding festival in May, that boasts a variety of free activities for all ages and birding abilities.
The exhibit is open to children, 18 years of age and under, who are interested in creating pieces of Kenai Peninsula bird-themed art.
Available at the Kenai Fine Arts Center and on the festival webpage, the entry packet provides more information, including the official rules. Exhibit entries will be on display during the month of May, with an opening reception during a First Friday event (May 2, 6‐8 p.m.)
Exhibit awards will be announced at the birding festival opening reception, in conjunction with a special Bird TLC presentation with live birds on Thursday, May 15 from 6‐8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
PEEPs Young Artist Exhibit submission deadline is April 26. For more information, contact: Connie Tarbox at

Alaskans set new Pick.Click.Give. record

Alaskans set a record in 2014 for donations made to local nonprofits through Pick.Click.Give. More Alaskans than ever before participated in the Permanent Fund Dividend charitable donation program, sharing millions of dollars with Alaska’s nonprofits.
According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, as of April 1, 26,773 Alaskans donated $2,771,400 from their PFDs, which is $325,950 or 13 percent more than last year. The average amount donated per person was also record‐breaking, increasing by 11 percent from $94 in 2013 to $104 in 2014. Overall, 4.8 percent of Alaskans who filed online for the PFD made donations through Pick.Click.Give.
Cook Inletkeeper received the highest amount of pledges at 208, and donations at $13,625.
“Cook Inletkeeper sees our Pick.Click.Give. support as a strong affirmation of our work across a broad spectrum of Alaskans – whether it’s our research on salmon streams and climate change, our work with mariners and municipalities to reduce boat-based pollution, or our advocacy on water quality and fish habitat issues,” said Director Bob Shavelson. “It’s heartening to see the great support we’re getting from around the Cook Inlet watershed.”
In Homer 1,144 people pledged to 20 nonprofits for a total of $74,725.

Tilgner salmon featured at Boston Seafood Expo

JoAnn and Art Tilgner of Ninilchik continue to collect accolades for their smoked salmon recipes. Most recently, they took home several honors from the Symphony of Seafood in Anchorage — including the grand prize.
That award also garnered them a trip to the Boston Seafood Expo in March, an event with more than 1,000 seafood vendors.
Their time-tested recipe landed a featured spot on the menu for the closing banquet.
Tilgner’s Ruby Red Ole World Scottish Smoked Sockey Salmon has been featured in restaurants and seafood expos around the country, and their international business is beginning to expand.
JoAnn Tilgner is an oncology nurse at South Peninsula Hospital.

Nomar named Manufacturer of the Year

Local producer of outdoors clothing, fisheries supplies and boat services, Nomar, has garnered the accolade 2013 Manufacturer of the Year by made in Alaska.
The Pioneer Avenue businesses, locally owned by Ben and Kate Mitchell, has been operating in Homer in some form since the late ‘70s. Local fishermen rely on them for durable outdoors gear, and production of a number of fishing upholstery items like brailer bags and cushions.

GCI brings TiVo to Homer

GCI TV powered by TiVo and GCI’s new G-Series plans are now available to seven new Alaska communities, including Homer as well as Valdez, Sitka, Seward, Petersburg, Wrangell and Cordova.

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