Letters – April 2

Keeping time with the Running Club

As the season turns and winter appears on the wane, many of us outdoor types have begun to shed our winter sports gear in favor of lighter-weight clothes as spring and the running season arrives.
The Kachemak Bay Running Club held its annual membership meeting last Friday at Beluga Lake Lodge, kicking off the meeting with a 2.5-mile fun run.
At this year’s get-together, folks checked out the new electronic timing chip system, purchased with generous grant support by the Homer Foundation. As 200-300-plus runners now participate in each of the two most popular KBRC sponsored events (The Migration Run, held May 11, and The Spit Run, June 28) the time-keeping demands for race volunteers has become increasingly burdensome.
Past feedback from our timing crew has run in a fairly narrow spectrum, ranging from “what a drag” to “never again.” To those unheralded volunteers, let me say that at KBRC we always have a good time, but better times are ahead.
Thanks again to the Homer Foundation for a grant that will make race timing for Homer runners streamlined, highly accurate and volunteer friendly.
Randy Wiest
Kachemak Bay Running Club Board

Musical attests to community arts strength

Watching the high school musical, “The Sound of Plaid” this past weekend was a peak experience. It was truly one of the best performances I have ever seen. The quality of singing, acting, choreography, musical accompaniment, stage management, sound and lighting were all top quality. The expertise and teamwork behind stage that has developed over the years in this community is remarkable. Feeding this performance was all that has come before it: years of the Nutcracker Ballet, Jazzline, Jubilee, HHS Choir, Homer High School Swing Choir, the Community Choir, past HHS musicals, DDF, Pier One Theatre, Artists in the Schools and Homer Council on the Arts Youth programs. It was a true testament of the commitment this community has to our youth and to the arts.
And that is all just one layer of the experience. What I also witnessed on stage was the deeper, inner experience of the arts. I saw a group of high school students filled with self-confidence, self-value and self-worth, as well as an appreciation and respect for others. It was a very real experience of teamwork, and the value of every participant in a group effort and the impact a group can have on others.
The audience and the cast fed each other, lifting us all into the realm of life that keeps us going; where we are inspired and willing to put forth the effort it takes to keep our lives rich by nurturing the potential we all have and sharing it. Thank you to the HHS Choir and to all those who have come before them; to those beckoning our children to their potential and supporting them as they unfold.
Gail Edgerly

Thank you to Rotary Club

Recently, we have had an influx of new students to our building and sometimes new students arrive with little or no school supplies. Rotary Club of Homer Downtown has generously donated a bag full of school supplies to us this week. We are so very thankful for the Rotary of Downtown for stepping in and providing for these new students that are in transition. Their generosity will help ensure our students’ success.
Joyclyn Graham
Counseling assistant

The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace – What’s Next?

As the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period wraps up, the certified application counselors at SVT Health & Wellness are ready for the next phase of service to consumers.
Since open enrollment began on Oct. 1, 2013, thousands of uninsured Alaskans have obtained health insurance though the ACA’s Marketplace. “There are people who have never had coverage who are excited to find out there are affordable coverage options available to them,” Outreach Specialist Monica Anderson said.
For coverage starting in 2014, the open enrollment period was October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. The certified application counselors at SVT Health & Wellness will continue many of their existing functions, including: continuing to assist eligible consumers in enrolling in coverage; helping consumers with questions related to the utilization of their coverage, and providing consumers with educational information about the ACA and health insurance in general.
However, there will be a general shift from enrollment to focusing on answering consumers’ questions about their health care coverage and continuing to ensure they know about the new benefits available to them. All of these services are provided free of charge.
For coverage starting in 2015, the open enrollment period is Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. To buy Marketplace insurance outside open enrollment, you must qualify for a special enrollment period due to a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of a job.
If you are Alaska Native or American Indian you can apply for the lifetime exemption from the requirements of the ACA at any time during 2014. Exemption forms can be picked up at SVT Health & Wellness, or printed from the healthcare.gov website. Applications for Medicaid and Denali KidCare are available year round.
For more information, please contact Emiley Faris, Monica Anderson or Mary King, Certified Application Counselors, at 226-2228.
Ian McGaughey
Public Relations and Marketing Director
Seldovia Village Tribe

Popeye wrestling tourney a huge success!

The annual Popeye wrestling tournament held on March 22 at Homer High was a huge success with 370 wrestlers from across the state attending.
This tournament would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, the many volunteers who set up the tournament, moved mats, cleaned up, worked the concession stand, sold clothing, brought food for the bake sale/hospitality room, provided security, made cotton candy and coached wrestlers.
Homer High School allowed us to use their facility and HHS staff Anita Harry and Brent Guarin were a huge help throughout a long, busy day. This year, for the first time, Popeye solicited sponsorships from local businesses and the following businesses stepped up to help in a big way:
Gold Sponsors: VBS Heating, Excalibur Construction and East End Mini Storage.
Silver Sponsors: Support Vessels of Alaska Inc., and Tammie Cook Doula!
Thanks also goes out to Printworks, who donated the design cost of our awesome new banner; Fat Olives donated pizza for the hospitality room; and Beluga Lake Lodge donated rooms for officials during one of the busiest weekends of the year.
Every year, coaches from other areas say they look forward to coming to Homer and attending this tournament.
We are proud to host this tournament and appreciate the support our wrestling club receives in the Homer area.
Lisa Croft
Club Secretary

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