Shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, the one-millionth visitor walked through the gate of the new Homer Public Library. The lucky millionth visitor — Joy McCaul — was greeted with a certificate, goody bag and gift certificate provided by Friends of the Homer Public Library.
Patrons and staff in the library enjoyed the look of surprise on her face when we told her what was going on, as well as the balloons, carrot cake and noisemakers blown by the librarians. The new library opened in September 2006.
The final Kachemak Bay Birders meeting of the year will be 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. The meeting will take place in the seminar room of Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and will be followed by a potluck meal and slide show by members. (Bring a dish to share.)
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. For more information, contact Lani Raymond 399-9477 or Lori Paulsrud 299-3724. Co-sponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics indicate that boating fatalities in 2013 totaled 560; the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.
From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents dropped 14 percent, from 651 to 560. Injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620, and total reported accidents fell 10 percent; from 4,515 to 4,062.
The report states that alcohol was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was the leading factor in 17 percent of deaths.
Where the cause of death was known, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
To view 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics, go to www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/AssetManager/2013RecBoatingStats.pdf.
For more information on responsible boating, check out the Boating Safety Resource Center at www.uscgboating.org.
Trails Day 2014 is Saturday, June 7, and sign-up is available now.
Come by HoWL headquarters — on Ocean Drive —Sunday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from now until June 6 to sign up for a fun and educational Trails Day project. Help maintain our trails in Kachemak Bay State Park. Enjoy the great feeling of team work, and get a cheap ride across the Bay. A payment of $20 is required when you sign up.
In addition, a naturalist-led family hike is also available, with no work required. Check out their new website for more information at friendsofkachemakbay.org
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