Letters – May 14

Vote for leaders, not readers

It always surprises me to hear how much time it takes some city councilmen to prepare for meetings and do their homework. It seems the public would be more content with council actions if that was enough to do a good job.
So, what should we compensate these folks for? Reading? Maybe we should let the public decide if they are valuable enough to pay. For what its worth, there are no fewer people running for council in our elections these days than there were back when we were paying them. It’s not a job – it’s politics. We vote for leaders – not for readers.
Mike Heimbuch

Come join the revolution

May is bike month. All over the nation, communities will participate in cycling events to encourage people to leave their car at home, and ride a bike to work, school, the post office. Or just take a ride. 
Considering the lack of winter snow and our warm spring, this May will be a great time to dust off the bike, pump up the tires, lube the chain and join Homer Cycling Club in celebrating what has been called “man’s greatest invention.” 
Homer Cycling Club will host a series of events in May, including an “energizer” booth at WKFL Park on Friday, May 16, from 7-9 a.m. as a part of “Bike to Work Week.” Ride in, have a cup of coffee, grab a snack and be counted.
Friday night is Homer Cycling Club’s annual meeting/potlatch, held at Cook Inletkeeper beginning at 6:30. It is open to the public.
Bjørn Olson

Slow down: this ain’t the Lower 48

May 12-16 is “Bike to Work Week;” an event that happens in cities, towns and communities across the nation to promote safe bicycling.
More and more people are choosing to bike around Homer. The number of cyclists on these fairweather days is amazing. Alaskans are a hardy outdoor people, but we rank 43rd in safe cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, compared to other states.
We can work toward changing these conditions. Here in Homer, we have incredible trails, but they are not always connected. There are many low-cost, simple solutions we can enact to make our transportation system work better for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Many of our roads are wide enough to accommodate a bike lane or a wide shoulder. Some roads need safe shoulders as a beginning. There are strategic trail connections that would turn our scattered trails into a trail system.
Homer has always envisioned itself as a pedestrian and bike friendly community, and has made great progress. But there is still work to do. The first step toward a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community costs nothing at all: Slow down. Practice courteous driving, cycling and pedestrian behavior. After all, this is Homer.
Adele Groning

Mariner Theatre in HD

Homer High School’s Mariner Theater would like to thank the Cottonwood Fund, the Homer Foundation and its donors for providing funds to help purchase and update the theater with a new projector.
This new equipment will allow us to give the quality experience the community of Homer has come to expect from its people and productions. We already have students, teachers and community members anxious to see the many new capabilities at our disposal, including high-definition projection. This will put us ahead of the curve for years to come.
We are thankful for what we have now, but we’re always pressing forward to provide the best for future generations.
The Cottonwood Fund through the Homer Foundation has helped make that possible. Thank you to all its contributors and supporters who help make this community what it is.
Mich Michener
Mariner Theater manager

Homer looks all shiny and new

We are so proud to be part of a community that showed so much spirit on our May 3 Clean-Up Day. It was a phenomenal success.
The community brought in a whopping 1,009 bags of trash this year, and 17 percent were recyclable materials. It was great to see the number of people — adults, and especially kids— who were out picking up trash at various locations around town.
As with every year, we received generous donations from local businesses and individuals wanting to show their appreciation for those out cleaning up. Those donors include event sponsor AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and Tavern, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Homer’s Jeans, Spenard Builders Supply, Mike Barth State Farm Insurance, McDonalds Of Homer, Barb’s Video, Homer Bookstore, Homer/Kachemak Bay Rotary, Tech Connect, Fat Olives, Icicle Seafoods, Sundog Consultants, Fresh Sourdough Express, Cosmic Kitchen, The Grog Shop, Dibble Creek Rock and Alaska Waste.
If you see any of these people, be sure to give them a big thank-you.
Hot dogs were provided by Kachemak Bay Lions, who also generously donated four bikes for participating kids. Kachemak Bay Rotary volunteers manned the Dumpsters, and volunteer Dale Banks of Loopy Lupine Distribution organized the recycling operation with his volunteers.
Kenai Peninsula Borough, Homer Landfill, and Moore & Moore Services donated Dumpsters, recycling containers and delivery of both. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska collected hundreds of pounds of clothing for their annual drive.
Again, we say thank you to everyone involved in making this year’s Clean-Up Day a continuing success.
Jim Lavrakas
Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Chamber Board & Staff

Quilters participate in ‘Shorebird Challenge’

  Thanks to everyone who attended our 30th-annual quilt show last weekend. We had great attendance and lots of appreciation for our works of art. 
We once again participated in the Shorebird Challenge; an opportunity to create wall-hangings depicting birds around Kachemak Bay. Janet Bacher’s “Ocean Tides” was voted first place in the challenge; Patrice Krant’s “Owl” was second; and “Shorebirds” by Bette Seaman took third. 
Voting by attendees at the quilt show determined all our awards. The “Best of Show” award winner was Patrice Krant’s wall hanging, “Eagle.”
Large bed quilt winners included Charlene Ditton’s “Alaska’s Wild Heart,” first; Pat Melone’s “Snowflakes,” second; and Alice Krivitsky’s “Jake’s Quilt” with a log cabin center and flying geese in the outer border, was voted third.
Small quilt winners (bed, crib and lap), were: Enid Keyes’ brown and pink embroidered lap quilt, first place; Linda Wagner’s “Cats at Night,” second; and Dana Lewis’s “Echoes of Lake Clark” was third.
Results from wall-art votes selected Charlene Ditton’s “Polar Bear” for first place. Her paper-pieced “Fireweed” wall-hanging also received the second-place ribbon. Third place went to Kathy Pankratz for her paper-pieced “Cattails” wall-hanging.
In the “other” category — which included wearable art, table runners and anything that was not a bed quilt or wall hanging — viewer votes awarded first place to the embroidered blue table-topper by Enid Keyes. Second place went to Alice Krivitsky for her “Dregs,” which was made of leftovers from her Judy Niemeyer  bed runner. Keyes also took third, thanks to her white embroidered window cover.
Special thanks again this year to Ulmer’s for accommodating quilt registration  at the store and to Merry Gregg for her continued support of quilters and our quilt show. 
Margaret Lau, Kachemak Bay Quilters

The creative power of youth

 We’d like to offer a sincere thank you to Homer’s community of artists who supported the West Homer Elementary School Art Fair during May’s First Friday. Many thanks as well to those who came to view the artwork and provided many great comments about the quality of the students’ work and presentations.
Our gym was converted into an art gallery, where every student displayed a favorite piece of artwork they had created over the past year, along with an artist statement. 
The following artists spent their Friday afternoon providing written feedback for all students: Ann Margaret Wimmerstadt, Adele, Anna Raupp, Brad Hughes, Carla Klinker, Cynthia Morelli, Deb Lowney, Jan Peyton, Kim Sweeney, Lynn Naden, Maralee Seargent, Marian Beck, Marie Alexson, Marj Scholl, Nadya Klingel, Sarah Robertson, Suzanne Singer, Eddie Wood, Leslie Klaar and Jamie Cloud.
In the end, each student artist received positive feedback for their efforts from two professional artists. The students also heard positive comments during an evening of sharing their art with family and friends. What a powerful validation of our youth as creative artists!
Lyn Maslow, Shellie Worsfold, Robyn Walls
WHE Art Fair Committee

Fireweed students connect with elders

Community (and beyond) collaboration is alive and well in Homer — and Fireweed Academy has many folks to thank.
With a grant from the Valley Quilters Guild in Palmer, Fireweed Academy students collaborated with Homer Senior Center members to create silk banners for the center. Based on this quarters “Roots” theme, FWA students and principal Kiki Abrahamson worked with the seniors to create memory squares. The project incorporated multiple fabric arts techniques, addressed the mission of our school to create partnerships in our community and provided service learning that connected our students with our elders.
 The project expanded with financial assistance from the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society. More silk and paints were purchased and students created banners reflecting different views of the earth. Banners were created at both Big and Little Fireweed, as well as at Islands and Oceans on their Earth Day celebration.  With quick use of a blow-dryer, the banners were ready to be flown during the Earth Day parade.
 All the kids had a grand time, as did the Senior Center participants. It is so valuable for students of all ages to make connections and experience the fun of interactive and authentic learning.
Janet Bowen
Fireweed Administrative Assistant

Donation keeps middle school sports alive

On behalf of students and staff, I would like to thank David and Mary Schroer for their generous contribution and support to Homer Middle School through the Donor Advised Fund; a part of the Homer Foundation.
Their contribution of $3,000 goes a long way in helping the middle school offer quality athletic programs for our students.
This year’s donation enabled teams to purchase head gear and singlets for wrestling; boots, poles and skis for our Nordic ski team; and uniforms for the volleyball team.
Thank you for giving our students the opportunity to play sports and to compete at the middle school level.
Principal Kari Lee Dendurent

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2 Responses for “Letters – May 14”

  1. Patricia Cue says:

    Homer should be proud of all the people who came out to clean up the garbage from the roads. The folks in Soldotna, Sterling, and Kenai don’t have the community spirit it takes (or the pride of community) to clean the roads. Consequently, the roadsides are filled with garbage. Good job Homer.

  2. G. Sheffield says:

    Anchor Point had a great clean up day also. Great job AP!

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