Community News – Aug. 20

KBBI hires new morning host, newsman

Quinton Chandler

Quinton Chandler

KBBI Public radio’s new morning host and newsman, Quinton Chandler, arrived in Homer July 21 and started training July 28. He began hosting the morning shows solo on Aug. 4. He also covers events and produces local news stories.
In a recent interview, Chandler said he loves it here in Homer.
“The most interesting thing is how much people depend on the station and need the news,” he explained. “They rely on us to keep them abreast of what’s going on.”
Chandler was working in the news department at public radio station KOSU in Stillwater, Okla., when he saw the ad for KBBI and applied. He was interviewed via phone by news director Shady Grove Oliver and program director Terry Rensel.
“We were impressed with him during our phone interview,” Oliver said. “He was a very friendly and competent person; we were impressed by the diversity of his stories and the unique approach he took.”
Chandler was then offered the position.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, he began radio work there and decided it was the job and the life he wanted. He said he is really enjoying the people and his work here.
Oliver was promoted to news director after longtime Alaska radio personality Aaron Selbig left in June to take a new position in the Lower 48.

Library seeks artwork for public display

Two-dimensional artwork is being sought for public display at the Homer Public Library. While the artwork cannot be sold there, display at the library is an excellent way for artists to introduce their work to a wide audience. They also have the option of conducting a talk/presentation during the display period for their work.
Work is displayed for three months in the fireplace reading area of the library, and deadline for proposals is Nov. 3. Chosen proposals will be notified by Dec. 1.
Full call-for-artist information is available at the Homer Public Library, or online at
Please contact Erin at with questions.

Wooden Boat Fest remembers Renn Tolman

The 22nd-Annual Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival is scheduled for Sept. 4 through Sept. 7.
Events get underway at 7 p.m. Thursday with “Sea Chanteys and Tall Tales” at the Salty Dawg Saloon, followed by a maritime dinner, auction and dance at 6 p.m. Friday at the Homer Elks. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by an auction at 7 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite maritime character: pirates, sea captains, sea creatures and mermaids.
Festival activities on the Spit run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is held at the Pier One Theatre parking lot, and features wooden boat exhibits, kids boatbuilding, knot-tying and blacksmithing demonstrations and a variety of food offerings.
LeTruck brings gourmet street food — including local fish, beef and produce,
Music will be provided by the “Rogues and Wenches” on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.
Dave Brann will lead a Kachemak Bay Water Trail group paddle from the festival site to Green Timbers and back from 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
Other events include a Saturday lecture and High Seas Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. at Islands and Ocean, a musical remembrance of Renn Tolman by the Rubber Bootleggers and a lecture on “Wooden Boats of the Future” by Wooden Boat Society co-founder Gregor Welpton.
For more information, check out, visit the Wooden Boat Society Facebook page, or call Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society headquarters at 235-2628 (235-BOAT).

Contra and Square dance with guest fiddler

Homer’s Contra and Square dance season kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 27 with guest fiddler Cedar Stanistreet of the Boston, Mass.-based band, “Nor’easter” ( joining Homer’s own “China Pooters” for a night of live music.
Dances run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at West Homer Elementary School, and local callers Laura Patty, Rich Kleinleder and David Stutzer will teach and call dances. Beginners are welcome, and the cost is $7 at the door. Youth under 16 are free. Dances are sponsored by Homer Community Recreation.
For more information, contact Willy Dunne at 299-6226 or

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