Old ships found no longer useful for sea travel often become time’s causalities, but occasionally one finds a new life, as is the case for the Widgeon II.
Its new role as a cooking school at Tutka Bay offers a renewed life for the World War II troop carrier that also served many years as a crabber. The school is operated by the renowned chef and lodge owner, Kirsten Dixon, whose name many might recall on her cook books filled with both stories and recipes inspired through the hospitality of operating lodges for more than 25 years. Located on a lagoon across from Tutka Bay Lodge, the boat was moored to shore during a high tide by the previous owner, who then built a two-story wooden structure onto the deck. With some added renovations by the new owners, Carl and Kirsten Dixon, the Widgeon II is now a rustic outpost adapted for cooking classes, large enough for 12 guests per day, and special events.
Over $86,000 was raised over the weekend for the Cancer Society in the Homer Relay for Life at the high school track in the biggest turnout ever for the event, organizer Marilyn Parrett said. There were over 200 registered participants and more showed up. At the height of the event there were about 250 participants in 19 teams.
Pier One Theatre patrons who attended Johnny B (Bushell) and fellow musicians’ performance in late May also enjoyed a preview of the show slated for Friday and Saturday this weekend, “Johnny B’s Fabulous Fauxchestra featuring Alaska’s Coolest Animals.” The end of the Daniel Zatz amazing video of animals filmed in the wild was shown, accompanied by Bushell’s energetic piano performance.
In the spring of 1954, George Harbeson Sr. applied for an Alaska teaching post and found one in Wasilla. The salary was $4,940 a year. The Harbeson family, composed of George, mother Katherine, aunt Louise, sister Lee Anna and brothers, Richard and George Jr., set off across country and then Canada in a new 1954 Chevy Carryall.
One of the first challenges on Alicia Hall’s way to the national pony championships in Kentucky was navigating her horse across a flooding roadway.
The Homer High School senior, along with her dad and mustang, Sugar ‘n’ Spice, departed for Nationals during a strong Alaska coastal storm that raised the Portage River to flood stage and blocked the road.
A controversial theory based on new research on Alzheimer’s is gaining ground in the scientific community. The research appears to indicate that the brain is not destroyed by sticky plaques, but by free-floating clumps of protein.
The ongoing study, done by the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, found that amyloid beta protein called oligomers are the main players in robbing the brain of memory.
Sea mammal rescue volunteers were busy this past weekend in what was otherwise one of the fairest spans of summer in Kachemak Bay. Volunteers found two sick sea otters on local beaches and an ailing seal at China Poot beach.
Instead of heading for a warm beach or an amusement park this summer, Homer residents Kirsten Swanson and Casey Parrett spent two weeks in July as volunteers on a construction project in the Northern Nicaraguan village of LaRioja.
“It was quite an experience,” Parrett said. “The work was hard, but it was rewarding because we were helping the people here in the area. All the members of the team were great and it felt like family. I loved the kids, and I brought home the happy memories of their laughter and smiles.”
Capping three weeks of training with the Youth Theatre Skills Conservatory, nine thespians, ages 10-12, will showcase their talents in three Pier One performances Friday and Saturday.
“This theatre skills camp is a sampler course,” Co-director Clara Noomah said. “Most of the kids have some experience and this gives them a taste of a variety of things.”
Todd arrived early this morning in Miami, Florida where it was a steamy 96 degrees. He spent most of the day at Peterson’s Harley Davidson, where, while they were racing to get Todd’s bike together, they also went overboard in outfitting Todd with T-shirts, motorcycle cleaner and other paraphernalia free of charge.