Teen works to help the homeless

Local youth, Casey Marsh, is dedicated to helping the homeless in Homer.
“If I see people struggling, I have empathy and I want to help,” she said. “Everyone has their struggles, but those struggles shouldn’t have to include not knowing where they will sleep tonight, or when their next meal will be.”
Inspired by role models, Marsh volunteers her time with many local homeless advocacy groups.
While a junior in high school, Marsh watched her older sister, Chelsea, work on her senior service project, called Teens in Between, with J.J. O’Rourke, local resident and founder of homeless youth advocacy organization, Teens United for a Future (T.U.F.F. Teens).

Autumn is a time to embrace rhythm of life

Well, it’s that time of year when the winds blow in, the leaves fall and your kiddos must adapt to school life after a summer of nap-free days, late nights and a virtual “raised by wolves” mentality. Some of you have smoothly transitioned your family back into the “normal’ routines of autumn. For many of us, myself included, summer keeps rearing its beautifully sunny, yet ugly, head and any progress made getting kids back into school mode has been tossed out like your garden’s remaining kale crop.

Program to bring violin instruction to students

Sometimes everything just falls into place. Such was the case recently for Linda Reinhart, who had been scratching her head for several years over how to bring music instruction to more Homer youth.
Reinhart, who is involved in and a proponent of the Kenai Peninsula Youth String Orchestra, had searched for a way to encourage more youth to join the orchestra. But until last winter, all her ideas had run into roadblocks. Private lessons were expensive. Afterschool programs required an expensive transportation component.

‘Messy Desk’ acts as inspiration for 11-year-old’s art

“Make your bed;” “Clean your room.” Sounds pretty familiar to most of us having grown up in the last 50 years. But for Klaira Ristow, a messy desk is just business as usual. Ristow, an 11-year-old Port Graham entrepeneur started her own business called “Messy Desk Miniatures” as a nod to — well, her messy desk.
Klaira started Messy Desk Miniatures more than two years ago, but is really getting into the swing of things with the help of family, friends and social media. Klaira works with polymer clay, which is soft, moldable and bakes in the oven. She uses it to make her earrings and miniatures.
“I’ve always liked arts and craft,” Klaira said in an interview. “I practiced, got better at it and decided to do some earrings.”

Dancing with our tales

Homer Library’s ‘Raising a Reader’ continues with more ideas

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child. Early Literacy Tip: The early literacy skills of writing […]

Homer DDF’ers bring home the hardware

Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team competed at East Anchorage High School over the weekend, and returned with the following awards: Drama Duo Interpretation: 2. Landon Bunting and Lindsey Schneider; 4. Zane Boyer and August Kilcher; 5. Eryn Gillam and Maya Jones Dramatic Interpretation: 2. Lindsey Schneider; 5. Eryn Gillam Humorous Interpretation: 4. […]

Interdisciplinary artist spends March in Homer

Allison Warden is an Inupiaq Eskimo artist with a wide range of talents. She is passionate about the self-determination of indigenous peoples and the protection of the planet, and shares her passions through performance art, theater and music.
Warden is also a rapper who raps under the name AKU-MATU and empowers youth through her workshops as an artist in the schools with the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Her work includes themes like the environment, ecology, Alaska history, indigenous sovereignty, contemporary culture and politics. Her one-woman shows take her all over the state and across the nation.
This month, Warden is Bunnell Street Arts Center’s artist in residence. During her residency, she plans to interact with community members through a talk, a workshop and an interactive play, all which center around a performance piece she’s creating called, “Let Glow.”

Kachemak Swim Club 14-and-unders share age-group accomplishments

At the beginning of the swim season in September, Kachemak Swim Coaches Rebecca Hardy and Jaime Wells asked their 14-and-under swimmers to keep journals of their swim season.
The team recently returned from Fairbanks, where they competed in the 2014 Age Group State Championships — and brought home a little hardware.
Wells asked her swimmers to write about their favorite race and their experiences at the Age Group event.

Homer hosts Husky Open

Homer Middle School played host to the 2014 Husky Open on Friday night, with 52 wrestlers from Anchor Point, Homer and Voznesenka competing in various weight classes and age groups in the school’s multi-purpose room.  Middle school teams will travel north this Saturday to compete in the Nikiski Invitational. Pool A 1. Landon Branstetter, Chapman; […]

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