Girl Scouts – growing strong leaders

Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts are mentors in the making. They camp in the winter, clean beaches in the fall, decorate gift tags for Share the Spirit’s Giving Trees, decorate the Elks Club for spaghetti dinner fundraisers and make cookies for the Pratt’s Stocking Stuffer party.
“Girl Scouts is about fun and adventure, but it’s also about learning and respect,” said troop leader Tina Ball. “It is important for young girls to have good role models, and a great way to model respect is to take the girls into the community to volunteer. This gives them an outlet to be creative, thankful and artistic and lets them know they can make a difference in their community and in the world.”
Ball co-leads a local troop with Poppy Benson.

Mentoring program key to Pratt culture

Ryjil Christianson has been the Director of Education at the Pratt Museum since 2008. She started as a volunteer, mentored by Lois Bettini, who was the Director of Education at the time.

Volunteers step up to clear ice for skaters

As local kids enjoy their time away from school this holiday season, they can add one more thing to that very important to do list: head for Beluga Lake and strap on some skates.
Several local snowplow contractors have volunteered to keep a space on the northwest side of the lake clear for skaters this winter.
For the Lowe family, this is good news indeed.
“I would love to have an outdoor space for skating,” said Vicki Lowe, a member of the Homer women’s hockey team. “While the rink provides great opportunities to skate, Beluga Lake provides the added benefits of fresh air and sun.”
The younger Lowe skaters second that.

Teens use photography to address local issues

A runner pacing toward a pastel sunset. A chess match. Trees, landscapes, young students — these are all subjects teen photographers chose to illustrate the relationship between youth and alcohol.
Homer Middle and High school students are using photography to address factors that may affect a teen’s decision whether or not to drink. The images will be on display throughout January at K-Bay Caffe in “Making Choices About Alcohol: A Youth PhotoVoice Exhibit.”

Homer Hockey handles heat, wins Houston tourney

After giving up a 3-0 lead in last week’s tie with the Palmer Moose, Homer forward Ulian Kuzmin said his Mariner hockey team needed to “practice finishing strong.” Apparently a few teammates heeded that advice, as the Mariners finished the Houston Hockey Tournament in Big Lake on Saturday with a 7-4 win over North Pole, and the Championship trophy in hand.

Homer basketball fans meet this season’s mix of Mariners

The Homer Mariner Basketball Program took a little time out of a busy holiday schedule to introduce themselves to the home crowd and demonstrate a few skills on the court at Alice Witte Gymnasium last Thursday.

Theatre program allows youth to ‘find their voice’

When you get a group of creative youth together to form their own production, anything can happen.

Student writers rejuvenate high school newspaper

When a power outage put Homer off the grid for a few hours last week, Homer High School senior Nahoa Jette took to the halls.
He wasn’t looking for trouble, but for a story.

Births – December 4

Zeke K. Ostler was born at home on Nov. 9, 2013 at 9:58 a.m. to parents Rachel and Kyle Ostler. He weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces. Grandparents are Dan and Cara Long of Eagle Mountain, Utah; David and Lynn Wardell of Williamsburg, Va. and Brad and Shelly Ostler of Hooper, Utah. Hayden Marie Butcher was […]

Rallies raise awareness of homeless youth

Homeless youth in Homer don’t panhandle on the street corner and are rarely seen camping out on park benches. They’re found couch-surfing with friends, or maybe living in a car or tent in the summer. But just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

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