Community News

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003

Plans in works for summer breakfast program

Love INC is hoping to ensure that students who participated in this year's free breakfast programs at four central Kenai Peninsula schools also have a nutritious breakfast this summer.

Families with such a need can register for the Breakfast in a Bag program by calling Love INC at 283-5683 between 9:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

Donations also are needed to help support the program.

The breakfast program began at Sears Elementary School in August, at Redoubt Elementary in September, at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary in November and at Sterling Elementary in December. At Sears an average of 39 students were served each day; at Redoubt, 34 students; at K-Beach, 42 students; and at Sterling, 14 students.

Volunteers provided approximately 626 hours to the breakfast program during the school year.

Home needed for exchange student

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking a boarding home for an 11th-grade, female student who wishes to attend Skyview High School during the 2003-04 school year. For more information, call Rochelle Hanson, bilingual-boarding home secretary at 262-9137, ext. 6, or e-mail

'Visions for Homer' community forum slated

Graduate students from the University of Washington, contracted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the city of Homer and Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, recently completed 12 case studies looking at the impact of large retailers on small communities.

The case studies will be presented to the community at "Visions for Homer ... A Community Forum" on Thursday. The forum is open to the public and will be provided to help residents and business owners sort through the potential impacts of box stores in Homer. In addition to the case studies, numerous speakers will present factual information on the impact large retailers could have in Homer.

Speakers include Jeanne Camp, an economist with the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and Mark Gregory of the Small Business Development Center.

In addition, a highlight of the forum will be the presentation of "Alternative Features" for Homer, actual growth concepts and drawings for the town center area. The concepts were done in drawings and design boards by the University of Washington landscape design graduate students.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce hopes the forum will help Homer residents evaluate the potential impact of growth and encourage them to voice their opinions to the Homer City Council, which currently is taking public testimony on an ordinance to limit retail establishments to 20,000 square feet.

The three-hour forum will be held both Thursday morning and Thursday evening in the downstairs conference room at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907)235-7740.

Relay for Life planned

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. May 30 and continue through 6 p.m. May 31 at the Skyview High School track. The community is invited to attend to cheer on all the area cancer survivors who will start the event with the first lap.

Participants in the event form teams and keep at least one team member on the track for the endurance of the 24-hour relay. Team members also collect donations, and those who raise at least $25 will receive an event T-shirt.

In addition to the relay, a luminary memorial service will take place at 11 p.m. May 30 to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have not. There also will be live music, team competitions, prizes and informative speakers.

For more information or to join a team, call Corbi Aaronson at 262-7711.

Reservations accepted for Golf Classic

Reservations are being taken for the Boys and Girls Club's 12th annual Golf Classic. The tournament, sponsored by Agrium, will be June 20 at the Kenai Golf Course.

Attendees will enjoy a game of golf, receive a goody bag and tournament gift, partake in a continental breakfast, barbecue lunch and free drinks, have chances to win prizes and support the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula.

Registration and breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee for individual players is $150. A team of four will play for $500. Hole sponsorships are $250 each and hole-team sponsorships are $500 to $700.

For more information, a tournament brochure or to donate a prize, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

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