Community news

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2000

New members named

State President Merry Smith, of the Department of Alaska Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, traveled to Soldotna May 13 to install officers at the Installation of Officers for the Jerry V. Horn Memorial VFW Post 10046 Ladies Auxiliary. The new officers are: Rachel Jurcio, president; Marlys Irwin, senior vice president; Margaret Martin, junior vice president; Arabella Hetherton, treasurer; Ruby Taylor, secretary; Leona Broker, chaplin; Stevie Maier, conductress; Catherine Call, guard; Mona Harden, trustee.

Summer classes slated

Homer Community Schools will offers a pediatric CPR and first aid class July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This class is specifically designed for child care providers, covering infant and junior CPR and first aid and meets all requirements for state certified day-care providers. The cost is $75. For more information, call Homer Community Schools at (907) 235-6090.

Behind bars event helps MDA

Seward business people and residents went "behind bars for good" at the Resurrection Roadhouse on June 8 to raise their $1,000 "bail" to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The lock-up raised more that $8,000.

The event resulted in 22 Seward residents "serving time" for "Jerry's Kids" in a mock jail set up in the Resurrection Roadhouse.

The dollars raised will stay local, helping send the young residents of the Kenai Peninsula to summer camp, provide clinical services, assist in the purchase of medical equipment and ultimately find a cure for neuromuscular disease.

Navy reunion planned

The USS Sperry (AS-12) submarine tender will gather for a 2000 reunion Oct. 5 to 7 in King of Prussia, Pa.

For more information, call Arnold Ross at (218) 534-2459 or e-mail him at

Host a student, explore new opportunities

Host families are sought to host international exchange students. Students come with spending money and full medical insurance. For more information, call Maria at 800-210-6080.

Alaska SeaLife Center News

Who laid those eggs

So far this year, five of the resident seabirds have laid eggs in their habitat. Four pairs of puffins have laid eggs in different burrows and one pair of common murres laid an egg in the western corner of that habitat. Puffin eggs incubate for 45 days, so the first hatching date should be around July 19. Murre eggs will incubate for only 33 days, so their hatch date should be around July 8. Until then, the staff is optimistic that the eggs will be productive.

New additions to the touch tank

First National Bank of Anchorage has sponsored the addition of rocks, silt and some new invertebrate residents to the touch tanks. The new additions makes the exhibit more realistic and more like a home for the animals in the tank.

Craft day at the center

The Education Department of the center holds daily Family Crafts Hours from 1 to 3 p.m. in the research alcove next to the touch tanks. There are a variety of crafts available for young visitors to the center, and the education staff will make sure that participants learn about marine science.

Diving for Science coming to Seward

The Alaska SeaLife Center received word that it has been chosen to host the 2001 annual symposium of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. AAUA exists to promote safe and productive underwater exploration and to advance the state of underwater technology. The center is expecting about 150 divers from around the country to participate in technological programs, workshops, scientific presentations and meetings.

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