Community News

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2000

Homer beautification winners named

The following businesses and residences were selected as winners in Homer's annual Beautification Awards Program, cosponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Kachemak Board of Realtors. The program recognizes individuals and businesses for beautification efforts in the community.

Most attractive business: Nomar Northern Marine Canvas Products

Most improved: Art Shop Gallery

Most attractive residence: Norma Leland

Most creative and unusual: Speciality Electric Supply

Most attractive public building: Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College

VFW Award Program announced

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Post No. 10046 is sponsoring the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Program.

The program encourages high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism while becoming eligible for funds to further their education.

Students must be enrolled in public, private, home or parochial school, in grades nine through 12. The first-place winner's entry will be entered into the national judging, where first prize is $3,500 plus two expense-paid trips.

For more information, contact art teachers from area schools or call Billie Huddleston at 283-9443.

Women's applications sought

Soroptomist International of Twin Cities, part of the Soroptomist International of the Americas, a volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions have applications available to head-of-household women seeking financial assistance to return to school.

The Women's Opportunity Award is one of the Soroptomists International of Twin Cities major service projects. The Twin Cities club will provide a $500 cash grant to the winner, who will then advance to the Soroptomist Northwestern Region level, where two $3,000 winners and one $5,000 winner will be selected. The program culminates with three $10,000 finalists awards.

Applications are available at New Frontier Vocational Technical Center, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Community Library, Soldotna Public Library, Kenai Job Service, Women's Resource and Crisis Center and Bridges, or by calling Brenda Northup at 262-6000.

Program honoring young women launched

The Soroptomist International of Twin Cities recently launched a new program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer actions.

Twin Cities will present a $200 cash award as well as contribute $200 in honor of the winner to its volunteer organization. Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 29 $1,000 awards. In addition, at this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their organizations. One finalist will be chosen from among 29 winners for an additional award, including contribution of $2,500 to the finalists volunteer organization. Applications for the award program are available at the Kenai and Soldotna libraries, Boys and Girls Club, local high schools, Bridges or by calling Brenda Northup at 260-6000.

Blood bank in need

Due to a slow September start and sudden trauma cases at area hospitals, the Blood Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Branch is experiencing a blood shortage.

Every blood type and unit is important. For more information, call 260-5672.

Infant massage class planned

An infant massage instructor certification training will be held Oct. 5-8 with location to be announced. DeAnna Elliot, a certified trainer with the International Association of Infant Massage, will be on hand to explain the benefits and history of infant message.

Total cost of the class is $565. For more information, call Laurie Schaffer at 283-9085.

Food safety awareness stressed during September

For the sixth year in a row, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Health, is promoting September as Food Safety Awareness Month.

The theme of this year's project is Be Smart, Keep Food Apart -- Don't Cross-Contaminate. Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacterial to food from other foods or utensils.

Tips for the prevention of cross-contamination include:

Always wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water after they come in contact with raw meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or fresh fruits and vegetables.

Keep raw meats and their juices away from other foods in shopping carts, on kitchen counters and in refrigerators.

If possible, use one cutting board for raw meats and another for fresh produce.

Never place cooked food back on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw food without first washing the plate or cutting board.

Don't use the sauce that was used to marinate raw meat or seafood on cooked food unless it has been boiled.

For more information, call Janice Adair at (907) 269-7644.

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