■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce next meets May 19 at noon at Frosos Restaurant in Soldotna. Presentations will include of Soldotna Chamber Scholarship Awards and a KPB School District Update with Superintendent Sean Dusek. RSVP to 262-9814.
■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will not meet this week. For more information, call 283-1991.
Homer Electric Association members elected three directors at the cooperative’s Annual Meeting of the Members in Homer on May 7.
In District 1 (Kenai – Nikiski – parts of Soldotna area), incumbent director David B. Thomas of Kenai ran uncontested and received 781 votes.
In District 2 (Soldotna – Sterling – Kasilof area), incumbent director Dave Carey of Soldotna was re-elected with 942 votes and Andrew Alexandrou received 276 votes.
In District 3 (South Kasilof – Kachemak Bay area), Don Stead of Homer received 766 votes, Jim Levine had 552 votes, and Joe Singleton garnered 211 votes.
The Annual Meeting drew a crowd of over 250 people. The meeting featured informational booths with an emphasis on HEA services and programs.
In addition to the HEA booths, a representative from the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management provided information on ways for individuals to prepare for disasters as well as help themselves, neighbors, and community in the event of a disaster.
The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will be holding their May membership meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Mykel’s Restaurant. The Kenai River Center will be presenting information regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s 50-foot Habitat Protection District program, FEMA requirements, and how they affect river property owners. Special guests will be the KPBA 2015 scholarship recipients. For more information, please call the KPBA at 283-8071.
Lemonade Day Alaska is pleased to announce that registration for Lemonade Day 2015 is now open to youth of all ages. Lemonade Day Alaska will take place on June 13, as part of a nation-wide educational program that allows youth of all socio-economic backgrounds from Barrow to Ketchikan the opportunity to learn about starting their own business. Lemonade Day is a free experiential program that gives youth from preschool through high school the skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs in the future. Youth can register any time before June 13, to get started and put their knowledge and skills to the test when they open their own lemonade stand to the public on Lemonade Day. Each lemonade stand owner keeps all revenue and is encouraged to save a little, spend a little and give a little to their favorite charity.
The learning begins upon registration, following which each participant will receive a backpack full of the resources and lessons needed to begin their business. Wells Fargo branches across the state are serving as backpack pick-up locations. Lemonade Day also offers participation opportunities for families, businesses, schools, and community organizations.
Lemonade Day Alaska is presented by the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy and Wells Fargo. For a complete list of sponsors and partners, as well as information about registration and ways to get involved, visit the Lemonade Day Alaska website at http://alaska.lemonadeday.org/, or call 907-786-5419.
Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska are teaming up and celebrating the fifth annual Summer of Heroes program to recognize local youth making a difference in Alaska communities. The search is on for five young Alaskan heroes, between the ages of 6-18, who are going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the Alaska State Fair. A hero can be any youth, ages 6 to 18, who has made a significant contribution to his or her community through acts of generosity, courage or achievement.
Alaskans can nominate themselves or others by filling out the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 15. Alaska Communications is also seeking help from businesses and individuals in our search for the 2015 heroes. Visit the Summer of Heroes website for program rules and details about the nomination process, or to make a donation: www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a 12-hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Homer on May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The workshop will be conducted at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway.
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for commercial fishermen and other mariners to gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.
Instructor Rob Hulse will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs, helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures, and emergency drills. There will be an in-the-water practice session, giving participants practical experience with PFDs and immersion suits, employing survival techniques, and righting and boarding an inflatable life raft.
AMSEA Drill Conductor workshops meet the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. This workshop is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, thanks to support from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health. For more information or to register, contact AMSEA at 907-747-3287 or www.amsea.org.
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