Neighbors mailbox: April 10, 2011

Girl Scout Toop 4025 would like to thank Jennifer Adams and the Juneau Police Department for a tour of the Juneau Police Station and for providing safety lessons. Troop co-leader Jo Dawson wrote "we had a fun afternoon and learned a lot!" The troop also presented JPD with several boxes of Girl Scout Cookies they had collected as a gift of caring. Pictured here are, left to right, JPD officer Jennifer Adams, Marlla Cobrigas-Blatnick, Nakaiya Williams, Hannah Dawson, Ryah Phillips, Keeley Rielly, Emma Busby, Natalie Wittwer and Marilla Cobrigas-Blatnick.

Challenge Day a success at Juneau high schools

On March 7, 8, 9 and 10, Juneau had the opportunity to experience Challenge Day again; 294 Juneau-Douglas High School and 52 Yaakoosge Daakaheedi High School students participated along with 85 adult volunteers.

Challenge Day allowed our students the opportunity to participate in a day-long powerful, high-energy program in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression. The Challenge Day Program is designed to unite students, staff and community members to addresses issues of violence, teasing, social oppression, racism, harassment, conflict management, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol and drugs into the school setting.

The students of Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau-Douglas High School and Yaakoosge Daakaheedi High School continue to inspire us with their stories, determination, and ability to improve and adapt. We encourage the students, parents, staff and community members of Juneau to take the challenge to “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” We have learned that each of us has the ability to change lives, whether it’s our own, a friend’s or a stranger’s. Listen, hug, forgive, thank, empower, encourage, change and act.

Challenge Day would not have been possible without the support of our community and sponsors, which included Juneau School District, Youth Action Committee, Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor, Valley Chiropractic Clinic, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center, Harri Plumbing and Heating, Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary, Lessmeier & Winters, Faulkner Banfield, P.C., Valley Lumber, Logan General Tax Practice, Juneau Bone and Joint Center, Glacier Pediatrics, Gary Moeller, DDS, Mindy Shaw, DDS, Walmart, Duck Creek Market, AEL&P, Super Bear, Safeway, Sealaska, Costco, Family Practice, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Alaska Pacific Bank, Wolverine Courier, Rejuvenation & Christine Inc. I would like to thank you all for your overwhelming dedication to Juneau’s Youth and we hope to see you all at a Challenge Day in the near future!

It is our goal to bring Challenge Day to each of Juneau’s high schools as well as our middle schools as an annual event. The approximate cost is $40 per student; if you’re interested in sponsoring a student or class, making a donation or volunteering for this project please contact Tiffany Mahle at 321-2782 or

Tiffany Mahle

Challenge Day Coordinator

Special thanks to Harmon’s 4th-grade class at Auke Bay

The Grateful Dogs of Juneau made a request for pet food donations during the Iditarod Race at Auke Bay School. Amber Harmon and her fourth grade students accepted our plea and collected dog and cat food during the Iditarod Sled Race. Her students and their families collected the pet food donations for The Southeast Alaska Food Bank which The Grateful Dogs delievered. These donations were appreciated.

We applaud your thoughtfulness and generosity. Thank you for thinking and sharing with others.

Vicky McLaughlin

Board member, Grateful Dogs of Juneau

Thanks for helping with the Discovery Southeast dinner and auction

Discovery Southeast extends our sincere thanks to all of those who helped to make our April 1 fundraising dinner and auction at Centennial Hall a great success. The generous donations and efforts of all of the volunteers and contributors will help us to continue our work providing hands-on learning from nature for children, adults, students, and teachers through our programs and publications.

First, thank you to all the participants who bought tickets, attended, ate the wonderful dinner provided by Abby’s Kitchen & Catering, bid on auction items, competed in the Nature Jeopardy Contest and helped to make the event so much fun!

Thank you to Abby’s Kitchen & Catering, Taku River Reds and the Alaskan Brewing Company for contributing some of the food and beverages that we enjoyed. Special thanks to Ron Clarke for serving as auctioneer, to Missouri Smyth and the Alaska Youth Choir and Guo Xia and the Aurora Strings for the music, Ishmael Hope for storytelling and to Scott Burton for the sound system.

Thanks to Cathleen Balantic, Paulee D’Agostino and Rebecca Hartwell for the auction poster designs, to KTOO for publicity, and to Hearthside Books and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for ticket sales. A very special thank you to all of the over 100 businesses and individuals that contributed auction items, adventures, and yummy desserts. There were too many too list here, but a complete list can be found on our website at We’d like to especially acknowledge American Safari Cruise for their eight-day Hawaii cruise donation.

Thanks also to the volunteers who helped to organize, set up, and run the auction including Nancy Long, Jan Carlile, Clair and FuBao Pavia, Jenni Lefing, Beth Potter, Corinne and Naara Conlon, Rob and Koren Bosworth, Keith Bunney, Ron Heintz, Johnny Connolly, James Sullivan, Tyler Browne, Mike Stanley, Larry West, Joe Geifer, Nicole Ferraro, Jennifer Treadway, Andrew DuBay, Kimberly Homme, Mark Millard, Richard Stokes, Kathy Hocker, and Diane Antaya.

Finally, thanks to Discovery Southeast staff Beth Weigel, Nicole Durbin, Cathleen Balantic, and Rick Bellagh and board members Tim Moore, Heather Hardcastle, Cathy Connor, Terry Schwarz, Zach Stenson, Butch Carber, Bonita Nelson, Brock Tabor, Demian Schane, Kevin Maier, Maura Sullivan, and Jess Parks who contributed hours of hard work before, during, and after the auction.

See you next year!

Stephanie Hoag


Discovery Southeast Board of Directors


Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:48

Thanks for attending fundraiser at the Goldtown

On behalf of Congregation Sukkat Shalom, I would like to thank all those who attended the Fiddler on the Roof singalong at the Goldtown Nickelodeon on Dec. 25. We raised close to $700 which we donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, whose mission is to protect the personal liberties we all cherish and defend freedom every day all across America in every state.

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:48

Recognition: Vandor makes Northern Arizona University Dean’s List

Kathryn Vandor, daughter of Karl and Gale Vandor, received notice from Paul Jagodzinski, Dean of the Northern Arizona University (NAU) College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, that she has been placed on the Dean’s List.

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:47

Thanks to Juneau laywer Ben Brown for his exceptional volunteerism

I write to thank Juneau lawyer Ben Brown for his service to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In recognition, we have named Ben our ANDVSA volunteer attorney of the month.

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:47

Lutheran Church seeks handbell choir members

Tired of pumping iron? How about pumping bronze?

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