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Fantastic voyage


May 21, many eighth-grade students celebrated their upcoming promotions to high school in the highly-anticipated annual Eighth Grade Dance at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

This year’s theme was ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ The dance was organized and run by a committee of nearly 40 parents of the FDMS eighth grade.

Students populated the dance floor throughout the evening, and most remained until the end of the event at 10:30 p.m. Thank you to KMagic for the great music and Seanna O’Sullivan for the wonderful photography. A passport to digital memories CD containing the wonderful photo’s taken at the dance will be given to each student who attended. The CDs were reproduced by Snowfree Video.

Christy Brett with Holland America Lines helped organize a wonderful eagle ice sculpture from the Volendam which was the centerpiece of our decorations.

A big thank you to Floyd Dryden staff Nancy Eiler, Molly Box, and Tom Milliron. Also thanks to all the teachers, office and janitorial staff for their support of this memorable celebration.

The organizers of the dance would like to take the time to recognize the following sponsors. Their contributions, both large and small, helped make this event very special for the eighth grade students. Our corporate donors and supporters include Morris Engineering Group LLC, Creativation, Sealaska Corp., RH Development, Subway, Willie’s Marine Inc, Tyler Rental Inc, Valley Auto Parts, Les Schwab, Bauer & Associates, Grandma’s Feather Bed, Henry’s Food & Spirits, Valley Lumber, Bullwinkles Pizza Parlor, Dominio’s Pizza, Nugget Alaska Outfitter, Tasty Treat Frozen Yogurt, Hallmark,

Heathside Books & Toys, Gifts & Graphics, CBJ Parks & Recreation, CBJ Dimond Park Field House, Rodfather’s Broiler and Kookamungas Confectionary. A special thank you to the Taylor White Foundation for promoting positive choices.

Thank you to all the parents and friends who donated so much time and effort into this year’s dance. We wish all the former eighth grade students a fantastic and safe voyage into high school and beyond.

Floyd Dryden Eighth Grade Dance Committee


Empty Bowls a success

The Glory Hole, Juneau’s Soup Kitchen, Emergency Shelter, Care Center would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, the wonderful bowl makers, baker, restaurants, and every one who attended for making another Empty Bowls event a success. Thank you to our sponsors: Flint Hills Resources, McKinley Capital Management LLC, Elgee Rehfield Mertz, Pacific Seafoods Processors Association, Goldbelt Corp., Sealaska Corp., Wells Fargo, Alcan Electric and Engineering, Alaska Pacific Bank, Baxter Bruce and Sullivan , Faulkner Banfield, Valley Paint, Valley Lumber, Commercial Signs and Printing, and Northwind Architects, Glacier Valley Restaurant, Mary Pat Voelkers-Wyatt, Wild Oven Bakehouse, Heritage Coffee, The Rookery, The Canvas, Juneau Rotary, United Way, Aaron Elmore, Sharon Gaiptman, Wade Bryson, Jetta Whittaker, Cheryl Levitt Snyder, Leo Steedle, Chantel Eckland, and Yana Werner, the Glory Hole Board of Directors, People to People Ambassadors, the Glacier Swim Club, Tom Locher, Rick Bellagh, John Lager, Chantel Eckland, El Sombrero, Canton House, Douglas Café, Zen, T.K. Maguire’s, The Island Pub, The Valley Restaurant, The Southeast Waffle Co., The Hangar on the Wharf, the Baranof Hotel, The Sandpiper Inn, Rainbow Foods, Kenny’s, The Glory Hole, and the MiCasa Restaurant.

Thank you so very much to the bowl makers. Jeremy Kane and UAS Ceramics Students, Brandon Howard, Juneau-Douglas High School Ceramics Students, Heather Ridgeway, Juneau-Douglas High School Woodworking Students, Colin Dukes, Bobby Simpson, Katie Strehler, Riley Paul, Garret Cheeseman, Johnson Lewis, Thunder Mountain High School Ceramics Students, Miah Lager and Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School students, Paul Voelckers, James Voelckers, Matt Voelckers, Don Gotschall, Neil Slotnick, Al Tingley, Kevin Miller, Tongass Turner, Sue Ann Randall, Kim Ney, The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, Kate Glover, Layla Hughes, David Depew, Mike Missler, Margo Waring, Colette Oliver, Janeann & Eric Twelker, Betty Bell, Jim Bowman, Marianne Manning, Jane Terry, Sandra Mander and Gretchen Pence. We are so very sorry if we missed your name and thank you so very much for contributing. This event would absolutely not be possible without you.

Thank you very much to the Silent Auction Contributors: First Impressions Hair Salon, The Juneau Artists Gallery, Foggy Mountain Shop, Miss Scarlet’s, Gourmet Alaska, The Jewel Box, Orca Enterprises, Juneau Empire, Elizabeth Cole, Cecily Morris, Patrice Helmar, Dolphin Tours, Taku Graphics, The Rie Muñoz Gallery, North Star Trekking, A Dance of Hands Massage, Odette Edgar, Skeins Fine Yarns, Oceana, Pavitt Health and Fitness, The Jewel Box, Hèendei, Donald M. Gregory, The Aurora Projekt, Dan Lesh, Shelter Skelter Farms, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, Pie in the Sky, Corle LaForce Massage, All the remarkable desert makers, Observatory Bookstore, Mark Calvert and Dan Lesh.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed in any way, big or small. Together we will make sure that those who need shelter, food, and care, will be able to receive the basic essentials of life, in our city. 

Mariya Lovishchuk

Executive Director, The Glory Hole


Special Olympics gives thanks for hoops success

The Special Olympics Juneau basketball team would like to thank the following groups and individuals for making their last game of the season such a success: The United States Coast Guard, members of the Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools cheerleading squads, Jenn Mannix, Joel Osburn, Amber Bennett, and Joyce Kitka. A special thank you goes to Phillip Fenumiai for offering his time and talent throughout the season.

Coach Carrie and Coach Sully

and Chris Ullrich, Community Director

Special Olympics Juneau


SERRC celebrates graduates

SERRC–Alaska’s Educational Resource Center and its adult education division The Learning Connection held its annual GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony on May 20. This event celebrated the success of 124 Southeast residents who earned their GED diplomas this past year and the accomplishments of 115 English language learners and citizenship students. In total, The Learning Connection served more than 500 adult students this past school year.

The evening’s Keynote Speaker was Tlingit & Haida Central Council President Edward Thomas. During the procession of students, the Juneau Pipe Band performed and Woosh.ji.een Dance Group ended the program with a celebratory dance. Tlingit & Haida Central Council and Holland America sponsored this event.

The University of Alaska Southeast donated scholarships and the following recent graduates will attend college in the fall: Torey Dahl, Corwin McMaster, and Letha Philip of Juneau and Mariza Mozzee of Sitka. Other awards included the induction of Timothy Nicklie into the GED Hall of Fame; presentation of the Volunteer of the Year Award to Robert Mastrandrea and Volunteer Tutor and Student Match of the Year honors went to Scott Merry and Javier Sernas. Maxine Lucerno and Keith Hayward were the student speakers.

The Learning Connection would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations that made TLC’s GED Graduation and Awards Ceremony a success: Tlingit & Haida Central Council, Holland America, Glacier Gardens, Martha’s Flowers, Miss Scarlett’s, Alaskan & Proud, Safeway, Costco, Fred Meyer and Walmart. TLC would also like to thank its many volunteers for sharing their talents to help students achieve their dreams including GED Alumni Association Volunteers Elsie Hughes and Connie Munro.

Joan Pardes

Communications Director

SERRC - Alaska’s Educational Resource Center


SE Alaska Native Veterans extend appreciation for attendees, volunteers

On behalf of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans we want to extend our most sincere appreciation to everyone who attended the annual Southeast Alaska Native Veteran’s Tribute Luncheon Program. The veterans were very impressive and the program speakers well received. A special thank you to Vicki Soboleff for allowing the Children of All Nations to perform; this was great! And, a special thank you for Fred and Alfie for being there when I needed help with the DVD presentation. We received so many comments and feedback on the DVD so Maureen and I feel that our volunteer work for this Memorial Day was without a doubt memorial and appreciated!

I want to thank my most wonderful volunteers: my sons Jordon and Robert Sharclane, my niece Jacqueline Johnson, nephew Walter Brown, brother Franky Brown, my sisters Audrey and Maureen Brown, my great niece Charla Bennett and sons Toretto, Jonathan and Kaden, friends Linda Olsen, John Glover, Gabe Katzeek, Marianne Jacobs and Semona Lundy who helped me during this event from shopping, cleaning, prep work, cooking, serving, cleaning again and putting away supplies. I would not be able to do this without these very cool people.

Thanks also to the following for making this event a reality: Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Sealaska Corp., and Goldbelt Corp. Your donations assisted us with payment for the Alaska Native brotherhood hall use, foods and dinnerware products. Since this was our first year we had to pay for use of the hall we decided to serve one type of food for the luncheon: spaghetti with hamburger and sausage, sauteed onions, celery and green peppers and of course, Maureen’s fry bread, coffee and juice service. We are happy to say that we had enough to serve the entire audience with no leftovers. I really felt we did well. Even some of our leaders and representatives took the time to come and thank us.

Last, but not least, thank you to Garret who spent time with us and helped where ever he could.

Our Southeast Alaska Native Veterans always deserve to be treated with pride and dignity for their service to our country. Take care and God bless.

Myrna Brown


JDHS CHOICE program grateful for a succesful year

The 2010-11 school year has come to an end, and the Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education Program at Juneau-Douglas High School would like to acknowledge several Juneau residents for their involvement with our students.

Sophomores completed their second semester of internships, which gave them the chance to gain valuable work experience at a business or non-profit organization in the Juneau area. We are grateful to The Canvas, Centennial Hall, The Closet, Douglas Island pink and Chum, Fireweed Place, Gastineau Humane Society, Hangar on the Wharf, Heritage Coffee, Imagination Station, the Mendenhall Valley Juneau Raquet Club, NCADD-JASAP, Shoefly and Hudson’s, Silverbow Inn, Taku Lanes, and Valley Lumber for providing our students with this wonderful opportunity.

Thank you to everyone who worked with our freshmen during Beyond School on Thursday afternoons. Beyond School aims to teach students hands-on skills while helping them discover ways in which they can give back to their community. Freshmen either learned the art of Tlingit woodcarving with Donald Gregory, designed Alaska Native regalia with Dinah Hobson, improved their cooking techniques with Lisa Ibias, or promoted the benefits of walking and biking to school in the Teens Go Green group with Claire Murphy and Mirri Glasson-Darling.

Freshmen also finished up their year in Reconnecting Youth classes. Reconnecting Youth focused mostly on mood management this semester, but it also dealt with improving school achievement, decreasing drug use, and setting goals. Thanks to Kara Fortney, Mischa Jackson, and Bob Swanson for making time in their schedules to assist our students.

Community support is crucial to CHOICE, and we truly appreciate everyone for their cooperation. Thanks again!

Wyatt Huff, Barbara Bonner, Lara Dzinich

CHOICE, Juneau-Douglas High School


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