Neighbors mailbox for the week of July 24

Sheakleys offer a great big thank you


Through this letter, the Sheakley family would like to thank everyone in Hoonah for attending the service of Jeff Sheakley, who passed away in Craig. He was married to Leslie and was born in Hoonah, and many of his classmates and friends still live there.

We also want to thank all those who donated to the service: Wally Marvin, brothers Herb and Warren Sheakley who spent their entire time in the kitchen cooking for all those in attendance, Charlie Wright, Jim Dybdhal and DIPAC, Inc. who donated fish, Amelia Wilson and Ozzie Sheakley who provided seal, Lillian Sheakley who donated the cakes, and Bambie Jack for offering herring eggs.

Gunalchéesh to the entire town, which always shows up in a time of need

The Sheakley Family

Big thanks from a big band

On behalf of the Juneau Volunteer Marching band, I would like to say thank you to the people who work so hard to make this band possible every Fourth of July.

What fun we all have working together toward this fun day every year. A special thanks to our “fearless directors” Amy Bibb and Ken Guiher and to Sarah and David Grove for their contributions, to Sandra Groves who tirelessly organizes the music and Michelle Bonnet for handling the logistics.

Media support came from KTOO, Jeff Brown and KINY’s Pete Carran.

Thank you also to Bill and Kathy Ruddy, Joyce Kitka of Community Schools and Nancy DeCherney from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and, of course, Kevin Hansen and Diana Stendahl of First Student Bus lines.

Additional thanks to Larry Stevens, Dick Garrison and those folks who volunteered to push his wheelchair and to Peggy Garrison and the kids who helped to carry the band’s banner.

Not to be forgotten are the parade committees in Juneau and Douglas and to those I might have forgotten — thank you!

Bea Findlay

Drum Major, Juneau Volunteer Marching Band

SAGA grateful for grant

Recently Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, or SAGA, was awarded a grant from the Great Blue Heron Fund at the Juneau Community Foundation.

The Juneau Community Foundation is a local organization for Juneau residents to make donations to causes and organizations they feel have a positive impact on the Juneau community. SAGA is pleased to accept this grant and is thankful for the foundation’s support. This contribution will help fund the Serve Alaska Youth Corps and the Alaska Service Corps that work throughout the state of Alaska on projects such as trail work, stream restoration, invasive plant species removal, road safety, and cabin maintenance and construction.

SAGA is grateful that it can work together with Juneau Community Foundation to improve lives, lands, and communities in Alaska.

Joe Parrish

SAGA Executive Director

Thank you from JDHS Class of 1981 30th Reunion Committee and classmates

The Class of 1981, which had so much fun over the Fourth of July weekend, would like to send a huge thank you to the many businesses that supported us and discounted services so our classmates could come home and enjoy themselves fully.

Thank you to Rainforest Canopy Adventures and Alaska Zipline Adventures for showing 30 people a screaming good time. Thank you to Jim Duncan and the Mount Roberts Tramway for discounted tram rides, allowing classmates to see a view some hadn’t enjoyed in 20-30 years. We dined heartily at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake and were graced with a visit by a small bear that seemed right on cue. Thanks to the Hangar on the Wharf for catering a wonderful buffet and to Marlintini’s for wetting the whistles of 150 classmates and guests and to the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center and Charlotte for allowing us to host our event in a wonderful space. Thanks to the Alaskan Brewery for the fun, informational tour and samples. And to Ron Klein for our class photo, the most patient photographer around!

We had many businesses give us their time, coupons and products. Thanks to the Juneau Convention Visitors Bureau, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, AOWE, Subway, El Sombrero, Hearthside Books (of which a past teacher, Susan Hickey, is a co-owner), The Alaskan Fudge Company, Heritage Coffee, Wings of Alaska, Adventure Bound, The Alaska State Museum, Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Last Chance Mining Museum, Shoefly and Hudson’s, The Alaskan, Scott Perkins and Jerry’s Meats and Seafoods, the Thunder Mountain girls softball team, Creative Source, Bill and Lisa Wright of Taku Homebrew, Don Abel Building Supply for the grills, Gifts & Graphics, Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor, Juneau Co-op Artists Gallery and the Alaska String Band. In all of these businesses you will find some who attended one of our fine Juneau schools.

Lastly, our thank you would not be complete without recognizing the group that worked so hard to get everyone here. Debbie Leamer for her hours of work on the group tours and ziplines; Vic Leamer, our most fabulous DJ and computer expert and registrar; Leslie Scranton, digital photo expert and memorial creator; Nancy Courtney, emailer extraordinaire, class photo and dinner co-coordinator; Karen Wilke, centerpiece designer, trivia and fashion show Hostess and dinner co-coordinator; financial guru Lisa Pusich; Shaun McCormick, beverage control and picnic coordinator; Cindy Hedges and Denise Pollock, registration, t-shirt and photo sales/recording; Traci Gilmour, kickoff event coordinator and registration, Tracy Kubley and Ed Carrillo, decorations and stress management. A huge smile and thank you to our fashion show models for their bravery and fun they had wearing our old clothes and uniforms. And to Lisa Arehart for her wisdom and continued support during our planning stages.

Please forgive us if we have forgotten to mention your generosity, it was a long and wonderful weekend of reconnection, dancing and making old friends new again.

Traci Gilmour

on behalf of the Juneau-Douglas High School

Class of 1981 Reunion Committee

No fooling, SAIL would like to thank run sponsors

The 27th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight was another huge success! Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) would like thank all of our sponsors for their continued support: Acupressure Institute of Alaska, Air Excursions, Alaska Grafix, Alaska Litho, Allen Marine Tours, AML/Lynden Transport, Cornerstone Home Health, Costco, Douglas Weaver DDS, First Bank, Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks, Greens Creek Mining Co, Gustavus Inn, Heritage Coffee Company, IBEW Local 1547, JRC — The Alaska Club, Juneau Empire, K3 Broadcasting, KATH TV, KINY/KSUP/KJNO/MIX 106 FM, McDonald’s, Mount Roberts Tramway, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 262, Printing Trade Company, Safeway, Sheinberg Associates, Super Bear Supermarket, Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau and Wings Airways.

SAIL would also like to thank all of our volunteers, many of whom have volunteered year after year, making our event smooth and successful each time! In addition, we would like to thank this year’s participants. More than 700 of Juneau’s wackiest runners, walkers and wheelers strolled through downtown Juneau in their wildest costumes. Juneau’s continued support allows SAIL to further our mission of “inspiring personal independence” for seniors and people who experience disabilities. Thank you Juneau!

Tristan Knutson-Lombardo

Race Coordinator

Thanks for a festive 4th of July

The Juneau 4th of July Parade Committee thanks the entire community of our beautiful Capital City of Alaska for your help, support and participation in the 2011 Parade. We wish to acknowledge the spectators who made this parade one of the best! Parade participants and sponsors are recognized on our web page at We are looking forward to another fun-fill parade this coming year. Yes, we are already working on it for you!!

Jean Sztuk

on behalf of the Juneau 4th of July Parade Committee


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