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Posted: August 20, 2011 - 6:10pm
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Photo courtesy of Lawrence SchauflerEliza Walker (left) and Amalia Tamone represent Southeast Alaska in the International SWEEEP competition May 4-9 in Houston, Texas.         Photo courtesy of Lawrence Schaufler
Photo courtesy of Lawrence Schaufler
Photo courtesy of Lawrence SchauflerEliza Walker (left) and Amalia Tamone represent Southeast Alaska in the International SWEEEP competition May 4-9 in Houston, Texas.

Thank you for raffle support

Hospice and Home Care of Juneau would like to thank the community for their support during our recent Taking Flight raffle. We send our thanks and gratitude to the following prize donors: Alaska Airlines for two tickets won by Tricia and Dale Young; Machetanz for a print of King of the Mountain won by Beth Belflower; Taku Glacier Lodge and Wings Airways for a trip for two won by Marla Berg, and ERA Helicopters for a glacier flight seeing trip for two won by Judith LaRochelle.

A special thank you to P.P.’s Douglas Inn and G.W. Teal for helping to sell tickets and to Safeway for allowing us to set up and sell tickets on July 2 and 3. Thank you to Rosemary Hagevig, Greta Wade, Lisa Pusich, Sherrill Baxter, Nancy Davis, Jim Carroll, Marianne Mills, John Greely, Bill Diebels, Shirley Bandirola, Rosemary Gruening, Kristine Loveid, Rick Gottner, Jan Reece and Kathryn King for getting out into the community and helping to sell more than 800 tickets. Urban Eskimo did a wonderful job of matting and framing the print.

The money raised from this raffle will be used to offset the costs of medication for hospice patients. Thank you all again for helping to make this a successful raffle and fund raiser for Hospice & Home Care of Juneau

Tammy Antoniadis

Volunteer Coordinator

Hospice and Home Care of Juneau

Juneau’s student scientists well represented at national, world-wide competitions

While most of the students who competed in the 2011 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair were enjoying their summer breaks, a few were revamping their posters and polishing their talks for further competitions across the country.

Top-scoring Juneau-Douglas High School students Lia Domke and Corwin Kelly competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 8-13 in Los Angeles, representing the Southeast Alaska Fair at the event.

Amalia Tamone and Eliza Walker went on to compete in the 2011 I-SWEEEP (International Sustainable World – Energy, Engineering, Environment – Project) Olympiad May 4-9 in Houston, Texas. Walker won an honorable mention with a $300 cash prize for her entry and Tamone was awarded a bronze medal and $400 cash prize for her project.

JDHS student Kevin Sigler went on to compete at the 2011 National Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition June 23-25 in Chicago, and was awarded a medal for winning the statewide competition and representing Alaska in the national contest. JDHS students Marc Heifetz, Jackson Lehnhart, and Colin Zheng, as well as Thunder Mountain High School student Shannon Luckenbihl and Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School student Antonio Ditcharo competed in the first annual GENIUS (Global ENvironment Issues – US) Olympiad in June 26-30 in Oswego, N.Y. Ditcharo, Lenhart, Heifetz, and Lukenbihl all received bronze medals and iPod Shuffles for their entries in the competition. Zheng was awarded a silver medal and a Kindle for his project.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in these additional competitions across the country and demonstrated the quality of Alaskan science to national and international audiences.

The student participants are thankful to the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair and the City and Borough of Juneau Youth Grants for providing financial support in attending these advanced competitions, some of which involved students from more than 90 different countries and provided wonderful multi-cultural experiences for our participants.

For more information or to volunteer with the science fair, contact us at 209-8000.

Dr. Lawrence Schaufler

Director, SE AK Regional Science Fair

Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrate long-term matches

Big Brothers Big Sisters had big reasons to celebrate Aug. 6 — Big and Little match anniversaries and giving back to our community of Juneau. Before our celebratory sixth annual summer picnic, matches came out to give back and clean up our Adopt-A-Highway stretch on Glacier Avenue. After the cleanup everyone enjoyed the barbecue spread of hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and cookies, and stayed hydrated with a donated jug of McDonald’s Hi-C drink. At the event, BBBS staff proudly acknowledged our long-term matches, matches so long-term that they are aging out of our program. Among those recognized were Harry Tullis and his Little Brother Marshall, Nolan Davis and his Little Brother Dustin, Jeremiah Beedle and his Little Brother Christopher, Laura Achee and her Little Sister Allison, Bob Small and his Little Brother Spencer. Annie Kaill’s, Aurora Project, Alaska Fudge Company and Heritage Coffee helped us acknowledge these outstanding matches with great treats. Big thanks to all in attendance and the handful of local organizations for their generous donations. What a wonderful weekend!

Caitlyn McLaughlin

Director of Development

Golden North Salmon Derby boost scholarship fund by more than $44K

The Golden North Salmon derby was a great success. More than $44,200 was added to the scholarship fund for graduates of Juneau high schools for college and vocational training grants. Many people worked hard to make the derby a success and we would like to thank many groups and people.

The Juneau business community for its generosity in providing cash, gift certificates and merchandize for derby prizes.

The 1,733 fishermen and women who purchased tickets for and participated in the derby, and generously donated fish to the scholarship fund.

Alaska Glacier Seafoods and its owner Mike Erickson for providing the logistics to handle, process and transport fish and for paying top dollar for the fish.

Employees of Juneau Docks and Harbors for all of their help with transporting ice and helping out when needed.

KINY, TAKU 105, KTOO and the Juneau Empire for promoting the derby and providing great news coverage during and after the derby.

Western Auto Marine, Dehart’s Auke Bay Store, Alaskan & Proud, Harri Plumbing and Heating, Fred Meyer for selling derby tickets and the many retail food outlets that provided food and drink for the derby workers.

The many volunteers that made the derby a success — the prize committee for soliciting the prizes from the Juneau businesses, the dock workers for handling and weighing the fish, the ice crew for insuring ice was available at all docks, the facilities crew for setting up the weigh stations and many other duties and the boat safety patrol for ensuring everyone had a safe weekend.

Sandy Williams and Wayne Regelin

Co-chairpersons of the 65th Golden North Salmon Derby

‘Wood Spirit’ returns home

The driftwood sculpture “Wood Spirit” by Arnie Weimer has been recovered.

Flooding by the Mendenhall River on July 21 swept it away from my backyard, where it had been for many years. I put out a photo appeal that was published in the Juneau Empire a week later. I hoped that someone might spot this unique 32-inch tall piece of art alongside a riverside trail of even afloat in the channel. People on the street stopped and asked if I had any word yet.

Aug.7, my friend and U.S. Forest Service employee Ben Van Alen came to my place to lift and carry all the furniture, boxes of photos and baggage back down to their original locations on the ground floor of my house.

Then, we walked together down to my deck and hot tub by the river and a nearby bench that had come apart. He re-atttached a cable holding the three boards that had floated off the bench’s concrete supports.

Van Alen asked about the original location of the driftwood sculpture and I pointed it out. He bent down under the trees by the pathway and searched further than I had been able to. Then, he walked across the property line to the adjoining down river lot and crawled under the cottonwood and alder trees.

“Here it is!” he yelled.

He carried it over to me. I could hardly believe it, I was thrilled. It wasn’t damaged at all. Van Alen and I found a higher, safer location to set it in place.

I am so grateful to him for his generous nature. He helped load and unload all my belongings downstairs and provided a place for my dog, my cat and me to stay all day while View Drive was under emergency warning for flooding and the street was closed.

Van Alen topped off that day by surprising me with 3-D glasses and a ticket to join him and Lorrie Wright to see “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, Part 2” at Glacier Cinema. Viewing that film substituted a Hogwort’s reality for my View Drive flooding anxiety.

Wright had also joined in early that morning to move my belongings to safety.

I want to thank all the friends who left phone messages throughout the day offering to help in any way or provide a place for me to stay. As a single woman, I did not feel alone. People in Juneau look after each other. It’s a special place to live.

Dixie Hood

Juneau

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