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Posted: August 27, 2011 - 6:14pm

Inaugural Running for Teens event a hit

The Southeast Road Runners’ 2011 Lynn Canal Running for Teens event was a huge success.

We greatly appreciated the many community businesses, organizations and members who helped make this inaugural year possible. Thank you to the Amy Skilbred and the Juneau Community Foundation, Dr. John P. Bursell, the Lyndon and Jon Ellefson Trust and many Juneau individual runners ($950 worth) for financial support. Nugget Alaskan Outfitters assisted with our camp shirt order while Rainbow Foods provided nourishment through fresh, organic produce.

We would also like to thank Emily Kane, Geoff Roes, Jena O’Fontanella, Phoebe Rohrbacher, Jamie Bursell, John Nagel and Houston Laws for donating their time and expertise as guest speakers/instructors. Wesley and Tyler Dinnan, Leah Francis and Hilary Young provided guidance and mentorship as camp counselors while Linda Mancuso kept all hungry mouths fed and empty stomachs full as head of the galley. Joan Gianotte, Katie Krehlik, Dawn Walsh and Kirsten Jorgensen assisted in the kitchen while Glenn Frick, John Walsh, Rory Watt and Guy Thibodeau led runners through running trails and mountain ridges.

Finally, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Rebecca Braun and the John Caouette Memorial Fund. This fund provided significant financial support. Without it, we would have not been able to make this camp affordable to Juneau youth. Rebecca visited with our runners, shared memories and values of John, and joined us for a run out Herbert River Trail. Rebecca’s strength and support is inspirational and invaluable.

Next summer’s camp date is June 23-29, 2012.

Merry Ellefson and Tristan Knutson-Lombardo

Lynn Canal Running Camp Directors

Library friends thank sponsors of Summer Reading Program

The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank the following people and local businesses for a successful Summer Reading Program at the Juneau Public Libraries. Businesses that donated gift certificates for children who wrote reviews of books they read this summer include: Alaska Shirt Company, Alaska Zipline Adventures, Alaskan Fudge Company, Amazing Bookstore, Gross-Alaska Theatres, Hearthside Books, Imagination Station, Juneau Rubber Stamp Company, McDonald’s, Mount Roberts Tramway, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Peer Amid beads, Rainy Retreat Books and Trove. Adult book review supporters include: Cycle Alaska, Perseverance Theatre and Amazing Bookstore.

Summer First Tuesday Family Nights were filled with entertainment, crafts, book readings, and a light supper. Many thanks go to: Janice Holst Dancers; Zahavsky Family’s Alaska String Band; Wendy Girven and Lizzy Elkins and the Henhouse Performers for providing great entertainment. Great thanks to Jeff Brown for a fabulous magic show and performance by the Alaska Flea Circus, review readings on We Like Kids, and all of the activities he does. Thanks to Callie Conerton for her balloon animal creations — following in the footsteps of her fine dad.

Thanks to Charles Ward at the Juneau Empire for posting reviews written by kids this summer. Thanks KTOO, Juneau Empire, KTUU, and KINY for your coverage of our activities. Thanks also to our Friday volunteer Sydney Krebsbach and to the Harborview Summer Rally staff for bringing kids to the Bruce Hale author visit at the public library. Thank you parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers, for your support of reading!

Caroline Hassler

On behalf of the Friends of the
Juneau Public Libraries Board

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