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Mendenhall Flying Lions and Coastal Helicopters provide birdseye view of lights


Dec. 16, Coastal Helicopters and the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will again be providing helicopter tours of the lights of the Mendenhall Valley. Funds raised will go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Lions’ sight projects.

For a donation of $30 per person, you will be lifted into the night for an incredible view of the Christmas lights from the air. Tours will begin at 4:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will continue until 7:30 p.m. Tours will be given on a first come, first served basis and will be leaving from Gate 1 of the north wing of the airport terminal building.

Coastal Helicopters will be providing the helicopters and their pilots, who will donate their time. Fuel wil be donated by Coastal Fuel and Petro Marine.

For additional information, please call Coastal Helicopters at 789-5600.


Southeast Alaska Native Veterans held Dec. meeting

The Southeast Alaska Native Veterans met on Dec. 9 at Central Council third floor conference room at 12 p.m. There were 22 veterans who attended and enjoyed a nice hot meal prepared by the Brown Bear Den.

Election of Officers was held. Here are the results: Commander William “Ozzie” Sheakley, 1st Vice-Commander Andy Ebona, 2nd Vice-Commander Charles Bennett, Treasurer Alfred McKinley, Sr., Secretary Myrna Brown. Color Guard Commander Charles Bennett. Advisory Committee Harold Martin and Andy Ebona. Part of the meeting included an important motion for the veterans that was to adopt a uniform dress code for Posting Colors. The Southeast Alaska Native Veterans are happy that our community continues to request posting colors at events, activities, conferences and services. It is a privilege and an honor that is not taken lightly. Color Guard Commander Bennett can be reached at 500-2186 for information. He requested that members plan for and organize the next community posting that pays honor to Bill Horton; World War II veteran for his service to this county. Members were proud to see his photo on Juneau Empire at the recent “Honoring Veterans 2011 Luncheon” that was held on Nov. 28 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Honor certificates were distributed.

Elder John Martin Sr. stood up to extend his appreciation to the group that he acknowledged all that they represent stating that “they not only served our country but are continuing to represent the military within our community and that it was commendable.”

Ongoing committees will be volunteering for fundraising. They need new flags and ties for color guard, vests and hats. They are still functioning without any funding except for the sole donations from native organizations and corporations for any major events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Sealaska Corporation, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Goldbelt Incorporated and the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority play a major role in the continuance of the group and they said they want to thank them.

Another committee is to begin the necessary roadwork to begin hosting a Southeast Alaska Native Veteran Conference. This can involve statewide veterans and something that can benefit all veterans and their families.

Members thanked Maureen, Myrna and Franky Brown for their continued volunteer efforts in organizing and preparing foods for the veterans.

The next regularly scheduled Southeast Alaska Native Veteran Lunch Meeting is scheduled for Jan. 4th, 2012 at Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at 12:00 PM. If you are a veteran or interested in veteran issues please feel welcome to join us. The group acknowledged and welcomed new members. Harold Martin stressed the need for recruitment of veterans. If you would like to be involved in our group then you are welcome to attend the regular meetings for the Southeast Alaska Native Veteran’s that is scheduled the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 PM.

Another source of income generated is dues so if you are listed as a member please contact Alfred McKinley at 209-8100 or Myrna Brown at 635-0566 to take care of your dues.


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