Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007

St. Vincent de Paul dedicates housing units

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society completed the construction of seven low-income apartments at its facility on Teal Street. The project was funded by a $500,000 grant from the city of Juneau and $190,000 from St Vincents. Peter Freer, with the city's Community Development section, provided support throughout the project. Northwind Architects did the design and McGraw Custom Construction was the contractor. A dedication ceremony and reception will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent's, 8617 Teal St.

The apartments include five single bedroom units (500 sq. ft.) and two double bedroom units (600 sq. ft.) which are handicap accessible, and several of the units are rented by occupants experiencing a disability. Construction began in June 2006 with initial occupancy in October 2006. Rent is based on a fair market value but, the occupants share cannot exceed 30% of their income. The difference is paid through Housing Choice vouchers, a federal low income housing grant.

The housing project displaced the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, which had to be relocated to the adjacent South part of the property.

Bishop Michael Warfel, will lead in the dedication of the new units at 1 p.m. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Dan Austin at 523-2173.

Learn to Ski Weekend held Jan. 27, 28

The 26th annual Learn to Ski weekend at Eaglecrest, sponsored by Mendenhall Auto Center Subaru, is Jan. 27 and 28. This free weekend is for first-time skiers in grades 3-5.

Applications are available at all elementary schools, Foggy Mountain Shop, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Play It Again Sports, Eaglecrest Ski Area and at

A random drawing will select the 45 winners who will receive bus transportation, ski rentals, lift tickets, ski lessons and lunch. Completed applications must to be returned to the school office or to Eaglecrest by 3 p.m. Jan. 24. Winners will be announced on KINY's Capital Chat on Jan. 25, as well as on

Located on Douglas Island just 12 miles from downtown, Eaglecrest is Juneau's community owned ski area offering two chairlifts, a surface beginner lift and over 640 acres of skiable terrain. The area includes a lift served Tubing Hill, 8 kilometers of groomed Nordic Trails, and a professionally staffed Snow Sports School.

Public invited to DeArmond reception

Dale Burlison DeArmond, 92, a local artist, writer and chief librarian for 22 years, died Nov. 28, 2006, in Sitka. She is best known for her woodcuts and wood engravings depicting stories and legends from across Alaska. A community reception to honor her is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Local artists and authors will speak about her and her work. Light refreshments will be served.

Members of the public are invited to attend the reception and share their memories of her. There will be a special, one-evening display of her work, including woodcut and engraving blocks that are in private collections.

For more information, contact the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at 586-3572 or Sandy Harbanuk at 586-2207.

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