Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Coast Guard group offers scholarship

Applications for the Coast Guard Women's Association Scholarship are currently available at Juneau Douglas High School or by calling Veronica Whitehead at 790-4297. Eligible scholarship recipients include dependent spouses and children of active duty, retired, reserve or deceased military personnel residing in the City/Borough of Juneau. All applications must be returned via United States Postal Service to CGWA of Juneau, PO Box 35121, Juneau, AK 99803 and postmarked by March 16, 2002. No hand deliveries will be accepted.

The Coast Guard Women's Association is currently accepting applications from local non profit organizations in need of grants. Interested parties should contact Veronica Whitehead at 790-4297 for an application. All applications must be returned via United States Postal Service to CGWA of Juneau, PO Box 35121, Juneau, AK 99803 and postmarked by March 16, 2002. To ensure fairness in meeting the application deadline, no hand deliveries will be accepted.

Murphy awarded service medal

Specialist Joseph Murphy, a member of Juneau's Alpha Company of the Alaska Army National Guard, was recently awarded the Alaska Humanitarian Service Medal for helping rescue a man stranded on the frozen Bering Sea. At the time of the rescue, Murphy was working for the National Park Service near Kotzebue and was traveling north on a snowmachine with a co-worker when he learned about the stranded man. Murphy and his partner left the safety of the shore and gunned their snowmachines to 50 mph to avoid crashing through the ice. The missing man was suffering from snow blindness and had become disoriented, Murphy said. The two rescuers roped the man's snowmachine to one of their vehicles and Murphy led the way back across the ice. Murphy's partner, Archie Ferguson, also received the Humanitarian Award and both men received the Valor Award from the National Park Service.

University earns training grant

The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka campus has received a grant from the Alaska Commission on Aging/Mental Health Trust Authority to provide a four-credit certificate training and a three-day conference for those who provide care to people afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease or related disorders. The trainings are aimed at helping those who are caregivers to better understand the disease and provide greater levels of care. The certificate program will run for six weeks, from March 4 to April 12, 2002, and will culminate with a conference in Sitka on April 25-27, 2002.

Those who wish to participate have the option of choosing the certificate program and conference or the conference only. The grant will pay for all major expenses associated with the trainings, including tuition, materials and travel. Direct caregivers, respite workers, healthcare workers, family members and supervisors are all welcome to apply. Fifteen participants will be selected for the distance-delivered certificate program, including the conference and 35 additional people will be awarded places at the conference.

Deadline for application is Jan. 31, 2002. Call 1-800-478-6653, ext. 728, for more information.

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