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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006

Thanks for helping

The steering committee for Project Playground would like to thank the following organizations, groups and individuals for helping to make Project Playground's Design Day Kick-off on Jan. 26 a big success.

We would like to thank all of the schools who were involved with brainstorming ideas for the playground. The teachers who helped coordinate and the children who helped inspire with their ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks to Harborview Elementary, Juneau Charter School, Juneau Co-op Pre-school, Valley Baptist Academy, Riverbend Elementary, Auke Bay Elementary, Gastineau School and RALLY.

We would like to thank all groups and individuals who helped make the Design Day Kick-off a fun night for all. Thanks to Our Backyard for the inflatable caterpillar; the Girl Scouts (troops 37 and 173) for baking cookies; the Latter-day Saints youth group for face painting; Fred Meyer for donating balloons and Fred Bear; El Sombrero for meal donations; Best Western for room accommodations; and all the parents and friends who volunteered their time that night setting up, answering questions and participating in clean-up. We especially thank Harborview Elementary for accommodating our meeting space throughout the day and providing us access to the gymnasium for out evening celebration.

We would like to thank all of the individuals who have contributed their time, talents and funds to help get Project Playground started well before Design Day. We thank Annie Kincheloe for brochure design; Reuben Willis and Dr. Joy Neyhart for financial contributions; and all individuals and groups who have purchased our fundraising pickets. Each picket purchased will help us move closer to our fundraising goal and our projected fall 2006, spring 2007 build.

Engraved pickets are still available for purchase through SAIL or Hearthside Books. For more information about Project Playground, please call project coordinator Dawn Welch at 523-9147 or visit the Web site at

Thank you, everyone, for helping us move closer to building a community-built playground we will all be proud of.

Steering committee

Project Playground

Thanks for the dancing

We would like to thank the JRC Alaska Club and the Thunder Mountain Big Band for the wonderful evening of ballroom dancing on Jan. 27. It provided an ideal opportunity for dancers to move on a large dance floor to some top-notched classic big band era music. Juneau is very fortunate to have the caliber and diversity of musicians who are dedicated to their instruments and the music of their respective ensembles. We look forward to dancing to the Thunder Mountain Big Band again, along with Salsa Borealis, on Feb. 11 at Centennial Hall.

Pat Belec and Frank Bergstrom


Thanks for the support

Thank you to all of the generous supporters of the Floyd Dryden boy's basketball team this season! Your help ensured another year of dedication, hard work and fun for over 30 boys ages 11-14 in our community.

Countless parents, officials and other volunteers made this season a memorable experience for all those involved. The individual support through our fundraising raffle allowed our team to pay for travel and equipment needed for the recently completed season.

We are especially thankful for the corporate donations that were used as prizes in our raffle. Footlocker provided our third place prize of a $25 gift certificate. The Fast Break Club donated four padded and embroidered bleacher seats for the second place winner. The Odom Corp. donated our grand prize of a year's supply of Coca-Cola soda product.

Please join us in supporting the businesses that support Juneau's youth!

Robert Casperson

Head Basketball Coach

Floyd Dryden Middle School

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